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Amsterdam, New York
The Sanford Clock Tower, built in 1922
The Sanford Clock Tower, built in 1922
Location within Montgomery County and the state of New York
Location within Montgomery County and the state of New York
Amsterdam, New York is located in New York
Amsterdam, New York
Amsterdam, New York
Location in New York
Amsterdam, New York is located in the United States
Amsterdam, New York
Amsterdam, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Montgomery
Incorporated (village) 1830
Incorporated (city) 1885
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 6.26 sq mi (16.21 km2)
 • Land 5.87 sq mi (15.21 km2)
 • Water 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 • Total 18,620
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,025.54/sq mi (1,168.13/km2)
Time zone UTC−05 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-02066
GNIS feature ID 0942450
Website City of Amsterdam website

Amsterdam is a city in Montgomery County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,620. The city is named after Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The City of Amsterdam is surrounded on the northern, eastern and western sides by the town of Amsterdam. The city developed on both sides of the Mohawk River, with the majority located on the north bank. The Port Jackson area on the south side is also part of the city.


Market Street, Amsterdam, NY
Market Street in 1909

The city is within the original, now defunct town of Caughnawaga.

The first Europeans to settle here were Dutch immigrants about 1710. They called the community Veeders Mills and Veedersburgh after Albert Veeder, an early mill owner. After the American Revolutionary War, many settlers came from New England. Anglo-American residents changed the name to Amsterdam in 1803. In 1773, Guy Johnson built Guy Park, a stone Georgian mansion. A Loyalist, he fled to Canada during the Revolution. The mansion has been preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was incorporated as a village on April 20, 1830 from a section of the Town of Amsterdam. New charters in 1854, 1865, and 1875 increased the size of the village. In 1885, Amsterdam became a city, which subsequently increased in size by annexation of the former village of Port Jackson on the south side of the Mohawk River; it became the fifth ward of the city.

The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 was an economic boom to the city, which became an important manufacturing center. It was known for its carpets. In 1865, the population of Amsterdam was 5,135. By 1920, it was 33,524. Through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a destination for immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, who initially worked in the factories.

Amsterdam experienced serious flooding damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011. This flooding threatened properties at the river's edge due to erosion and water damage.

Several historic buildings and sites that are mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Amsterdam (46th Separate Company) Armory, Amsterdam City Hall, Gray-Jewett House, Green Hill Cemetery, Greene Mansion, Guy Park, Guy Park Avenue School, Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church Complex, Temple of Israel, United States Post Office, and Vrooman Avenue School, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Chalmers Knitting Mills was added in 2010.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.3 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is water. The total area is 5.41% water.

The city developed on both sides of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. The Chuctanunda River flows into the Mohawk from the north at Amsterdam.

New York State Route 30, a north-south highway called Market Street in part, crosses the Mohawk River to link the main part of Amsterdam to the New York State Thruway. NY-30 also intersects east-west highways New York State Route 5 and New York State Route 67 in the city. New York State Route 5S passes along the south side of the Mohawk River.

Amsterdam is currently within New York's 20th congressional district.


As of the census of 2010, there were 18,620 people, 8,324 households, and 4,721 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,176.4 people per square mile (1,226.4/km2). There were 9,218 housing units at an average density of 1,573 per square mile (607/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.4% White (68.1% Non Hispanic White), 3.8% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander and 3.4% from two or more races. 26.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,146 households in the city, with the average household size being 2.24 persons. In the city, 25.0% of the people were under the age of 18 and 15.8% were age 65 or older. The median income for a household in the city, based on data from 2007 to 2011, was $38,699.

Places of interest

Lock Eleven, Amsterdam, New York
Lock Eleven in 1941
Old Guy Park House, Amsterdam, NY
Guy Park c. 1912

Amsterdam's former National Guard Armory, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been adapted for use as a bed and breakfast inn called Amsterdam Castle.

Amsterdam's municipal golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones.

The city is home to the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The team plays at Shuttleworth Park.

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame was located in Amsterdam until November 2015, when it relocated to Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge spans the Mohawk River and connects the city's Bridge Street downtown area on the south shore and Riverlink Park on the north shore.

Houses of worship

St. Stanislaus Church, Amsterdam, New York


In the 19th century, the city of Amsterdam was known for carpet, textile, and pearl button manufacturing. It continued to be a center for carpet-making in the 20th century, when the Bigelow-Sanford and Mohawk Mills Carpet companies both were located in Amsterdam, but these companies have relocated to other regions. Amsterdam was also the home of Coleco, makers of the ColecoVision, Cabbage Patch Kids and the Coleco Adam. Founded in 1932 as the Connecticut Leather Company, Coleco went bankrupt in 1988 after a failed attempt to enter the electronics market, and pulled out of Amsterdam, as well as its other North American manufacturing sites.

