Lark Street Business Improvement District

Working to sustain and enhance a unique and prosperous living and businesss community.

We started over 30 years ago as The Lark Street Neighborhood District Management Association, a not-for-profit entity held responsible to the City of Albany. More commonly known as the Lark Street Business Improvement District (BID), we've grown-up to become a successful non-profit human service agency, serving the merchants and neighbors around the "foot print" of Lark Street. This new website design represents change for the good and a positive vibe to align with increased quality of life, improved police communication, ongoing neighborhood association and problem solving. We are also continuing street maintenance, providing support to new businesses/grand opening celebrations, participating in City task forces, linking merchants and neighbors to vital systems and resources, offering volunteer and intern opportunities, and being a part of the next phase of Albany's Revitilization efforts. Governed by 11 voted Board of Directors, the mission of the Lark Street BID remains stable, confident and unchanged: "The Lark Street BID is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to build, sustain, and enhance a unique and prosperous living and business community for the residents, visitors, and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood of Albany, New York."


Mission Statement

At the Lark Street BID we provide core neighborhood services focused on Neighborhood Safety, Street Maintenance, Neighborhood Marketing, and Special Events and Promotions.

Neighborhood Safety Program

One of the primary goals of the Lark Street BID is to improve Neighborhood Safety. The Neighborhood Safety Program coordinates services and public area improvements to provide additional safety measures to those who live, work, and visit this special part of the city.

The Lark Street BID funds and coordinates the Lark Street Walk n' Watch.  Neighborhood Watch Programs are one of the most effective ways to deter crime.  If you are interested in more information or volunteering to be a walker, please contact the office at (518) 434-3861. 

Neighborhood Marketing Program

Successful marketing of the Lark Street Neighborhood is an effective way of ensuring the continued growth and vitality of the unique community that characterizes Lark Street. The Neighborhood Marketing Program is designed to promote the continued occupancy of existing businesses and enhance the image of the District as a whole.

Special Events and Promotions Program

The Special Events coordinated by the Lark Street BID are enjoyed and coveted by the entire Capital Region and serve as major attractions to the neighborhood. Throughout the year our neighbors and visitors have several occasions to celebrate the dynamic Lark Street community in the heart of Albany.

The Lark Street BID regularly updates its website with news, events, and information from area merchants.  If you have an article, promotion or event you would like to submit, please call (518) 434-3861.

Street Maintenance and Beautification

Lark Street is a well traveled pedestrian and automotive corridor.  The Lark Street BID employs year-round maintenance staff to help control the sidewalk litter, autumn leaves and to clear crosswalks in the winter.  In 2005, our maintenance staff clocked over 1,000 hours of service.

Every Spring the Lark Street BID and the City of Albany hang colorful baskets of flowers on the light poles. The Lark Street BID works with the Central BID in the warmer months to keep all of the plants, flowers, and street trees adequately watered and healthy.

Lark Street Business Improvement District (BID)


Lark Street is known as the vibrant heart of Albany, the Capital of New York State. Across 10 blocks of the District, many unique and exciting businesses line our street offering one of a kind experiences for residents and visitors alike. From shopping to dining to nightlife to the arts, Lark Street has it all for a Live-Work-Play lifestyle. Often called the "Village in the City", Lark Street often evokes the feeling of famous neighborhoods in New York City. Throughout the year, many events take place on Lark Street including Art on Lark, LarkFest and Winter WonderLark. Lark Street is the place to be!  


  “It’s lofty talk when the Lark Street Business Improvement District calls Lark Street ‘a premiere destination for entertainment, culture and urban life in the Capital Region,’ but we think they’re actually being modest. Home of the two largest street festivals in upstate New York, Lark Street is the warm pulse within Albany’s black heart, the flower busting up through the concrete edifice of the Empire State, the white dove of . . . hell, you get it: We like it here.”   -Metroland, June 2010