Capital of New York. It lies on the west banks of the Husdon River, south of its junction with the Mohawk River. The city's population stood at 95,000 in 2000, down from a peak of 134,000 in 1950. It's an insanely diverse city, at about 60% white, 30% black, 6% hispanic, 3% asian, and 1% other. It's primarily middle class, with awesome middle class communities and real estate. There are also black communities with older rowhomes, apartments, and project complexes. Blacks concentrate along Clinton Av, N and S Pearl Sts. The rest of the city's much more diverse.
Albany, New York is at the crossroads of highways to NYC, Boston, Montreal, and Buffalo. It's closest to NYC, and that's where most of its out-of-towners come from. Many blacks leave NYC for Albany in search of a new beginning. Great schools, plentiful apartment options, Government, white collar, and retail jobs, and a strong housing authority make this all possible. There's also a good local bus system (CDTA) which evolved from 30's era streetcars.