A Small American City

A Small American City A SMALL AMERICAN CITY podcast is a project by author Duncan Crary. It aims to re-acquaint listeners with small city life in North America through the voices, stories, history and urban fabric of his home city of Troy, New York.

The program features spoken-word essays and intimate conversations with a cast of characters who bring this unusual Hudson River settlement to life. This is not a news program. It is not a talk show. It is a passport into the lives of the people who inhabit a place. You are a welcome eavesdropper. And so at first, you may be unfamiliar with and disoriented by some of the names you hear along the w

The program features spoken-word essays and intimate conversations with a cast of characters who bring this unusual Hudson River settlement to life. This is not a news program. It is not a talk show. It is a passport into the lives of the people who inhabit a place. You are a welcome eavesdropper. And so at first, you may be unfamiliar with and disoriented by some of the names you hear along the w

Operating as usual

01/04/2020
Enjoy Troy Co.

A new myth & video from Troy, with Enjoy Troy Co. & this podcast.

NEW: ENJOY TROY DAY VIDEO 2020
Any Old Shoe Will Do, And Oh So Many Crows!

In anticipation of our annual celebration to start the New Year in Troy, this year on Enjoy Troy Day (eve), Enjoy Troy Co. writer-in-residence, Duncan Crary and his team of mirth makers has created a new custom out-of-old. Have a watch and join us this Sunday Jan. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Footsy Magoo's, 17 First St. in Downtown Troy.

MODERN MYTH OF TROY
A Small American City

There is a small American City way up the Hudson River that was not always named Troy.

Before it had this name it had another and another.

Until one night, many years ago, when on the evening of January the Fifth, the people of this place met at a tavern — as they often did and still do today — and decided upon a new name, but yet a very old name from far far away.

And on that eve and on the evening of every January the fifth from that day on, anyone living in this place who leaves a shoe outside their door, any old shoe will do, will find it full of most wondrous tchotchkes and coins as they awake the next morning.

These gifts are left by The Forest Folk, who come in many guises and have many names around the world, in places new and old. In this place, now known as Troy, they come down from the hills, followed closely by the crows. And who can forget the crows? Oh so many crows!

So long as the people continue to gather in taverns and agree to the name, this place shall forever be known as TROY and any shoes ‘twas left out the night before will be filled with bounty to enjoy in Troy on January the Sixth.

[Please note: The Forest Folk fill shoes in exactly the same manner as your stockings are filled by Santa, also a native of Troy, NY.]

CREDITS:

Story by Duncan Crary

Narration by Steve Ridler

CAST

Emily Menn - Forest Folk 1

Neil Wahab - Forest Folk 2

Anasha Cummings - Forest Folk 3

CREW

Costumes by Emily Menn, Golden Bough Design

Photography by Erin Pihlaja

Video Editing by Anasha Cummings, ACDC Static

THE ART OF SMALL CITY PR & SPECTACLEDuncan Crary, creator of A Small American City podcast, will be teaching a two-day c...
03/07/2017
duncancrary.com » TROY TUB-THUMPER TEACHES THE ART OF SMALL CITY PR & MAKING SPECTACLE

THE ART OF SMALL CITY PR & SPECTACLE

Duncan Crary, creator of A Small American City podcast, will be teaching a two-day course on New Urbanist-styled publicity techniques to promote small city living and small business. The class will be held on March 30 & 31 at FlowerSchool New York in Manhattan.

Details:

http://duncancrary.com/news/2017/03/04/troy-tub-thumper-teaches-the-art-of-small-city-pr-making-spectacle/

A SMALL AMERICAN CITY RECRUITS NEW RESIDENTSThe New Urbanists Commit to Troy The Times Union has a wonderful article tod...
01/15/2015

A SMALL AMERICAN CITY RECRUITS NEW RESIDENTS
The New Urbanists Commit to Troy

The Times Union has a wonderful article today about a group of four young professionals looking to relocate their business (and lives) to Troy, NY. Three of the four studied architecture at the University at Miami under the guidance of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, one of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Liz is a partner, along with Andres Duany in DPZ, a famous New Urbanist design firm.

This team -- consisting of Kyle Engstrom, Gaciela Monroy, Brendan Tateo and Kim Kullmer – started visiting Troy after listening to my podcast series, A Small American City. Over the years, I’ve had a steady stream of New Urbanist architects and planners swing by Troy to check out the place after hearing me describe it... But these are the first (hopefully of many) who are looking to relocate here and get to work re-introducing some of the traditional design concepts underlying Troy's urban fabric and pattern language.

