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APRIL 14, 2015





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Restaurant Week Runs Through Friday, April 17

Sixteen restaurants in downtown Albany are offering 3-course meals for just $20.15 - but hurry and make your reservations, this year's Restaurant Week ends this Friday, April 17, 2015. Read more.

Downtown Albany Business Improvement District to Hold Annual Meeting

Downtown Albany Business Improvement District to hold Annual Meeting on May 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the beautifully restored Sixty State Place. Joseph R. Nicolla, President and Founder, Columbia Development Companies, will be honored with the 2015 James M. DiNapoli Award. Learn more.

Vendors Sought for Downtown Albany Food Truck Event

In conjunction with 1st Friday Albany, the Downtown Albany BID will host a food truck event, "Fork in the Road," in Tricentennial Park from May through October (excluding July). Food truck vendors are sought to participate in the monthly event. Learn more

BID Website RFP Issued

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District has issued a Website Design and Development Services Request for Proposals. A qualified website design and development vendor is sought to review and respond to the RFP. All responses must be received by April 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM. Read RFP details.

Albany Capital Center Website Launched

The Albany Convention Center has launched a new website for the Albany Capital Center. The fully responsive site features important information, floor plans, photos, destination information, and a time-lapse video to show progress of the construction. Visit the website.

McGeary's Highlighted in Women Chefs Article

Shahila Abbasi, who co-owns and runs the kitchen at McGeary's, was among the women chefs interviewed for a Times Union Article. "I think of my staff as family," she says. Read more.

Albany Teens' Films Shown in Missouri Film Festival

Food Fight, a short documentary by Albany teens through Downtown's Youth FX program, was recently shown in the Show Me Justice Film Festival in Missouri. The film explores food justice from a youth perspective and features city gardeners in Albany. Watch film.

Meet the Man Behind TheREP Costumes

Emmy award-winning costume designer David Zyla designed the costumes for Capital Repertory Theatre's production "Hamlet" (which begins April 17, 2015), his second time working with the Downtown theatre company. Read more.

Alive at Five Opening Night Lineup Announced

The musical lineup for the first Alive at Five of the year has been announced. Taking place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Jennings Landing, The Chronicles will open for headline performers The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. Learn more.

ASO Fundraiser to be Held

A fundraiser benefiting the Albany Symphony Orchestra will be held at historic home Rockledge beginning this month. The showhouse, with the theme "Rockledge: A Hudson River Symphony", the event running April 28-May 17, 2015 will highlight the history of the house and its location. Learn more

The Kooks to Headline Tulip Fest Lineup

The musical lineup for this year's Albany Tulip Fest has been announced, and includes Holly & Evan, Joywave, Flagship, Mirk, and headliners The Kooks. Tulip Fest takes place May 8-10, 2015. Learn more

Mother of the Year Nominations Open

Is your mother the best? Nominate her for the City of Albany's 17th annual Mother of the Year contest. The event celebrates Capital Region moms who have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to their family and who have made a positive impact on their children and loved ones. Nominations are due April 17, 2015; the ceremony naming Mother of the Year will be held May 10, 2015. Learn more.

Food Vendors Sought for Alive at Five

The City of Albany is seeking food vendors for the 26th annual Alive at Five concert series, held Thursday evenings from June 11 to August 6. The application deadline is April 15, 2015. Learn more.

RFP Deadline Extended for Downtown Site

The deadline for Request for Proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a 4.5 acre site in downtown Albany, previously considered to house the city's convention center, has been extended.  The new deadline is June 4, 2015. Learn more.

Madison Ave. Ramp to I-787 Closes for Three Months

The Madison Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 787 near Broadway in Downtown is closed for approximately three months for work to fix the southern portion of the highway. The closure began on Monday, April 6, 2015. Learn more.

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