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Special update from the Downtown Albany BID

Please support our Downtown restaurants and retailers by not parking in the Temporary Takeout Zones.  These small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and takeout and delivery are their only sources of income during this pandemic.  We ask that you be a good neighbor and show your support by keeping the Takeout Zones free and clear for customers. 

Park Albany has worked to address parking for our residents throughout this crisis by temporarily suspending on-street meters, as well as lowering the parking rate in the garages. Click here for more information. Please note that you could be ticketed for parking in the Takeout Zone.

The Downtown Albany BID has established a new private Facebook group exclusively for downtown Albany residents. We'll use the group as a direct mode of communication to keep you up to date on the latest news and events. Join the group by following this link:

Socially distanced but still looking to socialize? Join us for our continuing series of virtual events, promotions, and giveaways. Find all the details at

Upcoming free events and promotions include:
  • Move Mondays: Let's get our move on! To help make sure your body and mind are being cared for, we're partnering with Downtown businesses to bring you Move Monday. We invite you to participate in a complimentary hour-long live fitness class each week via the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District's Facebook page. Visit our online fitness class scheduled for even more exercise options. Upcoming Move Monday classes include:
    • Monday, April 27: Yoga with Root3d instructor Jammella Anderson at 12:00 PM
    • Monday, May 4: Boxing with Synergy Fitness & Nutrition instructor Mike Verschelden at 12:00 PM
  • Take-out Tuesday: Many Downtown restaurants are offering take-out and delivery these days, and we love seeing what you're ordering! Keep those pics coming, and use #SupportsmAlbany anytime you order from a Downtown restaurant because each Tuesday we'll pick a person at random to receive a $25 gift certificate to a Downtown eatery. 
  • Quarantine Cuisine: Looking to level up your meals while cooking at home? We're partnering with Downtown restaurants on Quarantine Cuisine! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for our call to share a picture of the ingredients you have (or email it to Each week we'll choose one photo and two different Downtown restaurant chefs/owners will create a recipe based on what you have in your kitchen. If yours is chosen, not only will you get meal ideas, you'll also get a $50 gift certificate to the participating eatery of your choice.
  • Thursday Night Live: Join us Thursday evenings for a series of fun activities you can enjoy from the safety of your own home. Upcoming events include:
    • Thursday, April 23: Albany Center Gallery Art Walk at 6:00 PM on Facebook Live. Join Albany Center Gallery executive director Tony Iadicicco for a new perspective on Downtown's incredible public art projects.
    • Thursday, April 30: Best of PearlPalooza Performers with Jeff Morad of WEQX at 7:00 PM on Instagram Live. Jeff will interview some of your favorite past PearlPalooza performers and discuss the decade-long history of Downtown's signature free music festival.
  • Fashion Friday: Share a picture of what you're donning these days in a comment on this Facebook post, or by replying to this email, and each Friday we'll pick a person at random to win a $25 gift card to a Downtown retailer.
At a time of uncertainty, we've seen the community rise to the situation and support Downtown businesses through online shopping, donations, and to-go and delivery food. For ways to support the local businesses that employ your friends, family, and neighbors, visit:

A coalition of regional business support partners, Support smAlbany coordinates efforts to offer assistance and help employers and employees stay informed and prepared in this rapidly evolving situation. Visit the website for resources for small businesses impacted by this crisis at
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