Albany, New York: Nipper the RCA DogA giant dog and his Victrola, perched on a warehouse roof.
Arnoff Moving and Storage Co.
- 7 Tivoli St., Albany, NY
- Arnoff Moving and Storage Co. North side of the city, near the river, in the warehouse district. I-787 exits 4A or 4B west to Broadway, then right (north) about ten blocks. Turn left onto Tivoli St.
Visitor Tips and News About Nipper the RCA Dog
The building with the big RCA dog on its roof has been sold and will be converted into apartments.[MikeyInNY, 06/25/2016]
The developer wants historic preservation tax credits, so the exterior of the building will have to remain as is -- meaning that the 28-foot-tall dog is probably safe. "Nipper" has sat atop the former warehouse since 1958.
Nipper The RCA Dog
He's bigger and handsomer than I thought he would be.[AKR, 09/06/2013]
Looking at the large Nipper the RCA Dog on a warehouse in Albany, New York, you can clearly see a bracket with fasteners on its upper ear, suggesting the ear used to be bolted onto something, such as a Victrola horn.[Jeff Duboff, 10/01/2005]
July 2006: Michael Arnoff, president of Arnoof Moving and Storage, writes "I was happy to see that Nipper, on my building, is listed there! Just to clarify some of your reader's comments: the bracket is actually a light fixture. It was formerly a beacon as the building used to be the tallest building in Albany (not so any longer). There was never a Victrola box and horn." October 2005 - Eric from Albany writes: "There was never anything like a Victrola with the Nipper Dog in Albany. The bracket on the ear held an aircraft warning light and a weather monitor."
The bit about the "Victrola box and horn" having been removed from the building is probably wrong. I have lived in Albany since 1983 and have never seen or heard any evidence that ther ever were there. Looks like from the beginning it's been only the dog on the building.[Eric Stott, 07/13/2004]
Nipper the RCA Dog
The old RCA Victor dog Nipper is still atop the former RCA building in Albany, NY. One of only two giant Nippers remaining - the other is, or was, in Baltimore. The Victrola box and horn were taken down from this Albany building many years ago, but subsequent owners have continued to maintain Nipper.[Chuck Porter, 01/21/2001]
March 2006: David Cranston points out that the building was never owned by RCA, but instead by the "RTA Corporation."