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Rotterdam (town), New York

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Rotterdam, New York
A sign depicting the entrance to town of Rotterdam on New York State Route 5
A sign depicting the entrance to town of Rotterdam on New York State Route 5
Location in Schenectady County and the state of New York.
Location in Schenectady County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°47′12″N 73°58′15″W / 42.78667°N 73.97083°W / 42.78667; -73.97083
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Named forRotterdam, Netherlands
 • SupervisorSteven Tommasone
 • Total36.45 sq mi (94.40 km2)
 • Land35.68 sq mi (92.42 km2)
 • Water0.77 sq mi (1.99 km2)
512 ft (156 m)
 • Total29,094
 • Estimate 
 • Density827.26/sq mi (319.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 ((EDT))
ZIP code
12306 or 12303
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-63935
GNIS feature ID979437

Rotterdam is a town in Schenectady County, New York, United States. The population was 29,094 at the 2010 census.[3]

The town of Rotterdam is in the south-central part of the county. It was founded by Dutch settlers, who named it after the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where many immigrants last touched European grounds.[4] The town borders the city of Schenectady.

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Hi Everyone! Today, Rotterdam is calling. So here we are. I'm Sander Oudkerk and joining us again today is Rich Theemling from Holland Photography Tours Hey, thanks Sander. I'm really excited to be here today especially since I'm showing you my city, Rotterdam I've called this city home for the past seven years and I think that it's a great place to live and discover. Rotterdam has a special place in my heart because this is where I grew up. But I haven't been back in ages, so I'm relying on you to show me some of the newer things. Absolutely. Can you handle it? Definitely. Alright, let's go. Let's go. The city center has a very modern look and feel and that is because the city was bombed during WWII and since rebuilt. There are a few places, however like here in Delfshaven, where the buildings have survived. Some of them are a few hundred years old. Delfshaven is a quaint, charming harbor area with original gabled houses and warehouses with new restaurants and cafes. And did you know the Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World from Delfshaven. And it all started right here at Pilgrim Father's church. This is the model of the Speedwell The Pilgrim Fathers took the Speedwell to Plymouth in the U.K. and then they took the Mayflower to the U.S. Alright, so right behind me here we have The Pelgrim which is the only brewery in all of Rotterdam. I say it's time for a liquid lunch. Yeah!. Cheers, man! I really think Delfshaven is a gem of Rotterdam So what about that new addition to the city Rich? Hey, do you like that thing or what? I'm not sure, what is it? Ahh, it's either an ice cream cone or a Christmas Tree. Nobody really knows. Oh. And I suppose I can stick it anywhere I want. Ha Ha. Absolutely! Right now we're at Leuvehaven, which is home to the Maritime Museum. It's anoutdoor museum So they have all the ships out here on display along with a bunch of different warehouse equipment, things like that. It's just a cool place to check out with great photo opportunities Hi! So, we're on our way to Katendrecht and we're walking over the Erasmus Bridge. Katendrecht is the new "it" spot in Rotterdam What used to be an old, run-down part of the harbor, full of prostitution, is now ground zero for new cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. It kind of has that hipster feel like you would get at NDSM or Amsterdam North. Alright Rich, so what is this place? So this right here is the Fenix Food Factory with many different restaurants offering their bread, their meats, their cheeses wine, beer, all sorts of things. It's a great place to come hang out with your friends while getting your lunch or dinner. It has a real different vibe compared to like, let's say The Markethal which is geared towards tourists. This is where the locals come to get their food. It's delicious. It is amazing. That is really good. We are at Hotel New York and that has a great bit of history tied to it. Because in the early 1900s this used to be the location of the headquarters of the Holland America Line. And it is from these docks here, that the boats left for America carrying the many people emigrating looking for a better life. In the 1990s this beautiful building was restored into a hotel and a restaurant. I definitely recommend coming by and checking this place out even if you're not staying at the hotel. In Rotterdam we have a water taxi system They'll take you all over the city Alright. It certainly wasn't here when I was young. Oh my gosh! It's a fast, fun and easy way to get across the river, man. Check it out, man! This is awesome, dude! Isn't it cool or what? I know! Awesome, huh?! Wow, that was a thrilling boat ride! Rich, thank you so much for giving me a new perspective on the harbor areas of my home town. Sander, you are more than welcome. I love Rotterdam. I always enjoy being able to share it with others. And of course, you'll be back pretty soon, because we've got to shoot another episode here. And for you guys, go ahead and join me on a tour of Rotterdam or Amsterdam. Visit. If you liked the video, give it a "like" and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. I'm Sander for Amsterdam Calling And I'm Rich Theemling with Holland Photography Tours. Bye! See you next time!



