I grew up in Clifton Park, NY, which is about 20 min. south of Albany and loved it. It is quiet, but developed and has one of the best schools in the area (Shenendehowa Central). Very safe community and great for the children!
Fondest memory: Lark Fest!
Albany, just like every city has it's fair share of street vendors. The vendors here only come out during lunch hours and they line the street next to the SUNY campus and The Empire Plaza. What I thought was neat about these vendors is that each stand is dedicated to a different style of food, there was Chinese, Indian, Italian, Sushi, etc. I wasn't very hungry so I settled for a key lime Italian Icee from the Columbo stand. It was the best Italian Icee I've ever had.
Fondest memory: Savoring the Italian Icee
If you are in the vicinity of Albany and need a driving break you might stop in at Albany and take a look at " Empire State Plaza" .
On a saturady or sunday the plaza is completely deserted and the state capital buildings are quite imposing .
Time Needed : 1/2 hour
Favorite thing: In my short drive into the city, I passed by at least three educational facilities whose architecture and grounds appealed to me. I tried to get a photo of the State University of New York (Albany Campus) that conveyed the feeling, but I did not really succeed. I needed more time to wander around looking for better angles, instead of just pulling over into a parking space at the side of the Avenue!
Favorite thing: As I drove into and back out of the city centre on Western Avenue, I noticed a number of fine old mansions and homes. These are a couple of the smaller houses located not too far from the Holiday Inn Express where I was staying. It shows a construction styles that are common throughout New England and New York.
Favorite thing: Albany's Cultural Education Center opposes the state capitol building on the Empire State Plaza, but at such a distance that the two can scarcely be viewed from the same perspective. Today's Center is a smaller, modern building set off from the row of much-taller agency buildings, in appearance looking like several stories pancaking a helpless ground floor of classical arches. Behind its misbalanced layers you'll find a library, an archives and a museum.
Favorite thing: Most visitors will probably regard the medieval features in the city center as the most picturesque and, but there are significant examples of classical architecture in Albany, and rightly so, when the state capitol building (a common bastion of classical lines) is made to resemble a medieval town hall. Long pillars and Corinthian capitals are much used in Western architecture and with good reason. Albany incorporates them into its state as well as civic buildings, a wonderful counterbalance to the medieval and futuristic icons surrounding.
Favorite thing: The urban renewal in Albany begins almost on the front steps of the state capitol building. Girded on its right hand by classical state department buildings and running a few hundred yards from the front steps, the civic Meeting Center ("the Egg"), the uniform Agency towers (23-story skyrises) and the Cultural Education Center are but few of the structures on the immaculately-planned and constructed Empire State Plaza.
Favorite thing: Albany is filled with stately buildings throughout its boundaries, some of which sit peacefully side by side with modest residential communities. In the 19th century when building was at its height, various styles made their mark on the city "skyline," but after the rebuilding and urban improvement of the 20th century, notable standouts tend to grace every city block. Students and lovers of architecture will have plenty to pique their interests and sate their appetites in Albany.
Actually I just spent half a day in Albany...I wanted to spot the Capitol and all the modern State buildings (NY state being the 2nd most populated state of the USA...I thought it would be big).
I did not really found the city attractive...but I may be wrong due to lack of time.
Fondest memory: Here is a picture of the Capitol.
visit the State Capitol buildings, college campuses such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Istitute, local night spots.......
Fondest memory: Miss my workshop in the garage the most while away from home. Fondest memory is smoking a Hoyo de Monterey Excalibur (Honduran) cigar!
saratoga springs is a quaint town about an hours drive north of albany. one month a year they have horse racing and parties galore.
Fondest memory: downtown broadway street in saratoga springs is a lovely place to sit with a cup of coffee, read the newspaper and soak up the sun at an outdoor cafe.
Since Albany is only 5 miles square you can see all of it in a day! Downtown is a must. The Empire State Plaza is where you'll find the tallest buildings in the city - and if you're used to tall buildings, then these are gonna shock you.
Fondest memory: The biggest surprise about Albany is that it is very entertainment oriented and that in summer many concerts and shows are held outdoors and for free admission. Concerts and plays in Washingston Park, the Empire Plaza and Corning Preserve aslo boast a host of free entertainment for all ages.
Albany has always been at the crossroads of the Northeast and the best destination for work and leisure.
Just vist and you will find out what I am saying.