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The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, which has worked to restore, promote and maintain the character and vitality of downtown Albany since 1996, will host 2018 Board of Director meetings on the following dates and times. All meetings are held at 21 Lodge Street unless otherwise noted.

It's that time of year again...time for the annual Halloween party everyone talks about! 


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A local ownership group announced the return of Arena Football to Albany on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Read the full press release from below:


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ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Ria’s Bistro & Bakery, located at 113 State Street, on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Mayor Kathy M.

Wondering what's been happening in Downtown over the last few months? You can read all about it in the Downtown Digest Summer/Fall 2017 edition!


Happy Hallo-woof! On Saturday, October 21, terrifying terriers, howlin' hounds and spooky schnauzers will walk the streets of Downtown for the BID's new Puppy Trick-or-Treating event. Dress up your pup for a Costumed Canine Contest and stop by local businesses for unique Halloween dog treats.


Albany Center Gallery (ACG) has undergone some very positive changes over the last 12 months. In its 40th year serving the Capital Region, the gallery moved to a new location, expanded its audience, increased membership and sales, and raised its profile in the community.

Please join us on October 4, 2017 for the Discover Albany Video Launch Party! We'll be screening the new Discover Albany Video Series, created by Eric Mower + Associates, which provides an in-depth look at this great city.


The Capital Region's 1st Vegan Beer Pairing Event will be held Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 PM at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, located at 79 N. Pearl Street.

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People, places and businesses in downtown Albany are thriving, which was proven in this year's The Alt Readers' Poll. Check out the categories Downtown took home for 2017:


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Developers Ten Plus Ten’s new 73 market-rate units were welcomed to Downtown on Monday, September 25, 2017 as officials came together for the ribbon cutting at 20 Park Residences, the latest completed project in the City’s newest neighborhood.

What's it like to live Downtown? See for yourself as you tour downtown Albany, NY residential properties and available units during the Residential Open House on September 28 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.


1st Friday is a free monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month in Albany, NY. Event sponsors and participants host events from 5:00 to 9:00 PM in various neighborhoods throughout the city.

Capitalize Albany Corporation will host Building for Tomorrow 2017 on Tuesday, November 14

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Join the Capitalize Albany Corporation board of directors and staff to celebrate this year’s citywide economic development accomplishments and an extraordinary year of investment.

The Erie Canal directed the course of New York and American history. When it opened in 1825, this “boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century” unlocked the Western interior for trade and settlement.

The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Bombshell Hair & Beauty Studio, located within the Arcade Building at 488 Broadway, on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Mayor Kathy M.

The City of Albany presents the 2017 September in the City Art Fair series. The Art Fair will be held each Thursday of September (plus Thursday, October 5) from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM in downtown Albany’s DiNapoli Park (Broadway & Pine Street).

Attention artists and crafters! Vendors are needed for the City of Albany's September in the City Art Fair. Find the application here. 

Three properties in downtown Albany are currently undergoing renovations for what will soon become new retail and residential units available in Downtown.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Downtown Albany BID are sponsoring Nipper Week from Monday, July 31 through Sunday, August 6.

The Albany Capital Center has been chosen as the hosting venue for the state boys volleyball tournament beginning in the fall of 2018. The convention center announced a three-year run following a vote on July 25th by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Central Committee.

Starting on August 12, the State Education Building will be offering free tours on the second Saturday of each month. This is the first time the building has been made available for regular public tours since the State Museum and Library were moved from the Education Building to the Cultural Education Center in the 1970s.

Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP) and Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) have officially launched the region's first bike-share program, CDPHP Cycle! 

A popular and wide-ranging soft-goods retail business that closed its doors in early June 2016 has reopened under new ownership at a new location, 412 Broadway, across from the SUNY Administration building. The Fort Orange General Store opened last week as part of a soft-opening phase, a ribbon cutting event was held on July 21. The Store’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 fourth, almost-annual Albany I Spy will be kicking off in Downtown Albany once again! We're switching things up a bit this year though. Only the first five picture clues will be available to hunt early on August 7. For those last seven, you'll have to arrive at The City Beer Hall at noon to find out what they are and you will be timed!

