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Rensselaer is a city in Rensselaer county, eastern New York, situated along the east bank of the Hudson River, opposite Albany. It was settled by the Dutch in the 17th century and was the site of the most successful of the patroonships--also known as estates--under Kiliaen van Rensselaer, an Amsterdam diamond merchant. The area now known as the City of Rensselaer was settled by the Dutch in the 17th century. The city has a rich industrial history stretching back to the 19th century, when it became a major railroad hub. Rensselaer was one of the earliest locations of the dye industry in the United States, and was the first American location for the production of aspirin. The city is home to historic Crailo, the only New York State Historic Site devoted to Dutch culture. The Rensselaer City History Research Center is under the direction of the City of Rensselaer Historian. In 2018, the city completed development of the Rensselear Waterfront Esplanade, a major park along the Hudson River. Another nearby park is the Rensselear Waterfront Park

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62 Washington St.
Rensselear, NY 12144