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Troy (New York)

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Troy (New York)

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Troy is a city in Rensselaer County, New York located northeast of Albany. Its nicknames include "The Collar City" and "Home of Uncle Sam."

Uncle Sam Statue

Get in[edit]

By plane, fly into Albany International Airport. If you visit via train, the nearest Amtrak station is Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station. The Greyhound bus drops you off in downtown Albany's Greyhound terminal, from which you can take CDTA bus #22 to downtown Troy.

Troy is easily accessible by way of I-87 North, exit 7. It is also well connected to local highway 787 from exits 7E, 8 and 9E.

Get around[edit]

Public Transportation CDTA (Capital District Transit Authority) serves Troy as well as Albany, Schenectady and (to an extent) Saratoga Springs. For full information on bus routes and schedules, visit the CDTA website at Many of the cab companies in Troy serve Albany as well but may have different fare structures. Cab fare from downtown Troy to downtown Albany is approximately $30.00.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Burden Iron Works Museum [12] schedule a tour for a crash course in area history.
  • Oakwood cemetery [13] a huge enchanted cemetery.
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall [14]
  • Poestenkill Gorge
  • The Poesten Kill which literally means "foaming or puffing stream" in Dutch, powered mills in the gorge for more than 300 years. The waterfall is located in a peaceful, secluded location in the middle of the city of Troy. The gorge can be viewed from a visitors lot off Linden Avenue, between Pawling and Spring Avenues.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY, [1]. The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds. The diverse films, talks, showcases and music events in 2010 included a talk by bestselling "Blackwater" investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill; music from emerging Afropop star Bassekou Kouyate and his band from Mali; a multimedia presentation by author Scott Christianson on Harriet Tubman's heroic 1860 slave rescue in Troy; filmmaker Alex Rivera screening his acclaimed sci-fi adventure "Sleep Dealer"; the weekend Bike!Bike! Northeast celebration of bicycle culture; and much, much more.  edit
  • Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd Street, Troy, [2]. Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of people in the capital region committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets. Operating on a volunteer basis out of donated spaces in both Troy and Albany, NY, we are part of an international movement of "community bike projects" - using bicycles to create community. Open Shop--Mondays, 5 to 8 pm  edit
  • Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, [3]. Saturdays 9 AM-2 PM. The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is a local gathering of various vendors that sell fresh items such as produce, preserves, flowers, eggs, soap, etc. every Saturday in downtown Troy. In April through October it runs at Monument Square on River Street from 9 AM-2 PM, and then in November through March at The Troy Atrium (49 4th Street) from 9 AM- 2 PM.  edit
  • Captain JP Cruise Line, 278 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, 518-270-1901, [4]. The Captain JP II is a cruise vessel that runs up and down the Hudson River and docks in Troy. A summer cruise is a great way to get a beautiful view of the Hudson River and of Troy and Albany. The ship is large enough to handle weddings, birthday parties and other events. In the summer they dock at the intersection of Front Street and State Street in Troy.  edit
  • Tri-City Valley Cats, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vanderburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180, [5]. The Tri-City Valley Cats play 38 home baseball games at the Joe Bruno Stadium from June through September. Some of the games have fireworks after them, and it makes a great evening for both adults and children.  edit


  • Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, 110 8th Street [15]
  • Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue [16] A part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system

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Eat[edit][add listing]

The Ale House is a pub located just north of Hoosick St. on River St. and is well known for its big and crispy Buffalo style chicken wings. They offer patio seating on warm nights and frequently host live bands on weekends.

Ali Baba serves affordable and generously portioned Turkish and Greek dishes. Their enormous lavash bread is baked on site in an impressive brick fire oven.

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery is one of two branches (the other is in Latham). Feast on Italian style cookies, almond horns, cakes and freshly baked rolls and breads.

The Brown Bag fries up burgers, grilled cheese, French fries and other heart-stoppers for Troy's collegiate night owls. Hours are 6 pm to 6 am.

Brown's Brewing Company is a highly rated and very popular craft brewery and pub-restaurant that has been supplying the Capital Region with ales, lagers, stouts and more since 1993. The Taproom is a comfortable spot for after-work drinks and dinner on warm evenings.

DeFazio's makes homemade pasta and award-winning pizza, as well as their own sauce. Adjacent to the small restaurant (just a couple tables, take-out also available) is a small Italian grocery store where you can buy DeFazio's pasta, sauces, and goods in jars.

Dinosaur BBQ has become a recent favorite, with several locations throughout New York. Expect hearty portions of Southern-style barbeque ribs, jerk chicken, fried green tomatoes, and a mighty spicy macaroni and cheese. Dinosaur is located right on the river and was flooded badly in September 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene; restoration took place in less than two weeks. Varied and affordable beers on tap, outdoor seating and live music on weekends make it a very popular spot year round.

Evelyn's Cafe serves lightish lunch fare and is located inside the impressive EMPAC building at RPI. They have huge cookies.

Greek House offers gyros, souvlaki, burgers, salads, etc. Smart people pass on the Greek fries and substitute the delicious zesty lemon potatoes.

