About The Lark Street BID

Mission Statement

The Lark Street Neighborhood District Management Association, more commonly known as the Lark Street Business Improvement District, 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, NY.

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

Neighborhood Marketing

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

Neighborhood Safety

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.

Special Events and Promotions

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 email bid@larkstreet.org.

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.


The Lark Street BID Board of Directors holds quarterly Board Meetings and Special Meetings on an as-needed basis. For information on upcoming meetings please contact the BID.

Equipment Rental:

The BID carries a small cache of equipment that we use at our annual Special Events. Throughout the year, these supplies are available for rental at local events, pop-ups, meetings etc.. See below for a registry of equipment available for rental:

Pop-up Tents (10′ x 10′ white)
Max. Quantity On Hand: 8
Rate: $25/day per tent

Folding Tables (6′ x 30″ cream)
Max. Quantity On Hand: 14
Rate: $5/day per table

Stanchions (Height: 38″ Span: 7′ black)
Max. Quantity On Hand: 20
Rate: $3/day per stanchion

Display Easels 
Max. Quantity On Hand: 6
Rate: $5/day or included with rental of folding table or pop-up tent.

Folding Chairs (white)
Max. Quantity On Hand: 6
Rate: $3/day per chair

We may offer reduced rates for Lark Street BID businesses, community focused events, or events taking place within the Lark Street BID Corridor. Please contact us for more information!