Poughkeepsie Apartments for Rent
Hudson River park (photo by nancykennedy)
FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge (photo by nancykennedy)
Chapel at Vassar College (photo by nancykennedy)
Once, there was a beautiful, emerald-green landscape bordering a sparkling blue river. It was so beautiful, the rich and famous – with names like Vanderbilt and Astor — flocked to the area to build palatial weekend homes. That area – still as beautiful, although much more populated – is Poughkeepsie. Nicknamed the “Queen City of the Hudson,” Poughkeepsie is the county seat of Dutchess County and is situated about halfway between Albany and Manhattan.
With a history dating back to a small settlement in 1659, Poughkeepsie grew steadily. It served as New York’s second capital during a very important time in American History – the courthouse, located on Market Street, was where New York officially became a state in the newly-formed United States of America in 1788. That Ratification Convention included John Jay, George Clinton, and Alexander Hamilton. The original courthouse, built around 1720, was destroyed in a fire in 1806; the second courthouse remained until 1901. The current courthouse was built in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
History is everywhere in Poughkeepsie, a busy college town with Vassar College, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College all located here. You’ll find seven historic districts as you search for apartments in Poughkeepsie. As you look, be sure to check out Mount Carmel Historic District – this neighborhood features historic buildings and a terrific Italian heritage, with cafes, delicatessens, pastry shops, and the annual St. Anthony’s Street Festival. Other Poughkeepsie destinations include the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the Bananas Comedy Club, and the Poughkeepsie Galleria, a mall containing more than 250 shops and restaurants.