OPEN FOR BUSINESS
With the Capital Region approaching re-opening under Phase IV, Downtown restaurants, retailers, hair salons, barbershops, and dental offices are re-opened and expanding their hours. For a complete, regularly updated list of open Downtown businesses and hours, click here.
LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT NOW, AND WIN LATER
Downtown businesses support our community, and as they navigate re-opening your support means more than ever. Through Support Now, Savor Later you can purchase gift cards online to more than 30 of your favorite local establishments through the end of June. Best of all, you can win big by supporting small businesses: every purchase made during the month of June through Support Now, Savor Later enters you to win a weekly prize of $100 in gift cards to the participating Support Now, Savor Later business(es) of your choice. At the end of June, one person will receive $250 in gift cards to the participating Support Now, Savor Later business(es) of their choice. Learn more here.
Who's up for some social interaction while we social distance? The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District's slate of virtual events continues through mid-July. Enjoy free fitness classes, virtual walking tours, live comedy, and exclusive entertainer interviews, all from the comfort of your home. All events pair perfectly with to-go orders from your favorite Downtown restaurants! Upcoming events include:
June 29: Move Monday Yoga with Downtown Studio Fit
July 2: PearlPalooza Performers Part II with Jeff Morad of WEQX
July 6: Move Monday Therapeutic Theater with Root3d
July 9: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase with Greg Aidala & Joe List
July 13: Move Monday with Synergy Fitness
July 16: Open Gallery Public Art Tour with Albany Center Gallery
CALLING ALL PET PARENTS!
While you've been home, your pets have surely been operating under New York on PAWS (you know, climbing all over your desk, making not so subtle appearances on your Zoom calls, etc.). And now, we want to see those photos of your pets at home! Submit a photo in a comment on our Facebook post and for every photo submitted we'll donate $1 (up to $250) to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Plus, each week we'll choose one photo at random and the pet parent will receive a $50 gift certificate to a Downtown business. Find more info and submit your photo here.
PARKING TICKET FEE AMNESTY EXTENDED
Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar has announced that the Parking Amnesty Program will be extended through July 8, 2020, and therefore anyone who pays City of Albany parking tickets by July 8 will not be responsible for paying any late fees that may have accrued.
On July 10, the Albany Parking Authority will lift the suspension on booting of vehicles of owners with over $200 in outstanding parking tickets. You may view your ticket history and boot eligibility online at https://albany.rmcpay.com/ by entering your license plate, ticket or vehicle identification number, or by calling (518) 434-5006. To remove late fees, individuals must first request the fee removal.
The City reminds vehicle owners that nearly all parking rules are still in effect, including alternate side parking, emergency no-parking restrictions, handicapped and fire hydrant parking restrictions, double parking, etc. The only exception is timing restrictions are NOT in effect in Lincoln and Washington Parks. Find more information found at the Parking Violations Bureau website.
COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SURVEY
We are working to collect community feedback information as Downtown businesses continue to re-open or expand services under New York Forward. We will use this data to inform our retail and retail-related businesses and restaurants about consumer insights and habits as we work toward Phase IV re-opening and beyond. Bonus: by participating, you could win a $100 gift card to a Downtown business. Please complete this survey here.
CDPHP CYCLE! RETURNS FOR 2020
The onset of COVID-19 delayed the launch of CDPHP Cycle!, but with enhanced safety and sanitary precautions and guidance, and an increased demand for outdoor activities, CDTA and CDPHP have brought back the bikes! Register and start riding at just 10 cents a minute today!
COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS
The City of Albany reminds you to complete the 2020 census. Census results determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is shared across the nation for programs like Head Start, School Breakfast & Lunch Programs, and Housing Repair Grants, as well as how Congressional districts, school districts, and city wards are drawn, and how sales tax revenue is shared. Learn more here.