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Etymology: For Robert Elsmere, hero of Mrs. Humphry Ward's 1888 book titled Elsmere
Elsmere is located in New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
Region Capital District
County Albany
Settled 1920s
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 518

Elsmere is a hamlet of the town of the Bethlehem in Albany County, New York, United States. The hamlet is a suburb of the neighboring city of Albany. From the northeast to the southwest, it is bisected by New York Route 443 (Delaware Avenue), which is also the hamlet's main street and a major commuter route into Albany. Delaware Avenue is also home to most of the office and retail locations in Elsmere, including the largest such location: Delaware Plaza.


Elsmere is situated along the old Delaware Turnpike, today Delaware Avenue (NY Route 443). Suburban residential growth began to displace the rural farmland starting in 1928 when the Delaware Avenue Bridge opened across the Normans Kill, this connected Elsmere directly to Albany. Prior to this commuters to Albany needed to travel on the narrow winding older roads through Normansville and cross a smaller lower bridge. The original center of the hamlet was the corners of Elsmere and Delaware avenues. Today Delaware Avenue from the bridge over the Normans Kill to the abandoned railroad bridge over Delaware Ave, marking the unofficial border with Delmar, is heavily commercialized with retail and offices. Many of the businesses occupy houses converted to commercial use. Delaware Plaza, built in 1955, is the unofficial "center" of town.


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