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Poughkeepsie Walkway Over the Hudson River

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Historic Homes and Colleges Among Interesting Things To Do in Poughkeepsie 

Dutch and English colonists acquired the land to become Poughkeepsie in 1686 from a local Native American tribe. The settlement grew over the years and became an incorporated village in 1799, and chartered as a city in 1854. There is some confusion about the town of Poughkeepsie and the city of Poughkeepsie; however, locals generally view the area as the same place.

Poughkeepsie was the second capital of the State of New York after the city of Kingston was burned by the British. Ratification for New York to enter the United States as the 11th state at the courthouse on Market Street. Well-positioned along the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie industries included whale rendering, shipping, millineries, paper mills, and breweries. The Astors, Rogers, and Vanderbilts constructed large palatial homes nearby. The Vanderbilt Mansion is a registered national historic site. There are seven historic districts within the city, each with its history and contribution to the growing city.

There are many attractions in Poughkeepsie for locals and tourists to experience. Several of the more popular attractions include:

Walkway Over the Hudson State Park

Locust Grove Estate

Vassar College

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Adams Fairacre Farms

Marist College

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Bardavon Opera House

The Waterfront

Walkway Over the Hudson State Park

The Walkway Over the Hudson has been in operation since 2009 and provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River Landscape. Pedestrians, hikers, joggers, and cyclists can cross the Hudson on this 1.28-mile-long bridge. It is the longest elevated bridge for pedestrians in the world. The deck of the bridge is 212 feet above the surface of the Hudson River.

New Haven Railroad line Built the bridge to facilitate a rail link to New York and New England to a nationwide rail network. The bridge was abandoned after a fire in 1974 until a consortium of public and private groups got together to attract sufficient funds to construct the Walkway on the old rail bridge.

Access to the Walkway Over the Hudson on the Poughkeepsie side is via a glass elevator. Service animals and bicycles are allowed on the elevator. Household pets, while not allowed on the elevator, can be taken onto the bridge provided they are on a leash. Interpretive signs and audio tours are available online in English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. There are also rail trails connecting to the bridge on both sides of the park. Hours of operation are from dawn to dusk, and fees vary by location.

Locust Grove Estate

An Italian style mansion along with a carriage house, ice house, hiking trails, flower gardens was built in 1851 on a 200-acre site overlooking the Hudson River for Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph. In later years (1901), the Young family purchased the property, refurbished and furnished it with the family's heirlooms. The family added several rooms. They also added modern features such as running water, central heat, and electricity. The house was opened to the public in 1958 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964. There are 25 rooms and over 15,000 items in the collection, consisting of furniture, paintings, and a variety of decorative art.

The estate offers:

Guided tours,

Lectures and special events

Five miles of trails along original carriage roads.

Visitors can roam the grounds and take in the hiking trails free of charge; there is a fee for guided tours of the mansion.

Vassar College

Vassar college started in 1861 as one of the first women-only colleges offering a liberal arts education to women and similar to the day's best men's academic colleges. The first class began in September 1865 for a tuition of $350 for residence and tuition. This charge was a significant amount for that period. Coeducational courses have been offered since 1969. Today, Vassar is recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Vassar College is well known for its campus's beauty, innovations in curricular activities, and pioneering educational achievements. Approximately 2,400 students are attending college at this time.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery, it is now named after a primary donor, Frances Lehman Loeb. There are over 22,000 works from every art form covering art from antiquity to the present. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, glass, and ceramic wares are displayed. A notable feature of the center is removing items from storage and having them available for class at short notice, providing a unique and informative experience for students.

While current health guidelines are in place, anyone can visit the center during public hours on weekends. There are no tours at this time.

SERVPRO Delivers Speedy Response to Water Restoration Emergencies in Poughkeepsie

Commercial companies of all sizes have one thing in common, and that is "Time Matters"! Whenever there is an emergency caused by a water leak or flooding, your company may be shut down until everything is restored and cleaned up. Also, water restoration completed quickly can significantly reduce the amount of damage with less spoilage of contents and reduce potential mold problems.

