Most in the Albany area know of Nipper: the giant fiberglass dog who watches over downtown. Sen. Charles Schumer is the latest vocal Nipper fan, pushing for him to be recognized as the historical icon he undoubtedly is.
Schumer is urging the National Park Service and the state Historic Preservation Office to add the property housing the dog to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation would help to allow redevelopment of the building for residential and commercial use.
Nipper has sat upon the four-story, century old building since the 1950s, when it belonged to the RCA Company. Arnoff Moving and Storage has owned the building, and Nipper, since 1997. The 28 feet tall terrier weighs in at four tons, and is considered by many to be a classic piece of Albany’s history.
Schumer joins many Albany residents who have vocalized their concerns over the years of what would happen to Nipper, particularly upon the building changing owners.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the Times Union in 2014, “I think I speak for everyone in the city when I say Nipper should stay. He’s a landmark seated on the right building, right where he belongs.”
The Arnoff family themselves have been huge advocates of Nipper, paying good money to have the dog restored twice since they’ve owned the building. “He’s such a symbol to Albany. . .and he’s so beautiful up there,” Richard Arnoff told News 10 ABC.
Nipper is not only a significant piece of Albany’s history, but he is globally recognized as the largest man-made dog in the world.