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A new “litter” of Downtown is Pawsome sculptures will come to Downtown this summer, continuing the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District's (BID) popular public art project based on Albany’s famous canine landmark Nipper.

A handful of new dining options are now available in Downtown - all in one building. 

Vendors are being sought for the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region's Juneteenth: A South Pearl Street Festival, being held rain or shine June 22 from Noon-5:00 PM. 

Downtown Albany will host the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-women international sports competition that will pit teams the Americas and the World against each other in six events from August 20-25, 2019.

Dan Nolan, Albany Empire Co-owner and Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC President and CEO, was presented with the 2019 James M. DiNapoli Award at the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s (BID) Annual Meeting on May 22, 2019. Created in 2013 in honor of founding member and inaugural Chairman of the Downtown Albany BID, the James M.

The site formerly chosen for the convention center in downtown Albany, known as Liberty Park, has received state funding for its redevelopment. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that Empire State Development (ESD) will provide Capitalize Albany Corporation with up to $15 million for the eight-acre site through Upstate Revitalization Initiative funds and ESD grants.

Downtown Albany will soon be home to additional public art, thanks to a continued partnership between Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn, and Albany Parking Authority. 

Governor Cuomo has announced $5 million toward construction of the Albany Skyway, making it one of 11 Capital Region projects being funded that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. 

Join the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District for our Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Albany Hotel on May 22, 2019, during which the BID will honor Dan Nolan with the 2019 James M. DiNapoli Award. Mr. Nolan is the President & CEO of Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC and Co-Owner of the Albany Empire.

Raise a glass - Albany Craft Beer week is back April 29-May 4! Dedicated to fun, craft beer, and the City of Albany, the week is filled to the brim with craft beer events emphasizing and celebrating the long-cultivated craft beer scene and elevated gastronomic fare. Downtown participant information: 

Downtown Albany's Dog Days is a series of pup-friendly events centered around the Olde English Downtown Dog Park. Check back for more information on each event!

Join us for the Downtown Albany Pup Crawl!

The first event in Downtown Albany's Dog Days event series will take place May 4 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Meet at the Olde English Downtown Dog Park (located at N. Pearl & Orange Streets) for a day of fun, including...

In conjunction with May's 1st Friday event, the Downtown Albany BID & Lark Street BIDs have partnered to bring you the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment - all easily accessible by riding the FREE Capital City Trolley!

Tickets | $15 - $35 | Available at the door

Registration is now open for the first Barkitecture Albany event. Anyone - students, scouts, designers, carpenters, builders, architects - can take part in this competition for which you'll create a one-of-a-kind dog house, cat condo, or piece of pet furniture.

It's the tastiest week of the year! The 15th Annual Downtown Albany Restaurant Week is slated for April 13 - 19, 2019. #dinedowntown at a wide variety of restaurants, all offering special fixed-price three-course meals for $25. Each Restaurant Week 2019 meal is valued at a minimum of $35. 

In conjunction with April's 1st Friday event, the Downtown Albany BID & Lark Street BIDs have partnered to bring you the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment - all easily accessible by riding the FREE Capital City Trolley!

Wondering what's been happening in Downtown over the last few months? You can read all about it in the Downtown Albany Digest Summer/Fall 2019 edition!

The Downtown Albany BID Board of Directors shapes strategy, advocacy, priorities, and initiatives in Downtown. With recent investments and major developments coming online, it is more imperative than ever that you participate in BID elections, which ultimately impact the direction of the Organization.

Downtown Albany has welcomed its latest high-end amenity as CapCity CoWorks, a coworking space located on the 18th floor of 11 N Pearl Street, held its grand opening celebration in March. 

This St. Patrick's Day weekend, may the road rise up to meet you (especially if you're participating in the Downtown Albany Irish Sweat-er 5k)! For family fun, live music, and - of course - the parade, Downtown is the place to be this year. 

The BID Board is pleased to announce its nominations for open property owner positions on its Board of Directors. The following qualified candidates are being recommended by the BID Board:

In conjunction with March's 1st Friday event, the Downtown Albany BID & Lark Street BIDs have partnered to bring you the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment - all easily accessible by riding the new, FREE Capital City Trolley!

