Guidebook for Niskayuna

Eva

Guidebook for Niskayuna

Arts & Culture
Must see historic theater downtown Schenectady. There are Broadway shows and live concerts performed here all year round. The building is a historical gem a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of downtown Schenectady, NY.
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Proctors
432 State Street
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Must see historic theater downtown Schenectady. There are Broadway shows and live concerts performed here all year round. The building is a historical gem a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of downtown Schenectady, NY.
The Saratoga Performing Arts, SPAC, is a complex of open air theater, ancient park and indoor theater in historic Saratoga Springs about 35 min North from my house. If you're visiting in June they will have ballet and lots of concerts, chamber music and even wine tastings. Can't miss it!
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
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The Saratoga Performing Arts, SPAC, is a complex of open air theater, ancient park and indoor theater in historic Saratoga Springs about 35 min North from my house. If you're visiting in June they will have ballet and lots of concerts, chamber music and even wine tastings. Can't miss it!
One of the oldest and most well known theaters in Albany, NY. It's about 35-40 min from my house.
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Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Avenue
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One of the oldest and most well known theaters in Albany, NY. It's about 35-40 min from my house.
My favorite art exhibit 45 min away in historic Glens Falls, NY. They showcase original Botticelli and Van Dyke paintings plus much more. The building itself is interesting enough.
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The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street
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My favorite art exhibit 45 min away in historic Glens Falls, NY. They showcase original Botticelli and Van Dyke paintings plus much more. The building itself is interesting enough.
Great collection of paintings and sculptures I enjoy visiting every time. 40 min or so from my house.
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Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue
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Great collection of paintings and sculptures I enjoy visiting every time. 40 min or so from my house.
It's a beautiful building inside and out with wonderful performances all year round. 30 min from my house.
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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 2nd Street
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It's a beautiful building inside and out with wonderful performances all year round. 30 min from my house.
Planetarium and science hub -- lot's of fun!
miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Planetarium and science hub -- lot's of fun!
Getting Around
Other than driving you will probably come across these ways of transportation when you arrive to my home town of Niskayuna, NY.
International airport with car rental. It's only 10 min from my house but somehow the noise cannot be heard. I work for Uber so I can give you a lift.
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Albany International Airport
737 Albany Shaker Road
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International airport with car rental. It's only 10 min from my house but somehow the noise cannot be heard. I work for Uber so I can give you a lift.
This is a newly rebuilt (in 2018) railway station that connects you to NYC or to the North and West of the state and beyond. Amrak trains come as often as 10 min and it is only 12 min away from my house.
Schenectady Station
332 Erie Blvd
This is a newly rebuilt (in 2018) railway station that connects you to NYC or to the North and West of the state and beyond. Amrak trains come as often as 10 min and it is only 12 min away from my house.
Shopping
Closest mall with grocery shopping, clothing stores and more. Target, Marshalls, Panera Bread, Price Chopper, Lewe's, GAP, Pet-Smart are present. http://dlc.propertycapsule.com/property/output/center/detail/id:2947/
Mohawk Commons
402 Balltown Road
Closest mall with grocery shopping, clothing stores and more. Target, Marshalls, Panera Bread, Price Chopper, Lewe's, GAP, Pet-Smart are present. http://dlc.propertycapsule.com/property/output/center/detail/id:2947/
This wonderful local attraction is around the City Hall of Schenectady in the summer and inside the Proctor's Theater in the winter. The local farmers and growers bring up their best fresh produce to sell and we have even local artisans and live music to entertain everyone.
Schenectady Farmers Market
105 Jay St
This wonderful local attraction is around the City Hall of Schenectady in the summer and inside the Proctor's Theater in the winter. The local farmers and growers bring up their best fresh produce to sell and we have even local artisans and live music to entertain everyone.
This an all year event - in the winter the market is in the glass building downtown Troy and it's just as vibrant indoors as it is in the summer.
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Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (Summer)
4 3rd Street
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This an all year event - in the winter the market is in the glass building downtown Troy and it's just as vibrant indoors as it is in the summer.
Entertainment & Activities
Awesome exposure to all sea creatures with interactive settings and you can even pet a horseshoe crab. Just love this place! Great entertainment for the whole family.
Pop- and Rock concert hall in Clifton Park, NY which is about 25 min away from us. Best collection of rock music I've seen in a long time.
