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A medley of different scenes to represent the diversity of the city. At top is a photo of the city's skyline, juxtaposing modern towers from the 1960s with older buildings dating back to the 19th century. Above center, right shows cookie-cutter, single-family houses, all two-stories with porches. Below center, right shows the marquee of a buff- and red-brick theater; marquee reads "PALACE". Bottom is a panoramic view of an open courtyard split by reflecting pools and surrounded by four modern, glass and concrete towers on left and one taller tower on right; in center is a Romanesque, granite, five-story capitol building. Below center, left shows a city street populated with old brick buildings. Above center, left shows a modern, glass and concrete tower surrounded by a shorter building of the same style.
Clockwise from top: Downtown from Rensselaer; middle-class housing in the Helderberg neighborhood; Palace Theatre; Empire State Plaza from the Cultural Education Center; North Pearl Street at Columbia Street; and the State Quad at SUNY Albany.
A flag with three equal horizontal stripes colored orange, white, and blue from top to bottom. In the center is the city seal (except for text and circular outline).
Circular seal with central images of a shield at center and sailing ship above it, with a European man to the left and a Native American to the right. The seal's edge reads "THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF ALBANY" with "ASSIDUITY" in a banner above the bottom.
Etymology: Named for the Scottish Duke of Albany, whose title comes from the Gaelic name for Scotland: Alba
Cradle of the Union[1]
The 518 (area code)
Cap City
Map shows Albany on the west bank of the Hudson, surrounded by the towns of Colonie, Guilderland, and Bethlehem. Roads are also shown. Interstates 90, 87, and 787 pass through the city boundaries.
Boundaries of and major thoroughfares through Albany
Located on the east border of the county, north of center. County is located in east section of the state, just south of center.
Location in Albany County and the state of New York
Albany is located in New York
Location within New York (state)
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Albany is located in the United States
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Albany is located in North America
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Coordinates: 42°39′09″N 073°45′26″W / 42.65250°N 73.75722°W / 42.65250; -73.75722Coordinates: 42°39′09″N 073°45′26″W / 42.65250°N 73.75722°W / 42.65250; -73.75722
Country  United States
State  New York
Region Capital District
County Albany
Settled 1614
Incorporation 1686
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Kathy Sheehan (D)
 • State capital city 21.94 sq mi (56.81 km2)
 • Land 21.39 sq mi (55.40 km2)
 • Water 0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
 • Metro
6,570 sq mi (17,000 km2)
141 ft (43 m)
 • State capital city 97,856
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,587.20/sq mi (1,771.11/km2)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 180/sq mi (69/km2)
Demonym(s) Albanian[6]
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
12201–12212, 12214, 12220, 12222–12232
Area codes 518, 838
Geocode 977310, 978659
ISO 3166 code 36-01000
FIPS code 36-01000
GNIS feature ID 978659