Albany New York (518)


the 518 (Albany, Troy, Schenectady)

Upstate New York or the 518, for the regions area code, is made up of three main cities, Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, all in the state of New York’s capital region.

The original start of these communities in New York’s capital region had a little black or Latino presence, as the majority of the residents were either Jewish, German, or some other group of a European background.

Today many live in communities where just less than half of neighborhood’s population live below poverty. While this region of New York is small, there is a few sections of the urban community like Uptown (the Arbor Hill area) and Downtown (South End) of Albany, Schenectady around State Street, and a few blocks in Troy.


As stated above many of these communities were home once home to mainly white families who were once immigrants from Europe, with a exception to a small number of African-Americans who have been around since the beginning of slavery.

Beginning in the early part of the 1900s, supposedly around the 1930s, many southern blacks began to make their way into New York’s capital region, with another movement of African-Americans coming from the south starting during the 1950s.


By the 1960s and 1970s, urban renewal projects destroyed certain sections of the three major cities of New York’s capital region. For example, certain parts of the city of Troy or the South End, or also known as Downtown, of Albany had parts destroyed by the building of Interstate 787, housing projects, and the Empire State Plaza.

As urban renewal was changing the communities, so was white flight that started in the 1960s. With some black families being displaced, along with African-Americans from the south coming into the region, many relocated in areas like Arbor Hill, the Uptown area of Albany, or the Hamiliton Hill section of Schenectady.


Today, the captial region of New York, or the 518, often gets overlooked by New York City, but the region of Albany, Troy, and Schenectady does have its own culture and style separate from the NYC.


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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.

History Sources:
Eisenstadt, Peter R., and Laura-Eve Moss. The Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2005. Print.
Grondahl, By Paul. “Arbor Hill Named One of America’s 10 Great Neighborhoods.” TimesUnion, n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2016
Rabrenovic, Gordana. Community Builders: A Tale of Neighborhood Mobilization in Two Cities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple UP, 1996. Print.
Waite, Diana S., Gary David. Gold, Mark McCarty, and Matthew Bender. Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City. Albany, NY: Mount Ida, Published in Association with the Preservation League of New York State, 1993. Print.