I’ve completely drank the Troy kool-aid ever since I moved here from Clifton Park back in 2016. I’ve lived in three varying apartments since moving the collar city. All were suitable for someone in their mid-twenties, I’m not complaining. But let’s just say my first apartment I sent over 100 mice to the other side, my second apartment about 20 mice, and finally not a one in my current place. So as my personal life sheds itself of all degeneracy, my professional one has also grown roots here in the city. I rotate my time between the historic Quaakenbush (formerly one of the largest department stores in the state), Troy Innovation Garage, and this or that from here to there all over downtown. I’m at the point where I could probably walk around Troy blindfolded (terrible sidewalk factor aside). I am very excited to see see where this city grows.
As a transplant of any city you are always minoritized by the fact you don’t have roots. Although my Great Grandmother was born and raised and buried here, so I think I could argue that I do. Regardless, I wasn’t here for it, so all I can do is listen to stories and read old newspaper articles and appreciate what the city was like before now. And although I’ve spent time reading about the time Troy New York was once the 4th largest city in America, or the time a fire burnt down the entire city because technology wasn’t quite there yet, Troy’s most actively discussed history is recent.
Growing up in Clifton Park, let’s just say you only ended up in Troy when you meant to go to Latham but you took the wrong exit by mistake. It wasn’t the Troy we know today, that’s not news. But there were a lot of things about Troy, for better or worse, which are no longer visible today and this mockumentary about Troy paints that picture. Albeit, much of it the same. It’s a 2007 video, which isn’t that old, but there are a few sign of the times that make you do a second look on what downtown Troy was.
An industrial plant across the river (now Starbuck Island), City Hall sat at One Monument Square (now vacant), a smaller amphitheater at the waterfront. Pretty wild. Makes me realize what could be done in those now vacant spots.
How ’bout that rooftop bar?