Schenectady, like many other larger cities, is loosely divided into "neighborhoods". These groups of people know where their boundaries are even if they aren't apparent to tourists or don't appear as lines on a map. Over the years, neighborhoods rise, fall and merge. They are usually founded on economic, ethnic or social bases but can be something as simple as a prominent geographic feature that binds people together.
The present neighborhoods in Schenectady are:
Central State Street Neighborhood
Eastern Avenue Neighborhood
East Front Street Neighborhood
Hamilton Hill Neighborhood
Union Triangle Neighborhood