FOR SALE: Nipper… Yes, the Big One!
By Greg Haymes
Nipper – the four-ton, 28-foot-tall canine icon who has been the faithful guardian of the Albany skyline for 60 years now – is up for sale… along with the building atop which he (or she) stands.
Nipper and the four-story building at 991 Broadway, as well as several adjacent properties are all owned by Arnoff Moving and Storage, which is looking to sell and relocate to a larger facility.
The asking price? $3.97 million.
Well, that’s a wee bit out of our price range, even for a giant multi-national comglomerate like Nippertown.com. But then one word flashed into our heads…
So… what if we started a fan-funded campaign to buy the Nipper and relocate the Nippertown.com headquarters to the newly cool warehouse district of Albany? It’s a big building, and Nippertown.com won’t fill it all, so we’ll invite all of our pals – All Over Albany, Keep Albany Boring, Metroland, Dark Wood Design, to move it on over (as George Thorogood would say) and transform part of the building into an alt-media hub.
Maybe we’ll throw a few retail shops and eateries in at the ground level – the return of Cathy’s Waffle Store, Just a Song, FantaCo? Of course, we’ll need an art gallery space. Firlefanz Gallery II? And a nightclub/performance space. Maybe the Guthrie Bell Ballroom? Tess Collins’ North Broadway Tavern? Valentine’s Dog House?
We’re open to suggestions…
Anyway, we’ve got $300 that we can throw into the kitty, so all we need now is about $3.96-and-a-half million more.
Who’s with us?
Michael DeMasi’s story at The Albany Business Review