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Spared from battle during the American Revolution, Poughkeepsie became the second capital of New York.
Early on, the city was also a major center for whale rendering, and during the 1800s industry flourished through shipping, hatteries, papermills, and several breweries along the Hudson River, including some owned by Matthew Vassar, founder of Vassar College. The City of Poughkeepsie is in the western part of Dutchess County and is bordered by the Hudson River on the west and by the Town of Poughkeepsie on the north, east and south.
As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,871 people, 12,014 households, and 6,559 families residing in the city. The median income for a household in the city was $29,389, and the median income for a family was $35,779. The area is home to several colleges: Marist, Vassar (one of the Seven Sisters), and Dutchess Community, all of which are in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Poughkeepsie City School District is the public K-12 school system serving approximately 5,000 students. Poughkeepsie sits at the junction of the north-south US 9 and east-west US 44 and NY 55 highways.
Commuter service to New York City is available by train, served by the MTA's Metro-North Railroad, the city being the northern terminus of Metro-North's Hudson Line. The Mid-Hudson Bridge, opened in 1930, carries US 44 and NY 55 across the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland.
In nearby Wappingers Falls, the Dutchess County Airport services local commuter flights and general aviation.
City of Poughkeepsie Transit, operated by the City, operates five mostly unidirectional loop routes throughout the city, town, and into Hyde Park. Dutchess County LOOP, operated by Dutchess County, travels throughout Dutchess County and also serves as the main link to the Route 9 corridor including Poughkeepsie Galleria and South Hills Mall. Both services have a quasi-hub at the intersection of Main and Market streets, adjacent to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and at the west end of the former pedestrian-only Main Mall; the Mall was removed in 2001, with those blocks being restored back to traffic and to the name Main Street. IBM has a large campus in Poughkeepsie, once referred to as IBM's "Main Plant," although this facility is actually in the Town of Poughkeepsie, and much of the workforce has been moved elsewhere in the company (2008). Poughkeepsie is home to the Hudson Valley Bears, who are one of four founding members of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL). The Hudson Valley Renegades are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Hudson Valley Hawks is a team in the newly formed National Professional Basketball League.
The Hudson Valley Highlanders of the North American Football League play their home games at Dietz Stadium in nearby Kingston.
Poughkeepsie also hosted a founding member of the North Eastern Hockey League (NEHL) with the formation of the Poughkeepsie Panthers in 2003. The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, located near Main and Market Streets, is a theater which has an array of music, drama, dance and film events. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center, located down the street from the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, hosts concerts, professional wrestling, trade shows, and has an ice rink next door for hockey events. The Chance, located at 6 Crannell Street in downtown Poughkeepsie, hosts live rock concerts with local as well as major artists.
The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 15,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares.
Albert Shahinian Fine Art, 198 Main Street, shows and sells original and contemporary regional art, Hudson River art, ceramics, and sculptures. The Barrett Art Center at 55 Noxon Street offers exhibits, art classes, lectures and demonstrations focused on the visual arts.
Locust Grove, the home of Samuel Morse and a National Historic Landmark, features representative paintings by Morse, as well as historically important examples of telegraph technology.
The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water Street, serves the city and region as an educational resource center, family destination and tourist attraction. The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center at 9 and 12 Vassar Street provides venues for both professional and amateur artists to showcase their talent in music, dance, and the visual arts. Bananas is a comedy club that presents comedians such as Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Patrice O'Neal, and Nick DiPaolo. Josh Billings, pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw, famous American humorist of the mid-to-late 19th cent. Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the Morse code, made his home in Poughkeepsie from 1847 until his death in 1872. Elizabeth (Lee) Miller, fashion model, photographer and World War II correspondent, was born in 1907 in Poughkeepsie and grew up there. Billy Name, photographer, filmmaker, artist and Andy Warhol collaborator, was born and lives in the city.
Kendall Francois, prolific serial killer and Arlington Middle School hall monitor lived and operated in Poughkeepsie. Homer Augustus Nelson, lawyer, congressman, Secretary of State of New York and colonel in the Union Army, was from Poughkeepsie.

