The cemetery is located at the end of Schermerhorn Street in Rotterdam. There is also a different street, several miles away, called Schermerhorn Road; be sure to look for Schermerhorn Street on maps. The cemetery is not very easy to locate and we recommend that you bring a map with you.
From Niskayuna and parts east: Take Route 7 West (also called Troy-Schenectady Road, also called Crosstown Expressway) to its junction with Interstate 890. Do not get on 890, but continue on the same road, which is called Chrisler Avenue. Go under an overpass and take your next right onto Chapel Avenue. Take it until it ends, turn left, and take your first right onto Schermerhorn Street.
From Schenectady and parts west: Get on Highway 146 by the most convenient method. Follow 146 until you reach the section where it has the name Hamburg Street, which is between Highway 5 (State Street) on the north and Highway 7 (Curry Road) on the south. If coming from the north, Schermerhorn Street is the seventh left turn after the intersection with Altamont Avenue; the preceding street is Chism Street. If coming from the south, Schermerhorn Street is the second right after the overpass that takes you over Chrisler Avenue; the preceding street is called Central Avenue (but is not the same road as Central Avenue, Highway 5, in Colonie).
For directions to the cemetery from other areas, please click here.
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And here's the full information. If you want more information on the cemetery itself, including a link to a birds-eye view map showing the sections, click the link for Agudat Achim Cemetery, Rotterdam, NY USA.