I am very proud of that. And I welcome some reinforcements who are familiar with Jane Jacobs, Leon Krier, Duany et al. on urban planning and architectural issues. They are genuine and enthusiastic people and I hope to soon call them neighbors.

They are not actually “Brooklynites,” as the article refers to them. They hail from around the country and moved to Brooklyn briefly after college. But they’ve been searching for a smaller-scaled community where they can live, work, play and contribute and naturally their first visit to Troy was love at first sight.

I’ve had several conversations with them about Troy, toured them around town and through many spacers and introduced them to many of the folks up here.

I’m also proud that our community efforts to better publicize the foreclosure properties for sale in Troy this year resulted in this sealed BID application for two buildings in Little Italy. That was a true team effort among citizens. I’ve reviewed their application and supplied a letter of reference. I truly hope their bid is chosen by the selection panel. Hopefully you’ll be reading more about this crew as their story unfolds. We’re just getting started.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Something-special-about-Troy-Brooklynites-say-6016210.php

SAC #03: enjoy troy. UPDATEWell it took us a while. But we finally launched the Enjoy Troy Co. blog and website (You may...
10/29/2014
Enjoy Troy

SAC #03: enjoy troy. UPDATE

Well it took us a while. But we finally launched the Enjoy Troy Co. blog and website (You may remember eons ago when Tom, Linda and Duncan were discussing this project on A Small American City episode #3). You can check out their project here.

http://enjoytroy.us/

Welcome to the official online store of the Enjoy Troy Company. Here you can buy several of our enjoy troy. products. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, or if you’d like to save on postage, come to Downtown Troy, New York! We offer an even wider array of enjoy troy. items in Artcentric Galle…

TROY IS… AMERICAN BRIGADOONEven Saratogians are starting to get hip to the idea that Troy, NY has the “it factor.”Nearly...
03/04/2014
Troy Story: Renovations and Entrepreneurial Spirit turn Troy into Ideal Urban Center: An...

TROY IS… AMERICAN BRIGADOON

Even Saratogians are starting to get hip to the idea that Troy, NY has the “it factor.”

Nearly the whole cast of A Small American City (so far) makes an appearance in this Troy Story.

(“Be easy and free,” the city said to me. “Come sit, and drink for a spell in good company. Add a drop of your worries to the dram, lad. For you’ve found it… your own American Brigadoon.”)

http://www.teakwoodbuilders.com/eye-on-design/troy-story-renovations-and-entrepeneural-spirit-turn-troy-into-ideal-urban-center-a-small-american-city-in-upstate-new-york

From the roof of The Hudson, the Teakwood team observed all sorts of “it-factor” happening in a city which they had grown up knowing as “The Troylet.”

THE DESTINY OF TROY'S BUILT ENVIRONMENTA Small American City host Duncan Crary tackles a proposal to redevelop the heart...
02/13/2014
Soapbox: Expecting better for the One Monument Square redevelopment | All Over Albany

THE DESTINY OF TROY'S BUILT ENVIRONMENT

A Small American City host Duncan Crary tackles a proposal to redevelop the heart of Troy, New York.

http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2014/02/13/soapbox-expecting-better-for-one-monument-square

Earlier this month the city of Troy announced that it had selected a redevelopment plan for the vacant Monument Square lot, the site of the former city hall. It's a prime piece of land offering a lot of possibilities. But Duncan Crary -- a Troy resident and urban design observer -- argues the curren...

A SMALL AMERICAN CITY WITH A BIG HEARTThe little city of Troy and its cast of characters (including A Small American Cit...
12/24/2013
A Case of Naughty v. Nice?

A SMALL AMERICAN CITY WITH A BIG HEART

The little city of Troy and its cast of characters (including A Small American City host Duncan Crary) are in the largest circulation newspaper in America today, spreading our Christmas mirth. Check it out! You'll recognize some folks from previous episodes. (more great episodes are on the way -- they've already been recorded -- it's just been VERY busy here in Troy lately).

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A Case of Naughty v. Nice?

By Joanne Kaufman
Dec. 23, 2013 4:34 p.m. ET
Wall Street Journal

Troy, N.Y.

'Twas the week before Christmas and 500 spectators packed the Rensselaer County Courthouse for a mock trial to establish who really wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Read more...

