About The Schenectady Area

“The City that Lights and Hauls the World”

The historic city of Schenectady is located in Schenectady County, NY. It’s a thriving city with a diverse population and a focus on renewable energy. The recent addition of Rivers Casino and Resort and pedestrian access to the Mohawk Waterfront has breathed new life in to the historic city.

Burns Management is proud to offer individuals and families three communities in Schenectady County. The charm, convenient location, and desirable amenities make our properties ideal places to live. Explore our Schenectady communities now or continue reading about everything Schenectady has to offer.

Schools and Education

Within Schenectady there are many schools and educational facilities for pre-k all the way up to a master’s degree. Schenectady City School District operates 16 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Brown School is a private elementary and middle school providing instruction to approximately 300 students. Schenectady also has two catholic schools; St. Madeleine Sophie School for grades PreK-8 and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons for grades 6-12.

Located downtown is the beautiful liberal arts college, Union College. The college offers courses in arts, sciences, literature, and foreign languages in addition to ABET-accredited degrees in computer engineering, bioengineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Schenectady is also home to SUNY Schenectady County Community College, a two-year school known for its culinary arts department and School of Music.

Health & Fitness

Stay on top of your mental and physical health by visiting one of the many gyms, spas, and salons Schenectady has to offer.

Mind/Body Fitness

Relax your mind and body after a day at work or get energized on a Saturday morning by taking a yoga class! Studio 4 Hot Yoga and Pilates provides students of all skill levels with comprehensive yoga and Pilates classes. Yoga Bliss on the Boulevard and Power Yoga New York offer classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening for all levels.

Spas and Salons

In need of some ‘me’ time? A trip to the salon or spa may be just the answer! Studio Orlo, Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Red Door Beauty Studio and Visage all offer professional haircuts and styling to men and women. If you’re in need of a professional massage to relax and unwind, visit Massage Envy or Body & Skin Spa for a blissful experience!

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Man running on treadmillHit the gym and achieve your goals at one of the many fitness centers in Schenectady. Vent Fitness and Best Fitness offer members group and personal training to provide support while you work towards your goals. If you prefer to put on some headphones and do your own thing, both facilities, in addition to Planet Fitness, have all of the equipment you need for a successful workout. Prefer a group class instead? Orangetheory Fitness combines inspirational coaches, science, and technology to bring members a workout unlike any other.


Mohawk Commons is the go-to shopping center in Schenectady. Some of your favorite stores, such as Old Navy, Target, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Ulta Beauty, and the Gap Outlet can all be found at the shopping center. The plaza also has a Price Chopper for your weekly grocery shopping. Other nearby stores include ShopRite, Hannaford, CVS, a dollar store and more.

Located in nearby Rotterdam is the ViaPort Rotterdam Mall. Inside you’ll find Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, FYE, Christopher & Banks, Yankee Candle, Payless and more!


There is no shortage of delicious dining options in Schenectady. Downtown you’ll find local favorites like Johnny’s, Slidin’ Dirty, Bombers Burrito Bar, Tara Kitchen, and Katie O‘Byrnes Restaurant. If you’re looking for a quick bite or some coffee, stop by the Happy Cappuccino, Liza’s of Schenectady, or Ambitions. Moon and River café is just a minute from the Edison Apartments and offers a casual environment to enjoy while drinking coffee and trying the healthy, vegetarian friendly menu.

If you get hungry while shopping at the ViaPort Rotterdam Mall, there are several places to stop for lunch or dinner. 99 Restaurant, Taste of Italy Pizza, and Subway offer satisfying options for you to enjoy.

Things to Do

People at casinoYou’ll be hard pressed to find a resident of Schenectady who says the city is boring. Children will love the Via Aquarium where they’ll be able to explore various exhibits and have hands on experiences. On a rainy day, kids will love learning about science and space at the Museum of Innovation and Science. The hands-on exhibits will fascinate children and the Planetarium is a must-see!

Kids and adults will love Via Entertainment, a bowling alley and arcade that provides hours of fun. See a show at Proctor’s Theater or test your luck at the new Rivers Casino and Resort. Enjoy a challenge? Tru-Escape Mystery and Escape Rooms offers unique and interactive live action adventure games for you and your friends to solve in 60 minutes or less.

Commute Times

Schenectady is centrally located, making commutes to nearby Albany, Troy, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs short and easy! Commute times by car for major surrounding cities include: 10 minutes to Niskayuna, 20 minutes to Clifton Park, 26 minutes to Albany, 31 minutes to Troy and 40 minutes to Saratoga Springs.

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