The Empire State Plaza was the idea of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who was inspired to create the new government complex after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Albany for a celebration of the area's Dutch history.
The city of Nijmegen, Netherlands connected with Albany following World War II. To show its gratitude for post-war assistance, the city sent Albany 50,000 tulip bulbs in 1948; this act led to the establishment of the annual Tulip Festival.
Murder at Cherry Hill: In 1827, a handyman at Cherry Hill by the name of Jesse Strang fell in love with Elsie Whipple, a member of the family. Strang shot Elsie's husband, killing him. Strang was convicted and hanged in the last public execution in Albany.
What was Washington Park originally the site of the State Street Burial Ground. When Washington Park was designed, approximately 40,000 bodies had to be transferred to the Albany Rural Cemetery in the 1840s.
The state Capitol has 17 steps approaching its western entrance and 77 steps approaching its eastern entrance after the year 1777, when NY replaced its colonial government with the current state government.