Green Shell is one of many area Chinese takeout joints sandwiched between discount shops in a strip mall, but the excellent food and generous delivery radius make it stand out among the crowd.

I Love on 4th St. is the only late-night pizza place you need patronize after a long night at The Ruck.

Illium Cafe, located in Monument Square near the intersection of Broadway and River St., offers the best breakfast and lunch in Troy. They have recently begun serving dinner Thursday through Saturday nights. Superb omelettes and sandwiches + bakery on premises.

Muza is a family-owned Polish restaurant that has trivia on Tuesday nights and serves the best pierogies and golumbkis around.

Plum Blossom in Brunswick is a very popular Chinese sit-down restaurant that tries to change up the typical Chinese-American classics (to varying degrees of success).

The Ruck functions primarily as a "last stop of the night" bar, but their Buffalo wings (and "wing fries" - French fries drowning in an artery-clogging mixture of buffalo sauce and bleu cheese) deserve a shout-out. Stop by between 6-8 PM on Friday evenings and wait patiently by the counter for free wings at happy hour!

Snow Man is a seasonal ice cream stand in Lansingburgh on Fifth Avenue. Expect long lines, diabetes-inducing serving sizes and monster creations like the "Boston Shake," an ice cream sundae floating atop an ice cream milkshake.

  • Verdile’s Restaurant, 572 2nd Avenue, Troy, NY 12182, (518) 235-8879, [6]. Mon., Wed-Sat: 11:30 AM-10:00 PM. Sun and Holidays: 12:00 PM-9:00 PM Closed on Tuesday. Located in north Troy and run by three generations of Italian-Americans since 1943, Verdile's serves excellent Italian food and equally great desserts.  edit
  • The Notty Pine Tavern, 2301 15th Street, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 272-4557, [7]. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am -10pm Friday & Saturday: 11:30am -11pm Closed on Sunday. The Notty Pine Tavern is a pub located near the RPI campus that has great pizza and a nice atmosphere.  edit
  • Red Front Restaurant, 71 Division St. Troy NY 12180, 518-272-9241, [8]. Closed on Monday. Tues-Wed: 11 AM-10 PM Thurs-Sat 11 AM-11 PM Sun: 12 PM-10 PM. is a pizza and pub that offers COB (cheese on bottom) pizza that is delicious!  edit
  • Villa Valenti Pub, 729 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 326-9500. is a pub in the Albia area of Troy with great pizza and wings.  edit
  • Carol's Place & The Eatery, 536 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, 518-271-7700, [9]. is a great eatery that serves dine-in breakfast and lunch and take out dinners. They also cater events. If you dine in, don't park in the CVS lot across the street (it's not allowed). The service and the food make this place a local favorite!  edit
  • Lee Lin Chinese Restaurant, 539 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 274-8816, [10]. Mon - Thurs: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Fri & Sat: 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM. is a take out or dine in Chinese restaurant with great food (they also deliver to local addresses).  edit
  • Ryan's Wake, 403 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, 518-270-9253, [11]. is a great local restaurant and pub for food and drinks, and it's right on the Hudson River!  edit
  • Bootlegger's Bar and Grill, 200 Broadway, Troy, NY 12180, 518-874-4475. is a nice local pub that opened in 2011 and has a great variety of drinks and great food!  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Ale House Worth a stop north of Hoosick for the nicely priced brews, consistently perfect chicken wings, and lively neighborhood atmosphere.

Brown's Brewing Company is a craft brewery that makes its own beer. Amid the myriad reviews singing its praise lie some complaints that their lines are not always clean, but Brown's offers an undeniably chill and laid-back experience, with lots of weekly/monthly events, theme dinners, and a great patio. You can find Brown's beers at local supermarkets.

Footsy Magoos doesn't have a sign on either side, so ask a plugged-in local where to find it (hint: it's downtown on 1st St). Once you find it, enjoy a relaxed bar with tabletop games, Skee-ball (will cost you 25 cents), cool bathroom decor, and a cozy enclosed patio out back.

The Irish Rover on 102nd and 2nd Ave in Lansingburgh is a hole-in-the-wall with questionable patronage, but their Skee-ball is free.

The Ruck stays open late - until 4 am - and almost everybody ends up there at the end of the night. Their selection of beers on tap is excellent, with lower prices than a lot of competing bars. Thursday night is "Pint Night" and patrons get $1.00 off each pint purchased. Late weekend nights usually mean at least one fight inside or outside The Ruck. Don't look for buybacks from the bartenders.

Ryan's Wake is a fairly generic bar with a superb location and a big patio. It gets very crowded in the summer whenever there's an event by the marina (e.g. Rockin' On The River).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hilton Garden Inn Troy is just up the hill on Hoosick St. Ample meeting space, free parking, and the Recovery Sports Grill is on site.

Get out[edit]

  • Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes is only a 5-10 minute drive from downtown Troy. Take Second Ave to 112th St and turn left onto 470 by the Stewart's. Meander through the woods, see some white-tailed deer and bald eagles, and walk across the bridge from Cohoes to Waterford.
  • Pittstown State Forest is a few miles east of Brunswick and a peaceful escape from concrete and brick.

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