At first, all I heard on a bike ride through Albany on Saturday night was the sound. Sounded like a band.
Then I remembered I had seen something online about a “block party” that was planned for downtown.
Turns out that’s what it was when I got closer. And from the looks of it and the amplified sound, it appeared to be a smashing success.
Food booths, bounce houses for kids, other entertainment, beer for grownups, and as I mentioned, bands — all of this had drawn a big crowd to the corner of Third and Broadalbin. Traffic on the nearby streets was blocked.
The party was organized by The Garage, a tap room on Third Avenue. The announcement on Facebook listed dozens of Albany area businesses as sponsors.
I don’t know how many people actually showed up during the afternoon and evening. But if someone told me the number was a thousand or more, I would not be surprised. Some 2,800 people had responded to one of the Facebook posts about the event.
I was on a bike ride, as I said, so I didn’t stay. But I was impressed that something like this could be organized downtown and turn out to be a success.
They billed this as the “first annual.” So maybe it will become a thing that families and especially young people look forward to in Albany when they decide to stay home for the Labor Day weekend instead of going out of town. (hh)