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About The Area

One of New York's best kept secrets

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The Schenectady area is one of New York’s best kept secrets. Its early Dutch heritage is preserved in the historic Stockade district on the banks of the Mohawk River. In 1825, the opening of the Erie Canal changed the character of Schenectady from that of a riverfront town that served as the gateway to the west, to a leader in the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Edison established his Edison Machine Works, later to become the General Electric Company, here in 1886.

Undergoing revitalization, Schenectady boasts of abundant recreational and cultural venues with beautiful Central Park and its nationally recognized Rose Garden; and the restored vaudevillian theater, Proctors, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation to accommodate Broadway’s biggest shows.

Schenectady is a cornerstone in upstate New York’s Capital Region and is a short drive from its sister cities, Albany and Troy. Albany, the State Capitol, features the NY State Museum, historic institute, performing arts center, the Palace Theater and the Times Union Center.

Union CollegeSchenectady and the wider Capital Region offer a wide range of quality educational opportunities. From pre-k through high school, including public, private and charter schools, there are numerous academic programs to choose from. The region is also home to several prestigious colleges, such as Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Siena College, Skidmore College and others.

Our proximity to major urban areas, Manhattan, Boston, Montreal, as well as the recreational settings of Lake George (Queen of American Lakes), Saratoga Springs (historic race course, national museums and Saratoga Performing Arts Center), Adirondack State Park and the Catskill Mountains provide an inexhaustible array of choices for weekend getaways. Sports enthusiasts enjoy some of the finest skiing, boating, fishing, hiking and mountain climbing, all within an hour or two of the Capital Region.

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Housing and Real Estate

Schenectady’s housing opportunities are equally bountiful and range from garden apartments in scenic rural settings to restored urban brownstones. For more information, please visit the websites of local newspapers:

The Daily Gazette ( and Times Union (

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