Albany parking services are moving into the 21st century. In a new pilot program, ParkAlbany has installed new meters and launched a mobile payment app (ParkAlbany) that allows users to pay for parking on their smart phone.

The 2017 lineup for the free, all-ages show Pearlpalooza, being held September 16, has been announced - with one exception. This year's opening act will be decided based on a battle of the bands taking place at Lucky Strike Social. Here's what we do know:

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce its new 2017 outdoor summer entertainment series, Bites Camera Action.

Historic Albany Foundation has unveiled two large graphics on the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, Albany's oldest existing building that's also known as 48 Hudson Avenue. The "This Place Matters" project was introduced in mid-June and is intended to expand awareness about 48 Hudson and its significant as Albany's oldest remaining urban Dutch building in the Hudson Valley.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and the Times Union Center are proud to present the second season of Bites Camera Action, a free outdoor summer movie series running on Monday evenings through August 27!

The wait for bike sharing in the region is nearly over as CDTA has announced the locations where CDPHP Cycle! stations will be placed. In total, 160 bikes will be available at 38 locations spanning four counties in densely populated, easily accessible areas.

In Downtown, stations will be placed at:

Looking for a job in the tech industry? Skip looking at larger cities and keep an eye right here on the Capital City. Money Magazine released in mid-June a list of the 20 hottest cities for tech jobs now - with Albany placing in the top 5.

From the article:

As of June 29, 2017, ridesharing is officially in Albany!

CDTA has partnered with several Albany organizations, including the Downtown Albany BID, to launch the Capital City Shuttle, a free service that link some of the City's most visited neighborhoods - Downtown, Lark Street, and the Warehouse District.

People with a New York 518 area code will soon have to begin dialing 10 digit phone numbers for local calls within the code region, which covers all or part of the state's 17 eastern counties. The new procedure will take effect on August 19 and comes as a result of the new 838 area code covering the same area.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce our 2017 free outdoor Placemaking exhibit:  Downtown is Pawsome. Celebrating a local landmark and American icon, this year’s program will feature regional artists customizing twenty 3-foot-tall sculptures of Albany’s famous canine resident Nipper.

Audi of America will conduct a self-driving vehicle demonstration in Albany near the state Capitol on June 13, the first such event in the Empire State, following an announcement earlier this month by Gov. Cuomo that New York State is accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. 

Anyone who visits, lives, or works in Downtown will now have permanent access to art by an internationally recognized artist, thanks to a partnership between ParkAlbany, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn, and a number of Downtown organizations.

The artists who will transform sculptures into the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) 2017 outdoor public Placemaking exhibit, Downtown is Pawsome, have been announced.

Ready to enjoy great movies set among Downtown's historic architecture? We are partnering with the Palace Theater and ParkAlbany to bring back our outdoor film series, and again this year we want your help deciding what to show.

Historic Albany Foundation has launched cultural heritage tourism podcast Listen Albany, and the inaugural episode invites you to take a stroll down Pearl Street. The podcast takes you from the Times Union Center to the Palace Theatre, and shares the rich history of one of Downtown's busiest thoroughfares and various side streets.

Heading to downtown Albany, NY to dine? No need to leave man's best friend at home. These restaurants and eateries welcome dogs on their patios:

Are you ready for Mother's Day on May 14? Downtown is here to help you - whether it's a delicious brunch complete with music, flowers, dinner where mom eats free, or anything else. And here, there's no shortage of great places to dine and pick up the perfect gift.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) presented the 5th Annual James M. DiNapoli Award to Anders Tomson, President and CEO of Chemung Canal Trust Company, at the BID’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Sixty State Place. Created in 2013 in honor of a founding member and inaugural Chairman of the Downtown BID, the James M.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce our 2017 free outdoor Placemaking exhibit:  Downtown is Pawsome.

The Downtown Albany BID will be constructing a dog park early this summer in Wallenburg Park (corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue) and RFPs are currently being sought for the fence portion of the park.

Bids are due May 12 at 3:00 PM and can be sent to Don Wilson, Operations Manager, at

Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser where restaurants across the country donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS service agencies, returns April 27. In Downtown, the following eateries are participating with the event benefiting Alliance for Positive Health. For more information on menu or hours, contact the participating venues.