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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 eateries welcome dogs on their patios, so pull up a chair and sip your coffee or enjoy a meal and great conversation while taking in Downtown’s historic architecture. (Honestly, no judgement if the conversation is with your dog.)

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.

The City of Albany, NY has issued a snow emergency that will begin at 8:00 PM tonight, February 9, 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.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) was joined by Mayor Kathy Sheehan and spa representatives on February 7 in officially welcoming Spa Wellington to Downtown at 140 State Street.

Delicious dinner out? Relaxing massage? Beautiful bouquet? Enjoying wine at home? No matter what you'd like to do for Valentine's Day, Downtown businesses will help find the perfect way to celebrate.

Restaurants listed below are offering special holiday menus; click the full directory link to view all dining options.

SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER — DOWNTOWN ALBANY BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Manage, fundraise for, and grow signature events and projects designed to improve the quality of life, showcase the district’s attributes, and brand the District as a destination in accordance with BID’s mission.

It's baaaack! Downtown Albany Restaurant Week will return 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.

* denotes participation in Student Night. On Monday, April 3, students who show valid ID at participating restaurants will dine for $17.17.

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 2017 Board of Director meetings on the following dates and times. All meetings are held at 21 Lodge Street unless otherwise noted.

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? We're not talking about the jerseys or the game day banter; we're talking about the food and drinks! Whether you're looking for a place to watch the game with friends, or want to make hosting a little easier with prepared dishes, Downtown is the place for you.

The Albany Center Gallery has officially opened in their new location after a grand opening celebration held on January 18. The gallery, which turns 40 this year, is located inside the recently renovated 75,000-square-foot Arcade Building (located at 488 Broadway).

Interested in what the future of Downtown holds? Here's your chance to join the discussion and have your opinion heard on an upcoming streetscape enhancement. 

Fashion designer Daniel Mozzes has opened his new showroom in downtown Albany, NY inside the newly renovated retail spaces of the Pearl Street Pub building.

Heading Downtown to take advantage of the world-class dining, arts and entertainment, and shopping options? Free parking options are available seven days a week throughout the District. Whether you take advantage of a ParkAlbany parking garage or convenient on-street parking, here are your options within the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District:

2016 was a busy year for downtown Albany - new businesses opened, we welcomed a LOT of people to events at our arts and entertainment venues, we watched movies in Tricentennial Park, and so much more.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT (PART-TIME) — DOWNTOWN ALBANY BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - The incumbent regularly, frequently, and independently interfaces with high-level internal and external contacts requiring considerable discretion, initiative and confidentiality.

Are you ready to shake up your holidays with new cocktails and mocktails?

Get ready to celebrate the holidays with some delicious drinks. The Downtown Albany BID and Wellington's are teaming up for a Facebook Live video Q&A on December 13 at 1:00 PM.

Are you ready to ring in 2017? From comedy that will make your New Year's Eve shine, downtown Albany has it all. 

The next Downtown Albany Business Improvement District Board of Directors meeting will be held on December 7 at 4:30 PM at 21 Lodge Street.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

• Call to Order R. Rosen

• Approval of Minutes | R. Rosen

• Chairman’s Report | R. Rosen
2017 Board Meeting Dates

One night at the Times Union Center the Albany Devils are playing - the next the Siena Saints will take to the court. What happens in between? A crew comes in to change the arena's floor over. This time lapse video was roughly 8.5 hours of work done by a few dozen employees. Click the image below or click here to watch the video.

Wondering what's been happening in Downtown over the last few months? A lot - and now you can read all about it in the Downtown Digest Fall/Winter 2016 edition! From companies moving their headquarters to our District to larger than live murals turning the streetscape into a canvas, there has been significant investment happening, all working together to activate our streets.