Colonial Sold December 2014 $275,000 5 Bedroom 3 Bath 2-car Garage 3,080 square feet
Custom Colonial Sold September 2014 $750,000 5 Bedroom, 5 1/2 Bath 3-car Garage 5,100 Square Feet
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Menands, NY is a village in northeaster Albany County, NY located on the northern border of the City of Albany, New York on the eastern border of the Town of Colonie just south of the village of Watervliet adjacent to the Hudson River with an area of slightly less than 3 1/2 square miles and a population of 3,915 as of the 2000 census.
History: The first Europeans to visit what would one day be the Village of Menands was Henry Hudson in his ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon in English) who traveled no further north up the river that bears his name looking for the fabled Northwest passage to China. The party is believed to have docked at Cuyler Island (now exits 6 and 7 of Interstate 787) where the village would be today.
The Village is named after Louis Menands who settled in the area in 1842 building his home in what is today Ganser-Smith Park. Menands operated a horticultural business and was the major land owner in the community, including 11 acres where the present Broadway and Menands road that later became a mens' old age home..
With the coming of the Albany and Northern Railroad the local stop was named Menands Crossing as Louis Menands was the only major landowner in the area and then later changed to Menands Station when the railroad became part of the Delaware and Hudson.
The Village was incorporated on August 23rd, 1924 in order to prevent its annexation to the City of Albany. The original area of the new village was the entire fifteenth school district of the Town of Colonie. Later Sky Hollow, Sage Hill and Roost Country Estates were added to the village area.
The Erie Canal originally passed through the area further adding to the river and rail facilities to make the village a hub of commerce and transportation.
In 1938 the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) established one of the first multi-unit housing projects in Upstate NY. Dutch Village was built on thirteen acres near the site of Henry Hudson's landing overlooking the Hudson River on land purchased from the Van Rensselaer Family that was once part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck granted by the Dutch West India Company in 1630. The buildings were constructed to reflect the architecture of early Dutch settlements in the area. Apartments are available to this day.
Menands once hosted several amusement attractions including Pleasure Island and Park Island. In 1907 Al-Tro Island Park (named for its location between Albany and Troy) replaced Pleasure Island. The parks featured horse, bicycle, sake, barrel, and swimming races plus Coney Island style attractions.
AL-Tro Park closed in the 1920's to be replaced by Mid-City Park on Broadway and was subsequently replaced by the present Mid-City Shopping Center
Chadwick Park (later renamed Hawkins Stadium) was the home of the Albany Senators. The stadium was one of the first to host night games when in 1930 General Electric installed lighting. It too was torn down as part of the Mid-City Shopping Center
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