Guide to Albany
What's New in Albany, Schenectady & Troy
As the weather gets warmer and the coyote population grows, so does the number of coyote sightings in urban areas, including Albany. 

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.

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!

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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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?

The Capital Region is made up of many cities with rich histories in unique industries. There's Schenectady, the Electric City, which became home to the General Electric Company in 1892;  Albany, the Capital City, flush with political tensions and triumphs that was once the state-wide transportation center; and Troy, the Collar City, birthplace of the detachable shirt collar and the Arrow shirt. All three of these cities have ebbed and flowed with the expiration of old trends, the arrival of new ones, and the general regional and national economic status at any given time, but one of the three is in the midst of a monumental comeback that has garnered national attention.

1st Friday is about to get a whole lot tastier! On May 1, food trucks will roll into Tricentennial Park (Broadway and Columbia Street) to serve up unique goodies while Downtown residents, employees, and visitors relax and enjoy the monthly celebration of arts and culture.

We've reached the end of maple season, which means it'll be more difficult to find maple candies, donuts, and all the other treats that make this time of year special. But there's one maple delight that you can enjoy year round - beer. That's right, you can savor Chatham Brewing's maple amber all year long!

In 2010, an 18th-century ship was discovered in an old landfill at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Five years later, the remnants of the 45-foot sloop will be traveling north to Albany where they will be displayed at the New York State Museum.

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This is a friendly reminder that Downtown Albany Restaurant Week begins tomorrow, April 11, and runs through Friday, April 17. We've pulled together a few last minute facts so you can make the most of the week!

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