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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.

Who's ready to Shop Small? Downtown Albany's locally-owned businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday (November 26), and along with great finds at these retailers and restaurants, you can find some fantastic events:

It's time to embrace your inner coffee nerd. At the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane lies the latest location for Stacks Espresso Bar. Open seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Stacks is a place known as a playground for exploring all the fantastic elements that make coffee more than just something to keep you warm. The result?

Downtown's own English pub, The Olde English, is in the running to win a national title for best fish and chips in America. Entered into Old Speckled Hen Beer's 2016 competition, voting is open through November 30 and you can help them take home the title.

Click here to vote.

Eight restaurants. Three courses. $19.37.

Signs of Greatness: Albany Stories highlights unique points of interest in downtown Albany, many of which until now have been little known to the public.

Get ready for a scary good time. This year, Downtown businesses and venues are offering loads of Halloween events and specials. We'll update this list as more information comes in, so check back as we get closer!

Get ready for a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time. Lévels Banquet Hall, Downtown's newest event venue, is kicking off their Gospel Brunch series on October 23. Being held the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month with start times at 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM.

The community-based initiative Cash for Coats was launched this week to help collect funds to purchase new winter items for Albany school children in need. Donations are being accepted through November 1.

Get ready for some good clean fun. A new high-tech laundromat has opened in Downtown, and it offers customers the ability to skip scrounging for change and instead pay with a debit or credit card, or right from their smart phone.

Albany Center Gallery, the Capital Region gallery at the forefront of showcasing local and regional visual arts for 40 years, has announced it will relocate to the historic Arcade Building, concluding a two-year-long process to find a new location. The 75,000 sq. ft. building, owned by Fairbank Properties, recently completed a $10 million renovation that includes 60 new apartments.

As Downtown is in the midst of transforming into Albany’s newest neighborhood, the Downtown Albany BID is taking a step back in time to showcase from where the Capital City has come. This fall, the BID will install Signs of Greatness: Albany Stories throughout the District.

It's covered birding and evolution - next, it will will take on historical archaeology. What is "it"? It's The Science Cafe, and it returns October 17 at 6:00 PM at City Beer Hall with the program titled "Beverwijck, a 17th-c.

Construction has begun on the Times Union Center atrium's multi-million dollar transformation.

In partnership with Albany Center Gallery and Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, Downtown will welcome legendary animator and director Ron Campbell for a three-day exhibit at 346-348 Br

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Enjoy Downtown in a new way as parking spots are transformed into mini parks, exhibit spaces and more.

The temporary façade of a Downtown building has been turned into a canvas, thanks to a partnership between the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), Albany Center Gallery, and Fairbank Properties.

The Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival - Wine & Dine for the Arts - returns January 12-14, 2017 at the Hilton Albany in Downtown. Drawing thousands of people to the weekend-long event, the drool-worthy festival includes a Rising Star Chef competition, the 6 winners of which are invited to cook at the two grand tastings.

The region's only American Hockey League team, the Albany Devils, has announced their 2016-17 schedule - and there's good news for local fans: the team boasts that this season marks their most fan-friendly yet with 25 home weekend games.