The small city of Troy, New York is located on the Hudson River and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area. It is the hometown and burial place of “Uncle” Sam Wilson, the meatpacker whose caricature became a symbol of the United States, the site of the first private girls’ high school in the nation, and the largest Flag Day parade in the United States. Although wrecked by economic downslide throughout the twentieth century, The Collar City (so called due to the local invention of the detachable shirt collar and the subsequent opening of many shirt factories in the area) is experiencing a downtown rebirth.
Troy Night Out,(www.troynightout.org/index2.html), which takes place on the last Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., celebrates the creative pulses that are alive in the city. Each month scores of art events, musical performances, and restaurants and boutiques participate, and the Troy Trolley operates free of charge to transport attendees from event to event. The Victorian Stroll (www.victorianstroll.com), an annual early winter event which has been held in Troy for nearly thirty years, features crafts, musicians, dancers, and other performers.
Troy is also home to the New York State Theatre Institute (www.nysti.org), the Troy Savings Back Music Hall (www.troymusichall.org), and The Arts Center of the Capital Region (www.artscenteronline.org).
Sports fans can enjoy a game at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, the home of the minor league baseball team the Tri-City Valleycats.
In the hamlets to the east of Troy, travelers will find The Grafton Peace Pagoda and Buddhist Temple among the rolling hills. In the nearby town of Petersburgh lies the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary (www.birdparadise.org), a grassroots establishment dedicated to the care of injured birds of all origins.
Troy is convenient to the attractions in Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, New York, and it is a day trip from Troy to southern Vermont and the Berkshires of Southern Massachusetts.
FOOD IN TROY
- I Love New York Pizza – 125 Fourth Street (There are multiple I Love’s in the area. This location is the best)
- Shalimar – 407 Fulton Street – (Cheap, delicious Indian cuisine, bathroom not readily accessible)
- X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery - 97 Fourth Street
- Manory’s - 99 Congress Street
- Jack’s Drive-In - 24 Main Ave, Wynantskill (Greasy, fast and cheap)
- Dinosaur BBQ – opening soon at a new riverside location. (Made famous by its original location in Syracuse, New York).