Albany, New York: Nipper the RCA Dog

The giant dog mascot of RCA, perched on a warehouse roof since 1958.

Arnoff Moving and Storage Co.

991 Broadway, 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.
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Nipper the RCA Dog

I was born in Albany. Maybe I was too young to remember correctly (we moved to Florida in 1957) but I seem to recall seeing Nipper before that in Albany with a Victrola horn. And I could have sworn there was a sign that read, "His master's voice." I saw him on more than one occasion, as my Dad had a large diesel truck repair shop in Albany across the street from the Schaeffer brewery (one of his best customers for truck repair). Either way, it's great to know that Nipper is still there!

[WComent, 09/10/2016]

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.

Nipper The RCA Dog

He's bigger and handsomer than I thought he would be.

[AKR, 09/06/2013]
Nipper the RCA Dog

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."

Nipper the RCA Dog

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]

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