Explore Schenectady

Just 18 miles from Albany and 170 miles from New York City, Schenectady is a small city in the midst of vibrant urban renewal. New investments have brought a resurgence of arts and culture to Schenectady. Meanwhile, Schenectady boasts expansive parks, two colleges, a large and highly-praised hospital system, and five historic neighborhoods. This page highlights some favorite events and activities.

Nott Memorial at Union College in Schenectady NYHistoric Places in Schenectady

The Union Triangle Neighborhood borders Union College–If you’ve seen the movie The Way We Were, you may have already glimpsed the beauty of this green campus. Surrounding areas also offer amazing sites for history and architecture enthusiasts.

Historic Union Triangle Neighborhood

Historic G.E. Realty Plot Neighborhood

Historic Stockade Neighborhood

The Nott Memorial at Union College

Films, Concerts & Theater in Schenectady

I’m a cheap date… I love to go to the free films at the Schenectady Public Library.  Then, when I want to spurge, I put down $6 for flicks at Proctor’s GE Theater. But even when I head out to one of the City’s more upscale venues, an evening’s entertainment is surprisingly affordable.

Proctors Theater

Schenectady Civic Players

Schenectady Light Opera

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Union College Events

Bow-Tie Cinemas

Festivals, Events, and Farmer’s Markets in Schenectady

Strawberry festivals, art exhibits, street musicians, oh my. Here’s a sampling of special events in Schenectady. For lots of action, keep an eye on Jay Street, State Street by Proctors, the Stockade, and Upper Union Street.

Schenectady Greenmarket

Schenectady Art Night

Upper Union Street Farmer’s Market

Schenectady County Special Events

Museums in Schenectady

ALCO Heritage Museum

Dudley Observatory

Schenectady Museum and Planetarium

Schenecady County Historical Society

Sports & Outdoor Recreation in Schenectady

Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway

Stadium Golf Club

Central Park Rose Garden

Union College Athletics

Vale Park

Restaurants in Schenectady

Dozens of restaurants are a short stroll from the Union Triangle Neighborhood. This list includes a few of my favorites, but don’t be afraid to explore.

Western Union Street:  Walk a few blocks west on Union Street for authentic New Orleans cooking at Café NOLA, gourmet pizza at Marotta’s Bar-Risto,  or pub fare at Manhattan Exchange.

Little Italy: Turn right onto North Jay Street for Italian fare in the Little Italy neighborhood. The folksy family-run Perreca’s Bakery and the adjoining More Perreca’s Café have become local favorites.

Downtown: Follow Jay Street south Indian dishes at Taj Mahal and an assortment of sandwich shops. On State Street near Proctors, you can sample sushi at Bangkok Bistro, Tex-Mex at Bomber’s Burrito Bar, and upscale goodies at Aperitivo.

Upper Union Street:  The bustling Upper Union shopping area is about one mile east of the Union Triangle Neighborhood. Here you’ll find fast food, bagels, pizza, burritos, Chinese, and Japanese, and the not-to-be-missed Gershon’s Deli.

And then, of course, there’s always Denny’s, just around the corner.

Schools in Schenectady

Schenectady City Schools

Brown School

Union College

Schenectady County Community College

The Ellis School of Nursing

More Schenectady Resources

City of Schenectady

Schenectady Public Library

Chamber of Commerce Directory

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