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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.

View official website | Purchase tickets

Real change is up to you. Help those who help others. Give where & when it’s safe to give.

INSTRUCTIONS: Read below to learn how to enter the #ShopSmallDowntownAlbany Facebook Selfie Contest

Now in its fifth year, Handmade at The Hollow 2018 promises to be the best yet! This one-day, indoor market featuring artisans, crafters, and makers of unique and high quality goods is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday shopping season in downtown Albany while supporting small businesses.

The Fort Orange Holiday Market returns for a second season in downtown Albany! The market will kick-off on the same evening as Albany City Hall’s Tree Lighting & Open House on Friday, November 30, and continue the following three Fridays: December 7, 14, and 21, from 5 PM - 9 PM each night.

The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held the official grand opening of Downtown’s newest addition on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

From Capitalize Albany Corporation: Governor Cuomo announced Albany’s Clinton Square as a third round recipient of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.

Zachary's Pastry Shoppe's (54 State Street) very own Chef Dan Raymond will be competing on Monday's season premiere of the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship!

From The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has partnered with several Albany organizations to launch the Capital City Trolley.

The City of Albany has been named as the official host site of the inaugural Aurora Games, an international, world-class, all-women's multi-sport competition and entertainment festival. The first-of-its-kind event will be held at the Times Union Center in Downtown August 20 - 25, 2019. 

Happy Howl-o-ween! On Saturday, October 20, beastly beagles, creepy collies, ghoulish golden retrievers, and spooky schnauzers will return to roam the streets of downtown Albany for the BID's second annual puppy trick-or-treating event: Hounds of Halloween! 

The Downtown Albany BID is seeking proposals for both the Purchase of Outdoor Custom Lighting Display and the Purchase of Outdoor Holiday Skyline Lighting Display.

As of September 10, 2018, Capitol Melts (136 State Street) is now serving an enhanced menu in addition to the grilled cheese cafe's regular offerings. Customers will now find their usual favorites under the "Classic Grilled Cheese" banner, and the restaurant has added Smoked Gouda

Join us Tuesday, October 9, and enjoy a Fido-friendly FREE screening of FRANKENWEENIE outside on the big screen!

Tickets | FREE! | Follow the event on Facebook

The Downtown is Pawsome sculptures, based on Albany's famous landmark canine statue "Nipper" and colorfully customized by talented regional artists, have enlivened Downtown's streets and are now in search of forever homes!

August 13, 2018 - ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), and Capitalize Albany Corporation held the official grand opening of one of the newest additions to the city’s Central Business District on Monday, August 13, 2018. Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Capitalize Albany Corporation President Sarah Reginelli, Assembly Member John T.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) clearly defines proposal qualifications, scope of services and coverage area. 

From investing in high-quality resident amenities and planning inexpensive community events, to several new business openings and impressive real estate conversions, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and its stakeholders are showing their commitment to our neighborhood in a big way.

DIRECTIONS FOR APPLYING: Please email a one-page cover letter and resume to for consideration. 

ALBANY, NY – Downtown Albany’s free summer film series, Bites Camera Action, kicks off TONIGHT on South Pearl Street with a screening of the film Invincible on the Times Union Center’s new 15-by-70-foot LED displays.

ALBANY, NY – Hit the water and see Albany from aboard a kayak! This summer, Discover Albany’s partner Upstate Kayak Rentals is launching a self-serve Kayak Rental Hub at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch.

Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer in downtown Albany by attending as many *FREE* events throughout the city as possible?

CLICK HERE to download our free summer events calendar!

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 


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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