Cohoes, Green Island & Watervliet

Cohoes, Green Island and Watervliet are dubbed the "Three Amigos" by New York Assemblyman John McDonald, the former Cohoes mayor. Located on the northern edge of Albany County, these three Hudson riverfront communities were historically manufacturing centers that are now experiencing an exciting period of revitalization. 

In the 1800s, Cohoes earned the nickname "Spindle City" with 6 large cotton mills running over 200,000 spindles. Today, Cohoes is experiencing a revitalization with an array of new breweries, restaurants, and small businesses. Cohoes is also home to Cohoes Falls, the second largest waterfall in NYS.

Watervliet, nicknamed "Arsenal City", is geographically small at just under 1.5 square miles. During the early 19th century, Watervliet became a major manufacturing community. The Watervliet Arsenal was constructed in 1813 & is the oldest continuously active arsenal in the USA.

Green Island is one of the few places in NYS where the incorporated village and town have the same boundaries. Just under 1 square mile in size, Green Island is comprised of three islands. Starbuck Island has recently undergone a complete transformation with a new resort-style community!

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Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

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Peebles Island State Park

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Falls View Park

This newly renovated park offers visitors a scenic view of the Cohoes Falls never before open to the public. One can gain access... More 

Van Schaick Mansion

The Van Schaick Mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State with a rich history that is tied to both the French... More 

Cohoes Music Hall

The Cohoes Music Hall is managed by Playhouse Stage Company, the organization that has presented live, free theatre in Albany‚Äôs... More 

Cohoes Local Development Corporation/ Cohoes Visitor Center

Housed on the first floor of the historic Cohoes Music Hall building on Remsen Street is the Riverspark Cohoes Visitor Center. It... More 

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