Eleven Major League Baseball players were born in Poughkeepsie: Frank Bahret (1858), Frank Beck (1860), Bill Daley (1868), Buttons Briggs (1875), Elmer Steele (1886), Mickey McDermott (1929), Fred Lasher (1941), Tommy Boggs (1955), Ricky Horton (1959), Frank Cimorelli (1968), and Jeff Pierce (1969). Bill Duke, actor and film director, was born in Poughkeepsie and attended Dutchess Community College. Jonathan Idema, a self-proclaimed counter-terrorism expert and covert operations specialist who partially served a sentence in the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Afghanistan before being pardoned by Hamid Karzai, was born in the town. Ignatius Green, better known as Parkchester Iglet, was actually born in Poughkeepsie before relocating to the Bronx. In the movie Here Come the Waves, Betty Hutton performs a song called "There's a Fella Waiting in Poughkeepsie," also recorded by The Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby. In the movie The French Connection, Gene Hackman's character Detective Popeye Doyle asks a meaningless question about "picking your feet in Poughkeepsie" as an interrogation tactic to throw a suspect off his guard.
The 2008 horror movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes revolves around a fictional serial killer from Poughkeepsie. In the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, one of the teams that competes in the tourney (and is ultimately eliminated in the semifinals) is The Poughkeepsie Flying Squirrels. In Superman, The Movie, Poughkeepsie is mentioned as one of the stops of a departing train. In Night At The Museum, the Teddy Roosevelt figure (Robin Williams) confesses, "I'm not Teddy Roosevelt.
In the movie Sex and the City, the pudding that Charlotte eats while in Mexico is "made in Poughkeepise", making it the only safe thing to eat. An episode of Friends was entitled "The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie." Ross Geller, while on a train going upstate, met a girl from Poughkeepsie. The Ally McBeal character John Cage used to mumble 'Poughkeepsie' when he was nervous, eventually having to explain to his co-workers that it was a city in New York. In an episode of Mad Men, Don Draper trips and falls while reading a 1960 Mother's Day issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal. In an episode of the NBC series Heroes entitled One of Us, One of Them one of the episode's main plot lines takes place in a bank in Poughkeepsie, although not filmed in Poughkeepsie. Batteries Not Included recorded a song in 1980 titled "Poughkeepsie City of Sin," which was a minor local hit. The rock band Strata wrote a song titled "Poughkeepsie, NY" for their "Presents the End of the World" album. The Broadway musical The Wild Party makes reference to Poughkeepsie in the song, "The Lights of Broadway". In the stage play and movie Fiddler on the Roof, Poughkeepsie is the destination of Lazar Wolf when all the inhabitants of Tevye are forced to leave at the end.
Metro-Northa€™s Port Jervis line offers a direct connection to Hoboken, New Jersey,from the Salisbury Mills Station. Metro-Northa€™s Hudson line provides a direct link to Grand Central Station in New York City from the Beacon Station.
Contact Metro-North (1 800 638-7646) or Leprechaun Bus Lines: (1 800 MAGIC-17 or 845 565-7900) for more information. Leprechaun Bus Lines provides service between the New York State Department of Transportationa€™s Park and Ride Lot on Route 17K and Stewart International Airport.
For service to and from: Rosendale, New Paltz, Highland, Poughkeepsie Train Station with Metro North Train service to Grand Centeral. It was founded in 1687 by his son, Baltus Barent van Kleeck, who built the first house of record there in 1702. In 1788 the Ratification Convention for New York State, which included Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and George Clinton, assembled at the courthouse on Market Street, debated and ratified the United States Constitution. Due to the area’s natural beauty and proximity to New York City, families such as the Astors, Rogers, and Vanderbilts built palatial weekend homes nearby. Amtrak also services the Poughkeepsie station, along the Hudson River south to New York City's Pennsylvania Station and north along the river to Albany-Rensselaer station and points further north and west; Amtrak trains serving Poughkeepsie are the Adirondack, Empire Service, and Maple Leaf.
The Poughkeepsie Bridge opened in 1888 to carry railroad traffic across the Hudson, but has remained unused since a 1974 fire damaged its decking. Other buses serving this area include Adirondack Trailways, ShortLine, commuter runs to White Plains, and a shuttle to New Paltz.
