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News Archive


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.

Calling all trainers! Set amidst downtown Albany, NY's historic architecture you'll find world-class dining, arts, shopping, entertainment... and a lot of Pokestops and Gyms. Whether you're feeling a little Drowzee and need a walk or are skipping the track to find a Horsea, Downtown is a very alluring place. 

What's it like to live Downtown? See for yourself as you go inside downtown Albany, NY residential properties and tour available units during the Residential Open House on August 19 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

Check in for the self-guided tour at Tricentennial Park (Broadway & Columbia Street). Event is free and open to the public.

ALBANY, NY >> What do balloons, a whip, the inconceivable, and I-787 have in common?

UPDATE >> Due to inclement weather being forecast for Thursday evening, the Downtown Albany BID's free outdoor movie showing of The Princess Bride in Tricentennial Park (Broadway & Columbia Street), will be shown on September 15 instead of August 25.

Whether you’re a visitor, employee, or resident, experiencing all that Downtown has to offer just got a little easier: The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s new Downtown Albany Map is now available!

The Palace Theatre presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project designed to further elevate arts and entertainment in the community, and position the historic theatre as a unique gateway to downtown Albany, NY. The news comes after, over the course of a few months, the arts and entertainment venue purchased eight properties.

Looking for a new, fun way to enjoy the great outdoors in historic Downtown? The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, Albany Parking Authority, and Palace Theatre are partnering on a summer film series and we'll be announcing the schedule soon.

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey letting us know which movies should be shown.

‘Tis the season – to dine outside! Pull up a chair and sip your coffee or enjoy a meal and great conversation while taking in Downtown’s historic architecture. With nearly two dozen options for eating al fresco, you’re sure to find the perfect place to indulge whatever you’re craving.  

Need a fun way to beat the heat this summer? Palace Theatre's Summer in the City free family movie series returns each Tuesday for eight weeks beginning July 5.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) celebrated 20 years of serving the Downtown community at its Annual Meeting held June 1 at the Palace Theatre.

Six larger than life birds have transformed one side of a downtown Albany parking garage, thanks to a collaboration between the Albany Parking Authority, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn, and a number of Downtown organizations.

Join the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District at the Palace Theatre on June 1 as we look back on 20 years of the BID, and ahead to what the future holds for our District. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will deliver the Keynote Address, and we will honor SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with the 2016 James M. DiNapoli Award.

The announcement may have come on a day that felt more like winter than spring, but the announcement of the 2016 Alive at Five lineup made summer feel all that much closer.

We know Downtown has a lot to offer - and based on the 2016 Capital Region Living Magazine "Bestie" Awards, so do you.

Fun fact: There are 3,231 parking spaces within the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District - and that doesn't even include all the places you can park your bike.

The Excelsior Pub - where you can dine on the best food and sip the best beverages native to the Empire State - is now serving lunch seven days a week. Sit back, relax, and enjoy everything from hot dogs and wings to beef on weck and garbage plates. Want to endulge your sweet tooth?

Dining Out For Life, the annual dining fundraising event that raises money for AIDS service organizations, returns to the area on April 28. If you're looking to try out a new Downtown restaurant - or just wanted a good excuse to return to your favorite place - now is a good time.

The Palace Theatre announced this week that The Australian Pink Floyd Show will perform at the historic venue on August 13 at 8:00 PM.

Our Downtown Albany BID Clean Team is on the job year-round to help ensure a visually appealing Downtown for all of us.

Capital Repertory Theatre's next production, The Trip to Bountiful, runs April 22 - May 15.

Join the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and community partners in a Neighborhood Cleanup Day! Meet at 9:30 AM at The Coliseum Mall, 153 S. Pearl Street. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your friends; tools and supplies will be provided.

From a quick cup of coffee to the creations of award-winning chefs, Downtown welcomes you to taste what our restaurants, eateries and bars have to offer. Choose from signature cocktails, beers from around the globe, gourmet doughnuts, world-class dining and more at more than 60 locations in the heart of our Capital City.

Our popular food truck event is back!

Looking for a place to enjoy weekend brunch in downtown Albany? Great news - here's where you can find some Downtown brunch options as of May 2021:

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else you can think of: Downtown Albany Restaurant Week returns April 9-15, 2016! Participating restaurants will offer a 3 course meal for just $20.16 (meals value at least $35).

Are you a college student? On Monday, April 11 you can enjoy a 3 course meal for just $16.16! Valid student ID must be presented.

A Lake Placid-based, women-owned marketing agency is one of the latest companies to take advantage of the non-traditional office space – from executive suites for lease to membership-based shared workspace – that has become increasingly popular in downtown Albany.

Full-service firm McLaren Engineering Group has opened their newest office location in downtown Albany. With projects spanning the globe, the company's projects include everything from parking garages to the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show Stage and more in areas from the Capital District to China.

ALBANY, NY… The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown at 74 State Street in January 2016.