That's why SERVPRO offers fast service and direct billing to your insurance company. Our service guarantee is "1-4-8". We:

Return your call within one hour of your emergency call

Our team is on-site within 4 hours, usually less.

Provide a report to you and your insurance company in less than 8 hours!

We also save you time, so you can focus on returning your operations to normal. Our team can submit our bill directly to your insurance company, reducing the time spent processing bills and submitting claims. Our rates are pre-negotiated, and we have qualified technicians ready to respond to any emergency.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County provides commercial water restoration assistance to Poughkeepsie companies and surrounding areas. Call (845) 635-4550. Our SERVPRO team is prepared to respond 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs.

Help for Homeowners Dealing With Water Damage in Hyde Park

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

Do you know what to do if you notice the early signs of water damage in your Hyde Park home? If not, you’re not alone.

You may know that some water can be cleaned up with towels or a mop and bucket if caught early enough. But many homeowners are unsure when a leak and the resulting water problems become an issue that merits professional remediation help.

For example, if caught early enough, you may know that some water can be cleaned up with towels or a mop and bucket. But if it’s more serious, water can start to cause permanent damage to your home within just a few hours.

When Water Damage Becomes Serious

Here’s what you might see when your home needs water remediation services from a professional:

Your windows or walls are warped. Wood in your home, like your window panes and walls, can start to warp if the water damage is severe. That means it’s vital to get remediation help if you notice these signs.

You notice your home has a musty smell. Odor can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

The floorboards or furniture show signs of damage. Wet wood will start to warp within days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

Water Damage Is Growing

Did you know water damage claims grow each year steadily?

Even before the number of claims started rising, water damage claims were some of the most common claims made by homeowners. One in 50 American homeowners file one of these insurance claims each year.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Enjoy Festive Lights Near Hyde Park With The Holiday Spirit Festival

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Keep Up Your Christmas Spirit In Hyde Park This Year

Are you ready for some extra festive cheer this December? Look no further than Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival at nearby Wappinger Falls. There is so much to see and do that you might need to visit twice!

  • Visit the holiday train exhibit with full-size trains and festive lights.
  • Explore the Enchanted Forest of Lights.
  • Stop at the Winter Wonderland to see animated scenes.
  • Visit the Legend of the Fairies story attraction.

Remember to bring your letter to Santa ready for posting. There will be themed entertainment every night and a scavenger hunt.

The Festival runs until December 27, and admission starts at $12. Please note that this is a reservation-only event – you must book online with the Holiday Lights Festival. Tickets are not available on site.

We hope the weather will be clear and dry enough to enjoy the lights. However, should bad weather leave you with flood damage to clean up, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is here to help. Call us at (845) 635-4550.

Poughkeepsie Residents Have a Trusted Option for Fire Damage Restoration l SERVPRO® of NW & SE Dutchess County

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick hom If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess to fully restore your home.

House fires are more common during the winter months—especially in places like the Hudson Valley, where the temperatures get cold and adequate home heating is vital.

The ways cause many home fires in the winter we heat our homes. For example, if you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

Some fires are related to holiday decorations and celebrations. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Kitchen fires are more common during the holiday season, too.

People who live in Houston County can count on our team if their homes ever need fire damage repairs or restoration work. Our team is ready to work with you to remediate and repair your home if a fire ever damages it.

Why SERVPRO Is a Trusted Partner

Here’s why Poughkeepsie residents know they can trust us when they need our help:

We believe in restoration first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery, and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

We’re here 247. Beginning the restoration process fast makes getting your home back to its original state and ready for your family a much faster process. We understand that, so we’re available at any time with a team that can help you get started.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Get In A Festive Mood In Poughkeepsie With A Christmas Carol

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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The Holiday Classic Is Now Playing Near Poughkeepsie 

If you are in the mood to enjoy a holiday classic this season, look no further than the nearby Rhinebeck Center For Performing Arts. Local players are putting on a live drive-in performance of A Christmas Carol this December.

