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Old 12-03-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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I would like to hear your opinions of the Upstate city to kind of get an idea of what to look for when I visit in the Spring or Summer. Thanks
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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Does anyone know about this city?
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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a small city with a big city vibe. you'll enjoy it. lots of great architecture and an urban fabric rivalling cities many times its size.
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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^ Thanks.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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What cities compare to Albany, if there are any? I have driven through Albany before on my way to Montreal, but never stopped there and checked it out.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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I really don't have a very good answer for you, hopefully someone who knows Albany better will respond. I'll give you my limited knowledge.

I go to Albany mainly on the weekend during the day to visit the State Museum, or for tours of various historic homes/bldgs. I've gone to Albany for the Tulip festival, Lark Fest, Veteran's Day parade, 4th of July fireworks, shows at the Egg, the drive thru Washington Park for the holiday light display & years ago for 1st Night. I've also had nice dinners in Albany.

I will admit that I don't spend a lot of time there, normally for something special I drive into town and drive out. I like to simply walk around and look at the architecture.

I guess to me it seems like theres a lot going on. When I first moved back to the area I also looked at alot of house. My favorite areas were Central Sq. & on Lake Ave at the opposite end of Wash. Park.

Sorry I can't help more.
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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wheelingman, the response by j12308 was really quite good - looks like he(she?) knows the area pretty well after all!

I've lived & worked in the capital district for over 20 years; I think you'll like it as long as you don't listen to all the downstaters that say "it's not NYC". Don't get me wrong - not all of them say that, , but I do hear it a lot. (IMO, it sort of reminds me of a pocket of Brooklyn with some Long Island suburbia thrown in the mix - but anyway!)

The traffic has it's moments as there are only 3 main arteries into & out of the city limits. But even that is tolerable. The people are very friendly although you may not think so at first. There are so many colleges & universities in the area that tend to bring a diverse population of age, ethnicities, etc., along for the ride.

The architecture is quite impressive - some buildings are over 300 years old...a nice contrast to the "contemporary" design of the Empire State Plaza. There are some very good cooking schools nearby: CIA in Hyde Park 90 minutes south & SCC 20 minutes west. This has been great for the area as many chefs stay & set up shop here. LOTS of terrific restaurants.

Do you like music? Lots of live venues with good variety, and a pretty decent performing arts scene as well. Summertime has lots of free concerts going on all over; the Corning Preserve on the Hudson River, the shows at the Plaza & in local pocket parks scattered t/o downtown.

Washington Park was designed by the same fellow who designed Central Park in NYC, & it shows! I'm embarrassed I forget his name . They have the Tulip Fest every Mother's Day weekend & the Lobster Fest every Father's day weekend. A good excuse to get out!

The "problem" with Albany is that it is relatively quiet unless you take advantage of the events mentioned above. Sadly the downtown isn't a bustling metro area for leisure activity. Check the Times Union 'Preview' insert on thursdays - it lists upcoming events & entertainment. Even better is the Metroland, a local weekly.

A very nice thing about Albany is it's proximity to close-in areas like the Adirondaks, Thatcher State Park, the Stockade in Schenectady, antiques in Troy, Saratoga Springs, etc. Plus you are only 3-4 hours in any direction from a large city - NYC, Montreal, Boston, & Rochester/Syracuse. Pretty countryside in the Hudson Valley & the Catskills - get out & check out all the little towns!
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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^ That is the exact type of profile I wanted. Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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^ That is the exact type of profile I wanted. Thanks.
Happy to help! I'm adding to that post that I think the upstate road and power line crews are EXCEPTIONAL! We just had a major ice storm last week - I was out of power for four & a half days. The line crews were everywhere 24/7, working hard & freezing their gonads off, but they got it done. I grew up in Colorado & there is an amazing difference between how NY clears the snowy streets - , vs. CO -

Also, you should check out the picture thread - there's a few Albany area pics incl. Cohoes Falls. Someday I'm going to learn how to upload photos to the internet....but not today!
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