Albany is the capital city of the beautiful state of New York.
Albany is a lively city with many diverse neighborhoods.
- The New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza and the Capital Building are favorite downtown destinations.
- Lark Street, is a bustling area of shops and eateries just west of the Capital and Empire State Plaza, between Madison Avenue and Washington Avenue.
- Further up Madison Avenue, the Pine Hills neighborhood hosts many college students attending St. Rose or SUNY Albany, as well as many local residents.
- Delaware Avenue is undergoing a renaissance boasting an eclectic variety of restaurants, an ice cream parlor, the Spectrum Movie Theater and stores including pharmacies, hardware and automotive.
There are multiple festivals and celebrations throughout the year in Albany.
- The Tulip Festival is one of Albany's largest festivals, is set in Washington Park and celebrates the city's Dutch heritage. This traditional Albany event marks the beginning of spring as thousands of tulips bloom in the park in early May.
- "Alive at Five" is a summer concert series held on Thursday evenings.
- The 4th of July features the spectacular fireworks display at the Empire State Plaza.
- Jazz Festival at the Riverfront Park takes place around Labor Day.
Theater and performing arts are alive and well in Albany:
- Capital Reperatory Theater on Pearl Street
- Plaza Theater on Broadway
- The "Egg" at the Empire State Plaza
- The Pepsi Arena, a stadium venue, hosts sports events, tournaments, expositions and concerts in the downtown area as well.
A little history: Albany saw its first European settlement in 1614 and was officially chartered as a city in 1686. Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Modern Albany was founded as the Dutch trading posts of Fort Nassau in 1614 and Fort Orange in 1624. The English took over and renamed the town Albany in 1664, in honor of the then Duke of Albany.