Well, well, well, would you like at the thyme. Restaurant Week is almost here, and the 16 participating restaurants have been announced! This April 13-19, sink your teeth into some seriously delicious three-course meals for just $25. And hey, penne for your thoughts – lettuce know which restaurants you’re most excited to dine at, and while you’re there, use #dinedowntown for your chance to win some gift cards – and encourage your friends to do the same. After all, grate minds think alike. Read more.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY!
The road to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four stops at the Times Union Center March 29 & 31 when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference hosts one of four regional rounds of the Division I Women’s Basketball tournament. Games are at 7:00 PM (UConn, No. 2 vs UCLA, No. 6) & 9:30 PM (Louisville, No. 1 vs Oregon State, No. 4) on Friday and Noon on Sunday (teams TBD). Read more.
Bonus: head to the Albany Capital Center on March 29 for the FREE Fan Fest from 3:00-6:30PM. Read more.
Basketball isn’t the only sporting event happening this weekend in Downtown. HV Gamer Con runs March 30-31. E-sport teams from 18 colleges will compete at the Albany Capital Center for bragging rights, championship title, and college scholarships. Stop in to watch the game play and visit vendors highlighting regional game development studios, college programs, artists, and hands-on gameplay and retail vendors. Read more.
FROM AAAAH TO AHHHH
Add some zen to your week. Thursdays through June 27 at 5:00 PM, the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region hosts Root3d Yoga with Chelle Pean. Get back to your roots, your foundation, and yourself in mind, body, and spirit. Classes are pay what you can, with donations supporting the mission and programing of the Center. Read more.
SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY, RIGHT ROUND
Looking to add a little pep to your morning? Omni Fitness Center is holding one-hour spin classes each Wednesdaystarting at 6:15 AM. Led by Jill Konopka, this is a sure fire way to start the day out right! Read more.
SO WELL DESERVED
B. Lodge & Company co-owner Mark Yonally was the recent recipient of SEFCU’s Why I Care Award. Given to individuals who work toward making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time, we are thrilled for Mark and Lodges! Want to congratulate them too? Head right here.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he desperately needs some inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse — Viola. As love blossoms, so does the comedy, great romance and playwriting in Shakespeare in Love at theREP April 5-May 12. Who could miss a play complete with swordfights, secret trysts, backstage disasters, and a dog?! Read more.
NEW DOWNTOWN DIGEST
There is a LOT happening in Downtown. Where can you read all about it in one spot? The Downtown Digest, of course! From the $10 million DRI to a Maiden Lane makeover, Capital Walls murals, and more, you can read all about the incredible development taking place. Read it online, and keep an eye out for hard copies that will be throughout Downtown soon. Read the current Digest and catch up previous editions right here.
SAVE THESE DATES!
More information will be available as we get closer to each event, so make sure you’re saving the following dates on your calendars now!
Downtown Albany has welcomed its latest high-end amenity as CapCity CoWorks, a coworking space located on the 18th floor of 11 N Pearl Street. Featuring 30 offices, over 70 desks, and a variety of coworking space options, amenities at CapCity CoWorks include 24/7 tenant access, custom coffee bar, beer on tap, charging stations, print centers, on-site admin during working hours, and much more. The space, complete with a touch of Art-Deco flair and astonishing views of Downtown and the Hudson River, provides members with a place where collaboration, innovation, and networking collide. Keep reading.
Get Whisked Across the Pond without Leaving New York
Only in Your State: Welcoming you to the city of Albany, The Olde English Pub and Pantry is a dining destination that has a downright charming theme. Located inside of the historic Quackenbush House, that just so happens to be the oldest building still in use in Albany, the Olde English Pub will transport you to another time. From the moment you walk in, you’ll be able to feel just how exciting and fun the ambiance is here. Keep reading.
The Excelsior Pub – A Taste of New York
Girl Gone Smart: The idea behind The Excelsior Pub is that they serve products and dishes from New York state. The menu includes items like spiedies, Buffalo wings, beef on weck and garbage plates, they even have a vegetarian version of the garbage plate! There were just so many things making this place worth checking out. High quality food and beverage. The friendly and amazing staff. The maps on the menu showing where different items on the menu originate. Definitely a place I will be returning to. Keep reading.
Downtown Well Represented in Best of the Capital Region
Times Union: The Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region 2019 poll results are out, and Downtown businesses are well represented, taking spots in the top 5 in categories ranging from Best vegetarian to Best local hotel. Keep reading.
40 Under 40 Class of 2019 Announced
Albany Business Review: The 2019 class of 40 Under 40 – full of talent, ambition, and determination – has been announced, and includes Downtown recipients Ashley Mohl of Capitalize Albany Corporation, Mitchell Pawluk of Harris Beach PLLC, and Amanda Stallmer of SEFCU. Congrats to the entire class! Keep reading.
Wellington’s for the Win
Times Union: For the third time, Wellington’s took home the people’s choice award at the Hannaford MAAC-and-Cheese Fest held earlier this month at the Albany Capital Center. The winning deliciousness was a twist on the Cubano sandwich. Keep reading.
Henry Johnson Award Nominess Sought
For the The City of Albany is looking for the next recipient of the Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service. The award is given to an Albany resident who has made meaningful contributions to our community and has displayed commendable community leadership or support in arts and history, social justice, education, or community organizing. Nominations are due April 26. Keep reading.