December 2017:

Caroling Around the Piano – Songs of the Season

Mon, Dec.18 at 6 pm, 191 Second St. Refreshments; Open to all. Laura Teeter & Nina Pattison on the piano; your voices. Contributions toward the snacks & drinks appreciated.

Gift Giving

Now available – the perfect gift – Washington Park, Troy, New York: A Social History. Authored by Peter Shaver & Steve Muller, the book is at Market Block Books.

Studio Sale

The Bates/Miyamotos have sold their Liberty Street home/studio & are moving to Millbrook. They are selling household contents, lots of stuff from their studios as well as their artwork. Shop/ visit Paul & Sharon on Dec 9 & 10 @ 1-6pm @ 1 Franklin Place. Stop in/get something to remember them by.

Welcome the Newlyweds!

Riverside’s Sharon Denise Harding-West and Robert Douglas Jacobs were married October 21st, 2017 at The Veterans Club of Lansingburgh in Troy, New York. The bride was radiant & the groom was beaming! Ms. Melissa Loson performed the ceremony. The couple met in 2013 through mutual friends and Robert proposed on December 24th, 2016 at the couple’s Christmas Eve Party surrounded by their family and friends. The couple will remain in Troy with daughter Tyler and their 2 dogs Bella and Chloe. The formal wedding pictures were taken in Washington Park!

Stanley’s Book Talk

Stanley speaks & we listen –

Every Monday @ 6:45 pm & Tuesday @ 7 & 9 am on WOOC FM 105.3.

Proud Grandmother

Historic Sage’s Deb Segel spent two amazing weeks with her daughter & son in law right after the birth of her newest granddaughter. She’d had a c-section and certainly needed all the help she could get! Grammy was the happiest personal chef, laundress, shopper, diaper changer & baby cuddler you could ever find.  It’s difficult to live so far away from them!

In September Deb also completed her second training with internationally recognized Gongmaster Don Conreaux in using the gong, as well as other sound healing instruments, for sound meditation and healing. Deb is hoping to expand and build on these experiences, and bring the good vibrations to many!

Death of Area Gadabout

Former resident & jack of all trades Frank Shanley died at age 50 on November 23. A native of New Jersey, Frank embraced Troy, making friends throughout our neighborhood. A quirky guy, Frank could fix any broken appliance. He made possible many events – decorating the holiday tree, hanging wreathes, building the Tesla Coil which amazed of us and watering the plants.

He was very handy in the garden as well as the home.  He also had a knack for working on computers.  While living in Troy and Albany, Frank worked at Stewarts & as a handyman.
A private memorial service will be held in Albany at the HAC House as well as in Troy.  Service details to follow. Our condolences.

RPI Info Tech & Web Science Program Ranked #1

Fifth & Grand’s Peter Fox has set new standards of excellence, technical rigor & ROI.

Welcome to Primerty Properties

Historic Sage’s Sylvia & Fred Haefeli with son in law Louis Narcavage opened their real estate & property mgt firm at the newly rehabbed 351 4th St. The firm is a full service property maintenance company. Stop by!


The Adirondack Architectural Heritage toured the Washing-ton Park neighborhood on Oct 19. Many thanks to John Johansen, Sandra Rouse, Sylvia & Fred Haefeli, the Boland Family & Bill & Sue Comiskey for graciously welcoming the group. They were wowed by our preservation efforts as well as the food.

Annual Cookie Day Madness at the Warnock-Graham (Crackers) for All

Dec 9 @ 9:30 am til the kids start biting each other. Music, craft, stories, cookies, soup for lunch. Wear old clothes & bring container for cookies.

RSVP: 419-304-7854 or 892-6767. Harriet does not have a complete email list for the neighborhood. If you don’t get a personal email, it means you’re new in the neighborhood or she’s lost your email. If you’re planning to contribute to the mayhem, call so there is enough soup, dough, icing & sprinkles for everyone. Roller & plastic placemats welcome. Final note: Harriet & David cannot baby sit on this day. It’s an inter-generational day.  If you have to run out for a minute, it’s ok. If you have to run out for the whole morning or afternoon, please make sure you have another adult responsible for your kid(s).


Walk by 314 4th, 108 Jefferson, 183 4th & 6 Franklin Place. Progress!!!

Happy 5th Birthday

Downtown’s Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine celebrated 5 yrs of unique dining spots. Their establishments include Lucas Confectionery, Little Peck’s, Peck’s Arcade, 22 2nd St Wine, & The Bradley. Wishing them many more years & grand openings!

