17 July 2008

Lost City: Troy, NY, Edition: Jimmy's Lunch


Jimmy's Lunch. In lonely old Troy, NY, which once processed the nation's steel, shirt collars, bells and liquor, and guided its tugboats up the Erie Canal. Borders Congress Street and an alley, giving it a shady, marginal category. The neon "Open" sign is placed at an angle, as if to beckon would-be customers down on busy nearby 4th Avenue, blocked only by the American flag. Inside, it is on the dark side. No light is wasted. The air seems to be akin to syrup, so slowly do people move. You can hear the dust settle. No rat race here. Just cheap lunch plates. Breakfast for $1.95. Jimmy's "Fine Food," as the sign says.

5 comments:

Erica said...

Cool and old-timey. Kind of reminds me of the corner on Prospect Park West and 16th Street where Farrell's is.

ken mac said...

how does one get to Troy from Manhattan?

Anonymous said...

Ken mac, I had the same thought after looking at these photos....how do I get there from NYC? Check out this article from the NY Times archives:

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/04/07/travel/escapes/07trip.html

Brooks of Sheffield said...

You have to drive, basically. The NY Thruway is quickest. Amtrak does stop in Rensselaer, which is the small city just to the south.

Marc P said...

Jimmy's ain't the only old school place in town... Stop by on the last friday of every month for Troy Night Out! www.troynightout.com