Albany is the capital city in New York State. Being a seat in Albany County, it is located about 150 miles north of New York City. The city is by the Hudson River’s west banks. Being a cultural and economic core of the state, it forms the capital district which also forms part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY metropolitan statistical area. The population of the city is about one million at present.
History of the region
Albany was formed as a European settlement and was one of the thirteen colonies established in this region. As per native tribes and their settlement the Mohicans originally inhabited this area. The Dutch East India Company established their operations here in the seventeenth century; by the eighteenth century there were British and North American colonies present here; real estate transactions in Albany county increased during the times of the Revolutionary War. Albany became headquarter to regional railroads in the region by the nineteenth century.
The economic prosperity of the region came about this time when transportation along with business and industry started to play significant roles. Beer became a significant commodity here as well due to the German and Dutch communities who had established their presence in this region.
Commercial and economic scenario
Among commercial and economic gains the city had publishing houses due to the proximity of the region to Boston; the major exports of the region were in commodities like meat, lumber and furs with thousands of saw mills that marked a large and prosperous lumber district. There were several banks formed in this city such as the Commercial Bank of Albany, Bank of Albany, State Bank of Albany and so forth. The city also saw one of the first airports to form in the country around 1908. The original Albany Municipal Airport has now become Albany International Airport.
Being a proud capital city of New York state, it forms a beautiful destination with different resources available for sustainable living as well as higher education opportunities. The urban centers of the city are active and vibrant with desirable apartments and condos that form the residential areas. The heritage and history of the city is deep rooted and that forms the unique urban footprint of the city. What newcomers and travelers to the city will love is the waterfront of the city as well as historic architecture, the mixed communities and major institutions that have formed a presence here.
Albany forms the anchor of the Tech Valley of New York and it offers a convenient location amidst other major cities like Montreal, Boston and New York City. The city has an energetic business environment due to the collaborative efforts of key development partners, residents and staff of the city who work on different development programs and real estate projects as well as provide financial opportunities to entrepreneurs. The city’s history dates back to 400 years and today the city authorities are dedicated to creating a comprehensive plan for the future called Albany 2030.
Geography of the place
The highest point in the city which is the Loudonville reservoir is located off Birch Hill road which is located at 378 feet above sea level while the lowest point is at the Hudson River. There are rolling hills as well as pine bush, scrub oak vegetation which defines the greens in this region. The western edge of the city is set up as a preserve which comprise of pine barrens and sand dunes as a unique ecosystem.
The climate of the city is continental but humid. Hence summers are hot and wet here while winters are cold and snowy. The seasons here are distinct through the year. Even though summer rainfall is present but so is precipitation during the winter months. The Nor’easters bring about heavy snow from the Atlantic coast.
Communities and neighborhoods
The neighborhoods of the city have architectural, geographical and historical differences that bring about distinct flavors. The oldest neighborhood in downtown Albany, which has one of the oldest streets of the city called State Street. There are residential communities that are old and comprise of row houses in the northern and southern parts of downtown Albany. Among the popular retail destinations here is the Empire State Plaza that is an architectural landmark as well, which lies in the west region of downtown Albany. Residences in the city comprise of apartments, duplexes and detached homes of single families. There are well known neighborhoods like New Scotland, Pine Hills, Delaware Avenue, Helderberg and Whitehall while suburban areas are closer to Hudson River.
Recreational and park areas
Albany has more than 60 recreation areas and public parks among which Washington Park is an organized area which was initially formed as Middle Public Square. This is a popular place where one can play sports such as skating, which is a popular winter activity here. There are plays held at the amphitheatre, while Tulip Fest is another popular seasonal show here. Other popular and famous parks here are Lincoln Park, Buckingham Park, Corning Preserve, Pine Bush and others.
Entertainment and nightlife
As Albany is centrally located between Montreal and New York City as well as lies close to Boston, there are several acts and performances held here by touring artists. Whether it is the performances of the spoken word, theatre and music, many venues such as The Egg, The Palace Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre are popular among locals and visitors alike. TU Center is a popular venue here for community gatherings, sporting events and trade shows. Areas like Delaware, Pearl Street, and Lark Street, Madison Avenue are entertainment hotspots for Albany. One will find bars, clubs, restaurants and other places open here from the nineties, which offer vintage as well as contemporary or eclectic styles of entertainment for different crowds. Albany nightlife buzzes till four in the morning that gives visitors and locals enough time to enjoy. There are several festivals in Albany that are popular such as the gay parade in Albany which comes by every June or the Tulip Fest that is held in Washington Park. Several other performances and festivals are held here throughout the year.
If you are passing through, be sure to invest a few days in Albany. You will NOT be disappointed!!!