Downtown Albany’s surrounding neighborhoods – including Arbor Hill, the South End, the Mansion Neighborhood and Center Square – feature a cultural, ethnic and socio-economic mix of residents, which adds to downtown’s diversity. Affordable historic homes and apartments, active neighborhood associations and easy access to public transportation and other amenities are driving forces behind an ever-increasing interest in downtown Albany living.

Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations:
The Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations, commonly known as the "CANA," is a nonpartisan federation of neighborhoods associations and related organizations that was founded in 1976. CANA is a federation of neighborhood associations, which have joined together to deal with broad issues that affect the quality of living in Albany. Learn more by visitiing CANA online.

Neighborhoods adjacent to Downtown Albany include:

Arbor Hill
One of the first neighborhoods in Albany, the neighborhood’s rich past is illustrated in the spires of Saint Joseph’s Church, historic structures, and Ten Broeck Mansion. A diverse neighborhood enjoys parks, and a location adjacent to downtown and commercial offerings of Henry Johnson Boulevard

Center Square
Located in the heart of Albany directly adjacent to downtown, the neighborhood features a diverse mix of residents, Lark Street unique shops and galleries, and restored historic homes. Please visit the Center Square Neighborhood Association online to find out more.

Mansion Neighborhood
With the Empire State Plaza as a backdrop, the neighborhood features historic Victorian row houses, some of the City’s most popular, distinctive restaurants, a diverse artistic community and a quick walk to all that downtown offers. Please visit the Mansion Neighborhood Association website for more information. 

A distinct neighborhood features mixed-use living where tennis courts, shops and courtyards are interspersed among historic owner and tenant occupied historic homes. The neighborhood is adjacent to downtown Albany and the waterfront.

South End
The South End is present in historic preserved brick row houses and Schuyler and Cherry Mansion, as well as newly reconstructed South Pearl Street and other new construction. Lincoln Park features the large scale Lincoln Pool, tennis courts and recreational space. For more information, visit the South End Neighborhood Association online.

For more information on the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, please contact the Association's President, Mr. Dan Van Riper, at 434-1954.

Washington Square
Washington Square Neighborhood Association (WSNA) is located in Mid-Town Albany and covers the area west of Henry Johnson Blvd to Quail Street and north of Washington Park to Bradford Street. Located within the WSNA are the YMCA, the old SUNYA campus, numerous houses of worship and Albany Fire Department Engine 1. We are a diverse community that mirrors the City of Albany population and we work on cleanliness, safety and other quality of life issues for our residents, visitors and those who work here. Our meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany at 405 Washington Avenue. Please visit the Washington Square neighborhood website to find out more.

Photographer: Julia Zave