Living Life In South Troy NY, My Random Thoughts
South Troy Against The World, And That's Our Motto.
I am a " South Troy Baby", born and raised here. Right up on Stow Ave. I have lots of good memories from those days. We had Tarzan's swings, and sleigh riding down through the woods, and hoping you did not end up in the creek.( one time I ran head first into a tree and they had to go get my mother) I remember going home frozen and snow caked on my mittens, rubber boots filled with snow, and rosy red frozen cheeks.There was berry picking in the woods in the summer, and club houses to be built. Of course there were the usual street games, hide & seek, hopscotch, red light green light , Simon says, kick the can and tag. In the fall we would rake leaves and make leaf houses to play in them. Also riding our bikes all over the hill. The boys would be playing baseball down in the field and basketball over on the backstreet.
I also remember helping my brother deliver newspapers back then. I had the backstreet, they were not good tippers.. We had 3 mom & pop stores on the hill, and I remember being able to buy penny candy and leaving with it in a little brown paper bag.. I remember going to St. Micheal's church and Sunday school, and the long walk up and down the steep hill, also the dances in the church basement. We did not sit in the house, ha ha ya could not, because your mother would shoo you outside!! It was even safe to be outside at night, because the hill was quiet and nothing was ever going on. Good times and good memories back then.
I've moved away from good "ole" South Troy so many times, but somehow I always seem to move back here. I guess South Troy just lives in my heart... I pretty much raised my kids down here, and they as well have moved away, but have come back here to live, well at least for the moment with their children, though I think they will be like me,and just stay here.
Life is funny like that, Ya know? We all have a comfort zone. A place that we feel like we belong, and it suits us. A place that we know and love. A place that many of us just don't want to leave. Though at times can make us mad, and we swear we will leave, and never come back, because the grass is always greener somewhere else. But for many of us, we do come back.
Life in South Troy is never boring. There is always something going on, be it just watching people walking down the street can be interesting, probably because they are doing something that attracts attention.or waiting for a bus, just watching them is interesting! People do some strange things ( well I guess that is everywhere). In the summer just sitting on the porch or having the window open, you can hear more than you needed to know (raising an eyebrow here).
If you go downtown to the city of Troy, there is so much more going on. What seems to be an average day in the life of a city is really not, if you look really close. Just watch what is going on around you.. Late at night, the city of Troy NY, pretty much becomes quiet, due to the fact that all the small corner stores have to close by a certain time, which has cut down on all the un- desired things that were happening in our fair city. Also the police are watching the bars for trouble. And The homeless go to a much needed shelter, and are not lingering on the streets..
Downtown tones down as well. It helps, but nothing is perfect, and it is like any other place you may live, stuff happens. There is still crimes like: domestic disputes, drugs, break-ins, assaults, vandalism to cars and what not. There is no perfect place to live anymore. Troy however is still a friendly place to live, if you like living in a small city. And I take offence at Troy being called Troylet.
Though people come and go now here in South Troy, there is still a sense of the old days, with so many die hard South Troy folks still living here (my age and older). South Troy is still home to so many of us that have lived here for so long. There are also so many loyal people that believe in Troy, that are trying to maintain or start a new business here, and I commend them, as Troy NY needs to be a Thriving city again, just like in the old days.
We all somehow need to come together to make South Troy, the place it really was before. We gotta take back our city! So that we can make those special memories for our kids!
Troy Ny is a really historic city, and was known as the Collar City, and it still is, just not so much anymore. People don't care about history anymore.... Troy NY had so many important notable people, who have shaped this city in one way or another. Dick Van der Heyden was said to be one of the first settlers here in Troy in 1707, W. & L.E. Gurley, Co. makers of presison insrtuments. There was Uncle Sam ( Sam Wilson,who is our National symbol ), Henry Burden ( detachable shirt collar,then he was known for the arrow shirt factory), the Van Rensselear family founder of ( RPI collage & Emma Willard school), The first Baseball team to call Troy, home was, the Troy Haymakers. Troy has been almost destroyed by fire 3 times, the first worst fire in 1862. This is just to name a few, there are so many more people that have shaped the history for this city. Such a rich history that Troy has had.
. And I think about just walking down the streets looking at all the old buildings! The architecture is so beautiful and detailed on many houses and buildings. And imagining all the the many buildings that have been torn down in the past, for one reason or another. And places that have gone out of business, such as the 5 and dime stores. Woolworths & Stanleys to name a few. Mike's Submarines, The old Coffee Time , Jack In The box, Food Circus, Firehouse Tavern, Debonis Bar ( oh I remember lots of fun times there).
Oh and let us not forget the Proctors Theater, which has sat vacant for many years now, and is in really bad shape. (Update on Proctors), They have been renovating it and the outside looks great. I watched many of good movies there back in the day. I can remember when at times the line to get into the movie theater was a block long, so you wanted to get there early. And the only really good pizza parlors left in Troy are, De Fazios and Redfront, Way back when I was little my dad delivered food for Redfront. And he would always bring home a pizza at the end of the night, and even though it was like midnight, he would wake me and my brother up for pizza! , and back then that was a real treat!
Oh and sadly South End Tavern is gone now. I remember when old Dr.Barrett used to go there for lunch when he was out making house calls. Speaking of him. I remember going to his office and the fish tanks, everyone sitting in the waiting room watching TV, and when people would walk in, they would ask who is last. And if it was packed the people would be sitting out in the front hall all the way up the stairway. And it seemed like whatever was wrong with you, he would give you that chocolate flavored medicine and sometimes the one that tasted like grapes. He was a great Doctor. When I drive down 1st. and his old office I still think of him fondly.
I really do appreciate the city that I grew up in, and I still do love it. Just that in itself is enough for me. We can't help the way things change over time. We just have to go with the flow, and make the best of it sometimes. And I get tired of people putting Troy down and calling our city bad names. Our city strives to bring people here, with such things as Chowder fest , Victorian Stroll, concerts in the summer, Troy Night out, which is the last Friday of every month, and many other functions.
So, The South Troy Motto in a "Nut shell', South Troy Against The World! And it still holds true! That is the way it's been, and I hope that is the way it stays for a long time,.