Moby Dick Book Club - Times Union Article

Did you read Rick Karlin's awesome article in the TU yesterday? Click here to check it out.

Join us tomorrow for our 5th Moby Dick Book Club if you enjoyed it - don't worry if you haven't been before - we love new faces!

We will be at C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station from 5.30-7.30pm with our guest speaker Duncan Crary.

HRC Meeting - Come Support the Nomination for the Proposed Washington Avenue Corridor Historic District

Free this evening? Come support the proposed Washington Avenue Corridor Historic District nomination to the State and National Register of Historic Places!

Join us at 5.30pm in the ACDA Community Room (200 Henry Johnson Blvd, 2nd Floor) for the Historic Resource Commission Meeting.

Need to know more about what the listing means? Click here

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48 Hudson Ave is NOW out to Bid!!

It's official! We are out to bid on the stabilization project at 48 Hudson! Yay! What stabilization project you may ask? HAF is reconstructing the south and east foundation wall (they were removed as the building expanded in the 19th century) and restoring the canonical Dutch H-Bent framing. This work has been funded by a generous matching Environmental Protection Fund grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It has also been awarded an Endangered Property Intervention Program loan from the Preservation League of New York State to help carry the construction costs.

This is the first two phases of a five phase project to stabilize the building and restore the front facade so that the Van Ostrande-Radliff House will once again appear like the Dutch building it is.

Information on the bidding process can be found on our website at

Be on the look out for hard hat tours once we are under construction. In the mean time, you can check out the interior of the building as it is today on our website via a virtual tour developed for Historic Albany by Hudson Reality Capture. Take a tour:

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What Does Listing on the National Register Mean?

National Register listing is honorific recognition of a group of buildings, sites, landscapes that have historic or architectural importance.  Most importantly, buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places are eligible for the Federal and New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credits. The Rehabilitation Tax Credits are the best incentive for investors and homeowners to rehab and improve historic buildings, and are often the gap filler in a project’s funding stream.


National Register listing also requires that any project utilizing state or federal funding be reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure no harm will be done to the historic district’s buildings or an individual landmark.  This may be a state or municipal project or a private project. For example, a DOT project would require review, as would a project accepting tax credits.

Buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places DO NOT need state or federal approval for any work on the property, including demolition, UNLESS state or federal funds are used for that project. 

Want to Know the Difference Between a National & Local Register? Click here

Listing DOES NOT put any restrictions on what can or cannot be done to a property.  

It DOES NOT increase your taxes.  It DOES NOT affect your insurance. 

More information about the National Register of Historic Places can be found here.

More information about the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit (20% of rehabilitation costs) can be found here.

More information about the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit (20% of the rehabilitation costs) can be found here.