Central Avenue, which runs from Lark Street West to the city line, is a diverse part of the city of Albany. This heavy commerce area hosts the Westgate Plaza, which has made the street very suburban since it’s creation in 1957. Central Avenue is also home to many family owned businesses that have developed over the years.
There are many different types of homes in the area, from apartments to single and multi-family housing. The origins of the street developed from the Iroquois Trail, which later became the Mohawk Turnpike, and finally the Schenectady Turnpike. The street sits at the base of the Hudson River and was once the fastest route from west to east.
Central Avenue was originally named “Bowery,” meaning farm, by Dutch settlers. However, in 1867 the name was replaced because, according to City Council reports, the town was trying to get rid of any streets with Dutch relevance.
Bordered by the town of Colonie, Central Avenue is about three miles long. The area of Washington Avenue west to Watervliet Avenue is more urban, while the area from Watervliet Avenue west to city-line is more suburban.
Whether residents want to eat at a good restaurant, try out some sports, or be entertained, this street has it all. Older residents in Central Park tend to take part in stamp collecting clubs, while the younger generation prefers martial arts.