Scoop Your Poop!

Positive Press/Media Darlings

Resurgence of vinyl was noted by the TU with an extensive article on the River Street Beat Shop. Everything old is new again.

River Street was on the cover of the Summer NYCOM Municipal Bulletin. The statewide magazine touted Troy’s resurgence.

The Park’s Susan Taylor was recognized in the TU as an advocate for Small Business Saturday. Susan is at Market Block Books.

Neighborhood Watch/LI

3rd Wed @ 6; ICC, 5th Ave


2nd Tuesday of every month

5-6, TAUM, 392 2nd St


2nd Wed @ 6:30 @ Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St

Downtown BID Awards

The Troy BID awarded its annual Sammy Awards to Plumb Restaurant & Bar as New Business of the Year (our neighbor Heidi is the owner); Market Block Books as Established Business of the Year (our neighbors Stanley & Susan toil there); Fifth & Grand’s Geri DeSeve as Sammy Spirit. Congrats to all!

Leave the Lights On

Our USPS mail carriers are now delivering in the dark. Please leave your entry lights on to make it easier for our carriers to deliver the mail.

Ornamental Tree Dedicated to the DeMaria Family

The family of long time Little Italy & Park residents – DeMaria (which includes the late Marion Field) – were honored with the planting of a tree at 229 4th St. Many thanks to those who donated: Boland Family, Gina Corina, Andrea Daley, DeFazio Family, Mike Esposito, Lynn Kopka, Heather Hamlin & Jim Martin, Denise St Onge. You may still contribute for the small brick wall to be built around the tree. Call Gina at 518-728-9198.

Snowblowers Ready

Volunteers needed. Talk to Lynn Kopka for info – 518-274-6434. The more volunteers, the more snow removal can be done for the benefit of all.

Prep for Snow blowing

In order for the snow blowers to run efficiently, please remove leaves from sidewalks and gutters. Debris clogs the machinery.


Flower Scout Seasonal Shop

Colie Collen of Flower Scout presents TSUGA, a seasonal shop running every weekend thru Dec 24, carrying local, handmade items & art you can give yourself and those you love.  Quilts, wreaths, candles, jewelry, ceramics, soaps, paper goods and vintage items in the FS Studio, 137 2nd St,Troy

Fridays from 12-7

Saturdays from 12-7

Sundays from 11-4

Apartments, Etc.


Historic Sage – 148 2nd St – Garden level, partially furnished, quiet owner occupied bldg.1000 sq ft. LR, 1 BR, HO, kitchen w/DW, wifi, basic furnishings (dresser, computer desk, love seat, chairs, table, etc.) $940 inc H/HW. 6 month lease/sec dep. Pets $30/month per animal. Shared use of house W/D available @ $25 month for up to 2 people.  Call Harriet at 419-304-7854 or Dave at 518-892-6767. View at:

Riverside – 114 1st St – 2nd floor, 1 BR, study w/bay window, full bath. Hardwood floors. Deck off rear, yard. ½ block from Russell Sage. Quality student/professor housing. Overlooks park with view of the Hudson River. No dogs; cat for additional $25/month. No smoking. 6-month lease, $780 + utilities, 1st month rent & sec dep due at signing. Available 1/1/18. Contact Sasha at 518-279-6820.

Riverside – 161 & 163 1stSpacious, gorgeous apts, newly rehabbed to historic standard, advanced energy efficiency measures.  AC, laundry, ERV fresh Air systems. Units from 700-1,300 sq ft. Contact John & Co at 518-288-2801,, or info, see

Little Italy – 76 Hill St – 2 BR w/HO or 3 BR. Call Primerty @ 877-0787-5077

Little Italy – 176 4th – owner occupied bldg. $875, Contact

Cats of the Month

Call Lynn @ 274-6434 to adopt a healthy, friendly cat or kitten or several. Free to good home.


Thanks to Sandra & Dave Bruns, Ursula Garreau, Don Windelspecht & Sandra Daigler. All activities depend on your generous support of time and money. Please remember the Friends of Washington Park in your 2017 giving. All activities are supported by donations.



Dec 3 from 11-5 – Downtown Troy at its Best. Music, food, entertainment. Check out the Stroll website for a complete listing of the events happening on Sunday. Be a part of it! For a full listing of events, see .

Historical Society Greens Show, 57 2nd St

The Marble House is decorated for the holidays. A big part of the Victorian Stroll. Executive Director & neighbor Karin Lenz welcomes you.

