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News Archive


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:


Best Local Celebrity

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

Register online

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 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 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.