All the comments on Troy are accurate in some way. Troy was originally a bustling industrial city and when my mother was in her teens she would often take a bus over to Troy to go shopping. But after the factories started pulling out Troy when on a downhill slide from which it is just starting to recover. I attended RPI (in Troy) for 4 years and spend a lot time there now since most of my friends and my boyfriend chose to stay in Troy after graduating. The city has changed SO much. 5 years ago you couldn’t find a place to get a coffee, now there are numerous coffee shops and restaurants to stop in, along with some cute boutiques, a book store, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and numerous antique shops and art galleries. In fact, Troy is the oldest standing Victorian community in the world, with most of the architecture being the original turn of the century.
If you’re thinking of visiting I strongly suggest you come on the last Friday of the month, known as “Troy Night Out.” All the local shops and restaurants stay open late, as well as the art galleries. Or Checkout the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a concert. It has perfect acoustics and it used by Yo-Yo Ma to record.over 5 years ago