The Tulip Festival is one of the larger ones held in the eastern United States. It is also the longest operating festival in Albany (about 60 years, 2007).
The second weekend of May is the time; Washington Park is the place; thousands of people make a huge crowd and parking problem.
There is a tulip parade, the selection of a tulip queen, the tours of the tulip gardens and live entertainment for the enjoyment of the visitors. Food vendors are everywhere. Artists, artisans and craftspersons have their tents and stands to sell you their wares. Special areas are set aside for kids activities (sand painting, face painting, yard games).
to get there:
take I-90 to the downtown Albany area and get off at the Washington Avenue exit. take Washington Avenue two miles east to Sprague Place and go south into Washington Park.
Here are a few of the neighborhoods within metropolitan Albany.
Runs north-south from Washington Avenue to Madison Avenue and east-west from Eagle Street to Lincoln Park. This area is where all the impressive public buildings are.
Runs north-south from Holland Avenue to I-87 and east-west from Oneida Terrace to Hackett Blvd. This wedge is centered on Delaware Avenue (US9W/route 443) and was the very rich section of the city in the early 20th Century. Popular lore says that the mobster Legs Diamond was killed in the area.
Runs north-south from Washington Avenue to Western Avenue and east-west from Manning Blvd to Brevator Street. A region of old architectural style; single family homes in a mix of Colonial, Federal, Spanish and Victorian shapes.
Runs north-south from Washington Avenue to Woodlawn Street and east-west from Lake Avenue to Main Avenue. This is an upscale area of distinctive architectures (classic Revival to Spanish stucco) includes the "Little Hollywood" area because the homes look like they belong in California.
South End Mansions
Runs north-south from Madison Avenue (US20) to Morton Avenue and east-west from Trinty Place to Eagle Street. The homes here are estates in old turret-and-porch style with gabled roofs. Greek-Revival, Italian-ornate and French-revisionist architecture in stone and brick are most prevalent.
Runs north-south from Washington Avenue to Madison Avenue (US20) and east-west from Lark Street (US9W) to Lake Avenue.The majority of this area is public park land. The most distinctive feature of this park is the Moses statue.
After my early morning flight to Montreal, followed by the 3.5 hour drive to Albany, it was lunch time when I drove into the centre of the city for a look around before checking into my hotel. The delicious smells coming from this busy line of mobile vendors caught my attention as I was walking by the State Education building! They sell everything from pizzas, to burgers, sausages and various other delights! Unfortunately for me, my parking meter was running out and I had no more change, so I had to shoot and run!
As with many places in the East, Albany marks its large share of historical associations with conspicuous placards. Near the City Hall stands one of the city's lushest areas, a small park with tall and ancient trees. While most eyes would divert from the Romanesque towers of the city government office with difficulty, the nearby park marks the location where George Washington undertook the command of the rebel forces in our Revolution -- "under the grandfather of the elm(?)" presently shading the park.
Ok, you're gonna laugh - but I've lived in Southern California most of my life so when I came to Albany on of the first things I saw that left a big impression was a 'beat cop'. I had never seen a Police Officer simply walking his beat. Or stopping to talk to people in the neighborhood. Refreshing that the State Capital has such a small town feel.