Victorian Stroll at Carmen’s, 198 1st St

Regular hours & meals on 12/3 from 9-4. Free spiced wine & mulled cider after noon. See you there!

Troy Public Library

Victorian Stroll Concert. Sun, 12/3 @ 1.

Holiday Concert with classical guitar & lute. Please call 274-7071 to register or sign up online at on the program calendar.

Tuesdays @ Noon Concert

St. Paul’s, 58 Third St. Free

Capital Area Flute Club presents Christmas music, Dec 19

Troy Music Hall Concert @ Noon, Free

Bleecker Consort, Dec. 12

Babes in Troyland Holiday Flea

12/9 @ 1-7pm & 12/10 @ 11-4 (at Takk House, 55 3rd St, Troy)

Antiques, Vintage, Crafts, Whiskey, Hair Cuts, Photo Booth, Very Bad

Santa & Much More

Admission is $5 for the whole weekend

Babes in Troyland is like a mini popup old fashioned department store, where you do all your holiday shopping in one day, get your hair done, taste whiskey, listen to music & have lunch — all under one roof,

Also featured: cocktails in the barroom, “beer garden” in the main hall with food catered by The Ruck; a whiskey tasting by Albany Distilling Co.; coffee bar by Lost Highway Coffee Co; locally-made sweets.

Live entertainment: very badly behaving Santa Claus, portrayed by improv artist Peter Delocis; Elizabethan minstrels from Will Kempe’s Players; face painting for all; Optimum Exposure Photo-graphy holiday photo booth; Amy Rose of Rose Hair & Healing will style/cut men’s &

women’s hair.

Theatre Institute Performances @ Sage Schacht Fine Arts Center

A Christmas Carol thru Dec 14. Various times for shows.$15 adults; $12 srs/students. Call 518-244-2248 or see Sage’s website for tkts 

Terra Nova Christmas Eve Service

Dec 24, Christmas Eve, 6pm @ Troy Music Hall. Call Erika Groff for details, 257-6827.

Market Block Books, 290 River St, 328-0045

Great for gifts! Stanley & Susan will help you select the best gifts for all.

Annual Christmas Eve Potluck at Carman’s Café

Carmen’s Café holds its annual Christmas Eve Potluck on – wait for it – Dec 24 @ 5-10. Basics provided: rice & black beans, salad, plantains, picadillo,  spiced cider, flan. You bring something tasty to eat or drink. Share & share alike, meet your neighbors & those you’d like to be your neighbors.  Celebrate the spirit of the day, let your hair down, open up & feel what it is to live in a walkable city. Open to one, open to all, no charge, lots of fun.

Carmen’s Café, 198 1st St

Regular hours during the Christmas weekend will be 

Sat and Sun 9-4.

Music @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second St; 273-0038

12/14 @ 7:30. Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas. Call 18-273-0038 for tkts.

Crinolines for the Stroll

The Park’s Lynn Kopka has crinolines to borrow for the stroll. Call her at 274-6434.

New Businesses

Downtown continues to attract new businesses to an increasingly vibrant urban core. Check the Troy BID website for the latest openings and events.

Website Update

See the website – – for more listings.

Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Those posting should update. Thanks

Scoop Your Poop!

Curb Your Dog But Never Your Enthusiasm! 


Mon, Dec. 18 @ 6:00 

191 Second Street 

All our residents in & around Washington Park – that means you, dear readers – are invited to share the joy of the holiday season. Join us around the grand piano as our pianists play old & new favorites for all ages.  

Get Ready for 2018

Another year has flown by. For many, it has been a year of changes and challenges – marriage, retirement, job change, births, loss of loved ones. For all of us, it has been an opportunity to continue to serve our community in the only way we know how – through generosity and kindness. We look forward to a new year of health and happiness for all!

New Arrivals

Extend a hearty greeting and warm welcome to new neighbors!

Snow Emergencies

Please see the City of Troy website for snow removal notices. We will post to the WPA website also. Get cars off the streets so city crews may plow as close to the curb as possible. Use off street parking, city garages and lots and Little Italy lot during storms. If you need help moving cars, please contact Lynn @ 274-6434 & one of our able bodied young (and not so young) folks will help.

Washington Park Holiday Tree

Washington Park’s holiday tree is now illuminated in the center of the park. Many thanks to Trevor Lloyd, supervisor  and assorted elves for the installation. Thanks to our creative residents. Enjoy!

2018 – New Year 

Get ready for a new year! Lots of volunteer opportunities!