The team is a member of the New York - Penn League, and play at Dutchess Stadium in nearby Fishkill. However, due to financial problems the team only played for one season, and became the Connecticut Cougars the following year. Twice yearly it presents nationally acclaimed shows, juried by curators of notable museums.
Baratta, who was associated with the ouster of counter-culture activist Timothy Leary from a Millbrook estate.
It was played annually by radio station WPDH (101.5 FM) as #1,015 on their Top 1,015 Rock Songs of all Time countdown. And sometimes I'll just wander the globe on Google Earth, looking for new places to visit and possibly live.

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Leprechaun Bus Lines provides frequent and inexpensive connections from the Beacon Station to Stewart.
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The community was set off from the Town of Poughkeepsie when it became an incorporated village in 1799. With its ratification, New York entered the new union as the eleventh of the original thirteen colonies to join together as the United States of America. The city is also home to the oldest continuously operating entertainment venue in the state, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (see below). A local group (Walkway Over The Hudson) has raised enough money to convert the bridge into a unique linear park connecting rail trails on both side of the Hudson River.
It also operates Barrett Clay Works at 485 Main Street, with studio spaces for individual artists, and a street level space devoted to instruction in various methods of "working clay" for children through seniors. Mexico comes to Main Street: Mexican immigration and urban revitalization in Poughkeepsie, NY. In fact, I was surprised to see that a number of Hudson Valley towns were pretty mean looking. Also, I worked as a landscaper at Mohonk for three summers during college and spent a good amount of time partying in NP. Poughkeepsie is known as "The Queen City of the Hudson." During the late 1980s through the late 1990s Poughkeepsie suffered from severe economic and social turmoil, serving as a symbol for urban decay in the Hudson Valley.
Gordon Liddy, later a key figure in the Watergate Scandal, was the arresting prosecutor who was employed by Judge Baratta. The meanest is Newburgh, yet has some amazing houses that are in various states of disrepair. Outside of municipal designations, the City and Town of Poughkeepsie are generally viewed as a single place, and are commonly referred to as Poughkeepsie, with a current combined population of approximately 75,000. Ironically, my family lived in and caused some pretty compelling history in this area 250 years ago. The last time I was there all of the surrounding streets were now metered parking and there was a 4 story parking garage built to accommodate all of the commuter traffic taking Metro North.
New Paltz is a fascinating town, with a 350-year history and yet has a modern college campus -- one of four SUNY colleges in Greater New York. Every 30 minutes during rush hours and roughly hourly off-peak, there is a Trailways bus to New York City's Port Authority terminal on Manhattan. Plus there is a local transit system provided by the Ulster County Department of Public Transportation. It has a dozen routes including 7-days-per-week bus service to the downtown Poughkeepsie bus hub (served by the City of Poughkeepsie Transit System) as well as to the train station, with buses roughly every half-hour during rush hours. The gatehouse was the entrance for the next place we will visit -- Mohonk Mountain House -- one of the most beautiful places in the world (IMHO!).
It was closed to rail traffic after a 1974 fire, and reopened in 2009 as the Walkway Over The Hudson.
Sorry to resort to streetviews, but this is Union Street between the riverfront railroad station and the heart of the 20th century-era business district.
This is the train station, with trains every few minutes to NYC during rush hours and hourly off peak until midnight. But in case you still don't understand, I have a distant yet personal attachment to this area. It goes back 250 years to my 5x great grandfather William Prendergast who came to America in 1748 from Wexford, Ireland.
He built this tenant farmhouse in Pawling at the bottom of Quaker Hill in the 1750s, later sold it to another Irish protestant named John Kane who supported William in leading a 500- to 2,000-man armed rent rebellion in 1766 that forced the British to use troops against the colonists for the first time. After my 5x great grandfather was sentenced to death for treason, imprisoned in the Dutchess County jail in Poughkeepsie, saved by his wife, pardoned by King George III, and then the Revolutionary War started.
During the war, this house was ordered seized by a Committee of Correspondence in Albany since Kane was a loyalist (as was William, who had moved into a newer farmhouse across the street).

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