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World Axe Throwing League coach Benn MacDonald has expanded his Far Shot Recreation to downtown Albany, officially opening on October 11 at the 69 N Pearl Street location.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking proposals for 3-year audit services and 2020 seasonal flowering program. Each are due Friday, October 25 at Noon. 

A fitness studio offering classes six days a week and on-site childcare is now open in downtown Albany.

The Bishop, a new restaurant and full-service bar with a farm to table, bourbon and steak focus, was officially welcomed to downtown Albany, NY on September 19.

The City of Albany has launched the 2019 Cash for Coats drive, a community-based initiative that collects funds to purchase new winter clothing items for Albany school children in need. Over the years, the Cash for Coats program has distributed tens of thousands of new winter clothing items to Albany schoolchildren.

The storefront at the corner of Steuben Street, Suite #2 at 59 North Pearl, is now home to a state-of-the-art medical spa offering clinical skin-care services, aesthetic and wellness treatments — Semblance Medspa. An event was held September 27 to celebrate the completion of interior renovations and its grand opening. Owner Dr.

What's it like to live Downtown? See for yourself as you tour available apartments in 10 incredible residential downtown Albany, NY properties during the Residential Open House on September 18 during lunchtime (Noon-2:00 PM) or evening (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM). Registration will take place at the Pearl Street Pub (59-61 N Pearl Street). 

Two Downtown companies have made the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies across the country. 

The Steuben Street Market, which open in January 2016 on N Pearl Street, is moving - but not far. 

Free outdoor movies | Fridays, June 18 - August 6 at SUNY Plaza Park

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.

A wellness center that has experienced significant growth in their first few months, Root3d was welcomed to Downtown with brief remarks by Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Co-founders Rachelle Pean and Jamel Mosely, and Downtown Albany BID Executive Director Georgette Steffens, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting on July 19. Born from Pean’s background as a licensed clin

The 2019-20 Downtown is Pawsome public art installation has concluded. While some of the sculptures have now found their "fur-ever" homes, a number of the pieces will remain in publicly accessible Downtown locations. The sculptures still on display are in the following locations: 

Downtown's free movie series is back! The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, Times Union Center, Albany County, and City of Albany are partnering on a four-week outdoor summer film series, Bites Camera Action (dates to be announced). 

Following extensive renovations that took place mid-January through May 2019, M&T Bank has unveiled its updated branch at 80 State Street in Downtown.

Remaining open during the project, features include new flooring, LED lighting, and technology in an open floor plan that was modernized with new teller lines, a redesigned front vestibule, and customer seating areas.

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 at the 50 South Eatery food court - located directly across from the Times Union Center - are beginning to open, with current options including Bar-B-Que Tonight Express which serves up Indian and Pakistani cuisine. 

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. 

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!

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. 

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

Registration | $25 early registration | $30 starting March 4 | $35 day-of-race 
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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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