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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. 

Update >> Thank you to all artists who applied to participate! Due to the overwhelming response to the call for artists, the BID has decided to place out 20 statues instead of the originally planned 10.

The NCAA has awarded the 2019 Division I Women’s Basketball Regional and the 2020 Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Round championships to the Times Union Center.

The Downtown Albany BID will host our 2017 annual meeting on May 3 beginning at 5:00 PM at Sixty State Place (60 State Street). Join us as we reflect on the accomplishments of 2016 and look ahead to the projects we have in the pipeline for 2017.

This year, the BID will honor Anders Tomson, President & CEO Chemung Canal Trust Company, with the 2017 James M. DiNapoli Award.

Join Downtown Albany BID staff and community volunteers in taking part in South End Earth Day (SEED) on April 22. We will meet at the Albany Coliseum (153 S Pearl Street) for the cleanup of Madison and S Pearl areas from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Exciting news for fans of the Fort Orange General Store - it's moving Downtown.

Ridesharing is now available in Upstate NY! The NYS Senate passed legislating legalizing the service outside of New York City.

CDTA is seeking station suggestions for the upcoming bike share, CDPHP Cycle!, set to launch later this year.

Decisions on rack locations will be guided with your feedback, along with the following criteria: available space, pedestrian traffic, population density, bike infrastructure, and transit options.

Update: Exciting news! If you want to re-watch, or catch for the first time, our chat with Albany Archives you can check it out here on YouTube or on Facebook.

The City of Albany has issued a snow emergency that will begin at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at which time all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week will run April 1-7, 2017. Head to downtown Albany and dine on a delicious 3-course meal, valued at a minimum of $35, for just $20.17. Below find a list of participating restaurants. With menu or venue specific questions, please contact the restaurant - and remember, reservations are encouraged (and sometimes required).

Over the next month and a half, 1,624 trading cards will be hand-painted by Albany residents and visitors at events and locations throughout Albany.

The Albany Capital Center, Downtown's state-of-the-art convention center, officially opened on March 1 following over $78 million in investment and 24 months of work.

Personal training studio C-Suite Fitness celebrated one year in business earlier this month with an open house and client appreciation event. Located inside the Argus Building in Downtown, the business was the first retail tenant to move into the building renovated by Cass Hill Development.

The MAAC is back! Tens of thousands of people will head Downtown to see the 2017 Men's and Women's Basketball Championship games held at the Times Union Center March 2 - 6 - but there's plenty of action off the court too.

The Albany Capital Center, the Times Union Center and Mazzone Hospitality will host a joint job fair on Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany.

This job fair is free to attend and open to the public.

The 67th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Albany will step off at 2:00 PM on March 11; held in conjunction with the parade, the Family Festival will run Noon - 4:00 PM in Academy Park (across from Albany City Hall).

The Grammy award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, fresh off celebrating music director David Alan Miller's 25 anniversary, has announced the 2017-18 season which includes a debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The season will highlight the works of living composers, as well as those of the greatest composers of past eras.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) was joined by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, County Executive Daniel McCoy representative Matt Cannon, property owner Jack Yonally, and business owner Lyle Houston on February 14 in officially welcoming The Fifth Tier Baking Studio to Downtown to 54 Columbia Street.

The City of Albany, NY has issued a snow emergency that will begin at 8:00 PM tonight, February 13, at which time all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency, all vehicles must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street.