Albany

Population

2010: 97,856

1950: 134,995, #69 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 870,716, #58 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 514,490, #34 in U.S.

Setting

Albany, on the west bank of the Hudson River, was first settled in 1624 by the Dutch. Since 1825, it has been the eastern terminus of the Erie Canal. Today, Albany is a port city for oceangoing ships, and there are cruise ships on the Hudson. Albany Riverfront Park is along the river, with a pedestrian bridge for access from downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Erastus Corning Tower, 589 feet (1973)

List of tallest buildings

The Erastus Corning Tower has an observation deck on the 42nd floor. The State Capitol (220 feet, 1899) is at the north end of the Empire State Plaza, a huge complex of state government buildings (including the Corning Tower) constructed between 1965 and 1978.

Stores

Albany has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak trains serve Albany from a station (2002) that is across the Hudson River in the town of Rensselaer. The Adirondack goes north to Montreal. The Ethan Allen Express goes north to Rutland, Vermont. The Lake Shore Limited goes east to Boston and west to Cleveland and Chicago. All trains go south to New York City; additional Empire Service trains also go to New York City.

Albany Union Station (1900) now contains offices.



Albany and Hudson River
(Photo by Kurt Reichardt)

Museums

The New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art are located downtown.

Theaters

The Spectrum 8 Theatres, just west of downtown, show first-run and independent films. The Palace Theatre (1931), a restored movie palace, hosts the Albany Symphony Orchestra, other concerts, and classic movies. The Capital Repertory Theatre is also downtown.

Sports

The Albany Devils of the American Hockey League play at the Times Union Center.

Map of Downtown Albany

DowntownAlbany.org

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Historic District