Keep Albany Boring: Worst Of 2011 Reader Poll Results

Dear god, I’m going to get crucified for this even though it’s clearly a readers poll. Whatever, Subway being the ‘Best Sandwich’ in the Metroland three years in a row should say enough. Blah, blah we don’t agree with all of this since, again, it was a readers poll. Word.

With out further ado:

Worst News Paper:
1. Times Union
2. Metroland
3. Troy Record

The paper with the biggest audience gets the crown, what a surprise.

Worst Politician:
1. Jennings
2. Scavo
3. Cuomo

No surprises here.

Worst Road:
1. Central Ave
2. Wolf Road
3. Fuller


Worst Late Night Walk:
1. Lark Street
2. Pearl Street
3. Washington Park

Center Square gets 2 out of the 3!

Worst Local Blog:
1. On The Edge
2. Keep Albany Boring
3. Albany Citizen One

I’m honestly believe that On The Edge is a team of 20 round-the-clock bloggers that are spidering the internet and are queueing posts 24/7 to achieve the masterpiece that blog is. Or maybe it’s like the Family Guy idea balls. Either way it’s a complete (trolling, maybe) masterpiece.

Worst Bodega:
1. Madison News
2. Lark News
3. K2

A bodega is a bodega, eh?

Worst Bar:
1. Jillian’s
2. Legends
3. Palai’s

At Jillian’s and Legends (on Pearl) there’s always something going on and Jillian’s has an entire huge room of video games. I guess a shitty crowded bar that smells like puke and only a pool table is somehow better? Maybe you’ve only ever driven by?

Worst Hipster Bar:
1. Bomber’s
2. Suzie’s
3. Hollywood

Varying definitions of worst here but, this is about right.

Worst Weekly Columnist:
1. Kristi Gustafson
2. Matt Baumgartner
3. James V. Franco

I stand by Kristi and think she has “figured it out”.

Worst Bus Stop:
1. Lark/Washington

Unanimous so it’s not worth even listening 2 and 3.

Worst Road for Cycling:
1. Central
2. Madison
3. Delaware

Agreed, way up Central is miserable and I’ve been hit on Delaware.

Worst APD incident of 2011:
1. Kegs & Eggs
2. Occupy Albany Eviction
3. James Miller DWI


Worst Sushi:
1. Price Chopper
2. Hannaford
3. Shuns Kitchen

This just in: Grocery Stores bad at making highly specialized food.

Worst Coffee Spot:
1. Dunkin Donuts
2. Sunspot Cafe
3. Daily Grind

You guys finally pegged #1, but 2 & 3 almost cancel out this victory.

Worst Sandwich Spot:
1. Subway
2. Chicken Joes
3. Panera Bread

About right.

Worst local self-obsessed resident:
1. Kristi Gustafson
2. Albany Citizen One
3. Dave Lockney

The more times Kristi is #1 on this list makes me realize how good of a job she does. God damn.

Worst Restaurant:
1. Olive Garden
2. 677 Prime
3. Applebees

Assuming none of you have ever been to 677 Prime.

Worst local concert series:
1. Alive at 5
3. Empire State Plaza

Worst Parking:
1. Center Square
2. Lark Street
3. Washington Park

Center Square sweeps!

Worst Local Radio Station:
1. FLY 92.3
2. TALK 1300

Worst Movie Theater:
1. Crossgates
2. Colonie Center
3. Latham Circle

Worst Diner:
1. Gateway Diner
2. Latham Circle Diner
3. Menands Diner

Worst City Ordinance:
1. Albany Chickens
2. Crow Curfew
3. Open Container

Worst “Best of” poll:
1. Times Union
2. Metroland
3. “This one”

Worst Historic Neighborhood:
1. Pine Hills
2. Arbor Hill
3. Cherry Hill

Worst Capital Region City:
1. Schenectady
2. Troy
3. Clifton Park

Worst Pizza:
1. Paesan’s
2. Soho
3. Dino’s

Worst Club:
1. Sneaky Pete’s
2. Jillian’s
3. Vapor

Worst thing to open in 2011:
1. Legends on Pearl
2. Jeff Pirro’s Mouth
3. Chicken Joe’s

Legends on Pearl is always raging and always has something going on. It’s the one new bar that’s lasted more than a month down on Pearl St.
You all are idiots.

Worst TV Commerical:
1. Fuccillo Huge
2. Kooky for Suzuki
3. Catseye

Worst Local Monument:
1. Troy 9/11
2. Lights in the Park
3. Joe Bruno Stadium/Bust

Worst Mall:
1. Latham Circle
2. Crossgates
3. Rotterdam

Worst Local Bookstore:
1. Barnes & Noble
2. Borders
3. Book House

Borders, ouch.

Worst Liquor Store:
1. “No such thing”

Worst Venue:
1. Northern Lights
2. Valentines
3. Times Union Center

Northern Lights is far, but they have a ton of good shit and the venue itself isn’t terrible.

Most Overrated Restaurant:
1. Dinosaur BBQ
2. Bombers
3. New World

Agree 100% about Dinosaur, everyone knows what Bomber’s is and continues to go there no matter what, and New World rules.

Most Pretentious Establishment Owner:
1. John DeJohn
2. Angelo Mazzone
3. Matt Baumgartner

Naming your bar after yourself and having a few successful establishments is apparently a way to land yourself at #1, even though I’ve never heard anything ever about the guy. I don’t even know what Angelo Mazzone looks like and Matt is a humble and nice guy. I disagree with all of these.

Worst local news anchor:
1. John Grey
2. Liz Bishop
3. Dan Eaton

Worst local TV news channel:
1. YNN
2. 6
3. FOX

Write ins:
Worst Commenting System: All Over Albany
Worst question in KAB poll: Wost local news anchor?
Worst political cesspool: Troy, NY
Best Sandwich: Subway
Worst Development Idea: Albany Convention Center
Most abrasive Radio Personality: Alan Chartock
Worst Wings: Swifty’s Pub in Delmar
Most Overhyped News Story: Joe Bruno
Most inane local bloggers: Times Union “Citizen” Bloggers
Worst person to follow on twitter: TimesUnion
Worst City Hall: Troy
Worst downtown After 5pm: Albany
Worst Downtown Eating after 5pm: Albany
Worst waste of a good space: Reds
Worst Building: The old Freezer Warehouse that burned but didn’t burn down, unfortunately

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