The enclosed shopping center is named the Amsterdam Riverfront Center. Once filled with clothing shops, the mall complex has been adapted for offices of doctors, public assistance services, community organizations, a radio station WCSS, and an off-track betting site.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,700
1850 2,000 17.6%
1860 2,044 2.2%
1870 5,426 165.5%
1880 9,466 74.5%
1890 17,336 83.1%
1900 20,929 20.7%
1910 31,267 49.4%
1920 33,524 7.2%
1930 34,817 3.9%
1940 33,329 −4.3%
1950 32,240 −3.3%
1960 28,772 −10.8%
1970 25,524 −11.3%
1980 21,872 −14.3%
1990 20,714 −5.3%
2000 18,355 −11.4%
2010 18,620 1.4%
2019 (est.) 17,766 −4.6%

Media in Amsterdam includes one print newspaper, The Recorder, which is owned by the Schenectady-based Daily Gazette, an online newspaper, The Mohawk Valley Compass, and two AM radio stations, WVTL and WCSS.

In the early 2000s, distribution centers began being constructed in the Florida Business Park in the Town of Florida, which is located just outside the City of Amsterdam. The park currently holds Target, Hill & Marks, Alpin Haus, and most recently, Dollar General. In 2019, Vida Blend broke ground on a new distribution center in the park. Some thousands of city and adjacent county residents are now employed by these businesses.



Wilbur Lynch Middle School, Amsterdam
Wilbur Lynch School
Amsterdam Free Library from east
The Amsterdam Free Library
Amsterdam City Hall from west 2
City Hall, formerly the Sanford Mansion
Greene Mansion - Front
The Greene Mansion in 2012
Gray-Jewett House, Amsterdam from front
The Gray-Jewett House
Guy Park Manor, Amsterdam
United States Post Office Amsterdam NY Jun 08
The Post Office
Amsterdam Armory 1800s
The Amsterdam Armory, now a bed & breakfast inn

Public schools


  • William H. Barkley Elementary
  • William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School
  • Marie Curie Institute of Engineering & Communications
  • Raphael J. McNulty Academy for International Studies and Literacy


  • Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy
  • Amsterdam High School (part of the Greater Amsterdam School District, located in the Town of Amsterdam)

Private schools

  • St. Mary's Institute


The Amsterdam Free Library at 28 Church Street is a Carnegie library built in 1902-1903 with $25,000 from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by Albert W. Fuller in the Beaux-Arts style.


Amsterdam is at the convergence of State Routes 5, 30 and 67. The New York State Thruway/Interstate 90 is slightly less than one mile to the southwest of the city.

Three Amtrak trains stop at Amsterdam Station in each direction daily:

Notable people

Notable natives or residents of Amsterdam include:

  • Gary Aldrich, FBI agent assigned to the White House under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Clinton; author of a book about the Clinton administration
  • Bruce Anderson, Medal of Honor recipient, American Civil War soldier
  • Benedict Arnold (1780–1849), United States Congressman from New York
  • Felix Joseph Aulisi, New York Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division
  • Josh Beekman, former National Football League offensive guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Benjamin Paul Blood, inventor, poet, and philosopher
  • Matthias J. Bovee, United States Congressman from New York
  • Roger Bowman, professional baseball player
  • Lucille Bremer, actress
  • Tim Buckley, musician
  • Dr. Tom Catena, physician, humanitarian
  • Todd Cetnar, played professional basketball in the United Kingdom
  • William B. Charles, former US Congressman
  • Jessica Collins (Birth name: Jessica Capogna), actress
  • Charles Dayan, United States Congressman from New York and former Lieutenant Governor of New York
  • Kirk Douglas, actor
  • Mary Anne Krupsak, New York State Lieutenant Governor
  • John Henry Manny, inventor of the Manny Reaper
  • H. Edmund Machold, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
  • Chris Marcil, television producer, writer, and actor
  • George Miles, Michigan Supreme Court justice
  • Marilyn Hall Patel, federal judge for United States District Court for the Northern District of California, vacated the conviction of Fred Korematsu of the 1944 Supreme Court ruling in Korematsu v. United States
  • Rocco Petrone, Apollo program director
  • Todd Pettengill, former professional wrestling show host and announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • David Pietrusza, author, historian,memoirist
  • Homer P. Snyder, former US Congressman
  • Vernon Tichenor, Wisconsin State Assemblyman
  • Ray Tomlinson, implemented the first person-to-person network email
  • Paul Tonko, Congressional Representative from New York, former New York State Assemblyman
  • Beth Van Duyne, Congressional Representative from Texas, former mayor of Irving, Texas, and former HUD official
  • Samuel Wallin, former US Congressman
  • Willis Wendell, industrialist and New York State Senator
  • Harrison Wilson, Jr., American educator and college basketball coach who served as the second president of Norfolk State University from 1975–1997.
  • Ruth Zakarian, Miss New York Teen USA 1983, Miss Teen USA 1983

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