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News Archive


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? Good news: The list of Downtown eateries that offers this option keeps growing!
Here's where you can find some Downtown brunch options as of April 2018:
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Saturday | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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.

ALBANY, NY … The City of Albany, Norstar Development USA, L.P. (Norstar), Capitalize Albany Corporation, the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency, and Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held a grand opening of The Lofts at 733 Broadway, located at 733 Broadway on November 5, 2015. Albany Mayor Kathy M.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Jubilee Jewelers at 52 S Pearl Street. The celebration for Downtown’s newest retailer continues the trend of businesses and residents being drawn to Albany’s growing community.

November 5, 2015

ALBANY, NY… The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Aji Steak Stone & Sushi at 30 South Pearl Street (direct entrance at 45 Beaver Street) on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

ALBANY, NY … The City of Albany, Omni Development Company, Inc. (Omni), Capitalize Albany Corporation, the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency, and Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) held a grand opening of the Steuben Place Apartments, located at 40 Steuben Place (58 N Pearl Street), on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Established in 1853 to serve the community, Kinderhook Bank expanded into downtown Albany to serve a community growing in residents, employees, and visitors.