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Gloversville, New York

Coordinates: 43°3′N 74°21′W / 43.050°N 74.350°W / 43.050; -74.350
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City of Gloversville[1]
Chamber of Commerce Building
Chamber of Commerce Building
Official seal of Gloversville
Gloversville is located in New York
Location in the U.S. state of New York
Coordinates: 43°3′N 74°21′W / 43.050°N 74.350°W / 43.050; -74.350
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Incorporated (village)[2]1853
Incorporated (city)[2]March 19, 1890
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorVincent DeSantis (D)
 • Common Council
Members' List[3]
 • Total5.05 sq mi (13.09 km2)
 • Land5.05 sq mi (13.07 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total15,131
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,998.61/sq mi (1,157.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
12078, 12095
Area code518
FIPS code36-29443
GNIS feature ID0951265

Gloversville is a city in the Mohawk Valley region of Upstate New York, United States. The most populous city in Fulton County, it was once the hub of the United States' glovemaking industry, with over 200 manufacturers there and the adjacent city of Johnstown.[5] In 2020, Gloversville had a population of 15,131.[6]


Settlers of European descent came to the Gloversville area as early as 1752.[7]

The region, historically known as "Kingsborough", was acquired by Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet, who established tremendous influence with the Native Americans of the area, which translated into control of the Mohawk Valley region. It was due to Johnson where the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy remained allied with England during the French and Indian War. In reward, Johnson was granted the Kingsborough Tract, a large parcel of land which was settled by Scottish Highlanders. Some of the Highlanders were so loyal to Johnson that after the Revolutionary War, they followed his son to Canada.[8]

In 1752, Arent Stevens purchased land in the area. Puritans from New England settled there at the end of the 18th century, utilizing the houses and cleared land that had been left behind when the Highlanders emigrated.[8] By 1803, according to Rev. Elisha Yale, the population of Kingsborough consisted of "233 families and about 1,400 souls. Of the families, 191 are of English descent, twenty-three Scotch, fourteen Dutch, and five Irish."[8]

In 1852 Gloversville had a population of 1,318 living on 525 acres in 250 small wood-frame houses centered on the "Four Corners" formed by the intersection of Main and Fulton Streets.[7] The proximity of hemlock forests to supply bark for tanning made the community a center of leather production early in its history: there were already 40 small glove and mitten factories there by 1852.[7] The city would become the center of the American glovemaking industry for many years. From 1890 to 1950, 90% of all gloves sold in the United States were made in Gloversville.[9]

Upon the establishment of a United States post office in 1828, "Gloversville" became the official name of the community. Prior to that Gloversville had been known as "Stump City" because of the large number of trees that had been cut down.[10] In 1853, Gloversville incorporated as a village,[7] and then in 1890 as a city.[2] The city grew rapidly, and the population swelled from 4,000 in 1877 to 13,864 in 1890.

Glove-making operations had gradually changed from being home-based to being factory-based, and large tanneries and glove shops employed nearly 80% of the residents of Gloversville area. Home workers sewed the gloves from leather which had been cut in factories. Related businesses, such as box makers, sewing machine repairmen, and thread dealers opened to serve the industry.

Until 1936, Gloversville had a very active electric interurban line, the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad. It ran from Gloversville, through Johnstown, along the Mohawk River to Amsterdam, then to Scotia, then across the Mohawk River, and into downtown Schenectady to the New York Central station. In 1932, in a bold move during the Great Depression it acquired unique bullet cars in an attempt to revive the economy. Freight operation continued through this era.[11] Gloversville also became the main headquarters for the Schine movie industry in the mid-20th century.[12]

From the 1950s onwards, the decline of the glove industry left the city more and more deindustrialized and financially depressed, with many downtown storefronts abandoned and store windows covered with plywood. Many houses were abandoned when some people moved out of town to find jobs elsewhere. The city's population peaked at 23,634 in 1950 and had since fallen to 15,665 people in 2010.[13] In 2018, redevelopment plans of downtown Gloversville were revealed.[14] In 2019, Mayor Vincent DeSantis (D) proposed economic revitalization plans.[15] On June 5, 2020, the Regan Development Corporation, based in Ardsley, New York, proposed plans to develop a new commercial space and apartment complex for the city.[16] The city, along with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, also began expanding digital marketing to attract new residents and businesses from throughout New York State in efforts to diversify.[17]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.17%, is water.[6] New York State Route 29A (Fulton Street) is an east–west road through the city. New York State Route 30A is a north–south highway along the eastern edge of the city, leading south 4 miles (6 km) into Johnstown and northeast 5 miles (8 km) to Mayfield at the southwestern end of Great Sacandaga Lake. Another north–south highway, New York State Route 309 (Bleecker Street), has its southern terminus at NY-29A in the center of Gloversville.

Cayadutta Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows southward through the city.

The city sits in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and therefore is within a climatic transition zone. Gloversville experiences the warmer summer temperatures common throughout the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley while experiencing generally more copious precipitation throughout the year than the Capital Region. This manifests in commonplace rolling thunderstorms throughout the summer months and snowfall amounts more akin to the lake-pocked higher elevations of the Adirondacks in the winter months.

