Writing for Brownstoner.com for the last four years has resulted in a lot of fans in unexpected places. One of them is Matt Chaban, the new editor of the Real Estate section of the NY Daily News. He contacted me, and asked me to write a piece about somewhere Upstate for their special Fall Preview real estate section. He suggested Hudson, but admitted that it may have been played out. I know very little about Hudson, so I suggested Troy. He thought it was a great idea, and we ran with it.
Thanks to a lot of invaluable help from new friends like Duncan Crary, who put me in touch with all of the people quoted or spoken of in the article, the article was written, edited and re-edited, and then photographed. The News loved my work, and published our Troy story. I never expected it to be such a large story, and I certainly never expected the excitement it generated here in Troy and the Capital District. More on that later.
Here it is: (much easier to read on line, although the print version looks much better)
My name is Suzanne Spellen. I've been many things: a writer, historian, preservationist, musician, traveler, designer, sewer, teacher, and tour guide; a long time Brooklynite and now, a proud resident of Troy, NY.