Karner, New York

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Karner is located in New York
Location of Karner within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°43′35″N 73°51′20″W / 42.72639°N 73.85556°W / 42.72639; -73.85556Coordinates: 42°43′35″N 73°51′20″W / 42.72639°N 73.85556°W / 42.72639; -73.85556
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
RegionCapital District
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)518

Karner is a hamlet of the town of Colonie, Albany County, New York. Once called Center Station it was a stop along the New York Central Railroad (NYCRR) that became famous for being the site where the Karner Blue butterfly was first identified.


Karner started as Center Station along the New York Central Railroad's (NYCRR) tracks. The station was built in 1831. George Karner in the mid-to-late 19th century bought the land that would become the hamlet and laid out streets and lots, though most did not sell. Center was renamed Karner in 1880 for him.[1] Though development never made Karner important the lack of development did save the Lycaeides melissa samuelis, or Karner Blue butterfly.[2] The common name of the butterfly is named after the hamlet because it was here that Vladimir Nabokov first identified the species and used the specimens located in the Albany Pine Bush as the type specimen for the identification of the entire species.[3]


Karner is centered along Karner Road with the CSXT/Amtrak tracks between Albany and Schenectady passing through the center of the hamlet. Along the western edge of Karner is the New Karner Road, New York Route 155. The edges surrounding the core of the hamlet are rural pine barrens with much of the land protected in the Pine Bush Preserve.



  1. ^ Jeffrey K. Barnes (2003). Natural history of the Albany Pine Bush: Albany and Schenectady counties, New York, including a field guide and trail map. University of the State of New York. p. 58. ISBN 1-55557-146-8.
  2. ^ Kurt Johnson. "A Journey to Karner, New York: A Conservation Dilemma". International Vladimir Nabokov Society. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  3. ^ Burger, Joanna (2006). Whispers in the Pines: a Naturalist in the Northeast. Rutgers University Press. pp. 58–9. ISBN 978-0-8135-3794-8.