  • It takes place on a raised stage, so it is easy to see from your vehicle.
  • Tune your car radio to 100.5 FM for optimum sound, or bring a portable radio if your car radio does not work.
  • Bring seats if you would like to sit outside your vehicle.

Please turn your headlights off, and note that pets, smoking, and portable grills are not allowed.

Performances run from Friday – Sunday until December 20, at 7 PM. Tickets are $20 per attendee (please note the cost is per person, not per car).

Drive-in theater means you can enjoy the show come rain or shine. But if the wet weather this time of year damages your home, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is here to help with water restoration. Call us at (845) 635-4550.

Explore A Slice Of Hudson Valley History In Poughkeepsie

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Vibrant Dutchess County City Offers A Window Into The Past

Poughkeepsie has always held a special place in Hudson Valley history. Dutch colonist Myndert Harmense Van Den Bogaerdt and English colonist Robert Sanders purchased the land in 1686. Growth happened fast, and the first church was founded in Poughkeepsie in 1720. The city serves as New York State's second capital. When the town of Poughkeepsie was incorporated in 1799, the rest of the community split off and eventually became chartered as the city of Poughkeepsie. However, the town and city are usually seen as one whole place, given the name "Poughkeepsie," and a combined population of 74,751.

Poughkeepsie also bears the charming name The Queen City of The Hudson, and the city has a proud riverside heritage. There are two Hudson crossings in the town. The Walkway Over The Hudson is an ex-railroad bridge from the nineteenth century. It is now a pedestrian walkway that spans the river. The mid-Hudson toll bridge is a significant traffic thoroughfare.

Get Close To History In Poughkeepsie

You will never be short of interesting historical sites to see in Poughkeepsie. The city has several historic districts that are worth visiting:

  • Union Street Historic District started life as a simple footpath connecting the settlement of Poughkeepsie to the Union Store on the riverfront. In 1767 the trail was developed into a proper street, and homes started springing upon it. The district covers eight blocks, and 173 buildings are considered "contributing buildings" that add to the area's historical importance.
  • Academy Street Historic District was the first planned neighborhood in Poughkeepsie. It contains many buildings from the eighteen and nineteenth centuries. The land was part of a farm in 1805, and later in the century was sold to a group of speculators. This purchase turned out to be fortuitous, as the district's smaller lots meant they could build plenty of houses in different styles.
  • Mount Carmel is a vibrant historic district that is popular with visitors. The Walkway Over The Hudson crosses over the neighborhood, and every year the St Anthony's Street Festival draws visitors from far and wide. Mount Carmel historically welcomed a large number of Italian immigrants. The area is still home to several authentic Italian bakeries and eateries and is known locally as Little Italy.
  • Garfield Place Historic District is only two blocks in length, but those two blocks are well worth visiting to see the grand historic homes. Garfield Place was started life in an area called the "Little Commons." In the early nineteenth century, the van Kleeck family sold the Little Commons to Bronson French. In 1836, the French sold it to some local businessmen who saw that the area's fantastic Hudson views and proximity to the Poughkeepsie settlement made it prime real estate. Today, the site is home to some of the most desirable properties in Poughkeepsie.

While you are strolling around Poughkeepsie's historic districts, there are two buildings that you will not want to miss.

The Building at 73 Mansion Street is an excellent example of Queen Anne style architecture. When the neighboring area of Balding Avenue was granted Historic District status, the awarding body excluded 73 Mansion Street because its style did not match the Balding homes in the rest of the street. The building was finally recognized in its own right, and it is worth a stroll past to see the striking architecture and the colored glass window inserts.

