Oh, look, there's Troy, in a big feature in in today's New York Daily News. A clip:
"Troy is the place where Henry Hudson turned around," goes the chorus of a rock anthem by The Parlor, a popular band from this upstate town.
But while the famous explorer didn't find the Northern Passage to the spice markets of Asia, a new generation of urban entrepreneurs is discovering opportunities here.
With an abundance of affordable studios, shops and homes in grand turn-of-the-century buildings, artisans, restaurateurs, and other creative types are helping resurrect this venerable old town just north of Albany.
It goes on to mention the Confectionery, multiple residential/retail conversions, Ekologic, RPI and other names you'll recognize. If you've been following along with what's up in Troy lately, there's not much in the feature that you don't already know. But it's some pretty sweet pub for the city, especially in a publication the size of the Daily News.
A little more context for the feature: The author is Suzanne Spellen, who made a name for herself in New York as "Montrose Morris" on the popular Brooklyn Brownstowner site. Last year she made the move from Brooklyn to Troy, which got mentioned by the New York Observer.
As Spellen wrote on Brownstoner at the time:
The reason for this piece is a culmination of those plans. In a week, I'm moving out of Brooklyn, and am moving to Troy, N.Y. If you don't know, Troy is a beautiful little city seven miles north of Albany, on the Hudson. It used to be the second most prosperous city in America, home to a large steel industry and garment factories. Troy was called the "Collar City," because of all of the factories manufacturing starched, detachable collars and cuffs for shirts at the end of the 19th century. It's got some fantastic architecture, some by names I've mentioned here, and although it has been in the same economic decline as many other small cities upstate, like Brooklyn, it's on the rise, with a bourgeoning arts scene, markets, music and high-tech manufacturing.
There's so much more to Troy, including its largest employers, Rensselaer Poly Tech (RPI) and Russell Sage College. It's on the Hudson, and near the Amtrak Station to New York City. There's preservation galore going on up there, and in nearby Albany. Much of the city actually looks like parts of Brooklyn, as seen in the photo above of Washington Park. I'm renting a fabulous place, in North Central Troy, owned by a friend, also from Brooklyn. It's going to be great. Look out, Troy.
image: NY Daily News
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