Guide to Albany
What's New in Albany, Schenectady & Troy
There's a lot happening in the Albany business world as of recently. From a funky new candle company picking up speed to a Troy based company harnessing NASA technology, we've rounded up some business news sprouting up around the Capital Region.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession at the New York State Capitol, and the City of Albany has plans to honor the 16th President on that day.


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Last fall, the Capital Region community rallied together to save Hoffman's Playland, an iconic children's amusement park in Latham that had entertained youngsters every summer for more than 60 years. When the owners decided to retire, people from all walks of life came out to support the cause of keeping the park from closing for good. 

After complex negotiations, a deal between Huck Finn's Warehouse and More President Jeff Sperber and the Hoffman family was finalized - the rides would be moved to Erie Boulevard in Albany and the park would be re-named Huck Finn's Playland. Almost eight months have passed since the deal was struck, and Huck Finn's Playland and its new owners now have their sights set on opening day.

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United Capital Corp. is the new owner of the Hilton Albany and has plans to make $3.5 million in improvements to the region's largest hotel, The Albany Business Review reports.

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In recent years, food trucks have become popular in many cities, and Albany is no exception. Last year, Albany launched Phase I of its Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program as a way to gather information and determine legislation moving forward, among other purposes. Phase II is kicking off this year, and the City of Albany recently released some updated guidelines for mobile food vendors.

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Photo Credit: JOH_2120 via photopin (license)
As the weather gets warmer and the coyote population grows, so does the number of coyote sightings in urban areas, including Albany. 

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Photo Credit: Jerry Lemmo

Next Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and in my opinion, it's a holiday we can all get behind! In honor of our planet, we've gathered up some great events worth attending as part of your Earth Day Celebration.

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The River Street Arts Festival, an annual celebration of hand-crafted goods and live music, is returning to Downtown Troy for its 12th year with a renewed emphasis on its artistic roots and a new name - Troy River Fest!

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When you picture a chef, what comes to mind? Gordon Ramsay on his show Hell's Kitchen screaming and throwing things? Bobby Flay showing off his grill-master skills? Anthony Bourdain travelling the world in search of hidden culinary gems? Although these may be some of the most popular and recognizable figures in the business, the culinary industry is experiencing a dramatic shift in its lower ranks that will hopefully translate to change at the top.

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Photo Credit: Chef via photopin (license)
A debate is raging over Capital Region transportation options and many people are lobbying for better alternatives to the "deplorable" taxi service in the area. A popular ride-sharing service, Uber, has been named by bar and restaurant owners as a desirable option, but one question remains: if Uber came to the Capital Region, would you use it?

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