When you are finished, take a trip to nearby Hyde Park to see the Vanderbilt Mansion. The mansion is one of the most prominent Hudson River estates and features 54 rooms arranged in the Beaux-Arts style, which was popular in Paris in the nineteenth century. The house is beautifully furnished with period pieces, and you can also take a stroll around the Italian Gardens.

Get To Know Poughkeepsie's Famous Residents

Poughkeepsie has many interesting historical sites – but did you know it is also the birthplace of some fascinating figures? Some innovative Poughkeepsie natives include:

  • Pioneering botanist William Henry Brewer was involved with the first California Geological Survey. He was also Yale Sheffield Scientific School's first Chair of Agriculture and a former member of one of Yale's oldest secret societies.
  • The inventors of the famous Smith Bros' Cough Drops. William Wallace Smith and Andrew Smith created the first cough drops sold in North America. At first, the drops were sold from glass jars on the pharmacy counter, but by 1872 the brothers had created a branded box to sell them in. They even had portraits of themselves stamped on the packaging so imitators could not steal their idea.
  • The man who gave the world Scrabble. Alfred Mosher Butts invented the well-loved game of Scrabble in 1932. He wanted to include elements of both chance and skill. He studied the New York Times' front page to work out how often each letter appeared, and therefore how often it should appear in the game. He named his game Lexiko, and then Criss Cross Words, before settling on Scrabble. 

SERVPRO Helps Poughkeepsie Residents In Stormy Weather

Unfortunately, the Poughkeepsie area is familiar with storms and floods. In August of 2020, a severe storm brought down trees and left many homes without power. It is distressing to see your home damaged by flooding after a storm, but SERVPRO is on hand to help:

  • We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster – you can rely on us to call you back within an hour from your first call and to arrange a visit within four hours.
  • We operate safely – our teams come with overalls, long gloves, aprons, and respirators so we can work safely even in contaminated floodwater.
  • We monitor drying using high-tech equipment. We use moisture probes, thermo hygrometers, dehumidifiers, and thermal imaging to monitor moisture levels and ensure your home is dry.
  • We dispose of contaminated items and take care of cleaning salvageable items, including furniture, linen, toys, household utensils, and drapes.
  • We choose from a range of deodorization techniques such as ULV fogging, spot cleaning, and odor eating pellets so that your home smells fresh.

You can rest assured that we will discuss all plans with you before proceeding. 

If you need help dealing with flood damage, call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550.

If a Burst Pipe Happens, Do You Have a Plan?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is available 24/7.

Regardless of the cause or circumstances surrounding water damage in your home, it can be a difficult experience—but if the damage is due to a burst pipe, handling it can be even more frustrating. Because of the amount of water pipes can disperse, they can quickly saturate an area.

While planning for water damage may seem like a situation that is too hypothetical, having a plan in place is still important. Every year, one in 50 homes will experience some type of water damage throughout the country, but those who plan ahead tend to have a much better time recovering.

Make Sure You Plan Ahead in Case of Water Damage

Shut off your water main. If there is a burst pipe incident in your home, water can quickly saturate an area if it is left untreated. Knowing where your home’s water main is located and how to cut it off is a great skill so you can quickly turn the water off in case of an issue.

Shut off your electricity. Water and electricity never get along, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your electricity from your breaker box to prevent them from coming into contact with one another.

Contact your restoration company. Making a choice in regards to what restoration company you will use is a great way to be proactive about water damage, and it also means you can call to get started on your home restoration right away when you discover damages.

Take a record of the damages. For those who are eligible to file an insurance claim, keeping good records is key. Taking photos and videos is a great way to document the damages for your records.

Contact your insurance company. No two insurance policies are the same, which is why it is wise to get into contact with your insurance provider so you can determine what your coverage looks like. This way, if you are eligible to file a claim you can start the process right away.

