April 2019 Newsletter

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20 @ 10 am

We welcome our neighborhood kids (and parents) for the annual egg hunt in Washington Park.

Earth Day – Mon, April 22

Troy celebrates Earth Day with clean-up activities throughout the city. See the city’s website for details.

Elm Trees Donated in Memory of Tom Sinopoli

Washington Park now has 2 trees donated in memory of long time Park resident Tom Sinopoli. Cheri Clark, Delaine Jones & Ellen’s Book Club purchased the Asian elm & the Princeton elm. Thanks!

Celebration of Nina Pattison’s Glorious Life

Nina’s family welcomes us to the memorial service for Nina on April 27 @ 2:00 @ St. Paul’s Church (3rd & State). Nina was a force to be reckoned with in our neighborhoods.

Call for Gardens for Nina’s Troy Hidden Garden Tour – 20 Years/Memory of Nina Pattison, Organizer

The Friends of Prospect Park invite gardeners to be part of the 20th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, Thurs, May 23 47:30. The Friends cele-brate 20 years of this exciting event & honor organizer Nina Pattison. Sign up to have your garden on the tour of our neighborhood gardens & help raise funds for projects at Prospect Park. To be listed on the Tour map, RSVP by May 1, to Rhea @ 518-424-5303.

License Your Dog

We are encouraging all owners to verify that dogs residing in their buildings are licensed in the City of Troy. Licenses are obtained at the Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 433 River St. Licensing requires that all shots are up to date.

Troy Public Library Annual Meeting – Ensuring a Complete Count in the 2020 Census – The Potential Role of Public Libraries

Sat, May 11 @ 2-4, 100 2nd St. 2020 will be the first time people will be asked to complete the census online.

Preserve Our Heritage

For those property owners in Troy’s historic districts (see City of Troy website for map), please contact the City’s Historic District & Landmarks Review Commission for exterior work regardless of what the contractor tells the owner. Guidelines for appropriateness are in place for our protection. The application and review process is simple & quick. Preserve our architectural treasures. Check out the historic tax credits also.

Wanted: Wheelchair – Donated in Memory of Michael Neaton

Fifth & Grand’s Geri DeSeve responded to last month’s request for a wheelchair. She donated her life partner Michael Neaton’s wheelchair. Michael died in January after a short illness. He had deep roots in the neighborhood, serving as a priest at St. Mary’s & CYO director. He lived at the former rectory at 200 Washington Street. Our condolences to his family. The wheelchair is available for both short & long term use. Contact Lynn @ 518- 322-1872.

Neighborhood Meetings

Little Italy

3rd Wed @ 6/7 pm

ICC, 5th Ave


2nd Tuesday of every month.

6-7, TAUM, 392 Second


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

Downtown – 2nd Mon of every month .St Paul’s Guild House, State St

Positive Press/Media Darlings

Scouting for movies locations in the neighborhoods! Location crews were in Troy last month seeking suitable sites for a major film production. To date, several neighborhood properties are under consideration. We will keep you posted!

Cover Girl! The Park’s Ellen Sinopoli & her award winning dance company were the cover story in the March issue of HERLIFE.

Capital Region Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president & owner of Martinez Gallery, Laudelina Martinez, was the subject of an April/May issue of the TU’s UPSTATE magazine. Laudelina remains committed to showcasing works by artists of diverse populations.

The same UPSTATE issue featured the Bard & Baker board game cafe located in the News apartments.

Third Street’s Don & Diane Bell extol the pleasure of walkability in a letter to the TU. The couple offers suggestions on improving sidewalks.

Plumb Finds Its Zone

Plumb Oyster Bar (15 2nd St) received an excellent review in the TU on March 10. Proud mom of owner Heidi Knoblauch, Arlene Nock highly recommends the restaurant. Neighbor David Hamlin is an outstanding employee during his college break. The review notes top-notch oyster & cocktail offerings. Check it out!


