Albany in Pop Culture

Albany in Pop Culture

Never been to Albany? Wondering what New York's state capital looks and feels like?

Maybe you already do.

Albany has been used as a location for an assorted lot of different projects, from a cycle of novels by a devoted local to setpieces from a Hollywood blockbuster. Some of them depict the most historical aspects of the town, some of them simply use it as a negation of New York City, and others are a faithful depiction of what the state's capital.

Albany's Guest Starring Spots

    William Kennedy
  • If you have ever read a word by a writer called William Kennedy, then you know Albany. This celebrated author with over a dozen books to his name has been nicknamed the James Joyce of Albany for using his hometown as the setting for much of his stories.

  • His most famous one, Ironweed, was turned into a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. So memorable were their performances that they earned each thespian an Oscar nominations. And guess what. It was shot in Albany.

  • Angelina Jolie's 2010 action blockbuster Salt depicts a very expensive chase sequence taking place on Water Street near the Interstate 787 ramp.

  • Likewise, the sleuth comedy The Other Guys, starring Mark Whalberg and Will Ferrell, shot several sequences in the capital.