Neighborhoods of Albany, New York

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The city of Albany, New York contains a variety of neighborhoods.

Arbor Hill[edit]

Houses on Clinton Avenue, Arbor Hill

Arbor Hill[1] is an historic neighborhood in northeastern Albany near the Hudson River. Arbor Hill encompasses the area from Clinton Avenue (formerly called Patroon Street) north to the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge (where North Albany begins) and from the Hudson River west to Henry Johnson Boulevard.[2] Arbor Hill was outside Albany's first boundaries as set up in the Dongan Charter of 1686. The original name of the area was Colonie. Incorporated as a village on April 9, 1804, Arbor Hill was annexed by the city in 1815, at which time Patroon Street became Clinton Avenue.[3] The name "Arbor Hill" comes from the nickname of the Ten Broeck Mansion, an important cultural and historical destination in the neighborhood. Arbor Hill includes Dudley Heights, a residential neighborhood north of Livingston Avenue that was the first location of the Dudley Observatory.[4] Demographically, Arbor Hill is predominantly African-American.[5] Arbor Hill contains many other historic and cultural spots including the Palace Theatre, Quackenbush House, Church of the Holy Innocents, the Stephen and Harriet Myers House, and the former St. Joseph's Church.[citation needed]


A small neighborhood of interior streets between Central and Washington Avenues, Beverwyck[6][7] is mostly residential. The neighborhood received its name from Beverwyck Park, which in turn was named for Albany's original Dutch name, Beverwyck.[citation needed]

Bishop's Gate[edit]

Bishop's Gate is a small portion of the City of Albany that lies north of Interstate 90 and west of Route Nine.[8] The neighborhood is bounded on the north and west by the Town of Colonie and the Hamlet of Loudonville. Bishop's Gate is mostly residential; it includes Albany Memorial Hospital.[citation needed]

Buckingham Lake[edit]

Buckingham Lake

The Buckingham Lake neighborhood is bordered by Western Avenue on the north, Route 85 on the west, Krumkill Road and New Scotland Avenues on the south, and South Manning Boulevard on the east.[9][10] The central attraction of the neighborhood is Buckingham Lake Park, which features the lake itself (also known as Buckingham Pond) along with hiking trails. Local amenities are within easy walking distance on New Scotland and Western Avenues. Homes in the Buckingham Lake neighborhood are primarily single-family and are located on tree-lined streets, some of which have medians. The Buckingham Lake neighborhood includes some of the largest and most distinctive houses in the entire City of Albany.[citation needed]

Center Square[edit]

A view down a city sidewalk with identical orange brick rowhouses, all with a projecting upper window
Brides' Row, located on Chestnut Street in the Center Square neighborhood

Center Square[11][6] contains many buildings of architectural significance and is locally famous for its nightlife, entertainment, culture, and dining. Center Square includes the area bounded by Lark Street on the west, Spring Street on the north, South Swan Street on the east and Jay Street on the south, as well as the upper portion of Lancaster Street between Lark Street and Willett Street. It is included in its entirety within the Center Square/Hudson–Park Historic District. Center Square is also notable for its close proximity to Washington Park. Center Square and the Hudson/Park neighborhood to the south are often compared to New York City's Greenwich Village for their eclectic mix of residential and commercial uses, including bars, night clubs, restaurants, and unique stores. Albany's gay culture is vibrant in this area.[12] Residential properties in Center Square consist chiefly of townhouses, many of which date to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.[citation needed]

Eagle Hill[edit]

Eagle Hill[13][6] is a residential neighborhood in western Albany near the Town of Guilderland that is named for the Eagle Hill Cemetery. Eagle Hill is a large neighborhood "bounded by the [W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus] to the north, parts of Krumkill Road and the State Thruway (Interstate 87) to the south, an assortment of streets to the west (including Arch Avenue, North Bridge Drive and Wood Street), and Route 85 and the Buckingham Lake neighborhood to the east." Eagle Hill is an ethnically diverse community that has been described as "a tranquil, pretty place with narrow, tree-lined streets and small city lots with a mix of housing styles."[14]


Middle-class housing on Grove Avenue in Helderberg

The Helderberg neighborhood[15] can be roughly defined by the quadrangle formed by New Scotland Avenue to the north, South Manning and Hackett Boulevards to the west and south, respectively, and Academy Road to the east. Its namesake is Helderberg Avenue, a small road that runs roughly east–west between Hackett Boulevard and New Scotland Avenue. The mostly residential neighborhood includes one-family and multifamily homes, and is situated between the city's two primary hospitals, St. Peter's Hospital and Albany Medical Center. Helderberg borders the combined campus of Albany Law School, Albany College of Pharmacy and the Sage College of Albany, located in the University Heights neighborhood. The Albany Academies, a prep school for boys and girls, is located at the southeast end of the neighborhood.[citation needed]