Situated near the eastern end of New York State's Heritage Corridor at what is known as the "Gateway to the West", the town of Rotterdam is closely linked with the early development of Schenectady. At that time the present town of Rotterdam served as the outlying farmlands and wood lots for the settlers. With few exceptions, these settlers made their homes in the stockade in Schenectady but went to their farmlands during the daytime.

The lands now known as Rotterdam became Schenectady's third ward when that city was incorporated in 1798. Rotterdam retained that status when the county of Schenectady was chartered in 1809. During this period, a council of aldermen and assistants from each of the four wards governed the city of Schenectady. In May 1819, the city council recommended that the third and fourth wards be separated out as towns, and on December 31, a petition to the state legislature was drafted. The legislation was passed on April 14, 1820, the final day of the legislative session, creating the town of Rotterdam.

The Dellemont-Wemple Farm was added to the National Register of Historic Placesin 1973, and the Enlarged Double Lock No. 23, Old Erie Canal in 2008.[5]

The Mabee House, at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the oldest surviving house in the Mohawk Valley, was added to the National Register of Historic Places May 22, 1978. It is a property of the Schenectady County Historical Society, being donated by a last descendant in his particular line, Mr. George Eugene Franchere, on January 29, 1993, the 287th anniversary of the original deed. It is currently being operated as a living history museum, conducts school programs, and events for the public.

Rotterdam has historically been a good town for baseball. For many years they brought up teams that would do well in the little league tournaments and Babe Ruth tournaments. They would even have one team go on to win a national championship in the latter.

In August 1977, the all star team Carman little league (one of the little league organizations within the town, now referred to as RC little league) would go on to qualify for the little league World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They would go on to finish 4th.

3 years later in 1980, the same boys from that Carman team, along with a few mixed in from Rotterdam little league (the other little league organization in the town at the time) would become Babe Ruth World Series champions. They clawed their way out of the losers bracket to defeat Hawaii in 2 games in one day for the title. The tournament took place in Williston, North Dakota.

Years later in 2014, a team from Rotterdam Babe Ruth, went on to go to the semifinals in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament. Rotterdam is also the home of a large Net Zero housing Complex


The Mohawk River defines the northeast town line. The New York State Thruway passes through the town.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94.4 km2), of which 35.7 square miles (92.4 km2) is land and 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), or 2.11%, is water.[7]


The Rotterdam Town Board consists of five members, including the Supervisor who is a voting member.

  • Town Supervisor: Steven Tommasone (I)
  • Councilmember: Evan Christou (C)[also serves as Deputy Supvervisor
  • Councilmember: Samantha Miller-Herrera (D)
  • Councilmember: Stephen Signore (D)
  • Councilmember: Joseph Guidarelli (C)


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201629,519[2]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,316 people, 11,544 households, and 8,092 families residing in the town. The population density was 787.0 people per square mile (303.9/km²). There were 11,990 housing units at an average density of 333.3 per square mile (128.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.26% White, 0.95% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.[9]

There were 11,544 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.[9]

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.[9]

The median income for a household in the town was $46,267, and the median income for a family was $54,542. Males had a median income of $37,536 versus $27,527 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,457. About 2.8% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.[9]

Communities and locations in Rotterdam

  • Antonia Hills- A small development off of Route 7; built by the Valentine Family.
  • Colonial Manor – A well-sized community between Cold Brook and South Schenectady, with housing developed in the 1950s by Charles Juracka.
  • Carman – A relatively small community anchored by Carman Park.
  • Cold Brook – A well-sized suburban community placed on the former Campbell Family estate.
  • Eldorado Acres
  • Galluci Gardens; A cul-de-sac with a handful of single-family detached homes, and 3-4 Tudor homes and a few colonial homes.
  • Lower Rotterdam Junction – A hamlet south of Rotterdam Junction on Route 5S.
  • Pattersonville – A hamlet in the northern part of the town on the town line.
  • Rotterdam – A large suburban community west of Schenectady.
  • Rotterdam Junction – A hamlet near the Mohawk River on Route 5S.
  • Schonowe
  • Serafini Gardens – A medium-sized development on the border of Guilderland and Rotterdam. Contains 50-75 homes.
  • South Schenectady
  • Skyline; Development sitting on a big hill overlooking rotterdam, with about 15-20 homes.
  • Sunrise Estates/Caroline Manor

Italian heritage

Although the town was settled by the Dutch, Rotterdam is heavily populated by people with Italian heritage. Nearly 80% of all households have someone who is at least 25% Italian; because of this, Italian restaurants are very common in Rotterdam.

See also


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Rotterdam town, Schenectady County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ University of the State of New York Bulletin. University of the State of New York. 1914. p. 58.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rotterdam town, Schenectady County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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