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The Downtown is Pawsome sculptures, based on Albany's famous landmark canine statue "Nipper" and colorfully customized by talented regional artists, have enlivened Downtown's streets and are now in search of forever homes!

August 13, 2018 - ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), and Capitalize Albany Corporation held the official grand opening of one of the newest additions to the city’s Central Business District on Monday, August 13, 2018. Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Capitalize Albany Corporation President Sarah Reginelli, Assembly Member John T.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) clearly defines proposal qualifications, scope of services and coverage area. 

From investing in high-quality resident amenities and planning inexpensive community events, to several new business openings and impressive real estate conversions, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and its stakeholders are showing their commitment to our neighborhood in a big way.

DIRECTIONS FOR APPLYING: Please email a one-page cover letter and resume to for consideration. 

ALBANY, NY – Downtown Albany’s free summer film series, Bites Camera Action, kicks off TONIGHT on South Pearl Street with a screening of the film Invincible on the Times Union Center’s new 15-by-70-foot LED displays.

Presented by Remarkable Liquids, downtown Albany's biggest *FREE* all-day music festival is back for its 8th year! Join us on N. Pearl Street between Pine Street & Sheridan Avenue for live music on two stages Saturday, September 15, 2018!

This year's musical lineup:

ALBANY, NY – Hit the water and see Albany from aboard a kayak! This summer, Discover Albany’s partner Upstate Kayak Rentals is launching a self-serve Kayak Rental Hub at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch.

Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer in downtown Albany by attending as many *FREE* events throughout the city as possible?

CLICK HERE to download our free summer events calendar!

Press release from the Irish American Heritage Museum | 370 Broadway | 518.427.1916

ALBANY, NY - The Board of Trustees of the Irish American Heritage Museum announces the appointment of Elizabeth Stack, Ph.D., as Museum Executive Director.

Albany’s signature free concert series premiered in the summer of 1990 with a performance by legendary folk artist Richie Havens, and has since grown into a staple of summer in the Capital Region.

ALBANY, NY - The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) presented the 6th Annual James M. DiNapoli Award to Gavin J. Donohue, President & CEO of Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc.

The 2017 placemaking exhibit Downtown is Pawsome features a collection of three-foot-tall sculptures based on Albany's famous canine resident and local landmark, Nipper the Dog.

The Downtown Albany SUNY Plaza Farmers Market has moved back outside for the 2018 season and will be selling all kinds of fresh goodies in front of the SUNY System Administration Building (353 Broadway, at the bottom of State Street) every Thursday from 11 AM - 2 PM!

You're invited! The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District's Annual Meeting & Cocktail Reception will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at Sixty State Place.

Tickets | $35.00 - $45.00 | Register online

The Albany Business Review announced its 2018 40 Under 40 Awards, a prestigious annual acknowledgement that recognizes 40 bold innovators under the age of 40 


MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Coye, Communications Specialist

From: Capitalize Albany Corporation's "Impact Downtown Albany - Implementation Update:"

This year, we're partnering with the Times Union Center, so the movies will be shown on their brand new, state-of-the-art, humongous flat screens as that section of S. Pearl Street is closed to trafiic. 

Stay tuned for more details and the announcement of this year's movie lineup!

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) presented its inaugural Downtown Luminary award to Angelo Maddox, owner of Fresh & Fly Clothing, at last evening’s “Let’s Talk Downtown” networking event at Jack’s Oyster House.

The Renaissance Albany Hotel is seeking applicants for the following positions:

Click here to browse list of job openings and apply online

Assistant Restaurant Manager

Press release from Capitalize Albany Corporation

Media Contact: Michael Bohne | (518) 434-2532

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CONTACT: Rosehn Gipe, Marketing Coordinator | 518-431-1943

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), with the assistance of its project partners, the Albany Parking Authority (APA) and members of Albany’s Cultural Heritage & Tourism Partnership, is seeking an innovative consultant to create a Wayfinding Master Plan for Albany’s central business district. 

Press release below from Capitalize Albany Corporation:

Capitalize Albany Media Contact: Michael Bohne – (518) 434-2532


To commemorate the recent opening of The Taverna, an authentic Greek restaurant across from the Times Union Center (38 S.

On thursday, February 22 from 6:30 0 8:00 PM, meet and compete with your downtown Albany neighbors in a battle of the brains for the Downtown Albany BID’s Resident Trivia Night!

Tickets | FREE! | Register online

NOTE: Information on the 2019 Restaurant Week can be found here.

The 14th Annual Downtown Albany Restaurant Week returns Saturday, April 14, through Friday, April 20, 2018!

You’re invited to a FREE Week of Fitness at OMNI Fitness Center, Downtown's full-service fitness facility! Be the first to try OMNI Fitness Center's newest offerings with "FIT IN HIIT!" - A *free* week of high-intensity group fitness classes offered February 5 - 9, 2018.


Download your guide to downtown Albany here.


The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s 2017 Revised Downtown Albany Map is now available!


ALBANY, NY— January 2, 2018 Palace Performing Arts Center and the City of Albany have completed the sale and transfer of the Palace Theatre property in downtown Albany, an important milestone in a long-term plan to renovate and expand the historic entertainment venue.


The 9th Annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts will be held January 11 to 13 at the Empire State Plaza. The festival offers food from more than 70 regional chefs and over 250 global wines, spirits and craft beers of New York State will be featured for sampling.


In Fall 2017, students from the undergraduate program in Urban Studies and Planning at the University at Albany participated in an intensive community development project focused on revitalizing Downtown Albany. The course was taught by Dr. Carlos Balsas, AICP.

The Fort Orange General Store will celebrate its inaugural holiday season with a Holiday Market in The Arcade Building (488 Broadway) and the Fort Orange General Store (412 Broadway) in downtown Albany!




ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Olde English Downtown Dog Park on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Mayor Kathy M.

Do you or someone you know want to get involved in shaping the development of our Capital City?

The Downtown Albany BID has the following open board positions:

The Downtown Albany BID will host a Downtown "Nipper Quest" Scavenger Hunt all day on Small Business Saturday, November 25. Free to participate! Download the #NipperQuest guide here. 

Prizes up for grabs are:

Who's ready to Shop Small? Downtown Albany's locally-owned businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday (November 25), and along with great finds at these retailers and restaurants, you can find some fantastic events:

The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Crazy 4 Green Diecast Replicas, a specialty retail destination selling auto and machinery models, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Mayor Kathy M.

As of November 4, 2017, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen of 79 N. Pearl Street has extended its hours indefinitelty and will be serving lunch 7 days a week!

The extended hours are as follows:

ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening for Urbane Brows and Beauty on Friday, November 3, 2017. Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Urbane Brows and Beauty owner Ashley Austin, and Downtown Albany BID Executive Director Georgette Steffens delivered remarks followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Celebrate the grand opening of the Downtown Albany Dog Park with an official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a fundraising reception at The Olde English Pub!


The City of Albany, Fort Orange General Store, and the Albany Visitors Center will celebrate the launch of the holiday season with the 6th Annual Albany Holiday Market on Thursday