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579272692421449588#articleTabs%3Dcomments

A mock trial examines the evidence for the authorship of a beloved Christmas poem.

NATIONAL NEWS COVERAGENBC News (National) has a piece about an upcoming holiday mock trial, being put on in Troy by A Sm...
12/17/2013
'Twas the trial before Christmas: Who really wrote the famous poem?

NATIONAL NEWS COVERAGE

NBC News (National) has a piece about an upcoming holiday mock trial, being put on in Troy by A Small American City host Duncan Crary. The trial will be filmed for an upcoming podcast episode. Expect a teaser on the podcast feed later tonight (or tomorrow).

"'Twas the trial before Christmas: Who really wrote the famous poem?"

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/13/21891649-twas-the-trial-before-christmas-who-really-wrote-the-famous-poem

Nearly 200 years after an anonymous poet described a

UPCOMING SAC EPISODE:SANTA IS FROM TROY, NYAn upcoming episode of A Small American City will feature a live recorded moc...
12/06/2013
'Night Before' poem on trial

UPCOMING SAC EPISODE:
SANTA IS FROM TROY, NY

An upcoming episode of A Small American City will feature a live recorded mock trial to determine who really wrote the beloved holiday poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," which was published for the first time ever in Troy NY in 1823.

During the trial, attorneys E. Stewart Jones Jr. (episode #08) and Jack Casey (episode 01) will square off to determine the literal truth.

The plan is to record this with video cameras to produce a video podcast episode.


http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Night-Before-poem-on-trial-5039529.php

The ginger-haired impresario, who has brought all manner of merriment and boosterish shenanigans to the Collar City, is planning an outsized holiday production. He's putting on trial the disputed authorship of the iconic Christmas poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," popularly known as "The Night Bef...

RE-DEDICATION OF JAMES CONNOLLY MONUMENT IN TROY - NOV. 1--------------------------------The Honorable Ambassador Consul...
11/01/2013

RE-DEDICATION OF JAMES CONNOLLY
MONUMENT IN TROY - NOV. 1
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The Honorable Ambassador Consul General of Ireland Noel Kilkenny came to Troy, NY today to re-dedicate the statue of James Connolly. While at the ceremony, I had a chance to catch up with my pal Jim Devine, the Belfast-native-turned Troy labor organizer, who erected that monument back in 1986. You can hear Jim tell the whole story of James Connolly in Troy, and the process of erecting the monument here:

A Small American City #06: James Connolly
http://asmallamericancity.com/podcast-episode/06-james-connolly/

-------------------------TROY MAKES NY DAILY NEWS-------------------------(I was just recording some amazing material la...
10/04/2013
A wave of renovation is removing Troy's Rust Belt decay to open the way for new urban economy...

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TROY MAKES NY DAILY NEWS
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(I was just recording some amazing material last for the next installment of "A Small American City" podcast. In the meantime...)

There's a great article in today's New York Daily News about Troy, NY.

It's written by Suzanne Spellen, who is better known as the columnist "Montrose Morris" on the blog Brownstoner.com. Though she continues to write for Brownstoner, Spellen moved to Troy last year and I've been introducing her to the gang here in town.

Be sure to pick up the print copy, which uses slightly different images and has a terrific layout.

Congratulations to my friends, clients and neighbors featured in this piece: Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine (Lucas Confectionery); Kathleen Tesnakis (eko logic); Jeff Buell, Chris Colwell & David Hubbard (9 First Street), Monica Kurzejeski & Mayor Lou Rosamilia (City of Troy) & Kevin Bette (First Columbia).

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/urban-renovations-uncover-riches-troy-article-1.1472989 — at Lucas Confectionery.

A new generation of urban entrepreneurs is discovering opportunities here.

SAC #08 AS AN ACTUAL TROLLEY TOUR...WITH BOOZETickets are now on sale for the All Over Albany Historic Bad Boys, Broads ...
09/19/2013
The AOA Historic Bad Boys, Broads and Bootleggers Tour 2 | All Over Albany

SAC #08 AS AN ACTUAL TROLLEY TOUR...
WITH BOOZE

Tickets are now on sale for the All Over Albany Historic Bad Boys, Broads and Bootleggers Tour 2, led by A Small American City Host Duncan Crary.

This is like being on a trolley tour of SAC #08 ... with booze. Seriously, we had a blast last time we did this sold out tour. And this time we've added a new very cool stop... The Malt Room at Brown's Brewing Co.

