Learn About Our Town
Niskayuna was established in 1809, but it was settled by the Dutch c. 1640. The name "Niskayuna" is a Native American term for "extensive corn flats." In 1809, the population of Niskayuna was only 681 people. Today, Niskayuna numbers over 21,000. The Mohawk River skirts the community. The old Erie Canal, a waterway built across New York State in the early 1800's for commerce, crossed the Mohawk River in Niskayuna. The crossing was an aqueduct that was 748 feet long, rising 25 feet above the river.
Today, Niskayuna is a residential community of mostly single family homes, condominiums, and apartments. Only 20% of the town is comprised of commercial properties. Niskayuna is the home of General Electric's Research and Development Center, Lockheed-Martin Knolls Atomic Power Lab, Environment One, and Schenectady International Research Lab.