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Albany A-Go-Go

Excuse our tardiness this morn. We're still recovering from a weekend jaunt to Albany, where two Friends of Curbed welcomed us to a housewarming party in the capitol city's mansion neighborhood. The neighborhood, all but abandoned in the 1970's after construction of the space-age Empire Plaza decimated the downtown, has been revitalized into gorgeous blocks of brownstones that recall Brooklyn Heights. Our friends purchased such a brownstone themselves six months ago. They inhabit the top two floors (with spacious rear deck, above), renting out the bottom two floors. What did they pay for this opportunity? SPOILER ALERT?read no further if you value your sanity. Um, $118,000. "Tell your friends in New York City," our friend urged. "Just don't tell the developers."
· Mansion Neighborhood [mansionneighborhood.org]
· Albany's Downtown Neighborhoods [downtownalbany.org]
· Times-Union Homes [Times Union]