Get your ticket soon, cause they sell out fast.


http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2013/09/18/bad-boys-broads-and-bootleggers-tour-2

Back in August we held the first Bad Boys, Broads and Bootleggers Tour. And everyone had a good time. Well, everyone who got to go, that is.

------------------------------20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF "THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE" ENDORSES TROY, NY AS NOTABLE SMALL ...
09/17/2013

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20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF
"THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE"
ENDORSES TROY, NY AS NOTABLE
SMALL AMERICAN CITY
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The 20th anniversary e-edition of James Howard Kunstler's landmark book, "The Geography of Nowhere," is now available in Kindle and Nook editions. Kunstler was the first guest in the pilot episode of " A Small American City."

Previously unavailable in electronic format, this updated edition of "The Geography of Nowhere" includes a new introduction by the author in which he endorses Troy, New York as one of the nation's walkable urban, human habitats that will become one of the places "that we can call 'home' without irony or regret."

You can read the entire new intro, and purchase the book on Amazon, here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F7OM1HE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00F7OM1HE&linkCode=as2&tag=thekuns-20

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09/02/2013
The KunstlerCast: How One Podcast Becomes Two

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NEW WRITE UP OF "A SMALL AMERICAN CITY"
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There's a new, positive writeup of "A Small American City" podcast in "The Evening Paper" zine. The profile tells the story of how Duncan Crary went from producing a weekly podcast with James Howard Kunstler to Producing SAC.

P.S. New episodes are in the works. (As this profile mentions, SAC episodes feature very involved production.)


http://theeveningpaper.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/the-kunstlercast-how-one-podcast-becomes-two/

Podcasting relationships are like any other: they fade in time. For four years, James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary co-hosted the KunstlerCast: A Tragic Comedy of Suburban Sprawl. Each episode f...

07/16/2013
http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2013/07/16/aoas-historic-bad-boys-booze-and-broads-tour

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HOST DUNCAN CRARY TO LEAD BADBOYS, BOOZE & BROADS TOUR - ALBANY - TROY - COHOES - AUG. 7
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Join A Small American City Host Duncan Crary on a wild tour through our region's imfamous history of notorious gangsters, bootleggers, bosses and madams.

Hosted by All Over Albany.

More information and tickets for sale here:


http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2013/07/16/aoas-historic-bad-boys-booze-and-broads-tour

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07/03/2013
Lawyers’ Row | A Small American City

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A SMALL AMERICAN CITY #08: LAWYERS' ROW
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TROY, N.Y. — They say history doesn’t actually repeat. But it rhymes. Host Duncan Crary and Troy Attorney E. Stewart Jones, Jr. share a family legacy that binds them one of America’s most notorious Prohibition Era gangsters, Jack “Legs” Diamond.

Crary’s great-grandfather, John, was the New York Sun correspondent assigned to cover Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s statewide roundup of the Diamond Gang. Jones’ grandfather, Abbott, was the attorney who represented Legs in an infamous Troy trial on the last night of the gangster’s life. Today, Crary and Jones carry on their ancestors’ work in the same trades, in the same city.

In this installment of A Small American City, Jones speaks to Crary about the history of the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm and the legal profession. As one of the pre-eminent lawyers in New York State, Jones has worked on some of the most high profile cases in the region. But with notoriety comes criticism, and Jones has received his share of stares, glares and outrage for his criminal defense work.

Because he works in a small city where its denizens are more accessible, it’s not always easy to avoid confrontation when he’s out on the town. For the most part, though, he says the public respects the role he plays in society… And if his critics ever found themselves in the position his clients are in, you better believe they’d want him representing them.

Play/Download:
(24 MB | 30:01)

Direct Stream: http://traffic.libsyn.com/asmallamericancity/SAC_08.mp3

On the SAC website:
http://asmallamericancity.com/podcast-episode/lawyers-row/

On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/asmallamericancity/app_282096688512542

Or check iTunes or Stitcher.

MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE

“Ring E. Stewart Jones” by Jack Casey (satire based on “Ring of Fire,” by Johnny Cash).

“A Boy Named Stew” by Jack Casey (satire based on “A Boy Named Sue,” by Johnny Cash).

TROY, N.Y. — They say history doesn’t actually repeat. But it rhymes. Host Duncan Crary and Troy Attorney E. Stewart Jones, Jr. share a family legacy that binds them one of America’s most notorious Prohibition Era gangsters, Jack “Legs” Diamond.

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