February 2017:

Volunteer Recognition Brunch for Everyone – 

Annual honoring of those who contribute to our neighborhood – everyone is invited. Sun, Feb. 26 @ 10 am – noon @ 191 Second St. The usual – omelets by guest chef Karla Guererri.  Bagels, juice, coffee, etc. Bring something to share. Thanks to Arlene Nock for being the hostess!

Wedding Bells

Riverside’s Sharon D. Harding-West & Robert Jacobs were engaged on December 24, 2016. Wedding date to be announced as plans progress. Congratulations!!!

Rensselaer County Rabies 

Clinics for 2017

Please go to and navigate to the Dept of Public Health page or call 270-2655. Clinics are held thru October in various locations.


Another year for Osgood’s Lori Hackathorn,, Stanley Hadsell & Barbara Stubblebine; the Park’s Laura Ferris, Jude Valentine Goldin; Riversidet’s Anthony Garner, Karla Guererri, James Heatley,  &  5th & Grand’s Greg Cholakis; Downtown’s Liam Groff. Happy anniversary to Downtown’s Robert & Gladys Hirsch!

Tips to Make Sure Your New Community Fits Your Needs

One of our neighborhood welcome committee members (which is all of us) was interviewed in the TU about what it is like to live in various neighborhoods.   Osgood’s Sid Fleisher discussed the benefits of attending neighborhood meetings to learn about the pluses & minuses of each Troy neighborhood.

Positive Press/Media Stars

Downtown’s Kennedy Girls were pictured in the TU with their mom Tracey at the Women’s March in Albany. Many neighborhood residents also attended the march.

Neighborhood Watch/LI

3rd Wed @ 6, ICC, 1450 5th Ave

Osgood – 2nd Tuesday of every month

6-7, TAUM, 392 2nd St

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


Thanks to Don Windelspecht & Sandra Daigler, Sandra & Dave Bruns.

Goods, Services, Help

Brunch – Feb 26 @ 191 2nd

10-noon. Omelets! All are welcome. Feel free to bring an item for the brunch.   

Troy Public Library Adult Readers Book Club

Downtown residents & avid readers Carolyn Fagan & Mary Muller invite you to join the adult readers book club – it meets monthly at the Troy Public Library Main branch (100 2nd St) & welcomes drop ins & new members. The book club meets (usually the first Monday of the month, but February will be the second Monday) from 6:30 to 7:30.  Club members suggest titles every 6 months; titles are available for loan from the library system. The group tries to pick both fiction & non-fiction. Here are the titles for the next three months:

Feb 13 – Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel

March 6 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo

April 3 – Empress Dowager Cixi – Jung Chang

Local Eateries

Carmen’s, Patricelli’s, Red Front, DeFazio’s, Lucky Corner are located in the heart of the neighborhoods immediately south of Downtown. Good food, good neighbors.

February Programs for Kids at Troy Public Library

Puppet Show – Sat, 2/4 @ 2. Ages 3 +

Free Legal Clinic – Thursdays @ 5:30-7

Tech Help Tuesday – 2nd Tues of every month, noon to 1\

Wagging Tales w/Sam the Reading Retriever – Mon, 2/6 & 13 @ 3:30

Teen Art: DIY Sweater Mittens Thurs, 2/23 @ 6

Our Neighbors at the Arts Center, 265 River St

Osgood’sArmando Soto at the Arts Center

Abstract Painting Workshop

Mondays,2/7-28 @ 6-9

Figure Drawing Open Studio

Sat, Feb.25 @ 1:00-4:00

Open Studio Figure Drawing  Sat, March 19 @ 1:00 – 4:00

Drawing Studio Concepts

Mondays, 3/6-4/10 @ 6-8

Tax Prep

The annual tax prep help at the Italian Community Center, 1450 Fifth Avenue. Call 270-4689 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.

Operation Snip/POUNCE Update

Friendly, healthy cats & kittens need both foster & permanent homes. Free to good homes; donations of carriers, food, litter and traps are happily accepted. Call Lynn @ 274-6434.