Previously referred to as “Albany Fashion Week” and “Fashion on Pearl,” Fashion Under the Stars: DNA is Albany’s only outdoor fashion show. The event aims to promote body positivity and inclusivity by featuring models of all ages, genders, ethnicities, sizes, and backgrounds while showcasing the work created by local designers.

From Albany Center Gallery: Almost two years ago, Albany Center Gallery moved to its new location in the historic Arcade Building in downtown Albany. It's our first space designed as a gallery since ACG's founding over 40 years ago.

The Downtown Albany BID invites residents to attend an informal discussion on what the BID does, what’s in the works for 2019, and what you’d like to see happen in Downtown on Wednesday, February 27. Ask us your questions, share your feedback, and help shape the future of your neighborhood!

The Irish American Heritage Museum, in partnership with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and ARE Event Productions, presents the second annual Irish Sweat-er 5K in downtown Albany on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

It’s building versus building as trivia maestro Jeff Morad of WEQX pits teams of Downtown residents against each other.

Whether you're celebrating with a romantic night out on the town, quality time with family, or looking for a fun activity to do with your "Galentines," downtown Albany businesses have a wide array of special menus, exclusive deals, and unique events to help make your sweetie feel special.

After hosting successful casting calls on both January 25 and 26, two additional rounds of casting calls will be held on Saturday, February 9, and Saturday, March 2, 2019. Previously titled "Albany Fashion Week," this body-positive fashion event was conceived by Albany-based designer Daniel Mozzes and has expanded to a unique new location for its third year.

In conjunction with February's 1st Friday event, the Downtown Albany BID & Lark Street BIDs have partnered to bring you the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment - all easily accessible by riding the new, FREE Capital City Trolley!

The winner was decided by public polling, with more than 2,300 total votes received through online voting and paper ballots, which were collected at the Downtown Albany BID office, Albany City Hall, and the Fort Orange Holiday Market. Pearl

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JANUARY 15, 2019 - ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Downtown’s newest addition on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Total Development:

  • $30 million* worth of investment came online in 2018,
  • $87 million* is currently under construction, and
  • $220 million* worth of additional investment is in the pipeline or early stages of development.

*Source: Capitalize Albany Corporation

From the Governor's Press Office: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Schenectady-based Redburn Development Partners will invest at least $78 million to transform seven properties in the heart of downtown Albany.

The 10th Anniversary Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts will be held January 17 - 19, 2019.

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One local business with the most festive exterior display will take home a special trophy and neighborhood-wide bragging rights this holiday season, and YOU get to pick the winner!

Real change is up to you. Help those who help others. Give where & when it’s safe to give.

INSTRUCTIONS: Read below to learn how to enter the #ShopSmallDowntownAlbany Facebook Selfie Contest

Now in its fifth year, Handmade at The Hollow 2018 promises to be the best yet! This one-day, indoor market featuring artisans, crafters, and makers of unique and high quality goods is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday shopping season in downtown Albany while supporting small businesses.

The Fort Orange Holiday Market returns for a second season in downtown Albany! The market will kick-off on the same evening as Albany City Hall’s Tree Lighting & Open House on Friday, November 30, and continue the following three Fridays: December 7, 14, and 21, from 5 PM - 9 PM each night.

The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Downtown’s newest addition on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

From Capitalize Albany Corporation: Governor Cuomo announced Albany’s Clinton Square as a third round recipient of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.

Zachary's Pastry Shoppe's (54 State Street) very own Chef Dan Raymond will be competing on Monday's season premiere of the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship!

From The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has partnered with several Albany organizations to launch the Capital City Trolley.

The City of Albany has been named as the official host site of the inaugural Aurora Games, an international, world-class, all-women's multi-sport competition and entertainment festival. The first-of-its-kind event will be held at the Times Union Center in Downtown August 20 - 25, 2019. 

Happy Howl-o-ween! On Saturday, October 20, beastly beagles, creepy collies, ghoulish golden retrievers, and spooky schnauzers will return to roam the streets of downtown Albany for the BID's second annual puppy trick-or-treating event: Hounds of Halloween! 

The Downtown Albany BID is seeking proposals for both the Purchase of Outdoor Custom Lighting Display and the Purchase of Outdoor Holiday Skyline Lighting Display.