Upstate Concert Hall
1208 NY-146
Pop- and Rock concert hall in Clifton Park, NY which is about 25 min away from us. Best collection of rock music I've seen in a long time.
New upstate casino conveniently located close by with restaurants, spa and other entertainment attached. It's about 15 min away.
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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
1 Rush St
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New upstate casino conveniently located close by with restaurants, spa and other entertainment attached. It's about 15 min away.
The most fabulous setting for ice skating: right in front of the Capitol Building and beside the Egg Performance Center. Wow, just have to try it out! Now it's just a pool to admire...
Empire State Plaza Ice Rink
The most fabulous setting for ice skating: right in front of the Capitol Building and beside the Egg Performance Center. Wow, just have to try it out! Now it's just a pool to admire...
Love this place! Great entertainment for kids and adults, interactive exhibits, pet zoo, incredibly interesting for all.
Via Aquarium
93 W Campbell Rd
Love this place! Great entertainment for kids and adults, interactive exhibits, pet zoo, incredibly interesting for all.
Parks & Nature
This is a long hiking and biking trail along the scenic Mohawk River. It connects with the Erie Canal. Long bike path popular with bikers in the capital region. Walkers with dogs and people of all sorts find this place inviting and very relaxing. Birdwatching, kayaking and boating activities are welcomed. The park and trail is free.
Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
This is a long hiking and biking trail along the scenic Mohawk River. It connects with the Erie Canal. Long bike path popular with bikers in the capital region. Walkers with dogs and people of all sorts find this place inviting and very relaxing. Birdwatching, kayaking and boating activities are welcomed. The park and trail is free.
The Mohawk River State Park and adjoining town land include a wide variation of terrain and ecosystems. The miles of trails cross grassy fields, hilly hemlock and white pine stands, and hardwoods. The trails can be accessed via numerous well-marked trailheads: -the end of Whitmyer Rd. -Blatnick Park, behind the dog park -Rosendale Rd. opposite Agostino Ave. -Numerous locations on the bike path between Lock 7 Rd. and the Blatnick hill. I got a detailed map of all the trails. Awesome view from most lookouts. 5-8 min away.
Mohawk River State Park
The Mohawk River State Park and adjoining town land include a wide variation of terrain and ecosystems. The miles of trails cross grassy fields, hilly hemlock and white pine stands, and hardwoods. The trails can be accessed via numerous well-marked trailheads: -the end of Whitmyer Rd. -Blatnick Park, behind the dog park -Rosendale Rd. opposite Agostino Ave. -Numerous locations on the bike path between Lock 7 Rd. and the Blatnick hill. I got a detailed map of all the trails. Awesome view from most lookouts. 5-8 min away.
A visit to Lisha Kill offer a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of the trees, namely the Eastern white pine and Eastern hemlock, are estimated to be well over 200 years old. There are flowing streams at this site, which have deep ravines through the underlying bedrock. 5 min away.
Lisha Kill Preserve
2518 Rosendale Rd
A visit to Lisha Kill offer a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of the trees, namely the Eastern white pine and Eastern hemlock, are estimated to be well over 200 years old. There are flowing streams at this site, which have deep ravines through the underlying bedrock. 5 min away.
Best viewing option for fall foliage in the area. Plenty of hiking and biking opportunity in this horse shoe shaped opening. 35-40 min South of my house.
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John Boyd Thacher State Park
830 Thacher Park Road
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Best viewing option for fall foliage in the area. Plenty of hiking and biking opportunity in this horse shoe shaped opening. 35-40 min South of my house.
Discover Disc Golf in this awesome park. In wintertime the sledding hill side is great to slide down on, so much to do here during summer and all year round. The outdoor tennis courts are one of the bests in the area.
Blatnick Park Disc Golf Course
2555 River Rd
Discover Disc Golf in this awesome park. In wintertime the sledding hill side is great to slide down on, so much to do here during summer and all year round. The outdoor tennis courts are one of the bests in the area.
This is an enchanting bird paradise where nature is undisturbed. The entrance is from Saint David's Lane, 10 min away from my house. Look for the Union College Building.
Henry Gerber Reist Bird Sanctuary
This is an enchanting bird paradise where nature is undisturbed. The entrance is from Saint David's Lane, 10 min away from my house. Look for the Union College Building.
Sightseeing
There are a few interesting spots to visit in the capital region of NYS. I have listed the ones that are the closest and the most significant in our history.
