Historic Center Square Neighborhood in Albany, N.Y.

Harold and Ruth Rubin at NNO 2016 H-J Park

Remembering Ruth Rubin – A Center Square pioneer.

Ruth Rubin, along with her beloved husband Harold, was a pioneer in Center Square. They were guardians of the residential character of downtown Albany for half a century, calling upon everyone to preserve the beauty of city life. They forged a legacy that is our challenge to move forward for the next 50 years. The Center Square neighborhood would not be what it is today without Ruth and Harold Rubin. Read more about Ruth and Harold’s contributions to the neighborhood and the city.

Make a donation to Center Square Association in Ruth Rubin’s memory.


Center Square is an eclectic neighborhood located in downtown Albany, N.Y. where lively youth culture meets quiet old elegance.

The neighborhood contains some of the most significant and beautiful architecture in the city. The homes were built mainly between 1850 and 1900, and range from charming wood frame cottages to huge brownstone mansions.

Today, as in the past, Center Square is home to a diverse group of residents and business owners who make up a vibrant and welcoming community.

Center Square includes the area bounded by Lark Street on the west, Spring Street on the north, South Swan Street on the east and Jay Street on the south, plus the upper portion of Lancaster Street between Lark and Willett Street.

Center Square Association (CSA), founded in 1958, is the oldest, continually operating neighborhood association in Albany. Its mission is to promote the quality of residential living and to preserve its historic 19th century housing stock.

Membership in CSA is available to all neighborhood residents — homeowners and renters. View the Center Square Association Brochure.