As the capitol of the state of New York, Albany is home to just under 100,000 residents. Most of New York State’s key government offices are found here, as well as seven key colleges and universities. It is located 140 miles north of New York City, on the west bank of the Hudson River, just 10 miles south of where the Hudson joins the Mohawk River.
Albany’s economy and business environment is heavily dependent on government, health care, and education. There are both low and high rise options for office space in Albany and the surrounding area. There is also a growing high-tech industry in and around Albany. The city is seen as a leader in nanotechnology, with the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering being respected as a national leader in the field.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Palace Theatre and The Egg provide great options for music, theater, and spoken word performances. The Capital Repertory Theatre also provides a small-sized venue for entertainment in Albany. Dining options in Albany include the Midtown Tap and Tea Room, featuring some of the highest quality food and largest wine menus in Albany. On weekends this restaurant features local jazz bands and other musicians.
Albany International Airport serves the area with taxis available on standby to transfer arrivals to the city center. The Albany-Rensselaer train station is Amtrak’s 10th busiest in the United States. It is not in Albany itself but directly across the river in Rensselaer. Trains serving the station include the Maple Leaf, the Adirondack, Empire Service, the Ethan Allen Express, and the Lake Shore Limited. The Albany Greyhound station is located downtown near the waterfront. It connects well with Boston, New York City, Buffalo, and Montreal. Megabus services connect Albany with New York City. For those driving, Interstate 90 (I-90) goes right through the north side of Albany. Interstate 87 (I-87) connects New York City and Montreal, and intersects with I-90 in Albany. South of Albany, I-87 is a toll road called the Thruway. North of Albany, it is a toll-free highway known locally as the Northway.