Ride Bikes with the Mayor / Freedom Square Free concert / Mouth-Watering Specials


Thurs. Sept. 18 to Sun. Sept. 21 Take the challenge!

Anonymous Donor Puts Up Long Green for Bike Racks
Ride with the Mayor: noon Thurs. 10/2 from Monument Square
A heartfelt donor came back from health problems by riding a bike, and wanted to give something back at the same time as he showed others a key to health— exercise.

Our anonymous donor put up $1000 for bike racks for Troy. “Troy has none!” he moaned. “Get some already! You want people should just flop their bikes on the sidewalk? What is this, third grade!???!?”

The details were quickly dumped on Andrea Davis, who doesn’t have enough to do already. She is hunting down matching funds so we have more reach with this generosity, plus figuring out who and how and all the other questions.

Here’s the skinny— We need 50 people to ride their bike to work or school for a week, starting with the PreRamble Festival on September 27. Email Andrea at diyRestoreit@gmail.com to register, or stop by the Transport Troy table at the Farmer’s Market. You’ll get a chance for a free kayak paddle at the PreRamble when you sign up. Plus a 45 minute ride with Mayor Lou Rosamilia on 10/2!


PreRamble 2  Sept. 27

  • Free Helmets for Kids
  • Bike Safety Course
  • Free Bike Tuneups
  • Walking and Biking Tours of Washington Park, the Burden Iron Works Museum and the New Riverfront Trail

Upstate Kayak Rentals will bring their boats to the Troy Boat Launch at Ingalls Ave for the PreRamble 2.  Rent a boat for $10 an hourStoryHarvest:  Finishing up with Free Concerts at Freedom Square


StoryHarvest 3:30-6 September 27 at Freedom Square

Free concert featuring Nation Beat plus Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra
Chef’s Consortium prepares healthy food for a free community meal

How many different ways can you say free in one story? But it’s all wonderful and all free!

Help out w/ food donations: have extra fruit or veggies from your garden? Bring them to the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave N. Troy, Fri., 9/26 noon-4 or Sat. 9/27 from 8am-noon.


New Breakfast Special: Desayuno de Reyes

And this Desayuno (breakfast) is sure fit for a Rey (that’s king!
Two Eggs Over, topped with Pico (diced pickled peppers, but that’s another story for bedtime) on Veggie Hash, with sides of Croquettas and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Then jazz it up with a Cuban Coffee— a Cortado!


¡Lunch! We make it great, fresh cooked and tasty!

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand— pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread


Check out our full menu!

Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board


—Tapas Friday

Gambas al Ajillo Grilled Jumbo Shrimp in a garlic and wine sauce over cous cous

Braised Beef Short Ribs over mashed potatoes

Pernil Pulled Pork over saffron rice w/chimichurri sauce

Mejillones en Salsa Verde Mussels sauteed in a garlic-parsley green sauce

Collar City Ramble Benefit On Friday, August 30 Troy Night Out

Collar City Ramble Benefit

Michael Century

On Friday, August 30, Michael Century will perform on piano and accordion at a benefit for the Collar City Ramble at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street in Troy.  He will be accompanied by James Hanford (violin) and Kimberley Dolanski (voice)

The cover charge of $5 will benefit The Ramble.  A collection will also be taken to support alternative transportation in Troy.

Performances will start at 6 and 8pm (separate admission).  For reservations call (518) 326-2064 (strongly recommended).

6pm:  Piano solos including Century originals and light classics, pop and jazz; then violin and piano with James Hanford performing Piazzolla, klezmer and Balkan folk tunes, Ravel, and Strauss

8pm: Kimberley Dolanski interprets a full set of George Gershwin and Cole Porter classics, with Century closing on solo accordion

Tapas Specials / Collar City Ramble

We smoke our own Chorizo, fresh and natural—
no chemicals or preservatives added!


Wouldn’t a nice splash of Sangria go down smooth right about now?
(also available in NA versions)
Try our superb selection of Wines & Beers!

Tapas Menu for Friday, August 9

 Cuban Meat Loaf
w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Veggie

Roast Chicken
w/ Brown Rice & Beans

Shrimp in Coriander Cream Sauce
Over Rice & Veggies

Hummus Trio
served w/ Crudité & Grilled Pita

Interested in Walking/Biking Trails in Troy?


Carmen’s is happy to support the Collar City Ramble
Recreation and Alternate Transportation Trail
Read more about it at

Mark your calendar for
Michael Century’s
Collar City Ramble Benefit
w/ Kimberly Dolansky & James Hanford
Playing  Classics & Originals: Porter, Gershwin, Glass, Strauss, Ravel, Cage & More!
Friday, August 30

Friday Tapas Specials / Collar City Ramble / Doc Scanlon Trio


Pan Seared Rainbow Trout
w/ Mango-Black Bean Salsa, served over Rice

over Pea and Cauliflower Purée

Grilled Steak w/ Pepper Coulis
and Roasted Red Potatoes

Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs
 w/ Spicy Mango Sauce, served w/ Rice & Beans


Interested in Walking/Biking Trails in Troy?
Carmen’s is happy to support the Collar City Ramble
Recreation and Alternate Transportation Trail
Read more about it at

Friday, July 26:

Doc Scanlon Trio
plays Carmen’s!