January 2020 News Letter

O Night Divine

Caroling around the piano was a joyous event. Thanks to Arlene Nock for hosting; Laura Teeter, Michael Zwack, & Elizabeth Kasius for playing. Historic Sage’s Peter Grimm led us in our signature song – The Twelve Days of Christmas. We showcased all our talented pianists! Thanks to all who brought refreshments.

Kissed By Fire

Members of the League of Extraordinary Redheads, founded by Downtown’s Duncan Crary, met with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in NYC. The photo was the basis of the group’s 2019 holiday card.

Places to Eat & Drink

The Times Union restaurant critic Susie Davidson Powell highlighted her favorite 2019 restaurants. Two Troy restaurants made the list: Plumb Oyster Bar, 15 2nd St.

(owned by the daughter of The Park’s Arlene Nock, Heidi Knoblach); Quang’s Vietnamese Bistro, 88 3rd St (owned by Quang Tran, resident of Historic Sage). Check them out!

Snow Removal – Winter 2020– Park the Car in the Little Italy Lot

The snowblowing teams are ready, willing & able. A salt spreader for sidewalks is also available – volunteers welcome. We will post snow advisories to the website. Please check it as well as the City of Troy website. Use your off street spaces, carriage houses & the Little Italy lot (Hill St between Washington & Liberty) to keep cars off the street during big storms (as posted) Snow removal goes much faster if cars are off the street. For Washington Place cars, please work together to make maximum use of the yards/parking places along Adams St. City plows have a difficult time on the narrow street so keep both sides clear of vehicles. Please be patient, pitch in to help & work cooperatively so snow may be removed. Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 or5180322- 1872 for additional info. We will post city advisories to the website – www.wpa-troy.org.

Snow Blowing Teams

Our crews have a message to all: GET YOUR CARS OFF THE STREETS DURING A STORM. HELP OTHERS WITH MOVING CARS. Your cooperation is needed. City streets are a mess after a storm because drivers do not move cars off the streets.

Take a Parking Space, Make a Parking Space.

The more cooperation & the more volunteers, the more snow can be removed – 3 machines can be running at once. Please volunteer! We could use a few good men & women.

TROY WATERFRONT FARMERS MARKET ELIMINATING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS Customers Encouraged to Bring Own Bags, Certain Plastic Will Stay in Use The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will be eliminating single-use plastics in advance of local & state laws that will take effect later this year. Market Manager & Park resident Steve Ridler notes that this is a complicated issue, so are giving vendors & customers some time before the laws take effect to find workable ways to reduce plastic waste at the market. The market is taking a stance to address the world-wide issue of plastics & the environment.

Not all plastic will be disappearing from the market. As outlined in state regulations that will take effect on March 1, plastic bags can & should still be used to isolate meat/fish products. Pre-packaged foods meant to be taken home with customers may still be contained within plastic. With exceptions for meat/fish products, vendors will no longer supply market customers with plastic shopping bags. Individual vendors may elect to supply customers with paper or other types of reusable bags, however all customers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags to the market. Re-usable shopping bags will continue to be available for purchase at the Market Information table every Saturday. The market is also exploring a range of smaller mesh bags and re-usable paper bags. Also starting in January, in anticipation of Troy’s Plastic- Free Hudson River Act, the prepared food vendors at the market will be replacing many items — such as sample tasting cups, drink cups, straws, stirrers, cutlery & food containers — with compostable & re-usable products for food/drink that is consumed at the market. Steve said the goal is to reduce plastic waste & shift to more sustainable practices, based around composting & reuse. The market will be working with vendors/customers to find the most appropriate products that will increase sustainability at the market. For info, visit: https://TroyMarket.org , or https://www.facebook.com/Tr oyWaterfrontFarmersMarket or https://www.instagram.com/tr oymarket (@TroyMarket) 2

Donations for Operation Snip, Newsletter & Website

Thanks to Jimmy Nofal-Hilts & Doris Tomer for contri-butions. All our activities are free. Thanks!


Jason the Mason is Here!

Jason Parks, a fabulous mason, has moved into 206 3rd St, Cherie Clark’s home. First recommended to us by Jim Lewis, Ellen Sinopoli & Cherie Clark, all highly endorse his work. Stop to see the new excellent front steps at 206 3rd. Not painted yet because of the weather, they are sturdy, easy to climb & solid construction.

Jason repaired two areas of Ellen’s garage walls around the cast iron stove in her basement. He does masonry repointing and provides other types of contracting work as well. To reach Jason the Mason, call (518) 390-2026. Now that he’s in the neighborhood, he’s readily available.

Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St, 518-274-7071

See the TPL website for offerings.

Neighborhood Meetings

Little Italy – 3rd Wed of every month; 6 @ ICC, 5th Ave

Osgood/South End 2nd Tuesday every month – 5-6 pm @ TAUM, 392 2nd

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

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

Operation Snip Update

Our spay/neuter program for community cats continues. Slots each Tues/Thurs for feral cats &/or strays for a fee of $60-85 including shots. Call Lynn for details – 518- 274-6434 or 518-322-1872.

Cats are available for adoption.


