FOR SALE: Nipper… Yes, the Big One!

December 9th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Arnoff Building is for sale.

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.

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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 But then one word flashed into our heads…


So… what if we started a fan-funded campaign to buy the Nipper and relocate the headquarters to the newly cool warehouse district of Albany? It’s a big building, and 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

4 thoughts on “FOR SALE: Nipper… Yes, the Big One!”

  1. Richard Brody says:

    I am all in -spiritually speaking. Dollars to follow, but you will probably still need over 3.96 mil.

  2. Von Haymes says:

    I’ll toss in some $$, but again, you’ll still need over 3.96 million. I recently made a few bucks thru trade with relatives. Sorry it can’t be more ! Best of luck !

  3. J Hunter says:

    Maybe we can talk them into selling Nipper separately. That’s got to cut the price SOMEWHAT…

  4. Dad says:

    Money available next month.Need music(free).No crap.Money backers? Good luck. Love,Dad

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