October 2017:

Read the Book, Then See the Movie
The book you have all been waiting for, “Washington Park, Troy, New York: A Social History,” begun by Peter Shaver & completed by Steve Muller, is finally out! The illustrated book includes the early history of Washing-ton Park, house-by-house stories of the residents of the Washington Park houses through 1940, & an update on more recent develop-ments. The book is priced at $19.99; may be purchased at the Rensselaer County Historical Society or Market Block books. Thanks to everyone involved with the funding, research & pro-duction of the book, Steve did an outstanding job of seeing the project through to completion. It is dedicated to Peter Shaver; his death was a sad loss for the Park.

Brunch a Success – In Memory of Jackie Baldwin
Our 8th brunch in the Park was a success. Thanks to chefs Karla Guerreri & Atsushi Akera for making more than 60 omelets for the hungry attendees. Your tasty treats & funds were appreciated. Let’s do it again next year! Jackie founded the brunches & left the equipment to the Park for future use.

Happy Anniversary!
Happy anniversary to Riverside’s Angie Wright & Chris Heatley; Washington Park’s Laura Ferris & Garrett Hamlin, Elton Dise & Jennifer O’Neill, Riverside’s Shannon Wright & John Ham. Many more!

Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to Denise McAvey, Dahlia Bush, Isaac Bellis, Scarlette & Evelyn Kennedy, Peter Hamlin, David Hamlin. Henry Schaftlein turns 2!

Night of the Walking Red
Downtown’s Duncan Crary, founder of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads, welcomes all redheads to the 5th Annual Night of the Walking Red at 5 pm, Wed, Oct 4 at Ryan’s Wake, 403 River St. Be there for the Toast of the Coppertops – a glass of seasonal Pumpkin Ale.

Rambling Around Troy
The 4th Collar City Ramble was a great success. Our neighbors Pam Bentien & Jim Lewis were actively involved in coordinating this alternative transportation festival.

Positive Press
Downtown’s Kathleen & Charlie Tesnakis continue to win awards for their amazing e ko logic designs. Stop in at the shop – 1 Fulton St.
Downtown’s Brendan Kennedy is filming a promotional piece for Albany.

HVCC Creative Retirement Tour – Another Success!
Many thanks to the home-owners who graciously opened their doors to the Sept 26 tour group: Sandra Rouse & grandson Charlie, Steve & Sue Ridler, Cheri Clark. Bill & Susan Comiskey provided a delicious luncheon for the exhausted attendees.

Thanks to Arlene Nock, Jimmy Hilts-Nofal. Thanks to all who contributed at the brunch.

Little Italy Neighborhood Watch
3rd Wed @ 6/7 pm
ICC, 5th Avenue

2nd Tuesday of every month.
5-6. TAUM, 392 Second

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


Support Local Businesses

Piano For Sale – Steinway Parlor Grand
Model A, circa 1927. Serious buyers only. Call Nina @ 518-274-5933. 

Website Update
Please check out the website – – to be sure your postings are up to date. Let us know if changes need to be made.

Apartments, Etc
Houses for Sale

Historic Sage – 155 2nd St
1 family, 2 story brick on great block. Call Michael Flynn @ 518-272-1122.

Little Italy – 1 Franklin Place – (Liberty bet. 3rd & 4th)
Completely renovated 1 family w/in-law apt in rear of 2nd floor. Apt has separate entrance, efficient use of space. Artist studio/ work-shop on 1st floor includes separate entrance, bath, dbl doors opening onto private fenced garden. Owner’s space is 2nd & 3rd floor. Many original details; wide plank flooring; marble mantles; new HW heater, W/D & kitchen appliances; quiet 3rd floor BR. $265,000. Contact Sharon at

House for Rent: Historic Sage – 132 2nd St – 1st floor: LR; DR; EIK; lg screened, 3 season porch; 1/2 bath; excellent closet space. 2nd floor: master suite w/lg BR with fireplace, sitting area, bath, outdoor deck; lg front BR with fire place; bath with W/D; office.Yard. Land-lord pays utilities including internet signal. 1 off street parking space. $2000. Sec dep & 1st month rent for move in. Call Harriet at 419 304 7854 to schedule app’t

Apartments for Rent:
Downtown – 41 1st St – 3BR, 2 bath. Next to Sage College. Walk to RPI, downtown, busline, etc. Attractive, entire 2nd floor, updated, w/new kitchen & bath, hardwood floors, bright & cheerful LR w/brick accents, 2 fireplaces, kitchen w/bay window, large sunny windows w/street view, coin laundry in bldg. Quiet, secured, owner occupied bldg. No smoking/no pets; rental history, references required, lease. 3 entrance doors thus great to share w/privacy for professionals, visiting scholars or grad students or take it all. $1850 includes all: gas heat, air-conditioning, electricity, HW. Sec. dep. If interested, email or call 315-877-5434.