Thanks to Osgood’s Astra Wijaya & Sindy Limin (of Meong Cat Lounge) for a cat rescue & donation. 2

Best Of

Lots of BEST OF reporting by the Times Union & various other publications. Troy, of course, scores big in every category from Best Free Concert Series (Rockin’ on the River) to Best BBQ (Dinosaur) to Best Tea Shop (Whistling Kettle) to Best Wine Bar (Lucas Confectionery). Check out all of Troy’s many goods & services! See the Troy BID website for downtown businesses.

Collar City art may be purchased at Troy Cloth & Paper (38 3rd St) – greeting cards, etc.

Swept Away – City’s Street Sweeping Program

It’s time for street sweeping. Helpful info about the Street

Sweeping Program:

• Be aware of when your area will be cleaned. Check schedule in the Record, on the web at www.troyny.gov.

• Please move your cars so that the street sweeper & DPW can properly clean your street.

• Sweep or wash your side-walks & rake your lawns before the sweepers come onto your street. Sweep the dirt in the curbs & gutters into small piles.

• This is not for Bulk Trash pickup. Bulk trash pickup is a year long program.

• Uncooperative car owners will have their vehicles towed at the owner’s expense. All streets will be posted for “No Parking” as required. Notify DPW (270- 4579) in advance of any abandoned, unregistered or inoperative vehicles.

• Please clean your alley or backyard & cut down weeds & brush. Please place the material in a biodegradable bag or bundle to facilitate collection

.• Regular refuse collection will be done on a daily basis.

Scoop Your Poop!

Operation Snip Update

Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 or 518-322-1872 if you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten or being a foster. Operation Snip expects kittens to arrive in mid to late April. All will need homes after their initial vet visits. Spay/neuter/shots will be scheduled at age appro-priate. Donations of carriers & kennels are needed.



The Friends of the Troy Public Library invite you to visit the Bookseller at the Lansingburgh Library (27 114th St). The Bookseller sells gently used books of all kinds at bargain prices. Open Wed @ 2-5; Sat @ 10-1. A perfect opportunity to grab a cone at the Snowman at the corner of 114th & 5th & grab a book at the Bookseller.

Apartments, Etc.

Downtown – 41 2nd St – Beautiful sabbatical rental (Aug or Sept 2019 to May or June 2020) in the heart of downtown Troy. 1-2 BR on 3rd floor; kitchen, LR, DR on 1st floor; walled garden. [Owner will keep apt. on 2nd floor]. Furnished. Looking for mature, non-smoking tenant. No pets. $1500 includes utilities. Contact Fran @ 518-698-9285.

Park – 1 Washington Place carriage house. 1st floor with garage space. 1 BR. W/D. Loft area for sleeping. Newly painted. Kitchen w/DW. Bath w/tub. New appliances. Access to landscaped courtyard. $1400 + utilities. Call Michele @ 631-885-1447.

Park – 116 Washington St (rear of 179 2nd) 1st floor. 1 BR. New appliances, MW, full bath. Hardwood floors. W/D in basement. $1100 inc. heat. Contact Alan at 917- 578-4079.

116 Washington St (small bldg. behind 179 2nd) – 1st floor. New appliances, MW, full bath. Hardwood floors. Overlooks small courtyard. $1000 inc heat. Contact Alan at 917-578-4079.

Riverside – 154 First St. – Spacious 1300 SF 3rd floor apt., 2 BR, LR, DR, study, bath. Newly renovated, new kitchen w/gas range, M/W and D/W. New bath. Refinished hardwood floors, marble fireplace in LR, ceiling fans in all rooms. H/HW, trash/recycling & off street parking for 2 vehicles included. No smoking, no pets, no exceptions. $1,300 + electric. Rental application required. 1st month &sec dep due at signing. Call Danyelle at 802.324.0990

Osgood – 380 2nd St – 2nd floor, airy, open 2BR. Great light; southern exposure. Newly renovated. Galley kitchen w/DW; tiled bath. W/D in bldg. No smoking, no dogs. Easy walk/bike to downtown. Convenient to busline & 787 & 90. Active neighborhood group. Owner lives next door. $1100. Call Sid @ 518-272-1944.

