July 2018:

Riverside Alley Rally to Expand
Unearth stuff taking up space in your home and join in a pan-neighborhood Alley Rally (“garage” sale). Some of our neighbors are working to expand the 2017 successful Riverside Alley Rally into Washington Park, Little Italy, & beyond. The idea is to include the alleys between 1st, 2nd, 3rd& 4thStreets roughly from Ferry to Adams Streets. The Rally will be on Sat, Aug 25 from 10 to 2 p.m. People are starting to sign up. The more, the merrier! Please let Diane Bell or Sandra Rouse know you’d like to participate and give them your address. Diane: 518/416-6771 or; Sandra: 518/521-8454 or  The plan is to announce the Rally on Craigslist and prepare a flyer showing all sale sites.

Picnic a Success
The Park’s first picnic of 2018 was held on June 19 & was well attended. We lucked out with gorgeous weather. Lots of unruly kids (more every year!), food, drink, conversation. Many thanks to everyone who helped with set up & clean up. Next picnic is in August, with omelets in the Park on a Sunday morn in September.

Positive Press
4th& Liberty’s Little Rice Ball is now open for Japanese-inspired casual food. The intimate restaurant received a positive TU review! Get there. Locally owned (JP Tucci lives on Washington St). Tasty inexpensive food + casual tasteful surroundings.

Neighborhood Mtgs.

2ndMonday of every month
6, St Paul’s Guild House, State St

Little Italy
3rdWed of every month
6/7, ICC, 5thAvenue

2ndTuesday of every month
6-7, TAUM, 392 2ndSt

2ndWed of every month
6:30-7:30, TPL, 100 2ndSt


Troy Public Library, 100 Second St (Main)
Enjoy TPL this summer. Get ready for a fun-filled summer of reading, discovery & events.

Summer Events for Kids
To register for programs, call 274-7071 or sign up online at

Walk like a Chicken (Lansingburgh)– Tues,7/10 2pm Ages 3+

*Rock Painting (Main) – Tues,7/10 3pmAll Ages

Family Storytime (Main)– Wed,7/11 11am Ages 0-5

*What’s the Scoop? (Main)– Thurs,7/12 1pm Ages 5+

*What’s the Scoop? (Lansingburgh)– Tues, 7/17 2:00pm Ages 5+

Puppet People: Three Little Pigs (Main)– Wednesday 7/18 6:30pm Ages 3 & up

DIY Instruments (Main)– Thurs,7/19 6pm Ages 4-11

Stories in the Park–Fri,7/20 11am Washington Park(2nd & Washington) Ages 3+

Let’s Drum! (Lansingburgh)– Tues,7/24 6pm Ages 3+

*Art Night (Main)– Tues, 7/24 6pm Ages 8-16

*Birds of Prey (Main)– Wed,7/25 11am All ages

Farmer Minor & Daisy the Pig (Main)– Tues, 7/31 11am Ages 3+

Pop Up Book Sale at the Troy Flea – Sun, 7/8 @ 10-3

Join the Friends of the Troy Public Library (many of them your neighbors) on 7/8 at the Troy Flea in Riverside Park. On sale will be used mystery books as well as miscel-laneous books. All proceeds go to the kids’ summer reading program & the museum passes. Come early & buy pages of reading.

Basement on First Street
Thrift Shop located in the basement of St Johns Church, 146 1stSt is open Wed & Sat from 9-noon. Lots of interesting items. Come browse.

Henry Loves Betty Pet Store
Paula Matt, 16 1stSt, offers goods & services for our pets: Grooming, self-service dog wash tub, pet sitting & dog walking. Call Paula at 315-744-8277 or stop in.

Fitness in the Park
Sundays, thru Aug 26 @ 9-10 am in Riverfront Park

Let Them Eat …Vegetables
Troy Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 9 -2 @ River St @ Monument Sq
There is no excuse not to have fresh veggies.

A Reminder
Dogs are not allowed in Washington Park.

Scoop Your Poop!
Our alleys and sidewalks are not a litter box.

Places to Live

Park – 206 3rd St.Spacious, 2nd fl, 2 BR, in a gracious, owner-occupied brownstone.Available Aug1. 1400-sq. ft., 5 rooms, many original architectural details, including 13’ ceilings, stained glass eyebrow windows in center room, non-working marble fireplace inLR, refinished hardwood floors. $1,400 incheat, access to a beautiful, shared private courtyard &Washington Park. Quiet occupancy, non-smoking property. Small pet considered with permission of the owner &add’l deposit. Easy walks to colleges, shopping &local entertainment. Contact Cherie 518-573-1236.