This is the most attractive building in downtown Schenectady surrounded with inviting walking areas and streets loaded with small stores, cafes, restaurants, Protors Theater, etc. Schenectady City Hall is the seat of government of the city of Schenectady. Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the building was constructed between 1931 and 1933. It's about 15 min away.
Schenectady City Hall
105 Jay St
This is the most attractive building in downtown Schenectady surrounded with inviting walking areas and streets loaded with small stores, cafes, restaurants, Protors Theater, etc. Schenectady City Hall is the seat of government of the city of Schenectady. Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the building was constructed between 1931 and 1933. It's about 15 min away.
Best tourist attraction in Albany with stunning architecture and tons of history to learn about. This is the sight of the July 4th fireworks, major concerts and public events as well as most state offices and the capitol itself.
Empire State Plaza
Best tourist attraction in Albany with stunning architecture and tons of history to learn about. This is the sight of the July 4th fireworks, major concerts and public events as well as most state offices and the capitol itself.
Learn more about the history of the shakers that originated from this area, Watervliet, and spread all over the North East. They have greatly impacted this region.
Shaker Heritage Society
25 Meeting House Rd
Learn more about the history of the shakers that originated from this area, Watervliet, and spread all over the North East. They have greatly impacted this region.
The historical Stockade region is one of the oldest part of Schenectady, NY. It is located along the Mohawk River with old historical buildings and street names. They all tell a story of how it used to be... For more pictures go to: https://adirondackgirlatheart.com/touring-schenectadys-stockade-distric/
Stockade
The historical Stockade region is one of the oldest part of Schenectady, NY. It is located along the Mohawk River with old historical buildings and street names. They all tell a story of how it used to be... For more pictures go to: https://adirondackgirlatheart.com/touring-schenectadys-stockade-distric/
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New York State Capitol
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An impressive egg shaped theater and community center worthwhile to see.
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The Egg
South Mall Arterial
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An impressive egg shaped theater and community center worthwhile to see.
Food Scene
You'll find all types of sit-down restaurants, cafes, and eateries for all cuisines and pocket books. The ones I listed and tried and tested places where you won't get disappointed with their meals.
Real Italian pasticceria with excellent espresso coffee, great ice cream and all sorts of deserts close to Proctor's Theater in historic downtown of Schenectady. It's about 25 min from us.
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Villa Italia
226 Broadway
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Real Italian pasticceria with excellent espresso coffee, great ice cream and all sorts of deserts close to Proctor's Theater in historic downtown of Schenectady. It's about 25 min from us.
Vegan and vegetarian options dominate this lovely café. Lots of modern vibe, just love this place.
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Four Seasons Natural Foods Cafe
33 Phila Street
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Vegan and vegetarian options dominate this lovely café. Lots of modern vibe, just love this place.
Best farmers' market in the area with tons of food, vegies, fruits and live music. Fun for the whole family with local and ethnic foods. Lovely place where you can meet the locals and mingle in the crowd. 10-2 Sunday mornings.
Schenectady Greenmarket
105 Jay St
Best farmers' market in the area with tons of food, vegies, fruits and live music. Fun for the whole family with local and ethnic foods. Lovely place where you can meet the locals and mingle in the crowd. 10-2 Sunday mornings.
Best Cantonese food in the area. The bakery is outstanding. Highly recommended!
Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro
8 Wolf Rd
Best Cantonese food in the area. The bakery is outstanding. Highly recommended!
Best South American authentic food in the area. They use fresh ingredients and the flavors are just outstanding. Make sure to call in advance and order you food otherwise you might have to wait up to 40min.
Flores Family Restaurant
1427 State St
Best South American authentic food in the area. They use fresh ingredients and the flavors are just outstanding. Make sure to call in advance and order you food otherwise you might have to wait up to 40min.
CIA graduate chef prepares the most appetizing creations for us. Check out the menu: http://www.malcolmsrestaurant.com/
Malcolm's
617 Union St
CIA graduate chef prepares the most appetizing creations for us. Check out the menu: http://www.malcolmsrestaurant.com/
Need a quick bite? Only 4 min away from my house, Scotti's is the place to go. You could actually walk there, it would take about 10-15 min. http://www.scottisrestaurant.com/menus.htm
Scotti's Restaurant & Pizzeria
1730 Union St
Need a quick bite? Only 4 min away from my house, Scotti's is the place to go. You could actually walk there, it would take about 10-15 min. http://www.scottisrestaurant.com/menus.htm