Albany: Things To Do

Albany – The Capital City

The Capital is known for its rich history, beautiful skyline, commerce, culture, architecture, museums, and institutions of higher education. Albany won the All-America City Award in both 1991 and 2009. Albany constitutes the economic and cultural core of the Capital District of New York State, which comprises the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Area. If you include the nearby cities and suburbs of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, the 2013 Census estimates the combined population to be 1.1 million.

Distance from NYC

Albany is uniquely centrally located:

  • 150 miles (245 km) to New York City
  • 170 miles (274 km) to Boston
  • 220 miles (355 km) to Montreal, Canada
  • 300 miles (482 km) to Niagara Falls

Restaurants Around New School

If you get hungry while at the New School… you have an incredible assortment of nearby eateries; Denny’s, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, East Wok Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Texas Roadhouse, Spicy Mint Indian Cuisine, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Arby’s, Cicis Pizza, Hooters, Barnsider Restaurant, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Buca di Beppo, The Cheesecake Factory, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, IHOP, Grandma’s Pies and Restaurant, Scubber’s Hot Wings, 99 Restaurants, Reel Seafood Co., Spicy Mint Indian Cuisine, Ted’s Fish Fry, Albany Marriott, Smashburger, Capital Buffet, Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Taco Bell, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Warehouse Grill & BBQ, Maharaja Indian Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, McDonald’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Wolf’s 1-11, Blu Stone Bistro, Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro, J T Maxies, Bruegger’s Bagels, Buffalo Wagon Pan Asian Cuisine & Sushi, Simpson’s, Turf House Grille, Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches.

Looking For Entertainment?

The Colony Center Mall is practically across the street, with everything from shopping, to a food court, to a movieplex

Health and Wellness

Nearby Health Centers and Pharmacies include:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Northeast Health Center
  • Albany Memorial Hospital
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Rite Aid
  • Walgreens
  • ChemRX.

Nearby Parks

  • The Crossings of Colonie
    This sprawling, tranquil park includes a scenic meadow, an arboretum, woodland trails & more.
  • Cook Park
    This grassy park offers areas for a variety of sports, plus facillities for cookouts & picnics.
  • Town of Colonie – West Albany Pocket Park
    Neighborhood green area offering several sports fields, plus a picnic pavilion with charcoal grills.
  • Town of Colonie Mohawk River Park and Pool
    Town park with 850 acres devoted to indoor/outdoor sports, plus swimming, skating & skiing programs.
  • The Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve, and many more

Airport and Hotels

The New School is also close to the Albany International Airport, as well as numerous Hotels including;

  • Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport
  • Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany
  • Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Albany Marriott
  • Radisson Hotel Albany
  • Quality Inn Central