Former Miami Heat Head Coach Pat Riley (center), standing next to player Shaquille O'Neal (with ball), at the White House ceremony following the team's 2006 NBA championship. That's former president George W. Bush at the podium. (Eric Draper)

28 NBA Basketball Stars With Ties to the Capital Region

Learn about the best-of-the-best ballers in town—and how to collect them, too.

As you’ve learned in our baseball and football lists, there…

The Saratoga Book Festival will be headquartered at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, but events will take place at multiple venues around the city.

First Annual Saratoga Book Festival Coming to the Spa City October 15-17

The city-wide event will be highlighted by keynote speakers Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates.

Saratoga Springs has long been a destination for celebrated authors,…

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Zac Brown Band had to cancel their annual SPAC show due to frontman Zac Brown (center with bird) testing positive for COVID. (Diego Pernía)

Zac Brown Band Frontman Tests Positive for COVID, Cancels SPAC Show

The band, which has been a late-season mainstay at the Saratoga venue, will be offering refunds for all tickets.

The Zac Brown Band (ZBB) was a late-season mainstay at…

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen's debut (at left) and final album.

George Frayne, Country Rock’s ‘Commander Cody,’ Dead at 77

Frayne, who lived in Saratoga for decades, fronted early country rock band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

It’s time to dust off that old turntable, drop the…

Two pieces of artwork from last year's Beyond My Battle 'Art with Heart & Hope' pop-up fundraiser.

Saratoga’s Beyond My Battle to Host Third Annual ‘Art With Heart & Hope’ at UPH

The one-night-only art show, which combines artwork and storytelling, will take place on October 28.

Call it a virtual upgrade. Saratoga Springs nonprofit Beyond My…


Artist Jeremy Fish with his 11-foot-tall 'Bronze Bunny' sculpture, which was installed permanently outside the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco.
year of the Saratoga Race Course meet, Saratoga’s horse racing roots date back all the way to the early 19th century. (Currier & Ives)

The Great Before: Saratoga’s Horse Racing Roots Actually Go Back a Lot Further Than 1863

Saratoga's pre-1863 racing history included everything from flouting the law to women in dresses (gasp!) climbing up fences to see better.

By now, most Saratogians know the story well: In the summer of 1863, a bare-knuckle boxing champion named John Morrissey put into motion the first formal horse racing meet in town, and…

Sculptor and Gloversville native John Van Alstine co-created Saratoga’s 9/11 memorial in High Rock Park.

Sculptor John Van Alstine Found Inspiration in Two Life-Altering Crises—and Helped Us Heal

Van Alstine, who co-created Saratoga's 9/11 memorial, has been hard at work during the pandemic.

When the US descended into lockdown last year, so many New Yorkers stared down the endless hours at home without knowing how to fill the time. World-renowned sculptor John Van Alstine, who…

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