Infinity Deferred: Springside in the 21st Century

By Charlie Blim, Urban Studies, Class of 2024. On Academy Street, on the South side of Poughkeepsie, lays a garden called Springside. Not many people know about it, as it is very unassuming–almost uninviting from the front. The first thing that greets visitors is a small and nondescript gatehouse, much like those found at the… Continue reading Infinity Deferred: Springside in the 21st Century

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

By Anna Kaigle, Geography, Class of 2025. The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (PUF) is a historic factory building located at 8 North Cherry Street, just off Main Street. Since its construction in 1874, the building has undergone many changes in ownership and use of the space. Starting as the Live Oak Leather Manufactury, it became the… Continue reading The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

The Short-Lived Main Mall

By Arlo Lennert, Urban Studies, Class of 2025. Constructed in 1973, Poughkeepsie’s Main Mall ended in 2001. Established as an outdoor pedestrian shopping plaza, proponents viewed it as a way to reverse the decline of the central business district. It catered to affluent residents during the city’s final phase of urban renewal. Urban planners aimed… Continue reading The Short-Lived Main Mall

Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York

By Mason Rowe, Urban Studies and Economics, Class of 2026.  The Empire State Plaza, the largest capital improvement in Albany’s history and one of the largest such projects in the history of the United States, forever changed the layout and atmosphere of the city and the capital region. Albany, New York’s capital, is perched on… Continue reading Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

9-12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie By Julia Maisel-Berick, American Studies, Class of 2024. When the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center opened as an artistic and community hub in the late 1970s, the site already had a long history of providing space for cultural and philanthropic efforts in Poughkeepsie. Divided between two buildings, 9 Vassar Street and 12 Vassar… Continue reading Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

Union Street Historic District

By Julia Maisel-Berick, American Studies, Class of 2024. Facing the threat of urban renewal, one Poughkeepsie neighborhood resisted the encroaching demolition efforts through community action and remains a symbol of resistance to this day. Officially registered on the National Register of Historic Places in December of 1971, the Union Street Historic District represents several centuries… Continue reading Union Street Historic District

Runyon Heights Fence

End of Moultrie Avenue, Yonkers At the northern end of Moultrie Avenue in the Runyon Heights neighborhood is a seemingly innocuous sight: a thin strip of land between two neighborhoods which effectively cuts them off from one another. For some years after Runyon Heights was first established, there was a fence at the end of… Continue reading Runyon Heights Fence

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (A Story of Sylvia Rivera)

127 South Broadway, Yonkers In May 1995, both The New York Times and The Village Voice reported on a patient in the psychiatric ward of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center: Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia had sought refuge in the medical facility after an attempted suicide in the Hudson River. Her presence there manifested the important care that… Continue reading St. Joseph’s Medical Center (A Story of Sylvia Rivera)

Theresa Serber Malkiel Home

153 McLean Avenue, Yonkers In early 1909, a Yonkers resident by the name of Theresa Serber Malkiel proposed what she called National Women’s Day. On February 23rd of that year, women across New York  commemorated the day, demanding women’s suffrage and other rights. Two years later the event had spread globally, with women in Europe… Continue reading Theresa Serber Malkiel Home