Rowhouses in Hudson/Park with the Empire State Plaza in the background

Albany's Hudson/Park neighborhood[16] is a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood bordered on the north by Center Square, on the south by Lincoln Park, on the east by the Nelson Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, and on the west by Washington Park and by the Park South neighborhood. It is bisected by Madison Avenue. Hudson/Park is part of the Center Square/Hudson–Park Historic District, which extends as far south as Park Avenue. South of Madison Avenue, the Hudson/Park neighborhood is a part of the South End. Residential properties in Hudson/Park consist chiefly of townhouses, many of which date to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.[citation needed]

Manning Boulevard[edit]

While Manning Boulevard runs for several miles from the north side of Albany to the south side of the city, the Manning Boulevard neighborhood "encompasses the area on both sides of Manning Boulevard between Washington and Western Avenues."[6][17] This small neighborhood is unusual in the City of Albany because of the carriage paths that run on either side of this stretch of Manning Boulevard. According to the Manning Boulevard Neighborhood Association, these carriage paths were created in the late nineteenth century.[17]


Melrose is a neighborhood east of the State Office Campus which features mostly one-family homes and includes Rosemont Park. Located in western Albany, Melrose is roughly bounded by Washington Avenue to the north, Western Avenue to the south, Brevator Street to the west, and Manning Boulevard to the east. Melrose Avenue itself is built on the right-of-way of the first passenger railroad in the state of New York, which ran from Albany to Schenectady. The historic Jesse Buel House is located in Melrose. Melrose has been described as "a cute family neighborhood with some history" and "a quiet, pretty place with older houses in a wide assortment of styles."[18]

New Scotland/Woodlawn[edit]

The New Scotland/Woodlawn neighborhood[19] in midtown Albany is triangular in shape, and is approximately bounded by Pine Hills to the north, Helderberg to the south, and the Buckingham Lake neighborhood to the west. The neighborhood features a mix of one-family houses, multifamily homes, and apartments, and includes a variety of restaurants and bars on New Scotland Avenue.[citation needed]


The Normanskill neighborhood is located in the southwestern corner of the City of Albany, near Capital Hills at Albany (Albany's municipal golf course).[20] The neighborhood draws its name from the Normans Kill, a creek that forms Albany's southern boundary. Normanskill includes the former Hamlets of Hurstville and Karlsfeld, which were annexed from the Town of Bethlehem in 1967.[21] Normanskill is an affluent neighborhood that features mostly one-family homes in neighborhoods with suburban character. The neighborhood includes the Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic girls' school, and Mater Christi Pool.[citation needed]


Normansville, New York is also named for the Normans Kill. Normansville is a very small neighborhood that lies within and along the banks of the ravine formed by the Normans Kill. Located in the southeastern portion of the city, Normansville was originally a hamlet in the neighboring town of Bethlehem. The City of Albany annexed the portion of Normansville that lies north of the Normans Kill; the portion of Normansville lying south of the Normans Kill remains in the Town of Bethlehem.[citation needed]

The Albany portion of Normansville is located in on a brick road off of Delaware Avenue south of the New York State Thruway; it is largely rural and forested.[citation needed] The park has the largest of Albany's community gardens, a dog park, hiking trails, a working farm, historic farm buildings, and a historic whipple truss bridge from 1867.[22][23] The Albany Mounted Police Unit's draft horses are also kept here.[24] A nineteenth-century bridge connects the Albany and Bethlehem portions of Normansville, but is closed to vehicular traffic.[25][26]

North Albany[edit]

North Albany was settled in the mid-17th century by the Patroon of Rensselaerswyck and his tenants and later became a hamlet in the town of Watervliet. North Albany is located roughly between the Town of Colonie, New York and Village of Menands, New York to the north, the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge to the south,[27] the Hudson River to the east, and Van Rensselaer Boulevard to the west. Due to the Erie Canal being constructed in 1825, North Albany saw immense growth, with the Albany Lumber District and an influx of Irish immigrants lending the area the name of Limerick. Home to many historic warehouses, North Albany is a heavily industrial neighborhood; however, in the early 21st century, efforts were made to gentrify the portion of North Albany known as the Warehouse District by adapting heavy industry/warehouse use to artistic and entertainment venues, such as a German beer garden, an amusement park, live music venues, and arts and crafts marketplaces.[citation needed]

