Welcome to Albany and the Capital Region of Upstate New York – the home of Albany Lofts at One Broadway! As if there aren’t enough reasons to want to live at our apartment community, we wanted to highlight some of the best parts about the Capital City.
From renowned cultural and historical landmarks to thriving technology parks that have earned the area its title as “New York’s Tech Valley,” Albany NY is the perfect place to live, work, and play.
Arts & Entertainment in the Capital Region
Whether you are experiencing the Egg’s incredible acoustics at a Ben Fold’s concert in downtown Albany or seeing the latest touring Broadway shows at Proctors a few miles away in Schenectady, New York’s Capital Region rivals NYC, Boston, and San Francisco when it comes to arts and entertainment. Every summer the Park Playhouse in Washington Park performs classics and new favorites at its open-air venue and just thirty minutes north on I-87 the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestras take up summer residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. For lovers of fine art, local museums host touring exhibits and boast their own incredible collections donated by notable families drawn to the Capital Region during the 20th century.
Business & Industry in Albany and the Capital Region
Known as New York’s Tech Valley, the Capital Region is home to both start-ups and more venerable names like IBM, Samsung, and Globalfoundries. Though tech is booming, Albany is also the center of New York politics and home to many political and non-profit agencies. In addition to technology and government, the Albany area is home to numerous academic institutions, including SUNY Albany, Albany Medical College, the College of Saint Rose, Sage College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute across the river in Troy, and Skidmore College just north of the city in Saratoga Springs. All of these thriving economic sectors lay a solid foundation for the area’s other businesses and industries, including finance, communications, hospitality, and more! Some of these businesses participate in our Preferred Employer Program.
History & Culture in Albany and Surrounding Counties
As New York’s Capital City, Albany has a rich and interesting history. The Dutch originally settled the area when Henry Hudson’s ship sailed up the river that now shares his name. It wasn’t until after the Dutch surrendered the area to the British in 1664 and King Charles II granted the land to his brother the Duke of York and Albany, however, that the Dutch settlement of Beverwijck on the Hudson River became Albany.
While Albany remains the center of politics, finance, and business, the surrounding counties have their own rich histories. The Battle of Saratoga marked a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Many of the surrounding cities and towns grew exponentially during the industrial revolution, with mills, garment factories, bottling, and other industries doing very well along the canals and waterways. Ballston Spa was once known as “America’s First Watering Place” and attracted hundreds of well-to-do tourists each summer, though the small village has since ceded its Spa City title to Saratoga Springs where thousands still flock every summer for spa treatments and horse racing.
In the spring, be sure not to miss the Washington Park Tulip Festival! Both a homage to the area’s Dutch roots and celebration of spring, it’s not to be missed!
Recreation in the Capital Region
Take your pick: Winery or brewery? Hiking or kayaking? Day trip to NYC, Boston, or Montreal? If you live in the Capital Region, you have all of these activities and more within a few hours’ drive. Albany is uniquely located a 3 hour drive from NYC, Boston, and Montreal, making it the perfect launching point for a day trip or long weekend. Numerous wineries and breweries surround the Capital Region, whether you want to go south to the Hudson Valley, north to the Adirondacks, or west to the Finger Lakes. For those who want to spend their free time outdoors, Albany is an hour south of the Adirondacks, where the High Peaks are waiting to be climbed and lakes are perfect for paddling.
If all of this sounds appealing, you’ll love living here! The Albany Lofts at One Broadway are located 2 minutes from downtown. Our desirable location puts you in the middle of all the excitement and with reasonable commute times to the surrounding cities.