Albany Journals


A travel journal to Albany by Irishdancer

Guard Dog Photo, Albany, New York More Photos
Quote: This city began as a Dutch fur trading settlement, "Fort Orange," in 1624. Over 300 years later, its legacy continues: capital of New York; historically preserved; welcoming to immigrants; and recreationally and commercially vital resulting from its location alongside the Hudson River.


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Guard Dog Photo, Albany, New York
Whenever people hear you are from New York, they always assume New York City. They are even more surprised to learn that Albany is the capital and 150 miles north of New York City. It still has a ways to go before being considered a "real" capital city but Governor Pataki and Mayor Jennings are feverishly working toward a total revitalization of the downtown area.MUST SEES: The Empire State Plaza (the Egg)is easily recognized against the Albany skyline. It's a popular gathering place in the summer for free outdoor concerts. Take a free tour Mondays thru Fridays from 11am. Call 518/474-2418 for more info. The Albany Institute of History and Art is a good place to s...Read More
El Loco Mexican Cafe Photo, Albany, New York
EL LOCOadvertises itself as "Tex-Mex," but with definite appeal for vegetarians as well. It's located in the Lark Street neighborhood of Albany within easy walking distance from many bars, clubs, and boutiquey shops. That is, once you park the car--not an easy task! On the bottom of their l-page menu, it's stated in caps: "DON'T PARK NEXT DOOR EVEN TO PICK UP A CARRYOUT. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THEY MAY TOW". I recommend parking around the corner on the street surrounding Washington Park. FEATURES:Takeout, bar, patio seating in summer. It's rather dark inside with a long, narrow layout. The tables are close together, which creates a neighborly sort of ambience. They're ki...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2002

El Loco Mexican Cafe
465 Madison Avenue
Albany, New York 12210
(518) 436-1855

Albany Pump Station

Restaurant | "THE PUMP STATION"

Albany Pump Station Photo, Albany, New York
The Pump Station is rather unique for this capital city of Albany. Not only is it housed in a historic building, but it's also a microbrewery and a restaurant. Several menu items are cooked in "Pump Station ale batter," "blonde ale," etc. LOCATION: Downtown Albany, easy access from 787 to Broadway and on to Spencer Street. PARKING: Has its own ample parking lot juxtaposed to the front entrance. FULL-MENU HOURS:Open 7 days/week. Closed on Christmas only. Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun noon-8pm. NOTE: Late-nite menu is available Mon-Sat for l hr past the full-menu hours. FEATURES: Sunday family-style dining (all s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2002

Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 447-9000

New York State Museum


New York State Museum Photo, Albany, New York
The New York State Museum is located in the downtown section of Albany. HOURS:9:30am-5pm daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day only. PHONE: 518-474-7803. WEBSITE:Access NYS Education Dept. INFO DESK:The people who greet you in the main lobby are welcoming and knowledgeable. They will immediately supply you with a detailed map of the museum and a current calendar of events. Our last visit to this museum was November 2002, and a permanent exhibition, The World Trade Center, had opened (see photos). It is a well done, tastefully exhibited portrayal ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2003

New York State Museum
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12202
(518) 474-5877

John Boyd Thacher State Park Photo, Albany, New York
LOCATION: Rt. 157 in Albany County and the Helderberg Mountains. It''s only 16 miles west of the city of Albany. SUGGESTION: After a full day of sightseeing and exploring downtown Albany, take a ride into the country and see this picturesque park. Make sure to stop at any or all of the well-marked observation points along the rim of the Helderberg Escarpment. Enjoy a free, panoramic view of the NYS University campus and the Empire State Plaza from the Cliff Edge Overview. Take time to hike the rugged .5-mile long Indian Ladder Trail. The Trail is open May l through Labor Day from 8am-8pm and Labor Day through Nov. 15 from 8am-5pm. It''s closed the rest of the year (do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2003

John Boyd Thacher State Park
1 Hales Cave Rd
Albany, New York 12186
(518) 872-1237

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