What is there to do in Albany??

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    May 26, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    I'm here until thursday afternoon....n e thing to do around here???
  • Timbales

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    May 26, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    I haven't been there in years, but there was a bar called Waterworks.

    edit: I assumed this was Albany, NY and not Albany, GA
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    May 26, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    Oh...yes..Albany, NY...lol
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    May 26, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    There is nothing to do in Albany... bring a book.
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    May 26, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    i bought 2...but i still was hoping...UGH!!!! I'M STUCK HERE!!!! NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    May 26, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    nysexy saidi bought 2...but i still was hoping...UGH!!!! I'M STUCK HERE!!!! NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, for gawd's sakes! Just Google gay & Albany. Here's a starter:

    http://www.rocks77.com/
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    May 26, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    If you have access to a car Mass MOCA is in North Adams, MA and is worth the hour drive. First, you drive through the Berkshires, which are always lovely. But the museum itself is a gem. A few years ago I saw the entire The Course of Empire series by Thomas Cole and they had a JMW Turner exhibit which kicked ass.

    I lived in Albany for two years and was bored for most of it. It is a college town surrounded by ghetto. So if barely legal boys who hold their liquor as well as their conversations are your thing. Enjoy. Waterworks is the only place you need to go to. If Club Phoenix is still open, that is my preferred watering hole. It is a gay club masquerading as a fetish bar. Plenty of gentlemen wearing leather, but they leave you alone if you growl loud enough. They have the biggest dance floor and the best music out of all the venues.

    Lark St. is a one stop place for a night out on the town. Some restaurants, some cute little shops, and Oh Bar is a cross between a piano bar (sans piano) and a dive. I have had plenty of pleasant chit chat there with a crowd that runs older than 30.

    It can be a nice little town for a few days. But I am glad I don't live there any more.
  • silverfox

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    May 26, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Albany = yawn
  • allamathlete

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    May 27, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    there really isn't much... but the suggestion about mass moca may be worth it I live about 10 minutes from it but have near been. I think Waterworks has drink specials on wed but that's as good as it gets... I usually only go on a saturday & that bores me to tears. Good luck man
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    May 27, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    Go to "El Loco" on Madison Avenue, near the park. Really great Mexican food.

    If you're not totally averse to going to the movies by yourself, go to Spectrum 8, http://spectrum8.com/> They're always showing something good there.
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    May 27, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    I second MZ's vote for MassMOCA, it's really cool. If contemporary art isn't your thing, you could also check out the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. It's about an hour's drive from Albany. Just take Rte 2 east (I think the Clark is on Rt 43 in Williamstown). There's a lot of nice hiking around there too.

    When I lived in Williamstown, Albany is where I went when I felt like going to a mall.
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    May 27, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    Mass MOCA is literally a 5 min. walk from my house! Great place that I try to go twice a year to see the new stuff.

    Oddly enough, I was just in Albany today for an interview that didn't go so well. I usually don't travel there because there is not highway to get there without driving for 45+ mins. first and in winter the trip can be "adventurous".

    Hope you try and enjoy yourself in Albany.
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    May 27, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    What times of day are you free? If you're free while the sun is up for a few hours and have access to a car, try driving to the Catskills or down the Hudson Valley. It's all quite scenic and there are plenty of really nice villages where you can eat some really good food made with delicious local produce etc. Personally I prefer fall for adventures upstate, but you'll probably see some nice trees blooming along the river at this time of the year (such as the evil and highly invasive, but quite beautiful, empress tree...)

    One example of a roadtrip that would be good in the afternoon/early evening would be to cross the river and take the rather scenic route of Rt 9J to 9G to 9 down to the villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck. On the way you can stop at Olana, the house of Hudson Valley School painter Frederic Church and get some breathtaking views of the river, the mighty Catskills (and on a clear day the Adirondacks up North). Both villages are very quaint. In Rhinebeck you can catch an independent movie at Upstate Films and have an amazing dinner at Terrapin (a restaurant in an old church). I recommend the main restaurant over the bistro. There's also an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet in Red Hook... but I don't recommend it... The drive down to Rhinebeck should take under two hours and would afford some great sunset views if you left Albany around 4:00.

    If you have time for a short hike you can drive down to Hunter (in the Catskills) and hike up to Kaaterskill Falls, which is where Rip van Winkle is said to have slept.

    Just some ideas. Of course all of this depends on whether or not you have a car and a lot of free time...



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    May 27, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidI second MZ's vote for MassMOCA, it's really cool. If contemporary art isn't your thing, you could also check out the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. It's about an hour's drive from Albany. Just take Rte 2 east (I think the Clark is on Rt 43 in Williamstown). There's a lot of nice hiking around there too.


    That is it! I was wondering why 19th century artists were in a MOCA. I saw those delightful shows at the Clark Art Institute. Thanks for helping my brain work. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    I'm in albany. other than that, horrible. well washington park is fun