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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

Press release from
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

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! 


Tickets | $30.00 | Purchase online


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


Click here to help name the new team!


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.

Tickets | $35.00 | Register online

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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