The Downtown Albany BID will host the Food Fight | Pickle(d) Edition on October 17, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 PM, and businesses are currently being sought to enter the competition. Restaurants, caterers, food-related retailers and food truck vendors are encouraged to submit an application. Learn more and see the Facebook event page.
Mexican Restaurant Ama Cocina Now Open
Ama Cocina, which features modern Mexican street food, opened last month in Downtown. The restaurant, located at 4-6 Sheridan Avenue, is open 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Learn more.
Downtown Building Sells for Nearly $1M
The three-story, 56,310-square-foot building at 67 N Pearl Street has sold for $950,000. The new owner, Andrew Walzer, has said he has many ideas for the building. Learn more.
Downtown Event to Benefit Arts Organizations
A yard sale is being held September 19, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Tricentennial Park to benefit Albany Center Gallery and Historic Albany Foundation. Items will include antiques, books, toys, bikes, and more. To donate items for the sale, contact the gallery at 518.462.4775. Learn more.
Omni Development President Honored by Foundation
The University at Albany Foundation announced that I. David Swawite, president and COO of Omni Development Company, Inc. is among the 2015 Citizen Laureate awardees. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in business and industry, government, and academia. Learn more.
Billboard Magazine Article Focuses on Times Union Center
In its August edition, Billboard Magazine included an article on the Times Union Center's $15 million renovation. Read more.
Three Youth FX Films Selected for Local Film Festival
Youth FX, a Downtown-based organization through which area youths create films, announced in August that three of their films have been selected to screen at the 15 Minutes Max Student Film Festival this month. Learn more.
McGeary's to Collect Funds for Organ Donation Service
It was announced late August that McGeary's Pub - located in Clinton Square - began collecting funds over Labor Day weekend for the Center for Donation & Transplant, the Capital Region's organ donation service. Money will fund services for donor families. Learn more.
Officials Present Funding for Albany County Land Bank
At a news conference last month, county leaders presented the second round of funding for the Albany County Land Bank. The check presentation fulfilled the $1 million investment by the county over the last two years to fund the start-up of the land bank. Learn more.
Retired Albany Fire Chief Laid to Rest
Former City Fire Chief Robert Forezzi Sr, who retired in 2013 after more than 35 years with the department, died last month morning after battling cancer. Read more.
Kinderhook Bank to Sponsor Palace Movie Series
Kinderhook Bank will sponsor the Palace Theatre's free movie series for the 2015-16 season. Learn more.
Food Pantries Collect over 2K Pounds of Food
The results of an Albany-wide food drive are in, and the over 2,000 pounds of food were collected during the event that ran July 27 through August 7, 2015. Learn more.
Albany County Honors Citizen of the Month
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy honored the August Citizen of the Month on Monday. Perry Junjulas, executive director of the Albany Damien Center, was honored for his ongoing commitment to providing services to people in the community living with HIV/AIDS. See event photos.
Devils, Saints Banners Go Up in Downtown
Over two dozen banners highlighting the Albany Devils and Siena Saints at the Times Union Center went up last month throughout Downtown to increase awareness of the teams. Learn more.
Downtown Company Named One of 'Best Firms to Work For'
Engineering and architecture firm Passero Associates has been selected as a winner in the Zweig Group's "2015 Best Firms to Work For" Award program. The Downtown firm finished in the top 20 of all participating architecture and engineering firms in the United States and Canada in the Multidiscipline Firms category. Learn more.
Veteran Chef at Yono's Leaves After Decades at Restaurant
Oleg Jerusalemski, the executive sous chef at Yono's, has resigned after 23 years working at Yono's to spend more time with his family. Learn more.
Soul Kitchen Featured in WNYT Segment
Downtown eatery Soul Kitchen was featured on the WNYT segment "Let's Eat" last weekend, during which Southern Fried Chicken was prepared. Watch video and get recipes.
Downtown Albany Boutique Hotel to Change Name
74 State, an independent boutique hotel in Downtown, will be converted into a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Learn more.