Poughkeepsie is one of the oldest cities in the Hudson Valley, with roots going back to the Dutch colonial era.
Today, Poughkeepsie is a diverse town and city with a mix of leafy suburbs, mixed-use downtown areas, college campuses and high-tech corporate parks housing companies such as IBM, which has long had key production facilities in the Poughkeepsie area. Poughkeepsie’s long history has given the city one of the region’s broadest mixes of housing. Rental apartments, condos, townhouses, single-family homes and grand Victorians overlooking the river – whatever your age, lifestyle or price point, Poughkeepsie probably has the home of your dreams.
Poughkeepsie has an especially rich architectural legacy, much of which has been well preserved over the decades. More than 80 buildings and neighborhoods have been listed on the National Register of historic places. The styles range from Colonial Revival and Gothic Revival to ornately detailed and decorated Victorian and Queen Anne homes.
When it’s time to play, Poughkeepsie is the place to be in the Hudson Valley.
The city is home to concert halls, theaters, shops, nightclubs, sports venues and a fast-growing restaurant scene. The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the oldest continuously operating entertainment venue in New York, offers music, drama, dance and films. It is also the home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center hosts concerts, trade shows and other events. There is an ice rink next door.
Poughkeepsie, known as “The Queen City of the Hudson,” has a lively nightlife, with numerous restaurants and clubs catering to a wide variety of ages and interests. The Chance hosts live rock concerts, Bananas is a decades-old comedy club and other venues cater to other tastes.
People who enjoy the outdoors will love Poughkeepsie, which is located at the heart of the Hudson Valley. Numerous nearby state, county and private parks and preserves provide trails, ball fields, activities. The Hudson River is popular with sailors, kayakers and fishermen. The distinctive truss bridge now is a popular public walkway providing stunning views from 200 feet above the Hudson River.
When it’s time to go shopping Poughkeepsie still is the place to be, with numerous shopping centers and regional malls on the outskirts of town.
Children living in the city of Poughkeepsie attend a public K-12 school system serving approximately 5,000 students. Youngsters residing in the town of Poughkeepsie are served by the Arlington, Spackenkill, Wappingers and Hyde Park districts. Vassar College, Dutchess Community College and Marist College are located in the town of Poughkeepsie.
Poughkeepsie – It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family.