Park – 224 3rd St–1stfloor, 1 BR. 11’ ceilings; beautiful original hardwood floors. Lg LR & DR. Large bright kitchen w/new stainless appliances. Great closet space w/add’l storage in basement. Walk out to large deck & beautiful garden & yard. 2 car garage w/door opener. Laundry in basement. $1,300 inc heat/HW. Absolutely no pets. No smokers. Available mid-Sept. Call Pete 518-210-4421

Park – 169 2ndSt. Bright, 2 BRapt, entrance via front garden, avail8/01. LR. BR. Kitchen,bath. New appliances &kitchen cabinets; laundry. Smoke-free, access to Washington Park, no pets, owner occupied. $750 inc heat/HW.1 mo sec dep.Call518-273-4984.

Little Italy – 1 Franklin Place(Liberty between 3rd & 4th).Recently renovated 2ndfloor;separate entrance thrugated private garden.Modern kitchen, loft storage, high ceilings w/skylight &southern exposure.Furnished with dbl bed, dresser, love seat, area rugs, large built-in countertop w/tall wooden stools. Plates, silverware included. $900inc utilities, heat & WiFi.Owner occupied bldg. Non-smoker, Cats ok, but no dogs. 1 mo sec dep;1 yr lease.Contact Adam: 412-417-8324,

Riverside – 254 2ndSt – Spacious 1st floor studio. Full bath. $800. Call Harriet 419-304-7854

Historic Sage – 139 3rdSt, (Avail Aug). Beautiful 1200 sq ft,3BRlocated 1block from Russell Sage college, walk to downtown, Troy Public Library, Farmers Market, food establishments, RPI.EIK, LR, DR, full bath, W/D. Hardwood floors; moldings & trim. Gas stove. Good light – southern exposure. No smoking/no pets. Owners live next door. $1195. Call Paul 518-328-8719.

Website Update
Please check out the website –– for more listings. Not responsible for accuracy!

Thanks to Carl Erickson, Karla Guerreri, Denise St. Onge (whose donation arrived in a card designed by Denise).


TNO – July 27 @ 5 pm Downtown – Check out the Troy BID Website for the latest downtown news. New businesses, festivals and more!

 Recording the Interior: Drawings & Paintings from the Collection of Doug Bucher @ RCHS, 57 2ndSt
Downtown’s Doug Bucher shares a select group of 36 paintings & drawings from his personal collection. Thru Sat, Aug 25.

Escape Frenzy of 21stCentury, Discover Grace of 18thCentury
English country dancing @ RCHS for July TNO. 3rdStreet’s Don Bell is the caller; Heartsease Band is the music.

 Rockin’ On the River – Wednesdays @ 5-8:30

Annual Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park –Sat, July 14 from 10am to 9pm

One of the most loved events in the Capital Region. A full day of fun where competitors duke it out for best BBQ, and people flock to Riverfront Park to taste some of the area’s best food. Live music! Fireworks!

Troy Public Library, 100 2ndSt – A Treasure to Savor
Check out the TPL website for the exciting free programming this summer.
Adult Book Groups
Shorts Out Loud
Young People’s Services

Take a Hike
Downtown Troy is happening. Take a walk downtown & see all the new & old shops and restaurants. Lots of clothing stores! Fun dining – both casual & formal. New apartments!

Patronize Your Local Merchants

All the News & Then Some
Get your news to Lynn @ lkopka@earthlink.netor 518-274-6434. You too can be a media darling. Remember that the website is effective only if all listings are up to date. Please let us know of changes.

Our reporters have been busy, leading active lives. If we missed interesting news, get it to us by phone (518-274-6434), email ( or through the website.


Rabies/Distemper Clinic
Washington Park & Osgood are working with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to set the date for the annual clinic in South Troy. We will let you know as soon as the date is selected. Check the Park website also.


Omelets in the Park in September
A Sunday morning in memory of local chef Jackie Baldwin.

Quality of Life
You can make our neighbor-hoods great places to live, work and play. Litter, noise & code violations are all things you control. Work together to make this a desirable community for all. Thanks for picking up trash, sweeping stoops & sidewalks & being all-around good folks.


The lazy, hazy, crazy summer days extend to our reporters who are taking it easy & enjoying the summer fun. Check websites for summer events – Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy Public Library, Sage College, RPI, Troy BID, City of Troy, Troy Music Hall, Arts Center of the Capital Region.  There are many new businesses opening in our neighborhoods as well as throughout Troy.

Saratoga may the Summer Place to Be but Troy is THE place to be all year round.