All dog owners should license their canines with the City of Troy. See the City Clerk – Osgood’s Mara Drogan – at City Hall, 433 River St, 5th floor. They should also pick up their dog’s poop & dispose of it properly.

Be Aware

The cold weather has not kept those looking for trouble from finding it. Please be aware of suspicious persons and behavior.

Apartments, Etc.

For Sale – Washington Park – 171 2nd St – Own a piece of Troy history with this historic Greek Revival mansion, the first home built as a part of Washington Park. Gorgeous 3-unit home was built in 1835 for Albert P. Heartt, well-known in 18th-century Troy, and a founder of Washington Park. Beautiful flow of light is enhanced by 12 ½ foot ceilings and spacious, airy rooms with south-facing windows. The home is completed with an elaborate original cast-iron fence (c. 1850), a 3-car garage, and triple-lot with the original fountain & historic features.

$899,000. Contact Heather Hamlin @ 518-308-8986.

For Sale – Downtown – 43 2nd St. 2 family on one of downtown’s best blocks. 2 family (which can easily be returned to the original 1 family). Duplex on 1st & 2nd floors; 3rd floor rental unit. Energy efficient; not in flood zone; off street parking; in historic district so eligible for tax credits. Marble mantels, ornamental detail. Basement for storage. $409,900. Contact Barbara Jones Higbee @ 518-339-0274.

Apartments for Rent

Marina District – Fifth Ave – Large studio. Walk to downtown, RPI, First Playable, Innovation Garage, Hedley Building. Interesting layout. Brick columns, ceramic tile floors, walk in closet, laundry close by. $800 includes H/HW, One year lease, security, application. Grad students, PhDs, professionals are good fit. Pet/smoke free. Very attentive landlords who have owned for 12 yrs. Call Beth Anne at 845-702-0943

See the website for the latest listings. Apartments are renting quickly.

Website Update

Please check out the website – www.wpa-troy.org – for more listings. If you have a listing, please make sure it is current.


TNO – January 31

All our local merchants are participating. Food, music, fun. Check out all the new shops and restaurants.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Concerts at Noon

Carla Fisk, soprano – Tues, Jan 14

Free. Bring your lunch for the 50 minute concert.

St. Paul’s Church Concerts at Noon (58 Third St)

Gee-Mackey Duo, cellist & pianist – Tues, Jan 21

Friends of Chamber Music

Miro Quartet –Jan 11 @ 7:30

Emma Willard School, Pawling Ave. Call 518-833- 1874 for tkts: $25/$15 student.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co

The Park’s Ellen Sinopoli continues to weave, enhance & embellish the ESDC 2020 season. Check out the ESDC website. See the performances; support the company. 3

Troy Farmers Market

Every Sat morning from 9 to 2, inside the Atrium at Third & River. Over 70 vendors showcase their local products. The place to be seen, as well as to stock up on healthy produce.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Opportunities

Proudly wear the mantle of Zealous Nut! It is thru your efforts that our neighbor-hoods are great. Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 or 518-322- 1872to volunteer for newsletter activities, snowblowing team, litter patrol, etc. We need you, your $$, your muscles and, sometimes your brain.

Scoop Your Poop!

Bulk Hauling Charges

A reminder that the City has updated the process for disposal of bulk items. An appointment must be made for all bulk pick ups. You can schedule an appointment by contacting DPW at 518-270- 4579. Do not place bulk items curbside prior to scheduling a pick up. That’s a code violation subject to fine. To report illegal dumping, call non-emergency police line at 518- 270-4411. Charges for pick up are posted on the City website.

Trash Collection

Household garbage should be placed out to the curb or in the alley after 7pm the night before your pick up day, or before 6am the day of your pick up.

Garbage or moist or liquid waste is to be placed in water tight wooden, plastic or metal covered containers or heavy duty plastic bags tied at the top or specially treated paper bags.


Many of our neighbors offer life’s indulgences – dining out at their restaurants, desserts, jewelry, skin & hair care, wine, books & more. Support your local businesses. The Troy BID website has details on downtown businesses.


We encourage our readers to check the various websites which focus on the positive aspects of Troy. The BID has all the downtown happenings and our many art and cultural institutions – Hart-Cluett Museum, Arts Center, Troy Music Hall, Troy Music Academy, Burden Iron Works Museum, EMPAC, Sage College, Emma Willard, RPI, Troy Public Library, TAKK House – have websites. Please check them. We try to list many events but we don’t catch all of them. Use all the resources available and make the most of downtown Troy!


HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Tour

We resume our Washington Park neighborhood tour on Friday, May 29 @ 10-12:30.

If interested in opening your home or building, let Lynn know. We expect a sold out crowd.

8th Annual Party & Sammy Awards – Troy BID

Monday, Feb 3 from 5-8 @ Revolution Hall

Visit the Troy BID website to purchase tkts.

Need Someone to Shovel During the Lighter Storms?

For those storms that don’t require the snowblowing teams, neighborhood muscles are available. Several of the younger residents are happy to shovel for a fee. Contact Lynn at lkopka@earthlink.net or 274- 6434 for info.


We know that our residents resolve to make our community the best place to live, work and play.