The Leisures of Albany

Tour curated by: Camille Gordon

A visual representation of Albany’s various locations for entertainment. The places seen were all built during specific time periods such as The Great Depression, or the introduction of sports and musicians in the area. Some of the locations have transitioned from their ordinary purpose to something new, while other locations have expanded to what is now home of traditional Albany events. Discovering what lies within the selected locations in the state capital, one can see the hidden gems that lie between the blocks walked. Albany is much more than state and official buildings and can appeal to a variety of groups through its locations.

Locations for Tour

Washington Park was created in the 1800s covering Madison and Washington Avenues. Before its creation, the 90-acre area was used for private estates, cemeteries, and parade grounds. The influencers for the design of the park Frederick Olmstead and…

The Albany Institute of History & Art was built in 1791 on Washington Avenue. The location itself can tie to a theme of Albany landmarks, as the Institute neighbors The Amory and former Harmanus Bleeker Library. Nearby lies The New York State…

The Palace is the largest theatre in the city of Albany. Its distinct signage and architectural makeup contributed to its significance to entertainment in Albany. It opened in October 1931 on Clinton Avenue, during the United States greatest economic…

With construction starting in February 1987, Times Union Center opened its doors in 1990. With a general focus around entertainment and sports, the center has quickly grown to be one of the most popular venues in the capital. The center varies in…

Located in the Delaware area of Albany, Albany Civic Theater was established in the mid-1950s. This area is considered vibrant, with Normanskill Farm and Hacket Bike trail, restaurants, and bistros nearby. The two-floor theater is located on 2nd…