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The Shaker Movement or more technically the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, was an offshoot branch of the Quakers and in this part of upstate NY, Watervliet (present-day Colonie) was called home. Today, the Shaker Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and preserve this very first Shaker settlement in the nation. The society holds different activities and events to educate people about the Shakers, their culture and other facts. Craft fairs, workshops, concerts, dramas and much more are organized throughout the year.
Started in 1844, nearly 18,000 students choose to pursue their research and professional careers at the State University of New York at Albany for a few simple reasons. Its prime location in the heart of New York exposes students and professionals to an international assembly of backgrounds and perspectives; top-notch facilities and resources offer the best in world-class research from global welfare to nanotechnology; and finally, the University at Albany is a haven for forward thinkers and new ideas. Alongside the wealth of promise for students and researchers, the campus itself buzzes with activity for visitors, offering a lush campus. several theatre performances, and high-energy sporting events well-known, not just in the college community, but throughout the state.
Collins Circle is a strategic landmark situated at the University of Albany. Surrounded by various restaurants, shops and attractions, this place buzzes with the continuous activity. Ideal to stroll around and enjoy people watching, this place is also a popular venue for a variety of events hosted here.
With the beautiful services conducted on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings, the St. Andrews Episcopal church is a historic beauty designed in the Late Gothic Revival style of architecture. one can experience the soothing music and the liturgy while the worship is on. The church teaches to 'Love Thy Neighbors' and maintain a simple and sweet relation with the community members. Several programs are conducted here and the space is rented out to the college groups and people from the community.
Upper Madison is a suburban area in Albany, dotted by pretty duplexes and avenues. It is located in the serene neighborhood of Pine Hills. Tourists can visit places of local history such as the period Madison Theatre, the Victorian 1000 Madison Avenue library or the uncanny Glass School. One can also spend a tranquil afternoon visiting tiny local restaurants and shops. The area enjoys a close-knit community that frequently hosts a number of fairs and concerts and carries out beautification projects.
The tomb of Chester A, Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, is a sculpted masterpiece in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country. The tomb is located inside of the Albany Rural Cemetery, just north of downtown Albany towards the town of Troy. Sculptor Ephraim Keyser designed the massive winged angel alongside the exposed casket and its exact location is Lot 8 Section 24. The cemetery itself is a marvel and it makes a great side-stop if you're near Troy.
Washington Park is a one of the oldest parks in the entire United States. It was designated a park by city charter in 1686 and today it still remains a vibrant part of Albany. Designed by architects John Bogart and John Cuyler, the park with its lush green lawns, etched walkways and colorful flowers is a tranquil oasis downtown. This public park also serves as an entertainment venue and hosts variety of events like flower festivals, concerts, fund-raisers, ethnic festivals, and more.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the Benjamin Walworth Arnold House and Carriage House was constructed way back in 1902. Designed by renowned architect, Stanford White, it is one of the foremost Colonial Revival style structure in the area. Currently, it is home to several commercial offices as well as New York State Catholic Conference.
This historic neighborhood features brownstones, boutiques, ehtnic restaurants and more.
In arguably Albany's hippest residential and commercial neighborhood, Lark Street is home to most of the city's independent restaurants, bookstores, clubs, pubs and more. Many describe it as the city's Greenwich Village with the eclectic variety of businesses on the streets. Center Square and Hudson/Park, comprise the neighborhood and today it's the home of many festivals. Some include LarkFEST in Autumn, Champagne on the Park, Winter WonderLARK and Capital Pride, the city's annual gay pride festival and parade.
Houck Farmhouse is located at Albany County, New York. The house was built in 1850s and adapts the Greek Revival style of architecture. The farmhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The Capital District encompasses four of the most beautiful counties in upstate New York; Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga, respectively. Other counties could be included in this region, however these particular ones are known for their historic architecture (some farmhouses date from 1728), towns, churches, parks and festivals. It is also a popular region for tourists to come and see the Fall colors in the trees as well as the birthplace of the beloved American potato chip. The primary towns in the Capital District are Troy, Albany and Schenectady, yet there are plenty of others like Gloversville, Saratoga Springs and Schoharie that merit a visit in their own right.