Riverside – 130 1st St – Secure 3rd floor, 1000 sq ft located 1 block south of Sage. LR, DR, kitchen. 3 BR + home office/closet/storage. Hardwood floors. Enclosed rear porch, access to back yard.Walk to downtown. Easy access to 787. Quiet/ stable bldg. No smoking. $825 includes H & HW. Lease required. Call/text 518-281-6034 or email

Osgood – 331 3rd St – Immaculate 3rd floor, 4 BR (BRs are small; perfect apt for a single/couple – not good for young kids). 1 or 2 BR great for HO/closet/storage. LR has closet for dishes, DR, carpeted floors. Clean, bright. Kitchen w/separate laundry/linen storage room. Laundromat around corner. Walking distance from downtown Troy. Owners live across the street; have lived in the neighborhood for over 45 years.  No smoking; no dogs. $800 + elec/gas,1 yr lease, 1 mo sec + 1st month’s rent to move in; references required. Call Glenn at 917-916-9806.

Osgood – 109 Madison St – energy efficient 800 sq ft loft. Red oak flooring; super insulation; southern exposure; 95% efficient furnace; on demand H; W/D; DW; microwave; sec system; fenced in yard. No smoking; no pets. $950 inc utilities. 1 yr lease; references. Call Sid @ 518-272-1944.

Little Italy -176 4th St – 2nd floor, 1,200 sq ft. LR, DR, kitchen, 3 BR (or 2 BR + homeoffice), bath. W/D. Hardwood floors. $950 inc. heat. Call Elbert @ 518-274-6108.

EVENTS – A Full Month of Activities

One Man Clown Show @ Arts Center til Oct 8
Historic Sage’s Aaron Marquise stars in original apocalyptic one-man clown show, “This is Not a Test.” French clown Aaron presents an original, apocalyptic one-man clown show. Arts Ctr, 265 River St, 10/6 @ 8; 10/7 @ 2 & 8; 10/8 @ 4. “This is Not a Test” is a mix between theater, a French-style of clowning,& contemporary circus. Tkts: $20; $15 kids under 12.

Troy Night Out Celebrates Halloween – The Last Friday of the Month
Downtown’s time to shine. Be a part of the action! Food, entertainment and more.

Troy 100 Forum
Oct 23 @ 5:30-8:30 @ Bush Memorial. RSVP 518-271-7000. Join your neighbors as we discuss community building (we excel at it!).

Troy Farmers Market
The last month of the summer outdoor market. The market moves to the Atrium beginning in November, Hours are 9-2. Fresh veggies all the time!

11th Annual Troy Chowderfest
Oct 8 @ noon to 4. Your chance to sample creative chowders by area chefs. Get there early – it sells out fast! Centered in Monument Square, guests purchase their tickets, explore the vendors & travel to the participating Downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. Numerous local retailers participate in the day’s activities with a citywide sidewalk sale. It’s a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!

Tuesdays at Noon Concerts Presents:
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Tues, Oct 10 @ noon
Inna Leoni, flute

St Paul’s Church
Tues, Oct. 17 at Noon
58 Third St.
Alfred Fedak

Free admission/free-will offering

Troy Public Library
100 Second St, 274-7071
The Troy Public Library has extensive programming (in addition to books!) for all ages. Check out the TPL website for a listing. Use this great community resource!
Classes are free; open to the public. Registration is required; class sizes are limited. Call 274-7071 to register or online.

Take the Time to Leaf Peep
You don’t have to drive to Vermont to see red and yellow leaves. Stroll along our city streets and admire our trees. You can grab a meal at any of our local establishments. Enjoy!

Happy Autumn!

Happy Halloween!