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Kristoph DiMaria

About Me
My name is Kristoph DiMaria, and I am a ragliacci. I love living in Troy, New York because it's a volatile river city flooding its fertile banks with doers, makers, shakers, and shapers—Victorian architecture meets contemporary conscious society. There's great quality and variety in cuisine, music, art, activism, and more/less
You have to go to
The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Here's one fun activity you can do
Have a picnic in Oakwood Cemetery at sunset.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
The Ruck. It's where all roads lead at the night's end. It's a local pub open until 4:00 a.m. every day, with a deliciously satisfying late night kitchen— 1:00 a.m.! Try the wings! There are vegan options too, and no one cares whether you order craft beer, like Hill Farmstead, or a Bud Light. It's where Trojans from all walks of life convene to rabble, revel, level, rebel, and join in the fellowship of citizenry in this wild city.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
Peck's Arcade. Hands down the best meal in the area. 217 Broadway. Casual fine dining with exceptional service composed by renowned chef Nick Ruscitto and his crew from local, sustainable ingredients with creative flair and a vegetable focus. Unique wine list, thoughtfully inventive cocktails, live DJ. Reservations highly recommended.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
1. Get a bicycle.
2. Start your day at the Placid Baker or Psychedelicatessen (or the farmers' market if you're here on a Saturday).
3. After a solid cup of coffee and some baked goods, head down River St. to feast your eyes on some Victorian architecture and circle back up 1st St. to visit the Rensselaer Historical Society.
4. From there, head south and ride through the Washington Park and Little Italy neighborhoods. If you have a chance, Burden Iron Works is a fascinating museum on our industrial history and is situated on the river.
5. The Gasholder Building, hearkening back to our coal-powered days, is a worthy site at 5th and Jefferson and makes a good loop point to head back up north.
6. Rare Form on Congress St. and 4th is a local brew pub and totally worth it.
7. Stop for a midday meal at Carmens, Famous Lunch, Finnbar's, or Ilium Cafe if you're hungry.
8. Shopping at Market Block Books, Troy Cloth & Paper, Forage & Sundry or many of the other retailers can be an adventure, especially if you visit the antique shops peppered throughout downtown.
9. If you head further north after that, you can also stop at Brown's, another local brewpub with a scenic patio overlooking the river. Or ride up River St. even further and visit the Ale House for a pint and head to Capital Roots and the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Their community gardens, multimedia social justice space and proximity to the bike path make it a fun and easy visit.

(Troy Bike Rescue is on the way too if you need a tuneup or want to talk shop).

10. Head over 112th St. and take a nature stroll on Peebles Island where the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers split. See deer, birds, and striking Upstate NY flora. The expansive and captivating Oakwood Cemetery, resting place of Uncle Sam, isn't far away either.
11. Come visit me in Lansingburgh while you're at it!
12.For evening entertainment, I would go to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for its acoustic majesty or see a noise-rock experimental performance at 51 3rd St. Live music at Dinosaur BBQ too on Fridays and Saturdays if you're into the blues/funk/rock scene.

13. Dinner at Peck's Arcade or the Shop, with wine at the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery is the right choice to satisfy, luxuriate, and head into late night revelry if that's your thing.
My extra insider tip for you is
Having a bicycle is definitely the best way to get around. Seek the parks. Meet as many people as you can.
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