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If there was ever a year to express love, it is this one. For gifts, cards, meals, and more head to - or order from - your favorite Downtown businesses that also need your love.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, financial assistance in the form of loans and grants have been made available to businesses and non-profit organizations. Below is a list of currently available funding opportunities, and resources that can provide additional information and assistance. 


As small businesses have experienced major economic impacts related to COVID-19, state-mandated restrictions, and winter weather, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (DABID) is making one-time, forgivable loans of up to $2,500 available for eligible small businesses.

For over three decades the Business Review has been releasing the Book of Lists, a go-to publication in doing business for anything from job-seekers to CEOs looking for bids on an upcoming project.

There's no shortage of ways to support local Downtown businesses and organizations this holiday season, and for those last minute shoppers, here are the spots where you can shop online, in-store, and more.

As with so many things, Covid postponed the Downtown Albany BID's Board elections and Annual Meeting. We are pleased now, though, to present this video recapping 2019, a year that saw the State announce over $40 million in grants for projects in our District and immediately adjacent, substantial growth of residential, and a broad range of businesses open in Downtown.

We are grateful to share that Downtown businesses have been able to return to regular hours and services, so we have removed the directory here of what is open and when.

Serving up a delicious meal this holiday season while supporting local has never been easier - or more important. Whether it's setting the table for those who live in your house or sending food to a loved one or employees, here are the holiday offerings from downtown Albany eateries: 

Shop Small this holiday season and support the locally owned and operated businesses that make up the fabric of our community. Small Business Saturday in Downtown features special deals and events from local restaurants and retailers, and kicks off two weeks of Shop & Savor smAlbany promotions.

The following slate for the BID's Board of Directors is being advanced to all members by the current Governance Committee. Please take a few minutes to review the slate of candidates listed below and vote by 4:00 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 online here or by

Artful Albany is a guided walking tour podcast designed to celebrate the art, history, and culture unique to New York's Capital City. During each episode, we'll focus on an area of downtown Albany to explore. We'll regale you with stories, highlight dynamic public art, and hear from some of the artists behind the Capital Walls public art project.

The Winter Wonderland exhibit is now closed. Thank you for enjoying this seasonal public art programs!

The BID is pleased to announce the slate for the Board of Directors elections. Several qualified candidates were submitted for consideration. Upon conducting interviews and careful consideration, the following individuals were selected by the Governance Committee: 

Supporting Downtown businesses is as easy as the click of a button, with online shopping offering online everything from clothing to accessories and floral arrangements to hair products. All this with the benefit of supporting locally-owned businesses! 

Application due date:  November 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

The latest two murals added to the Capital Walls public art portfolio were unveiled in downtown Albany, NY on October 27, 2020 as elected officials, arts organization leaders, and artists gathered to celebrate the works by artists BoogieREZ and Jade Warrick. 

Albany Archives, Discover Albany, and the Downtown Albany BID present Albany I Spy, with a seasonal spin! The competitive portion of the scavenger hunt has ended, but you can still play along for fun and search out the ghouls, gargoyles, and Gothic architecture looming in Downtown’s streets.

Here’s how to play:  

The National Arena League's Albany team name has been selected - and the Albany Empire will strike back, return to downtown starting April 2021. The news follows an announcement in August that indoor football would return to the Times Union Center under a three-year agreement to play at the Downtown venue.

Step aside, basic salad, because downtown Albany eateries are serving up some seriously delicious vegetarian and vegan meals. No need to romaine calm as you sink your teeth into these unique dishes that are great on meatless Monday and every other day of the week. Oh, and these eateries aren't a secret, so leek the list to all your friends. 

Current downtown Albany, NY traffic advisories listed below. Vehicles in violations are subject to ticketing and/or tow. To receive Albany Police Department Nixle alerts via text or email, and to view all APD alerts online, click here.

Bring your pups on your next trip to downtown Albany and enjoy shopping and dining (and, of course, the Olde English Downtown Dog Park) with man's best friend.

Arena football will return to the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, the National Arena League (NAL) has announced. The unnamed Albany team will join the NAL in fielding a team starting in the 2021 season under a signed three-year agreement with the venue.

Get ready for a new way to enjoy a stroll around downtown Albany.

If you missed out on the 5th not-quite-annual Albany I Spy this summer, there's no need to fret because clues for the 2020 architectural scavenger hunt are now available for all to enjoy.

