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5 Reasons You’ll Want To Live Near Schenectady NY

When you choose a luxury apartment at Rivers Ledge, your mailing address will be in Niskayuna NY, but you’ll be just a stone’s throw from Schenectady. For residents who love the arts, top-notch restaurants, ample entertainment, and exciting annual events, our community’s proximity to the Electric City is a major perk. Read on to learn more about the benefits of living near Schenectady NY, then contact us to schedule a tour of our modern apartments.

central park in schenectady ny
Schenectady’s Central Park is less than 5 miles away from Rivers Ledge

Arts & Culture Abound

From performing and visual arts to historic hotspots, Schenectady has so much to offer in the form of arts and culture. Perhaps the most well-known gem of the city’s arts scene is Proctors Theatre, which dates back to the 1920s. Today, Proctors hosts touring Broadway productions, film screenings, concerts, plays, and many other events throughout the year.

Those who love local productions should take note of the Schenectady Civic Playhouse and Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC), both of which stage entertaining plays and musicals. Members of the local community are invited to audition for roles in their productions and to volunteer for front- and back-of-the-house jobs, including working in the box office, ushering patrons to their seats, building sets, making costumes, and more.

History buffs will appreciate the Schenectady County Historical Society, which brings the region’s history to life at three sites: the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library / Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House.

And if you’re a fan of the visual arts, you’ll want to visit the Mandeville Gallery at Union College’s Nott Memorial, which showcases works by contemporary artists. As of May 2022, the Gallery is temporarily closed while the Nott Memorial undergoes renovations, but keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for more information about a reopening date.

Fantastic & Diverse Restaurants

All of our luxury apartments feature modern kitchens with high-end fixtures and finishes, but when you’d rather go out to eat than cook, you’ll find lots of restaurants to choose from in Schenectady.

Because of its deep Italian roots, the Electric City is home to several incredible Italian restaurants, including Perreca’s, Canali’s, Johnny’s, and the recently-reopened Cornells.

The Shaker & Vine also features pasta options, but other menu highlights include small plates and shareables, salads, flatbreads, and paninis that pair nicely with their extensive wine and cocktail offerings.

For upscale, farm-to-table fare, try Malcolm’s on Union Street. Their menu changes frequently to incorporate high-quality, seasonal ingredients.

And when you’re ready to experience something different, visit Tara Kitchen for Moroccan / Mediterranean cuisine that’s described on their website as “worldly but accessible comfort food packed with flavor.”

Endless Entertainment

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Schenectady, whether you prefer indoor or outdoor fun.

For starters, Rivers Casino & Resort – one of the region’s biggest entertainment hotspots – is just a short drive from Rivers Ledge. The casino features slots, table games, video poker, and an in-person poker room, but the property also offers an extensive calendar of live entertainment and performances, from concerts to Cage Wars.

If you love a good laugh, check out Mopco Improv Theatre. In addition to regular shows and special events, Mopco also offers classes for those who want to try their hand at improv.

When your kids or grandkids are visiting, spend the day at VIA Aquarium, which has 37 different exhibits to explore and is an exciting attraction for all ages. Also in Schenectady, the Museum of Innovation & Science (miSci) helps teach kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through exhibitions, events, and their on-site planetarium.

Rivers Ledge residents have easy access to the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway, which runs right past the apartment community, but there are several other parks, trails, and outdoor attractions in Schenectady worth exploring too. From the Central Park Rose Garden to the Great Flats Nature Trail to the Mohawk Golf Club, you’ll have no problem finding things to do outside.

A Packed Calendar of Annual Events

Living near Schenectady means you’ll be able to attend an exciting assortment of events that take place each year.

Food lovers should mark their calendars for the Soup Stroll, Restaurant Week, Strawberry Festival, and Wing Walk. Live music fans will appreciate Harbor Jam, Jazz on Jay, Music Haven, and the Schenectady County SummerNight. In late November, the Holiday Parade in Downtown Schenectady draws spectators from all over the Capital Region to watch bands, floats, and – of course – Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Best of all, many of the annual events are free or require just a small fee in order to attend.

Proximity to Major Employers

Schenectady is home to some of the Capital Region’s major employers, and if you work for one of these companies, your commute from Rivers Ledge will be more than manageable. Some of Schenectady’s biggest businesses include the Golub Corporation, Ellis Medicine, MVP Health Care, KAPL, and Union College, and there is a thriving community of small businesses in the city too.

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