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The Geological Society of America Northeastern Section

51st Annual Meeting
Empire State Plaza 
Albany, NY (downtown map Albany)
March 21-23, 2016

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On behalf of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are delighted to welcome the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section 51st Annual Meeting to New York State's historical capital city.

This prestigious event will be held at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, completed as a vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1978. The Plaza was built not only to serve as government offices, but as a center of arts, culture and community activity. The New York State Museum (the largest State Museum in the country), the Empire State Art Collection and the Empire State Performing Arts Center (known as The Egg for its unusual and distinctive design) are all contained at the Plaza. In addition, you will be able to visit the NYS Capitol as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art.

 

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Empire State Plaza parking information

 

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Listed below are several useful links that will provide you with additional information regarding services, shopping and dining in the Capital Region. If there is anything we can do while you are here, please contact Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager at 1-800-258-3582 x 100. Please enjoy your stay and come back soon.

 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO... 

Brew Pubs/Distilleries/Cider:

Albany Distilling Co.
78 Montgomery St, Albany
(518) 621-7191

Albany Pump Station  
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany 
(518) 447-9000

City Beer Hall
42 Howard St, Albany
(518) 449-2337 

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway, Albany 
(518) 650-7996

McGeary's Restaurant
4 Clinton Square, Albany
(518) 463-1455

Nine Pin Ciderworks LLC
929 Broadway, Albany
(518) 449-9999 

The Olde English Pub & Pantry
683 Broadway, Albany 
(518) 434-6533  

Dining: 

1.  Click here for a list of restaurants within walking distance from the Hilton Albany.

2.  Empire State Plaza Dining Facilities:

North End Concourse
PRIME at the Plaza Café
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

PRIME at the Plaza Coffee Kiosk

Center Concourse
Au Bon Pain Satellite
Serving Breakfast and Lunch
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(518) 434-0427

McDonald's
Monday - Friday
6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(518) 432-0340

Main Food Court
Serving Lunch: Monday - Friday
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Capital Q Bar-B-Que

Honest Weight CO-OP Café: Locally-Grown, Organic and Natural Foods

PhoYum Vietnamese Cuisine

Capitol Building
Dunkin Donuts
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

South Concourse
Au Bon Pain Coffee Kiosk
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

South West Concourse
Au Bon Pain Main Café
Between Agency Buildings 1 & 2, Plaza Level
Serving Breakfast and Lunch
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(518) 434-0427

Swan Street Building
Subway at Swan Street
Swan Street Building, Core 3, Between Agency Buildings 3 & 4
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(518) 433-2622

Euro-Delicacies
Swan Street Building, Core 3, Between Agency Buildings 3 & 4
(Next to Subway)
Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(518) 465-5550

Empire State Plaza - Pavilion
Phil's Kitchen at the Pavilion
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(518) 301-7288

Corning Tower 29th Floor
Subway
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(518) 433-2622

Click here for more information.
Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza.

Entertainment Venues in Downtown Albany:

Capital Repertory Theatre
111 N Pearl St, Albany
(518) 445-7469

The Egg
Empire State Plaza
(518)473-1845

The Palace Theatre
(518) 465-3334
19 Clinton Ave, Albany

Times Union Center 
51 S Pearl St, Albany
(518) 487-2000

Explore On Your Own:

Helderberg Escarpment (Thacher State Park)
Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, Rock of Deep Ages
Historical NEIGC
Keck 2011
Lester Park
Stark's Knob
Walking Tour

History of Geology in Albany: 

Please follow these links for more information.

Amos Eaton Papers
Dana Park
Eaton Hall at RPI
Gilboa Fossils 
James Hall House
Winifred Goldring

Need to Print?

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center (24 hours)
110 Wolf Rd, Albany
(518) 482-9094

Modern Press (downtown Albany) 
1 Colonie St
(518) 434-2921

Outdoor Activities: 

The Albany Corning Preserve located at Jennings Landing (access through Broadway & Maiden Lane) is home to a beautiful walking/jogging/cycling trail that stretches out for miles right into Cohoes, NY.  Click here for a map.

The Crossings of Colonie, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Albany, also contains a 6.5 mile enclosed loop of multi-use trails and picnic tables.  There is also a children's playground as well as a Colonie Veterans Memorial.  

Shopping:

Empire State Plaza Indoor Concourse
Be sure to visit the indoor concourse, "the underground city", a quarter-mile stretch of shops, cafeterias, and a world-class abstract art collection with major works by Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and dozens of famous contemporary artists. The concourse at the Empire State Plaza provides many options such as banks, visitors center and gift shop, shoe shining, lunch options, and a few retail stores. Click here for a map. Since its completion in 1978, the Empire State Plaza has become a cultural center for thousands of visitors each year.

Downtown Albany
Outside the Empire State Plaza, you will find other retail and dining options within a 1.5 mile walk. Click here for more information on shopping.

Youth Group Activities: 

Please click here for a list of Youth Group Activities in the Capital Region.

Downtown Albany and Wolf Road Information

Approximately 20 minutes from downtown Albany is the Wolf Road area. You will find many options for shopping and dining, including over 40 restaurants and the Colonie Center Shopping Mall featuring L.L. Bean, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Christmas Tree Shops, Sephora and Regal Cinemas Stadium 13.


Downtown Albany Parking Information
Downtown Albany Map/Dining Options            
Wolf Road Map/Dining Options
Albany Attractions
Additional Albany Restaurant Information

Shopping Information
Colonie Center Mall
Crossgates Mall
Stuyvesant Plaza

Travel Information
Albany International Airport
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Driving Directions
Megabus

Banks

Bank of America                          

 69 State Street

 (800) 432-1000  

First Niagara Bank 

 120 State Street

 (518) 433-2000

Key Bank

 50 State Street

 (518) 465-2946

NBT Bank

 54 State Street

 (518) 426-3285

  

Medical Care Facilities

Albany Medical Center

 43 New Scotland Avenue

 (518) 262-3125

Albany Memorial Hospital 

 600 Northern Boulevard

 (518) 471-3221


Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy

 613 New Scotland Avenue

 (518) 482-4996

Rite Aid

 17 North Pearl Street

 (518) 434-6024


 

 


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