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Albany is a compact city that is easily negotiated on foot or by car. The downtown business area revolves around the state government and, thus, Empire State Plaza. The area is bounded by State, Jay, Swan, and Lark streets. Because of its nightlife, boutiques, and colorful characters, the stretch of Lark Street between Madison Avenue and State Street is often compared to New York City's Greenwich Village.
The capital region is served by Albany International Airport (ALB), as well as buses and trains. A loop of highways creates Albany's boundaries and makes traveling around the city quick and easy. Route 5, known as Central Avenue, cuts through the city from Interstate 787 to Interstate 87, but traffic lights and shopping draws can slow travel on this road. Downtown has ample parking in public lots, garages, and metered spaces.
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