Apartments, Etc.

Pottery District – 166 4th St

1st floor, 1500 sq ft, 1 BR in owner occupied bldg. Double parlor, kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances & DW, W/D. Large BR. Private outdoor space. Off street parking available. No smoking/no pets. $1300 + utilities. Contact Angela @ 518-292-8998.

Riverside – 110 ½ 1st St

Located next to Sage College @ corner of 1st & Division.

2nd floor – 2BR. $780 + utilities.

3rd floor – 2 BR, $770+ utilities

Quiet bldg. w/owner’s professional office on 1st floor. Coin op W/D in basement. No smoking/no pets. 1 yr lease + 1 month sec dep. Contact Doris @ 518-542-1480.

See the website for more listings!

Website Update

Please check out the website – – to be sure your postings are up to date.

Do good deeds! Pick up litter! Join the snowblowing teams! Deliver newsletters! 


TNO – Feb 24, 5-9

DOWNTOWN – All our local merchants are participating.

Happenings @ Troy Music Hall 30 Second St; 273-0038

International Guitar Night – 2/18 @ 7:30

Selected Shorts – 2/12 @ 3

SteelDrivers – 2/19 @ 7:30

Bridge Jazz Festival – 2/24 @ 7:30

Albany Pro Musica: Winds of Love – 2/26 @ 3

Tommy Emmanuel – 3/1 @ 7:30

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday @ Noon Free Concert Series, St. Paul’s

Tues, Feb 21 @ Noon-  Lycaeides Consort, Early Music played on Early Instruments.  St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third Street. Free Admission/Free-will Offering. For more info, please visit:

Tuesday @ Noon Free Concert Series, Troy Music Hall

Tues, Feb 14 @ Noon. Marka Young & Alex Peh (classical violin & piano)

Historical Society, 57 2nd St

There’s always something old there. Check it out! House tours, educational lectures & talks, research on the history of your building. Call 272-7232 for a complete calendar.


Riverside’s Sandra Rouse will provide details on her daughter’s production at EMPAC this spring.

Visit for complete details.


Troy Farmers Market

9 – 2 on Saturdays at the Uncle Sam Atrium on both the 1st & 2nd floors. Winter market runs each Saturday thru April 

Troy Chromatic Concert @ Troy Music Hall

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine – Thurs, Feb 16 @ 7:30. $55/$45. Call 273-0038

Friends of Chamber Music – Calidon String Quartet

Fri, Feb 3 @ 7:30 p.m in Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard, 285 Pawling Ave (Route 66)

$25 regular/$15 student

Call 833-1874 for info/tkts

Downtown Events

The Troy BID has a comprehensive listing of events as well as a list of all the businesses within walking distance of our neighborhoods. Check it out –

Brunch for All – Feb 26

10-noon. 191 2nd Street. Free.

Omelets, bagels, coffee, juice & whatever you may bring. A fun time for all!


Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Gala

Operation Snip works closely with MHHS. The 10th Annual Around the World for 80 Strays Gala is April 22 at the Albany Marriott. Call 434-8128 for tkts.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Gala

The Company keeps their creative juices going! Detail on the Gala next month.

HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Washington Park Tour – In the spring

Although we try to gracefully decline participating, demand is high for this tour. So once again, Washington Park will host retirees as they learn about urban living.Of course we need open houses. We hope to have the Bolands, Bill Comiskey, the Kansus and more. Expect a call! The tour is Tuesday, May 16 at 10.

Snow Removal 

Please work together to assist the City crews with snow plowing. Get cars off the streets. Work as teams to shovel sidewalks and keep sewer drains clear. Snowblowers & ice melters are available from Warren Abele, 189 2nd St, 527-6012.

Washington Place residents should use off street parking or keep cars on the south side of the street (building side) so a city plow may clear the street. The narrowness of the street means plows have a difficult time clearing snow if cars are parked on both sides of the street.