Pottery – 4th St –

3rd floor, 1 BR in owner occupied bldg. Kitchen w/gas stove, MW, DW; bath; dressing room w/walk-in closet; home office; LR; DR; WiFi. Laundry in bath. Small private porch overlooks garden. No smoking, no pets. Street parking readily available. Near bus stop, easy access to 787 & 90. Walk to downtown, Sage, RPI. Call Kathy @ 518-810- 2960 or kmarym164@gmail.com 3

Marina District – 2136 5th Ave. 2nd floor, 1 BR. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, claw foot tub w/shower. Slate mantle. Large new windows facing west. Laundry on site. Quiet bldg. with professionals & RPI PhD students & no drama/wild parties. Owners live on block. $850 inc H/HW. Contact Beth @ troyraven@gmail.com.

Marina District – Rear of 2136 5th Ave – Room in a share apt. Occupied by 2 responsible, professional men. $550 inc all utilities. Contact Beth @ troyraven@gmail.com.

Web site is www.troyravenapartments.co m


TNO – April 26

Downtown’s Main Event

Check the Downtown BID website for details.

Troy Music Hall, 273-0038

See the Troy Music Hall website for shows this month

Arts Center of the Capital District, 265 River St

Fence Show is coming up!

Kids @ Troy Public Library

100 Second St, 274-7071

Check the TPL website for the latest ways to amuse kids

Big Kids (aka Adults) at the Troy Public Library

Check the TPL website for the latest offerings & new books.

All the News & Then Some

Get your news to Lynn @ lkopka@earthlink.net or 274- 6434 or 518-322-1872. The website is effective only if all listings are up to date. Please let us know of changes.


Downtown Happenings

River Street Fest: Sat, 6/15

Rockin’ on the River: Every Wed in June (5,12,19,26), July (10, 17, 24, 31), August (7) beginning June 5

Fitness in the Park: Sundays at 9 am beginning June 23 thru August 25

Troy Pig Out: Sat, 7/13

Restaurant & Craft Beer Week: 9/9-15

Chowderfest: Sun, 10/13 @ noon

Capital Roots Annual Spring Brunch

Sun, May 5; 10 -2 @ Empire State Plaza (across the mighty Hudson River but we can make that trip). Buffet featuring a variety of dishes prepared by over 100 area restaurants! Tkts – www.cdcg.org – or by calling CDCG at 518-274-8685. Tkts available at the door on the day of the event.

Speaking of Vegies…

The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 9 to 2.

Neighborhood Garage Sale

The successful alley yard sale will once again take place this summer. Third Street’s Diane Bell is spearheading the effort with the Pottery’s Kathy Marczak & Riverside’s Sandra Rouse offering suggestions. We will keep you posted as to final date and time and location.

Troy 100 Forum

Mon, May 13 @ 5:30 @ Sage’s Bush Memorial

Forum Theme: Gaming: Global Influence in Troy

Come hear how Troy & the Capital Region are competing with the global gaming economy and what this means for our area.

Agenda: 5:30– 6 Registration, Light Deli Buffet, Networking 6 – 8:30 Forum Welcome and Hellos One Minute Moments Q&A Raffle & 50/50 Drawing Close

RSVP 518-271-7000

Earth Day

It should be every day that we pick up trash, recycle, respect our planet. Do your part each and every day. Check the City’s website for more details on city-wide 2019 Earth Day projects.

Happy Spring!

HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Tour of Washington Park & Immediate Area

Thursday, May 23 @ 10- 12:30

Let Lynn Kopka know if you are interested in opening your home (518-274-6434 or 518-322-1872). We still need houses and apartments to be open for the tour. This is one of HVCC’s most requested offerings – thanks to all of you!!