Park South[edit]

Tucked between University Heights and the southern edge of Washington Park, the small neighborhood of Park South is bordered on the east by the southern end of Lark Street and on the west by South Lake Avenue and the Pine Hills neighborhood. In the early 21st century, Park South underwent urban renewal efforts, with existing housing units being removed or renovated and new office, commercial, and apartment buildings being added.[28]

Pine Hills[edit]

Madison Theater, Pine Hills

The Pine Hills neighborhood[29] is roughly bounded by Washington Avenue to the north, South Lake Avenue to the east, Woodlawn Avenue and Cortland Street to the south, and South Manning Boulevard to the west. Pine Hills received its name from the Albany Land Improvement Company in 1891.[30] The neighborhood consists mainly of freestanding multi-unit, duplex, and semi-detached houses and is home to Albany High School, the LaSalle School, the College of St. Rose, and the Alumni Quad of the University at Albany. The area of Pine Hills east of Main Avenue and north of Myrtle Avenue is commonly referred to as the "student ghetto" due to its predominant population of college students, many from Long Island or New York City.[31]

Sheridan Hollow[edit]

Sheridan Hollow is a small neighborhood located in a ravine between Downtown Albany and Arbor Hill west of Chapel Street. Clinton Avenue runs along its northern rim, and Columbia and Elk streets run along its southern rim. Sheridan Hollow gently slopes up towards the west between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue and ends at the eastern edge of West Hill. The Henry Johnson Boulevard Bridge passes over a portion of Sheridan Hollow.[citation needed]

South End[edit]

View south down Clinton Street toward German Evangelical Protestant Church, South End, Albany

A large and diverse area of Albany, the South End[32] consists of several smaller neighborhoods. The South End is approximately bounded on the north by Madison Avenue, on the south by the New York State Thruway and the Normans Kill (which forms the City of Albany's southern boundary with the Town of Bethlehem), on the east by Route 787 and the Port of Albany, and on the west by Delaware Avenue. Important roads in the South End include Delaware, Madison, Morton, Park, and Second Avenues; Southern Boulevard; and South Pearl Street.[citation needed] Neighborhoods within the South End include the following:

Delaware Avenue[edit]

Delaware Avenue is a main entrance to the city from the south, specifically the Bethlehem/Delmar area. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood[6] is located southwest of the Empire State Plaza. Delaware Avenue is the western border of the South End. Only a small part of Delaware Avenue is considered the "Delaware Neighborhood". In recent years, Federal stimulus money was invested into the neighborhood to build new streets, lighting, trees, and contribute to safety.[33]

Krank Park[edit]

This neighborhood surrounds Krank Park and includes Historic Cherry Hill (Albany, New York).[34]

Mansion District[edit]

Townhouses in the Mansion District.

The Mansion neighborhood is dominated by the Governor's Mansion for which it is named. In the Mansion neighborhood,[35] all major 19th-century architectural styles are represented. Italianate is the most widely represented style in the district, and it is present in many levels of sophistication. A number of buildings use elements of both the Greek Revival and Italianate styles, but there are also some highly refined examples of these individual styles. There are also some unusual examples of the application of Gothic Revival decoration to rowhouse construction. The Mansion neighborhood also has cultural resources in a library branch and the Schuyler Mansion museum. Parks include Phillip Street Park, an active park with playground and basketball courts, and Bleecker Park, a passive site containing Albany's oldest public water fountain.[citation needed]

Mount Hope[edit]

Mount Hope is the neighborhood surrounding Mt. Hope Drive between Route 9W and South Pearl Street south of Route 787.[36] The neighborhood primarily consists of townhouses, with some apartments.[citation needed]


Houses on Westerlo Street, Pastures

The Pastures[6] is a distinct neighborhood that features mixed-use living. Tennis courts, shops and courtyards are interspersed among historic homes that have a mix of owner- and tenant-occupied. The neighborhood is adjacent to downtown and the waterfront. The Pastures is bounded on the north by downtown, on the west by Little Italy and the Mansion District, and on the south by unnamed South End sub-neighborhoods.[citation needed]

Second Avenue[edit]

