Things to Do
Things to Do
Things to Do
Magnificant Views from Observation Deck!
Half Day and Full Day get-aways from Albany
Albany doesn't have a ton of hustle and bustle but there are are several parks and trails a short distance from the City. Half Day: - Thatcher Park for the beautiful Indian Ladder Trail with lookouts from the Helderberg Escarpment: http://nysparks.com/parks/128/details.aspx-...
We were surprised an impressed with all that we saw in the New York State Museum. We enjoyed the birds, animals, minerals, plants & the people upstate. Rooms were filled with NYC memorabilia from the South Street Seaport, Black Harlem, subway cars, Ellis Island and recent...
Alive at Five
Every Thursday evening at 5pm during the summer (June-August), make your way downtown to the Albany Riverfront Park for a lovely outdoor free concert right on along the river!This night has become HUGELY popular in recent years, and the place gets PACKED, so arrive as close...
You simply can't miss one of the most beautiful and simply fun festivals in the whole state!Albany celebrates its Dutch Heritage with the Tulip Fest in May, a three day event. The beauty of thousands of brightly colored tulips (my favorite flower) thickly covering Washington...
EMPIRE STATE PLAZA
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza commissioned his friend Wallace K. Harrison (see Rockefeller Center) to be principal architect of the Plaza. The Empire State Plaze is one of the most fantastic capital centers in the country. The Plaza encompasses 98 acres...
Albany City Hall
Resembling a church, Albany's City Hall is one of city's oldest buildings. It was constructed from 1881 to 1883 by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, one of the architects who created the state capitol building. The building is made of Rhode Island granite and features a...
The Schuyler Mansion is one of the homes built by Revolutionary War general Phillip Schuyler. Right now, the staff is finishing up a large restoration project, and most of the interior of the Mansion has been restored to it's original Georgian decor. It is open for public...
Corning Tower Observation Deck
We passed through security and took an elevator to the Corning Tower Observation Deck located on the 42nd floor; the tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. The building dominates the Albany skyline with its glass, marble and angular forms. We had good...
Extendedstay Albany Capital
1 Review and 32 Opinions I stayed at the Albany Extended Stay America for 12 days out of my planned 45. After the second...
JILLIAN'S: EAT, DRINK AND PLAY
After checking out the 3 I Dines restaurants that were supposed to be open but weren't, SES and I decided to make a quick stop at Jillian's to grab a quick drink and a snack. Jillians is a chain restaurant/bar/pool hall that really doesn't offer much out of the ordinary. We...
Pinto and Hobbs Tavern: New location, new chef, new menu - must try!!
Pinto and Hobbbs has moved around the corner to Washington Avenue across from the Albany Institiute of History and Art and with the new intimate space comes a new fresh food menu featuring some very tasty items. They roast thier own turkey which makes for great open face hot...
Fuze Box Lounge: Where the cool kids hang out...
Formerly a White Tower restaurant, then the iconic Albany club the QE2, this building has recently been reborn as the Fuze Box Lounge. It's a great place for drinks and dancing, and there's frequently live music. Also, they do theme nights every week. Mondays are Indie Rock,...
They have BTC and Crooked Rain Crooked Rain in the juke box. And as you know this is enough for me to love the place. We used to walk here and just chill all evening. A couple pitchers of Bass and a fist full of dollars for the Pavement.
Dress code? Yeah ok.
WALKING ALBANY IS A MUST
Albany, much like Boston, is one of those cities that is best enjoyed by walking it. Albany is loaded with historic, beautiful churches that you would otherwise miss during a drive. Albany also has some of the best architecture in the US and also the most diverse. Here you...
You're best bet to traveling in the area is to have car access. If you do, nothing is beyond your reach.That's why if you're visiting from overseas, connect with someone in the area who can drive you to the best places and drop you off if need be.City Buses are do-able and...
Colonie Center: yet another mall
This is a fairly large plaza with an extensive list of stores.The directory includes:Christmas Tree, Foot Locker, Gap, Hallmark, Kay Jewelers, KB Toys, Lane Bryant, Lerners, Macys, Payless, Radio Shack, Sears, Victoria SecretThere are several eateries with wares for your...
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...
Here are a few of the neighborhoods within metropolitan Albany.Capital HillRuns 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.Center SquareRuns north-south from...
report is mostly bad
davecallahan 2821 reviews
The crime report for Albany, in general, is mostly bad. Overall the crime statistics put the city in the "high risk" category. But, Albany has many zipcoded areas and much of the data for many of those areas indicated high probability of crime while a very few areas were in the low risk level. Zipcode area 12211 was one of the best areas and area 12204 was not too bad either.
These two areas are bounded by Loudon Road, I-787 and route 378.
Also there are ninety-eight sex offenders registered in the area (see website below).
Caution should generally be used by tourists in the area especially when they stray away from the high profile tourist areas in the city. Roaming around Albany late at night is not recommended.
Keep car doors locked to prevent car theft. Keep valuables locked away and out of sight.
Keep a good eye on the kids. Be careful, Be smart, Be safe.
Updated Apr 19, 2007
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Areas to live NEAR Albany
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!
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...
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