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Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan tries out the ParkAlbany app with on eof the city's 12 new experimental pay-by-phone parking meters.
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A "smart" approach to parking was unveiled this morning in Albany — a city where downtown parking is always at a premium.

Nippers Pop Up In Albany

Jun 15, 2017
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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A public art project based on Albany’s famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog has taken off.

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Visitors and residents will have an easier time getting from place to place this summer in Albany. CDTA has kicked off a free downtown shuttle service.

A lucky cat is held by Lucky Cat owner William "Tragedy" Yager
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was bound to happen sooner or later: doing the laundry has gone high-tech. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas went to downtown Albany to see for himself.

Could a gondola like this span Rensselaer and Albany?
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Gondolas are a common site at large ski resorts, carrying visitors to the highest peaks, but they can also cross rivers, and one such project is under consideration in the Capital District. A transportation feasibility study is under way on an aerial gondola between the Amtrak station in Rensselear, across the Hudson River into downtown Albany. The McLaren Engineering Group is self-funding the study. Peter Melewski is the national director of strategic planning for McLaren.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Albany's South Mall Expressway is about to undergo a rehabilitation. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the $22.4 million project for the stretch of road that connects the Empire State Plaza, Interstate 787, the Dunn Memorial Bridge, and Albany's downtown.

Albany's Times Union Center was evacuated Saturday evening as police investigated a reported suspicious item in an adjacent parking lot.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team came through Albany over the weekend en route to its eighth straight Final Four. Downtown businesses are hopeful major NCAA events will continue coming to town.

College basketball is big business — and good for local business. Times Union Center officials — whose recent bid to host the NCAA men’s tournament in the next few seasons was denied — are hoping the success of the regional women’s tourney final could set the stage for the rights to host future tournaments.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Downtown Albany is undergoing a major facelift, from new apartments to a major convention center project. Now, more projects are in store for the city's core.

It’s been said that death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life , but being unable to find a parking spot in the city in Albany is also certain. But for some city residents, who live near the state capitol and the empire state plaza, which will change next month. After almost two decades of discussion, debate and court challenges, Albany will implement a permit system in certain designated areas, beginning January 15th.  Albany city clerk Nala Woodard is in charge of getting distributing parking permits for the new system.