Start your exploration of this collegial college town at the Walkway over the Hudson, a spectacular span high over the river. It gives you great views of the “Queen City on the Hudson,” which has rowhouses and other types of homes you won’t find anywhere else.
Exploring the ‘Queen City’
If you want to see what all the fuss is about Poughkeepsie, just look up. The Walkway over the Hudson attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Since moving to the area, I’ve celebrated many special occasions with a stroll over this former railroad bridge spanning the Hudson River. It’s not just new residents and weekend trippers who love it. Developers have taken note and have started building. It’s an exciting time in Poughkeepsie.
Poughkeepsie is the end of the line, at least when you’re talking about Metro-North’s Hudson River Line. The “Queen City on the Hudson” has everything a major metropolitan area should have, including cultural centers (like the 1869 Bardavon Opera House), must-see museums (like Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum) and two universities (Marist and Vassar). There’s a wide variety of housing stock, including fanciful Victorians and ravishing rowhouses dating from the 19th century. And there are plenty of new residences on the waterfront
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Perhaps my favorite food option is Lola’s Café, beside the stairwell to the Walkway over the Hudson. The menu keeps up with the times, offering classic dishes like chili and chowder alongside newer arrivals like the fried oyster mushroom po’boy. It’s elevated diner fare at its best.
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Below the Walkway over the Hudson is Waryas Park, a ribbon of green that extends along the waterfront. There are several great eateries right off the promenade.
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1. A wide variety of homes. From loft-like apartments intended for artists to rambling houses that are perfect for large families, Poughkeepsie has exactly what you’re looking for. 2. Great neighborhoods. You might fall in love with the Union Street Historic District, where tree-lined streets take you past beautiful brick rowhouses, or the Waterfront District, a newly chic area with luxuries apartment buildings. 3. A growing downtown. It’s exciting the watch former industrial buildings like the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory being transformed into mixed use buildings where people live, shop, and dine.
With two colleges within its borders, Poughkeepsie definitely feels like a college town. Locals take full advantage of all the city has to offer, whether it’s world-class museums like Vassar’s impressive Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center or spectacular sights like the Walkway over the Hudson.
Around since 1888, Davies Hardware should be your first stop when you start that DIY project. Contractors working on big projects come here, but the staff takes time to work one-on-one with all their customers. We’ve already made it clear that we’re crazy about the groceries at Adams Fairacre Farms, and the location in Poughkeepsie has all you need and more. We also like the prepared meals at Rossi and Sons, which includes Italian favorites like baked ziti and penne alla vodka. Haddad’s does an equally good job with Middle Eastern fare. Baking the city’s best croissants, the queer- and trans-owned Little Loaf has weekend pop-ups at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Right on the waterfront is Vassar Brothers Medical Center.