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Encyclopedia > Latham, New York

Latham is a hamlet in Upstate New York, north of Albany, along U.S. Route 9. It is located in the Town of Colonie. The latitude of Latham's center is 42.746N. The longitude is 73.759W. A hamlet is (usually — see below) a small settlement, too small or unimportant to be considered a village. ... Upstate New York is the region of New York State outside of the core of the New York metropolitan area. ... Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Area    - City 56. ... U.S. Route 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ... Colonie is a town located in Albany County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 79,258. ...

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Geography

Latham's terrain is mostly a hilly mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, with some ponds, creeks and swamps, including several protected water courses and New York State Wetlands. Streams east of Old Loudon Road and U.S. Route 9 generally drain into the Hudson River; West of Old Loudon Road and U.S. Route 9, the hamlet's watercourses drain into the Mohawk River. A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... For other uses, see Mohawk River (disambiguation) The Mohawk River is a major waterway in north-central New York. ...


While Colonie's hamlets do not have specifically demarcated borders, Latham is generally considered to include: the areas adjacent to U.S. Route 9, Interstate 87, and New York State Route 2, Route 7 and Route 155; between the City of Watervliet to the east; Albany International Airport, the Colonie hamlet of Verdoy and the Town of Niskayuna (in Schenectady County) to the west; the Colonie hamlet of Boght Corners and the City of Cohoes to the north; and the Colonie hamlets of Newtonville and Loudonville to the South. U.S. Route 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ... Interstate 87 (abbreviated I-87) is a 346 mile (558 km) intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of New York. ... Junction Location Albany Interstate 87 0. ... Route 7 is a 180 mile long New York State Highway that runs from the New York/Pennsylvania border south of Binghamton, New York to the New York/Vermont border west of Bennington, Vermont. ... New York State Route 155 is a state highway in New York state, running 16. ... Watervliet is a city located in Albany County, New York. ... FAA diagram of Albany International Airport (ALB) Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB, ICAO: KALB) is an airport of entry [1] serving Albany, New York. ... Verdoy is an Upstate New York hamlet in northern Albany County at the northwest corner of the Town of Colonie. ... Niskayuna is a town in Schenectady County, New York, USA. The population was 20,295 at the 2000 census. ... Schenectady County is a county located in the state of New York. ... Boght Corners is an Upstate New York hamlet in northern Albany County that straddles U.S. Route 9. ... Cohoes is a city located at the northeast corner Albany County, New York, USA. It is called the Spindle City because of the importance of textile production to its growth. ... Loudonville is a hamlet located in the town of Colonie, Albany County, New York, in the USA. // The hamlet, formerly named Irelands Corners, is named after John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun. ...


History

Latham and its surroundings were settled by the Dutch in the early 17th Century. The area was known at different times in it history as Yearsley's (c. 1829), Van Vranken's (c. 1851), Town House Corners (c. 1866) and Latham's Corners, named after hotel owner William G. Latham. The "corner" in question is now the intersection of Troy-Schenectady Road and Old Loudon Road, near the location of the former Fannie's Restaurant.


Landmarks

Water Tower in Latham, New York.
Water Tower in Latham, New York.

Latham's most conspicuous features are its red-and-white checkered water towers, the larger of which bears the hamlet's name, and the Latham Circle, a once-notorious traffic circle located near the site of the original Latham's Corners. The circle was recently modified to be more like a modern roundabout, greatly improving its safety. Trees were once planted within the center of the roundabout, which plunges sharply down to an underpass, but the trees quickly withered and died. Image File history File linksMetadata Lathamwatertower. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Lathamwatertower. ... It has been suggested that Cycle facilities at roundabouts be merged into this article or section. ...


Today, Latham Circle is home to the Circle Diner (a modern recreation of the classic chrome diners of the 1950s) and Roxy Cleaners, which possesses authentic 1950s neon styling, as well as a small strip mall, a bank and Latham Circle Mall. Nearby, the derelict Latham School stands abandoned, its students long since transferred to newer facilities within the North Colonie Central Schools District in the 1960s. Latham Circle Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located adjacent to the Latham Traffic Circle in Latham, New York. ... A public school district located in Colonie, New York containing the following schools: Southgate Elementary Latham Ridge Elementary Loudonville Elementary Forts Ferry Elementary Boght Hills Elementary Blue Creek Elementary Shaker Junior High School Shaker High School External Links North Colonie Central Schools ...


