Are you keeping up with all the news coming from downtown Albany? If there's anything you've missed from our June editions - or want to revisit and share - this Links edition is perfect. Scroll down to learn more.
Oh, and if you're looking for something to do this month, check out our July events edition of Links. From FREE movies at the Palace Theatre to live music at venues throughout Downtown, you're sure to find something to enjoy.
Social Scene: Downtown Garden Party Kicks Off #captureALB
Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Café has opened in downtown Albany, becoming the first grilled cheese café in the city. "Downtown Albany has a lot to offer," said owner Bob Haggerty. Read more and see photos from grand opening.
$10M Conversion of Downtown Building Pursued
A five-story building in downtown Albany known as the Broadway Arcade, is the latest in a string of residential conversions; this one is being reborn under a $10 million renovation led by Harris Sarraf and David Sarraf. Learn more.
Dali Mamma Returning to Downtown
Farm to table café Dali Mamma is returning to downtown Albany. Formerly located on Maiden Lane, the new space, located at 41 State Street, is expected to open in mid-July. Read more.
Grand Opening: Dawn's Victory Sports Cafe
Join us as we officially welcome Dawn's Victory Sports Café to downtown Albany on July 13, 2015. Beginning at 5:00 PM, the ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by a celebration featuring appetizers and beverages. See Facebook event.
Mexican Restaurant Coming to Sheridan Ave.
The owners of several Albany restaurants expect to open their first Downtown eatery next month. Restaurant Ama Cocina will feature Mexican street fare. Learn more.
Food Market Being Developed in Downtown
A food market in the core of Downtown is being developed at 58 N Pearl Street. Called the Steuben Street Market, it is expected to open in September. See coverage: Times Union | Times Warner Cable News
Albany Announces Broadband Initiative
The Downtown Albany BID is among the community groups partnering with the City to review the broadband needs of residents and businesses throughout Albany. Learn more.
Wine & Dine for the Arts Beneficiaries Sought
Wine & Dine for the Arts, the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival, is seeking applications for 2016 beneficiaries. Last year, the weekend-long event served to raise over $120,000 for area organizations. The deadline to apply is July 10, 2015. Learn more.
Downtown Meets Times Union's Best of Capital Region
McGeary's Irish Pub. The City Beer Hall. Jack's Oyster House. Yono's. Hilton Albany. TheREP. These are just some of the Downtown winner's from this year's Times Union Best of the Capital Region poll. See full list of winners.
Albany Among Five Best Cities for Young Professionals
A recent study names Albany in the top five cities for young professionals. Noting a unique mix of residential and commercial spaces, and a cost of living just 1.5% above the national average. Learn more.
Two Businesses, One Celebration
On July 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM we will celebrate the opening of Coulson's News & Deli's deli counter, their one year anniversary of new ownership, and the one year anniversary of neighboring Broadway Plaza Liquor. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
CDTA Ridership Continues to Lift
The Capital District Transportation Authority announced last week that ridership continues to rise two months into the new fiscal year. CDTA boarding for the month of May was 1.39 million, which is ahead of last year's numbers. Learn more.
Play Me, I'm Yours Piano Back in Downtown
One of the 13 "Play Me, I'm Yours" pianos that was on display last summer is back in Downtown. Located in front of McGeary's Irish Pub, the piano is expected to be out at least through the summer months. Read more.
Aeon Nexus Joins Forces with Troy Company
Aeon Nexus, an information technology and database management company that recently relocated to Wellington Row in Downtown, has joined forces with a Troy-based video production and branding company. The move is expected to provide more services to existing Aeon Nexus clients and positioning them to attract bigger customers from around the country. Learn more.
Leading Albany Arts
The Times Union profiled Owen Smith, producing artistic director of Park Playhouse and Managing Director of the Palace Theatre; Smith was also awarded this year's Norman S. Rice Award for Arts, Education and Culture by the Downtown Albany BID. Read more.
Convention Center Books its First Customer
A statewide association is the first group to commit to leasing space at the Albany Capital Center, Downtown's convention center. The Empire State Society of Association Executives will hold their one-day meeting in June 2017. Learn more.