Open windows and doors if possible. Reducing drying time can reduce the overall damage, so while you are waiting on your restoration company to arrive, you can go ahead and open all the doors and windows near the impacted area to boost airflow.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Poughkeepsie Visitors Can Take a Stroll Over the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Lots of Events and Activities Around This One-of-a-Kind Bridge in Poughkeepsie

The Walkway Over the Hudson simply defies words to describe the experience. It is a magnificent structure spanning the Erie Canal. You can bike it, walk it, or drive it. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, just do not miss seeing it. The bridge is open from 7:00 AM to Sunset every day. A lot is happening that centers around the Walkway as well. Enjoy things such as:

  • Guided tours
  • Mobile audio tour
  • Starry Starry Night concerts
  • Movies Under the Walkway
  • Walkway at Night

Discovery zones in the area include:

  • City Downtown
  • Franny Reese State Park
  • Union St. Historic Neighborhood
  • Highland Hamlet
  • Little Italy
  • Poughkeepsie Waterfront
  • Highland Landing
  • Walkway Trail Loop

Poughkeepsie is a New York gem that everyone should explore. If you live there, get out and take advantage of all the wonderful places to explore and enjoy. If you are visiting, plan to stay for several days to see it all. 

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County provides flood water extraction services to Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas. If you need flood mitigation, call us at (846) 635-4550.

The Importance of Being Concerned With Flash Flood Safety

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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If severe weather is likely, staying safe is the most important thing to focus on—especially if flash flooding becomes a possibility. Floods claim the second-highest number of lives out of any weather-related event throughout the United States, and flash floods are the deadliest type of them all.

If there is a flash flooding incident, it will occur quickly and provide little notice to those who may be caught in its path. That is why we always encourage people to think through the steps to safety in advance, so that way if a flash flood does become imminent you can be certain that you are making the right choices.

What Is the Danger of a Flash Flood?

Flooding is always a risky type of weather event, but many floods provide much more notice than a flash flood typically will. Flash floods must start in under six hours after heavy rains, but typically occur much faster in the aftermath of a storm. Because of how quickly they occur, there is often little warning for those who are in the flash flood’s pathway.

What Should I Know About Flash Flood Alerts?

Having a reliable way to receive local weather alerts is so important if severe weather is possible, especially if there is the potential for a flash flood. If you see that a flash flood watch is issued, stay alert and stay tuned.

A flash flood warning is far more serious, meaning you should execute your safety plan quickly. For a flash flood emergency, it is important to do everything you can to get to higher ground.

What Do I Need to Know About Evacuating Safely?

It is difficult to make the safest decision quickly if you do not know what the safest decision is, which is why we encourage everyone to keep track of these safety tips beforehand.

  • Be sure you have a reliable way to be alerted to weather alerts in your area.
  • Have an evacuation plan that you have rehearsed with your household.
  • Never cross flooded roads or pathways.
  • Do not come into contact with flood water if it is avoidable.
  • Have multiple evacuation routes in mind in case water blocks your primary path.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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This Hyde Park Treasure is a Stunning Architectural Work

If you are looking for a wonderful outdoor, getaway the Vanderbilt Mansion, and the landscape is perfect. You can take country walks, picnic, and hike the woodland trails. The brilliant fall foliage along the Hudson Valley is worth traveling to see.

Guided Mansion Tour

When operating, the guided tour is a must. You are taken through the main rooms of the mansion, and a park ranger acts as your docent. Discover the fascinating history behind the rich and famous Vanderbilt family and find out how they lived when in residence. You can see:

  • 23 rooms in total
  • Social entertaining rooms
  • Their private rooms
  • Guest rooms
  • Servant’s quarters
  • Service rooms

It has the original furnishings with an intimate look at antiques and period works of art. Paintings, chinaware, and tapestries are just a few of the items you can see. One of the carpets is almost 400 years old and one of the great carpets of the world.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County enjoys the history of our area. We also are proud to provide water restoration services. If you are wondering what are some water companies near me, look no further. Contact us at (845) 635-4550.