Climate data for Gloversville, New York (12078)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 68
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 28
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 10
Record low °F (°C) −29
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.20
Average snowfall inches (cm) 24.2
Source: The Weather Channel[18]



The neighborhoods of Gloversville include Kingsboro, Saint Thomas Square, Bleecker Square, as well as Downtown.

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Gloversville is home to over 10 parks and public spaces, with the largest being Herman Meyers Park. Meyers Park sits on 50 acres of wooded land close to the center of the city on land donated to the city from Max Meyers in honor of his father, Herman Meyers.[19]

One of the most notable parks in the city is Trail Station Park, which is home to many events in the city year round. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fallfest, and Railfest all take place in the park, as well as concerts in the summer.[20] As of early 2020, expansions to the park have been planned. In her trip to Gloversville on November 28, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced $495,000 will be set aside from the Downtown Revitalization Grant that Gloversville won in 2022.[21]

Other parks and public spaces in the city include Union Street Park, Kingsboro Park, Darling Field, Melchoir Park, Estee Park, Ashley Park, Spring Street Park, Castiglione Memorial Park, Elk Street Park, South Main Street Piazza, and Parkhurst Field. Located between Temple and Union Streets, Union Street Park contains the city's ice rink in the winter and a full sized football field in the summer. On Kingsboro Ave and State Street is Kingsboro Park, which hosts a World War 2 Monument. Melchoir Park sits in between Park Drive and Kingsboro Ave on the eastern part of the city, containing a fountain and several sculptures. Ashley Park and Spring Street Park both have ADA accessible playground equipment. Elk Street Park (aka The Cage) and Darling field both have basketball courts, while Darling Field also has tennis courts. The Cage is located on Fulton and Elk in the center of the city, while Darling Field is in the northeastern part of the city on Kingsboro and Newman Streets.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[22]

According to the 2020 census, 15,131 people and 6,232 households reside in the city. The population density was 2,998.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,157.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.2% White, 1.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 6.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.[23]

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% under the age of 5, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older in 2020. Females were 50.4% of the population, males 49.6%.[24]

Gloversville's median age in 2018 was 40.5, higher than the national average of 38 in 2019.[25] The estimated median household income from 2016 to 2020 was $38,620 and the per capita income was $21,973.[26] The city's median value for housing units was $76,500 in 2020. An estimated 21.5% of the city lived at or below the poverty line.[23]


According to Sperling's BestPlaces, less than 30% of Gloversville's residents have a religious affiliation as of 2020, far lower than the 70% who have a religious affiliation across Fulton County as a whole, making Gloversville one of the least religious places in the US. The largest religion that does exist in Gloversville and its surrounding area is Christianity, mainly served by the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Conservative evangelical churches in the area are the Southern Baptist Convention and Assemblies of God. The second largest religious group is Judaism, followed by adherents of eastern religions including Hinduism and Buddhism.[27]


The city of Gloversville was once a major center for the glovemaking industry in the United States, with over 200 glovemaking companies in the city at its peak. Since the 1950s, and accelerating in pace during the 1980s and 1990s, it has increasingly struggled with deindustrialization. Gloversville has also suffered from a declining population, poverty, drugs, and violent crime.[28][29] During the late 2010s and early 2020, the city has proposed numerous economic redevelopment plans to stem its decline.[14][15][16]

From 1931–2005, the town was also the home of a record-pressing plant that was founded by Brunswick Radio Corporation. In 1953, the plant was owned by American Decca Records, which became MCA Records in 1973 and merged with the PolyGram family of labels in 1999 to become Universal Music.[30]


Gloversville falls entirely within the Gloversville Enlarged School District[31] All of Gloversville ESD's schools are within city limits, with the exception of Meco Elementary, which is in the Town of Johnstown within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of the city's western border.[32][33] Nearby Fulton–Montgomery Community College is located in the Town of Johnstown.


The city owns and operates the Gloversville Transit System (GTS).[34] GTS runs bus service in the City of Gloversville, as well as the cities of Johnstown and Amsterdam.

Trailways serves a downtown terminal on West Fulton Street.[35]

Privately owned Glove City Taxi also operates in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.


Parkhurst field, formerly the A.J.&G. field, located on Harrison Street is home to the Gloversville Little League.[36] As of November 2022, Parkhurst field is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation.

Gloversville is also served by the Kingsboro Golf Course on the north side of the city.[37] Kingsboro Golf Course is a 9-hole course with a restaurant and event center on site. In 2012, Pine Brook Golf Course, a 9-hole course near the south-west edge of the city closed. Its further development has been up in the air.[38]


The city and area are primarily served by The Leader-Herald, a regional newspaper that is headquartered there. Gloversville lies within the Capital Region's media market. In addition to stations licensed to Albany, Gloversville is also served by radio stations WENT (1340 AM) and WFNY (1440 AM), and television station WFNY-CD (channel 16).

Notable people[edit]

Historic places of interest[edit]




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