Profile of Downtown Albuquerque

By Aileen O'Catherine

Albuquerque Downtown :

The Albuquerque downtown neighborhood is centrally located and is an essential part of the city's business district. In addition to being a center for the arts, downtown has a thriving nightlife and club scene. Currently one of the most vibrant and burgeoning areas of Albuquerque, it boasts the Alvarado Transportation Center, its roots to Route 66, the historic KiMo Theater, and the Albuquerque Convention Center. With a redevelopment plan and a committed group of local leaders, the Albuquerque downtown neighborhood is at the beginning of what promises to be a long, ascendant curve.

Downtown on the Map:

The Albuquerque downtown neighborhood is roughly bounded by 19th Street to the west, Central Avenue to the south, 6th Street to its eastern edge, and Mountain Road to its north. Downtown also includes the area known locally as East Downtown (EDo), which is part of the Huning Castle Neighborhood.

Downtown Transportation:

The New Mexico Rail Runner train line stops at Albuquerque's downtown's Alvarado Station and connects to the city's bus lines. Transit routes connect to Albuquerque's popular destinations.

Downtown Real Estate:

When it comes to real estate, Albuquerque's downtown neighborhood offers condos, lofts, and historic houses. Most who live in Albuquerque's downtown are in single family homes.

Homes in the historic downtown Albuquerque neighborhood range from $200,000 to $700,000, with most single homes in the $300,000 to $400,000 range.

The Silver Lofts at 7th and Silver Streets provide live/work spaces under one roof, and are within walking distance to all of downtown's amenities.

For rentals, the Villa de San Felipe are located in the heart of downtown, on Coal between 8th and 7th. Rents run from $400 and up.

Downtown Night Life:

The historic Sunshine Theater at 120 Central provides all ages concerts and an ever changing indie music scene. The Moonlight Lounge behind the theater features live acts.

The El Rey at 620-624 Central is a nightclub that offers music, theater and dance.

The Launchpad at 618 Central has live music nightly, with both local and national acts.

The Box Performance Space at 1025 Lomas provides live theater, improvisational comedy, and programs for kids.

The KiMo theater at 423 Central is on the national historic register and is known for its Pueblo Deco style of architecture and varied performing artists.

Downtown Shopping:

Downtown Growers Market
Robinson Park, 8th and Central
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Get fresh, local produce, flowers and arts and crafts.

Skip Maisel Indian Jewelry
510 Central
(505) 242-6526
Maisel's offers a wide variety of Indian arts, crafts and jewelry.

Richard Levy Gallery
514 Central
(505) 766-9888
The gallery carries contemporary art exhibits and work by local artists.

Sumner and Dene
517 Central NW
This shop has unusual furniture, art, jewelry, gifts and accessories.

Patrician Design
216 Gold Avenue
(505) 242-7646
Patrician Design offers art, accessories, jewelry and body products.

Metropolis Comic Art Gallery
1102 Mountain Road NW, Suite 202
Find comic art, anime and fantasy art in all mediums.

Downtown Restaurants:

Gold Street Caffe
218 Gold SW
(505) 765-1633
The Gold Street Caffe dishes up some of the best food the city has to offer. Chile dusted fried calamari, fish tacos, and the famous fork and knife burger can be found there.

Java Joe’s
906 Park Ave
(505) 765-1514
Tucked away on a side street, Java Joe's offers great coffee and giant breakfast burritos as well as lunch.

Lindy's Coffee Shop
500 Central SW
(505) 242-2582
Lindy's has roots, and they're showing. One of the old road restaurants along what was then called Route 66, Lindy's offers shakes, burgers and fries, as well as a good assortment of Greek dishes.

Downtown Schools:

Elementary Schools:

Lew Wallace Elementary
513 Sixth Street NW
(505) 848-9409

Middle Schools:

Washington Middle School
1101 Park Ave. SW
(505) 764-2000

High Schools:

Amy Biehl Charter High School
124 4th Street
(505) 299-9463

Private Schools:

St. Mary's Elementary and Middle Schools
224 7th Street NW
(505) 242-6271 (Elementary) or (505) 243-5470 (Middle)

Downtown Essentials:

Zip Code: 87102

Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Ave NW
(505) 768-5136

Downtown Organizations:

The Downtown Action Team (DAT) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Albuquerque's downtown. The DAT promotes downtown, provides goodwill ambassadors, conducts cleanup campaigns, and fosters public awareness of the area.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has been around since 1974. The organization provides links to services, organizations, yard sales, and issues that affect the people living in Albuquerque's downtown.

City Parks:

Civic Plaza
3rd and Tijeras

14th and San Cristobal

Fourth Street Mall
4th and Copper

Mary Fox
14th and Roma

8th and Central

Washington Middle School
10th and Park