Latham Circle Mall was one of America's earliest indoor shopping malls. While this retail destination remains open to this day, it has been in physical and financial decline for well over a decade, primarily since the opening of the sprawling Crossgates Mall in nearby Guilderland, as well as the nearby Latham Farms big box store complex. Latham Circle Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located adjacent to the Latham Traffic Circle in Latham, New York. ... Crossgates Mall is a shopping mall in Guilderland, New York, not far from the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady. ... Guilderland is a town located in Albany County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 32,688. ...


Latham is also home to Hoffman's Playland, a small, regional amusement park offering simple rides and games for children, including an operating miniature scale train; it is a relic of the "roadside vernacular" from days when Route 9 was the major north-south route through the region. The Playland is part of the larger Hoffman's complex which at various times has included an old-fashioned ice cream and soda fountain, a miniature golf course, a driving green and a carwash. Recently, the miniature golf course has been upgraded, and plans have been announced to demolish the driving range to build a new integrated development of apartments and businesses.


Other sites of historic or geologic interest in Latham include several small historic cemeteries now surrounded by retail or residential developments, and a sequence of slate and shale cliffs and canyons behind Shaker High School (from which nearby Blue Creek Elementary School takes it name) and between Haswell Road and New York State Route 2. Some of these sites are now on private property, and require owners' or town clearance for access. Junction Location Albany Interstate 87 0. ...


Controversies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers the Latham water towers to be potential obstructions to air traffic approach lanes at Albany International Airport, as the higher tower protrudes nearly 60 feet into east (Runway 28) approach. To address this concern, the Airport Authority has developed a plan to remove the towers and replace them with a new structure on a 12-acre, Town of Colonie owned parcel near the Albany Reservoir. This plan has been controversial, as some residents are concerned that the removal of the towers will allow lower approaches by aircraft, thereby increasing noise pollution levels.   FAA redirects here. ... FAA diagram of Albany International Airport (ALB) Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB, ICAO: KALB) is an airport of entry [1] serving Albany, New York. ...


Rapid commercial and residential development and resultant traffic increases have also been issues of concern and controversy in Latham, in the core retail corridors near Latham Circle, Latham Farms, and between Interstate 87 and Wade Road. The Town of Colonie recently completed land use and development studies of the Route 2 and Route 7 corridors. Temporary building moratoriums were placed in large parts of West Latham in response to community concerns. In August 2005, the Town of Colonie issued a Comprehensive Plan that will provide the guidelines and framework for future development of Latham and its surrounding hamlets and incorporated villages within the town.


External links

  • "Latham Circle Mall" at Dead Malls
  • Town of Colonie (includes Latham)
  • North Colonie Public Schools
  • Shaker High Alumni
  • Hidden in Suburbia (Photo Essay)
  • Latham Water Tower Replacement Plan (from Albany Airport)



Municipalities and Communities of Albany County, New York
(County seat: Albany)
Cities Albany | Cohoes | Watervliet
Villages Altamont | Colonie | Green Island | Menands | Ravena | Voorheesville
Towns Berne | Bethlehem | Coeymans | Colonie | Green Island | Guilderland | Knox | New Scotland | Rensselaerville | Westerlo
Communities/CDPs Boght Corners | Coeymans | Crescent Station | Delmar | Dunsbach Ferry | Elsmere | Feura Bush | Glenmont | Latham | Loudonville | Medusa | Preston-Potter Hollow | Selkirk | Slingerlands | Verdoy | Westmere

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Latham, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (777 words)
Latham is a hamlet in Upstate New York, north of Albany, along U.S. Route 9.
Latham's terrain is mostly a hilly mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, with some ponds, creeks and swamps, including several protected water courses and New York State Wetlands.
Latham and its surroundings were settled by the Dutch in the early 17th Century.
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If you use the New York Hotel Search on this page, you are sure to find the Latham Hotels you are looking for.
Super 8 Latham Albany Area is located approximately two miles from Albany International Airport and five miles from the Albany State Capitol.
Wingate Inn Albany Airport is located approximately one mile from the airport (with complimentary airport shuttle) and 40 miles from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
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