Thank you to all who shared photos for New York on PAWS! The submission period has ended.

Who's up for some social interaction while we social distance? Downtown businesses and organizations have a number of virtual events so you can stay engaged with Downtown - and each other! A complete directory of in-person and virtual events can be found here. Looking for ways to support Downtown businesses amid COVID-19?

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) has announced $250,000 in grants available to brick and mortar businesses within the District to support re-opening and repairing following significant economic impact related to COVID-19 and vandalization during recent demonstrations.

Celebrating First Responders & Frontliners is a program launched by the City of Albany’s three Business Improvement Districts: Central Avenue, Downtown Albany, and Lark Street (BID), to thank the first responders and frontline workers whose dedication through the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the community safe, mobile, and fed.

At a time of distress, we’ve seen an incredible amount of generosity from individuals, businesses, and organizations within Downtown. If you're looking for some good news to boost your spirits, or are looking for ways to give back yourself, look no further. Know of a good great deed that’s happening as a result of COVID-19 not listed here?

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act recently passed by Congress includes funding for businesses and nonprofits. The following information was provided by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and Congressman Paul Tonko.

Looking to level up your meals while cooking at home? We partnering with Downtown restaurants on Quarantine Cuisine! See below for the recipes they came up with based on submitted photos. 

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and related challenges, the website Support smAlbany has been launched as a go-to resource for businesses, and particularly small businesses, in the City of Albany.

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order expanding the tax commissioner's authority to abate late filing and payment penalties, allowing the abatement of interest on quarterly and annual sales and use tax filings due March 20, 2020 for those unable to file and pay as a result of the COVID-19 virus

Downtown Albany hosts a wide variety of accessible, free public art by local, regional, and internationally renowned creators.

Whether you're stuck at your desk or just don't feel like leaving your couch, you can still enjoy a delicious meal from Downtown! With over two dozen restaurants offering delivery options, you can do everything from enjoy breakfast to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Road to the Final Four stops in Albany on March 19 & 21, 2020 at Times Union Center when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference & Siena College host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA March Madness Tournament (game times and teams will be announced on March 15)!

May the road rise up to meet you... especially as you head to Downtown in celebration of all things St. Patrick's Day! As you're making your plans, remember that you can find information on parking in Downtown right here, and a full list of restaurants and bars right here

POSTPONED: Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, and the New York on PAUSE order from Governor Cuomo limiting non-essential gatherings, Downtown Albany Restaurant Week has been postponed. When it is safe to celebrate the world-class cuisine available in Downtown with this event, we will do so. Stay tuned for new dates! 

While the NCAA Men's Basketball sessions are in Downtown, there will be just as much excitement outside the Times Union Center as there will be at the games.

For over three decades the Business Review has been releasing the Book of Lists, a go-to publication in doing business for anything from job-seekers to CEOs looking for bids on an upcoming project.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District is seeking a firm to perform a District Demographic Study with submissions due at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (please note this is an extension of the previous due date).

Voting is open for the Times Union's 2020 Best Of following nearly 160,000 nominations in 100 categories. People will be able to vote once a day through Thursday, March 5 in Dining Out, Goods and Services, Arts and Entertainment, and Best of the Rest categories.

'Tis the season for affection, and with dining, gift, and entertainment options for every love language, Downtown is the place to be this Valentine's Day.

Chicago-based company Novel Coworking is expanding into New York following the purchase of 69 State Street. Plans for the 17-story building include renovations to provide modern and affordable workspace, with pre-leasing already underway for private offices, SmartSuites, and coworking memberships which start at $129 per month.

Significant development in downtown Albany has attracted new restaurateur Jeffrey Via, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for The Paper Dragon held January 9. 

Does the start of a new decade have you even more motivated to stick to your resolutions? As 2020 begins, Downtown businesses are here to help you with some of the most common New Year's Resolutions: lose weight/exercise and improve your finances.

Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft have released the most popular destinations in and around Albany for 2019, with Downtown locations placing on both companies lists. 

For Lyft, which presents the Lyftie Award to the most popular U.S. ride destinations for more than 50 cities, the most celebrated restaurant/bar in the Albany area was: 

A formerly vacant building that has been transformed into 132 apartments and commercial space was officially welcomed to Downtown in early December, following a grand opening announcement made by Gov.