Downtown Gallery Seeking Submissions
Downtown's Albany Center Gallery is seeking artists submissions for both the Black Arts & Cultural Festival and the gallery's annual call for art. The submission deadline for the former is July 10, 2015 and for the latter is September 9, 2015. Learn more.
Aeon Nexus Shows Off New Downtown Albany Offices
IT software company Aeon Nexus, located at 138 State Street, is expanding and hiring 20 new employees two weeks after moving into their space in Wellington Row. Read more.
Youth FX Film Takes Home Prize at LA Film Festival
The team behind the Youth FX film Falling won Best Narrative in the Los Angeles Film Festival Future Filmmaker Showcase. Based in Downtown Albany, and part of the Grand Street Community Arts organization, the film was made by area teens. Learn more.
Soul Kitchen Featured in WNYT Cooking Segment
Nevillene White and Stephanie Gaddy from Downtown's Soul Kitchen (153 S Pearl Street) were featured in WNYT's cooking segment over the weekend, during which they making salmon patties. Watch the video and get the recipe.
Times Union Center Drawing Interest for Naming Rights
There are more than two years left before the naming rights at the Times Union Center expire, but the Downtown arena is already drawing interest for a potentially new name. Learn more.
Group Asking IDAs for Cash Toward State Money Contest
A group leading Albany's effort to win $500 million in economic development money is asking industrial development agencies for cash to help pay for development plans. Read more.
Your Map to Embracing Downtown
It's here! A printed map of downtown Albany showing readers where to eat, shop, be entertained, and more, is now available. Find it in Downtown hotels, retailers, office buildings, or by stopping in our office at 21 Lodge Street. Get a glimpse.
677 Prime has launched a new summer lunch menu featuring a variety of sandwiches; a summer dinner menu should be launched soon. Learn more.
First Church Offering Drive-In Service on Sundays
Every Sunday through Labor Day, The First Church in Albany offers Drive-In service at 9:00 AM. Worshipers can stay in their cars or sit in the adjacent Clee Park while the minister preaches from an outdoor pulpit. Learn more.
Albany City, County Announce LEAD Program
Albany City and County officials announced last week a new program aimed at reducing low-level arrests and recidivism. Learn more.
Four Takeaways from Study of 787's Future
The folks at All Over Albany attended the presentation for planning the future of Interstate 787 last week and wrote about four takeaways from the event. Learn more.
EPA Recognizes Albany County Energy Reduction Measures
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced last week that Harold L. Joyce County Office Building earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification, signifying that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide. Learn more.
County Executive Recognizes Veterans
County Executive Daniel McCoy honored four Albany County veterans last week for their service and lasting impact on the community. Three of the veterans served in World War II and one served in Vietnam. Learn more and see photos.
State Museum's Renovation Includes Interactive Exhibits
The New York State Museum will undergo $14 million renovation that will dramatically re-imagine the exhibits. When completed in the next three to four years, it will represent the largest upgrade since it opened in 1976. Learn more.
Student Learning Meaning of Albany Street Names
A University at Albany graduate student is on a mission to learn the meaning of Albany's 800 street names. Learn more.
Albany I Spy Returns
The I Spy game that takes you around Albany returns in July. The master Clue Sheet will be available beginning July 6, 2015 and the closing event will be held on July 18, 2015 at Parish Public House from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Learn more.
SUNY Headquarters Gets New $1M Entrance
The SUNY System Administration headquarters in downtown Albany is getting a $1 million makeover designed to make the grand, historic building more accessible to the public and fix decades-old infrastructure. Learn more.
CDTA Rolls Out Summer Fun Pass
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has rolled out its Summer Fun Pass again this year. With the pass, youths 17 and under get unlimited rides on CDTA regular route buses from July 1 - August 31 for $40. Learn more.
Solarize Albany Holding Launch Event
Solarize Albany is holding a launch event to educate the public about the benefits of solar energy and their low cost program. The event takes place July 9, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at The Linda auditorium, 339 Central Avenue.
Chambers Get a New Look
The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and The Chamber of Schenectady County announced their new brand logo and explained the mission of the unified effort. Learn more.