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Upper Madison Avenue- Allen Street to Quail Street:
Situated near local colleges, universities, parks, and the Pine Hills neighborhoods the Upper Madison neighborhood commercial district offers a variety of amenities and services. Offering locally owned and operated restaurants, a movie theater, laundromats, and coffee shop; this busy strip accommodates the needs of resident and students. As the main thoroughfare for the neighborhood, Madison Avenue provides access to the nearby campuses of the College of Saint Rose and the University at Albany. Upper Madison Avenue is comprised of many wonderful neighborhood resources including wonderful parks, recreational facilities and a community center, along with gorgeous houses, walkable streets and strong educational centers. The strong community that has developed throughout the surrounding neighborhoods supports businesses along this neighborhood commercial district.

Lower Madison Avenue- Philip Street to South Pearl Street:
Located adjacent to the Mansion Neighborhood and the South End, this portion of Madison Ave offers a diverse range of businesses to the many local residents and those traveling through the area on their way into Downtown. Just down the road from the Empire State Plaza this corridor is a premier location as it’s a convenient stop for workers during the day as well as those traveling downtown to enjoy a concert or event.

South Pearl Street- Madison Avenue to Second Avenue:
Just down the road from Albany’s Central Business district, this commercial strip is located within the South End Neighborhood. This historic urban neighborhood is a short distance from Lincoln Park, the Port of Albany, and Downtown. In addition to its convenient location, this area also offers many attractions and conveniences for its residents. 

Lark Street- Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue:
Lark Street is a vibrant, eclectic commercial and neighborhood district comprised of many unique businesses. The neighborhood is within walking distance from health care, a full service grocery store, and active commercial districts. This strong commercial district offers the many residents of Center Square and the growing and developing Park South neighborhood a variety of services. This street is also a frequent stop for visitors to the area, as it is filled with a wide array of restaurants and activities. The Lark Street Business Improvement District strives to maintain and grow a healthy climate for businesses to operate along this particular strip.

Middle New Scotland Avenue- Ontario Street to Quail Street:
Just up the road from University Heights and Albany Medical Center, this commercial strip is a thriving commercial corridor that serves the many residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. The strong community based neighborhoods that surround this strip are filled with a mix of families as well as students attending the many nearby educational institutions, such as Albany Law School or College of Pharmacy. This area is also home to a public and private elementary school and will soon be home to a new Public Library.

Lower New Scotland Avenue- Madison Avenue to Holland Avenue:
The Park South neighborhood, situated between Albany’s beautiful Washington Park and Albany Medical Center and the University Heights campus, is currently experiencing tremendous redevelopment efforts. With Albany Medical Center’s recent expansion, new commercial development taking place on New Scotland Avenue, and new residential development, this neighborhood is becoming an ideal location to live, work, and visit. The more than 7,000 employees that work at Albany Medical Center as well as the employees and students of the various University Heights organizations frequent this commercial district. As development efforts progress, this commercial district continues to expand and attract new businesses.

Broadway: Downtown- Pruyn Street to Clinton Avenue:
Albany’s Central Business District is home to State and local government, numerous private businesses, a wide array of restaurants, entertainment venues and other retail stores. This section of Broadway, within downtown, serves the many employees that travel to downtown each day for work in addition to the many residents that live in downtown. This area in particular offers great choices for dining, hotels, convenient store, salons, new residential development, and entertainment venues. The ongoing development-taking place downtown is contributing to the growth of this particular commercial district. The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District works to maintain a strong and vibrant business district to serve the residents and visitors to this area of downtown.

Broadway: North Albany- North Lawrence Street to Wards Lane:
This commercial strip serves the North Albany neighborhood. This strip contains a mixture of commercial and industrial businesses. This part of the City is conveniently located a close distance to downtown and provides each access to the highway making it a desirable location for many industrial businesses. The North Albany neighborhood, predominantly a family based neighborhood, is also served by the businesses that have developed on this portion of Broadway, including restaurants and convenience stores.

Clinton Avenue- Ten Broeck Street to Manning Blvd:
Clinton Avenue, the southern boundary of Arbor Hill, is the gateway to Albany’s entertainment district. It features the newly restored Palace Theater, the Family Court House, and the new Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. This area is benefiting from the ongoing redevelopment efforts of North Swan Street as well as the activity along Henry Johnson Boulevard. This section of Arbor Hill offers a unique mix of historic structures serving as a desirable foundation for starting and growing a business along this visible strip.

Central Avenue- Lark Street to Everett Road:
Central Avenue is the gateway to the West in the City of Albany. This vibrant stretch is home to countless restaurants and retail businesses. Central Avenue just received significant roadway improvements with the complete reconstruction and repaving of the streets, making it particularly accessible for new businesses. As businesses continue to grow on this commercial corridor, visitors and residents are presented with even more choices. This corridor also falls within the Central Avenue Business Improvement District, thus providing additional opportunities and support to new and existing businesses to succeed in this part of Albany.

Watervliet Avenue- Central Avenue to Industrial Park Road:
Watervliet Avenue is the entrance way to the West Albany Industrial Park. Manufacturers and distributors due to its infrastructure and central location mainly occupy this part of Albany with easy access to the highways. Watervliet Avenue contains a combination of residential structures and commercial businesses allowing it to serve the adjacent West End neighborhood. This neighborhood includes great recreational facilities, like Bleecker Stadium and Swinburne Park, as well as educational institutions with the Henry Johnson Charter School and Schuyler Achievement Academy.

Quail Street-Madison Avenue to Livingston Avenue:
This commercial strip is an active part of the surrounding Pine Hills and West Hill neighborhood. This commercial corridor is located near the local colleges and universities within the Pine Hills neighborhood and also crosses into the neighborhood setting of West Hill. The many residents and students making it a great location to grow a business heavily travel the businesses located on this strip.

Washington Avenue-Ontario Street to Lake Avenue:
This section of the City is close to various education institutions, different neighborhood settings and easy access to downtown. This area is comprised of various businesses that serve the surrounding residents, which are a mix of college students and families. As a main entranceway to the City, this corridor is highly traveled and visible, making it an ideal location to start and maintain a business.

Delaware Avenue- McAlpin Street to Morton Avenue:
Delaware Avenue is a main entrance to the city from the south, specifically the Bethlehem/Delmar area. The neighborhood is located southwest of the Empire State Plaza and is the western border of the South End. This corridor offers many neighborhood services and activities, including a movie theater, retail stores, restaurants, churches, a post office, a bank, pharmacies, a historic firehouse and numerous other small businesses. It’s a convenient neighborhood where many everyday needs such as shopping, banking, and entertainment are within easy walking distance.