Discover Lark Street - A Hip Albany Neighborhood
Lark Street in Albany is full of life in every season! With countless restaurants, cafes, art galleries, special events, and more, this funky arts and entertainment district is a major Albany hotspot.
A Rich History & Greenwich Village Ambiance
Lark Street is often referred to as the "Greenwich Village" of the Albany Capital Region, and if you plan a visit to Albany without visiting Lark Street, then you have indeed missed its friendly and funky urban center.
Located just a short walk from downtown Albany's business district, Lark Street has long been a mix of commercial and residential that is reminiscent of the great and colorful neighborhoods of Manhattan. Nineteenth century brownstones line the streets, many filled with commercial tenants who have been there for years, and give the street a decidedly vintage feel.
Also lending to that "Greenwich" ambience are the cobblestone intersections that remain from the turn-of-the century neighborhood this once was. During the day, residents and nearby workers lunch at cafes, enjoy cocktails, and shop among the eclectic selection of boutiques and stores.
Incredible Shopping & Dining Opportunities
A diverse range of shopping is available, and many storefronts are tucked into basement level shops further lending to their appeal. You can find contemporary art, antiques, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, vintage clothing, flowers, books, and wine. You can even find a shop to drop in for a tattoo or a piercing!
Restaurants and nightlife on Lark Street are always alive with excitement. Lark Street offers a wide range of food representing many tastes and nationalities. Congregated here are Tex-Mex, Greek, Thai, Indian, Hunan, Italian, and Japanese restaurants as well as many other unique offerings. Check out Lark Street Poke Bar for fresh, Hawaiian-style poke bowls, pictured above.
As daytime gives way to night, shops close for the day and an extensive range of bars and nightclubs take center stage, making this one of Albany's prime hotspots. The variety of clubs reflects the diversity of the neighborhood, appealing to a wide range of ages and lifestyles.
Always Expanding & Improving
This wonderful and appealing area was losing its sparkle many years ago, when the Lark Street Neighborhood District Management Association formed, commonly known as the Lark Street BID. Their mission is "To build, sustain, and enhance a unique and prosperous living and business community for the residents, visitors, and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood of Albany, NY."
The Lark Street BID is the driving force behind the annual LarkFest in the fall - a much anticipated event. This huge street fair offers a wide array of musical entertainment, food and craft vendors, and is the largest one-day open air festival in Upstate New York, attracting more than 60,000 participants.
Lark Street BID works tirelessly to ensure the entire neighborhood is always growing and is an ideal place to work and play. Thanks to this dynamic organization, new businesses open in this area all the time, such as Pint Sized and Kitchen 216, both of which opened their doors in 2018.