51 Facts About Albany NY


Albany NY is on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River, and about 135 miles north of New York City.

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Albany NY is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the original British thirteen colonies; no other city in the United States has been continuously chartered as long.

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Albany NY is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original thirteen colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the United States.

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Duke of Albany NY was a Scottish title given since 1398, generally to a younger son of the King of Scots.

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Migrants from Vermont and Connecticut began flowing in, noting the advantages of living on the Hudson and trading at Albany NY, while being only a few days' sail from New York City.

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Albany NY is the tenth-oldest state capital in the United States, but is the second-oldest city that is a state capital, after Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Albany NY has been a center of transportation for much of its history.

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Albany NY went on to be the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Albany NY has significant history with rail transport, as the location of two major regional railroad headquarters.

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Albany NY was known for its publishing houses, and to some extent, still is.

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Albany NY was second only to Boston in the number of books produced for most of the 19th century.

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Albany NY opened one of the first commercial airports in the world, and the first municipal airport in the United States, in 1908.

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Albany NY encouraged redevelopment of historic structures and helped attract federal dollars earmarked for that purpose.

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Albany NY won the All-America City Award in both 1991 and 2009.

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Albany NY is about 150 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River.

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Highest natural point in Albany NY is a USGS benchmark near the Loudonville Reservoir off Birch Hill Road, at 378 feet above sea level.

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Albany NY is in the humid continental climate zone, and features cold, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers; the city experiences four distinct seasons.

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Albany NY is in plant hardiness zone 6a near downtown and along the shore of the Hudson and 5b at its western end.

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However, Albany NY is close enough to the Atlantic coast to receive heavy snow from Nor'easters and the city occasionally receives Alberta clippers.

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Neighborhoods of Albany NY include Arbor Hill; Center Square, "[an] eclectic mix of residential and commercial [buildings], including bars, night clubs, restaurants, and stores"; Pine Hills; and the South End.

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Albany NY has more than 60 public parks and recreation areas.

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Quackenbush House, a Dutch Colonial brick mansion, was built c 1736; Schuyler Mansion, a Georgian-style mansion, was built in 1765; and the oldest building in Albany is the 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House at 48 Hudson Avenue.

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Dutch and Yankee, German and Irish, Polish and Italian, black and Chinese—over the centuries Albany NY's heritage has reflected a succession of immigrant nationalities.

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Until after the Revolution, Albany NY's population consisted mostly of ethnic Dutch descendants.

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Albany NY was a destination of internal migration, as many African Americans moved north in their Great Migration from the rural South before and after World War I to fill industrial positions and find new opportunities.

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Albany NY is home to a Triqui language-speaking community of Mexican-Americans.

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Albany NY is home to the New York State Museum, the New York State Library and the New York State Archives; all three facilities are in the Cultural Education Center at the south end of Empire State Plaza and are free to the public.

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Albany NY is home to 57 listings on the National Register of Historic Places and five National Historic Landmarks.

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Albany NY has been the subject, inspiration, or location for many written and cinematic works.

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The elusive author Trevanian grew up in Albany NY and wrote The Crazyladies of Pearl Street, about a North Albany NY neighborhood along Pearl Street.

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City School District of Albany NY operates the city's public school system, which consists of 17 schools and learning centers; in addition, there are 7 charter schools, including Green Tech Charter High School, and Albany NY Leadership High School.

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Albany NY has a prominent history in higher education and was ranked third in a Forbes survey called "The Best Places with the Best Education" in 2005; it ranked top on Forbes' "IQ Campuses" list as part of its 150 Cheap Places to Live series in 2006.

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SUNY Albany NY is a unit of the State University of New York and one of only four university centers in the system.

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Companies based in Albany NY include Trans World Entertainment, AMRI Global and Clough Harbour.

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Albany NY replaced former mayor Gerald Jennings who was mayor for 20 years from 1994 to 2013.

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Albany NY is in the 20th Congressional district, represented by Paul Tonko in the United States House of Representatives.

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Albany NY is the site of a federal courthouse that houses the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

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Albany NY's politics have been dominated by the Democratic Party since the 1920s; Daniel O'Connell established a political machine in the city with the election of William Stormont Hackett as mayor in 1922.

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Albany NY is home to the oldest Christian congregation in Upstate New York and the Mother Churches of two Christian dioceses.

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany NY, led by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, and the Cathedral of All Saints is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany NY.

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Albany NY is home to one of the few Karaite synagogues outside Israel.

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South of Albany NY, I-87 becomes part of the Thruway and ends at Interstate 278 in the Bronx.

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Albany NY is at the crossroad of I-87 and I-90, creating a junction between Buffalo, Boston, Montreal, and New York.

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Major airline service to Albany NY includes service by: American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, and United Airlines; Million Air is the local fixed-base operator.

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In 2010, Albany NY had the highest average airfare in New York, though the per-mile cost on its busiest routes was second-lowest in the state.

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Albany NY has no major league professional sports teams, and minor league teams typically have low support.

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The Albany NY Empire played in the AFL from 2018 through the 2019 season when the league folded.

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Albany NY Legends, played in the Washington Avenue Armory from 2010 to 2014 before moving to Schenectady.

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The Albany NY Patroons have played at the Armory on and off since 1982 and currently play in The Basketball League.

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In 2006, UAlbany NY became the first SUNY-affiliated school to send a team to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

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UAlbany NY hosted the New York Giants training camp from 1996 to 2012.

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