"Capital of the Empire State" Top 5 Page for this destination Albany by mrclay2000

Albany Travel Guide: 109 reviews and 139 photos

Atypical Capital City

Though New York State is presently our third most populous state, its modest capital city (some few hours north of America's largest at New York City) contains barely over 100,000, and thus is almost squeezed off the list of America's 100 most populous cities. Apart from this, Albany has a lot of history since its founding in the mid-17th century, making it one of the nation's oldest. History records that the Dutch sailed up the Hudson after buying Manhattan, and by 1800 many of Albany's residents still spoke Dutch as their first language.

In recent years, Albany had begun to decay, its inner city falling into disrepair, making the entire town almost a poor shroud for its majestic historical buildings. In the last quarter century, a new complex of state buildings and the central city mall (Empire State Plaza) help to make Albany almost futuristic, the "model" for urban planning (except for the notable absence of greenery and living things along the plaza). Even so, first-timers to Albany will have much to marvel over.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historical buildings, great range of architecture, centuries of history
  • In a nutshell:A prototype community of 100,000
  • Last visit to Albany: Aug 1995
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 6:45 AM

    Very nice Albany tips and pictures. I love this city personally, many fond memories, especially of ice skating.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2005 at 4:28 AM

    Thanks for the introduction to Albany and its architecture. I've heard so much about it. Glad to read about National Register bldgs.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2004 at 10:02 AM

    I can guarentee that I have never seen a photo of the NY state capitol building. Expected to see a dome, but instead a delightful building that looks as if it would be more at home in a place like Quebec City or Paris.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 10:50 PM

    I've never been much interested in Albany until now! You seem to find the interesting historical stuff in places like this!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 4:14 PM

    A great overview of Albany - I liked the way you hit it right on the nose in your intro! The city does have an amazing variety of architectural styles, including a huge abandoned and overgrown cathedral in the middle of it all!


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