The Second Avenue neighborhood surrounds Second Avenue, which runs from Delaware Avenue east downhill to South Pearl Street. This neighborhood[37] is mostly residential and relies on Delaware Avenue for most retail services. Much of Second Avenue has suffered from decline, especially the half closer to South Pearl Street. Most of the side streets closer to Delaware Avenue are residential streets of single-family housing.[citation needed]

The Dunes[edit]

The Dunes[38] is a residential area located east of New Karner Road, south of Washington Avenue Extension, and alongside sections of the Pinebush Preserve and the Town of Guilderland. The Dunes is located in the long, narrow western protrusion of Albany known as the Pine Bush, west of Crossgates Mall. According to the City of Albany website, "the neighborhood has a distinctly suburban feel."[6]

Rapp Road Community Historic District[edit]

67 and 68 Rapp Road

The Rapp Road Community Historic District is a 14-acre (5.7 ha) residential area that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The District is a rare intact example of a chain migration community from the Great Migration—the movement of 6 million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1916 and 1970.[39][40][41]

The Rapp Road Community Historic District lies along Rapp Road between Pine Lane and the South Frontage Road of Washington Avenue Extension. The District lies just north of the boundary between the City of Albany and the Town of Guilderland.[42]

University Heights[edit]

Albany Medical Center

University Heights is home to the Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, Sage College of Albany, and Albany Medical College, which is part of the Albany Medical Center.[43] This expanding commercial area contains many health care–related businesses, a few retail stores, and restaurants. Health and human services facilities in the neighborhood include: Albany Medical Center Hospital, the Stratton V.A. Hospital, the Capital District Psychiatric Center, the NYS Office of Mental Health, and the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. University Heights is bounded by Park South to the north, Pine Hills and Helderberg to the west, and the South End to the southeast.[citation needed]

Upper Washington Avenue[edit]

The Upper Washington Avenue neighborhood[44] is a mostly residential neighborhood located in the northwestern portion of the City of Albany and is approximately bordered by Central Avenue on the north, Melrose on the south, Beverwyck on the east, and Route 85 on the west. Frank Waterson Park is included in this neighborhood.[citation needed]

Washington Park[edit]

Washington Park is the City of Albany's premier park and the site of many festivals and gatherings.[45][46][47][48] The Park, together with several streets in its immediate vicinity, is listed as a national historic district (see Washington Park Historic District (Albany, New York)). The Washington Park Historic District includes State Street to the north, Willett Avenue to the east, Madison Avenue to the south, and South Lake Avenue to the west, along with Englewood Terrace, Thurlow Terrace, and the residence at 76 Western Avenue to the northwest.[49]

Washington Square[edit]

Rockefeller College (The University at Albany, SUNY), Washington Square

According to the City of Albany website, Washington Square "covers the area west of Henry Johnson [Boulevard] to Quail Street and north of Washington Park to Bradford Street. Located within [Washington Square] are the former YMCA building, the old SUNYA campus, numerous houses of worship and Albany Fire Department Engine 1."[6]

West Albany[edit]

West Albany is a neighborhood that includes portions of the City of Albany and the Town of Colonie. The portion of West Albany that lies within the City of Albany is generally bounded by Central Avenue to the south and the West Hill neighborhood to the east.[citation needed]

West Hill[edit]

West Hill[50] stretches from Central Avenue north to Tivoli Hollow, and from Henry Johnson Boulevard west to Manning Boulevard.[51] A low-income neighborhood,[52][53][54][55] West Hill is dominated by Central Avenue, which is Albany's "Main Street" and an important thoroughfare into Albany, and by Clinton and Livingston Avenues. Tivoli Park is located at the northern end of the neighborhood, while Bleecker Stadium and Swinburne Park are located at the neighborhood's eastern edge.[citation needed] West Hill is a primarily African-American neighborhood.[56]


The Whitehall neighborhood[57] is named for Whitehall Road, a major road on the south side of the City of Albany. An eighteenth-century estate called Whitehall Place--which was (prior to 1882, when it burned down) located "at the confluence of today's Whitehall Road, Delaware Avenue, and Ten Eyck Avenue"--was "used as a Tory hideout" during the American Revolution.[58] Whitehall is roughly bounded by the Helderberg neighborhood on the north, the Delaware neighborhood and the South End on the east, and the New York State Thruway on the southwest. The middle-class residential neighborhood features tree-lined streets and sidewalks in a suburban/low-density urban atmosphere of mostly single-family homes. Whitehall is home to two schools, several churches and synagogues, and a Jewish Community Center. Nearby, New Scotland Avenue and Delaware Avenue provide the neighborhood with hospitals and retail services.[citation needed]

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