POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Maybe you've only lived in Poughkeepsie a few weeks. Maybe you've spent your whole life here. Could be you're just passing through. Regardless of how long you've been around, there's always something new to learn. Check out these three things you may not have known about the Queen City of the Hudson.
The Mid-Hudson Bridge Has A Best-Selling Album
That's right. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge is more than just a convenient way to cross over from Dutchess to Ulster County. Composer and Poughkeepsie native Joseph Bertolozzi turned the FDR bridge into a giant percussion instrument .
Bertolozzi and a team of other percussionist performed with the bridge as part of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river. He took those sounds and later created a studio album that reached as high as No. 18 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Music chart.
Let's see the Brooklyn Bridge do that.
Poughkeepsie Is A Former State Capital
Way before Albany got to take all of the glory, Poughkeepsie served as the second capital of New York State in 1788.
In the same year, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and George Clinton all met at the courthouse on Market Street to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
It's Not The Only Poughkeepsie Out There
Think New York gets to keep the name Poughkeepsie all to itself?
There are roughly 400 people in Arkansas who live in Poughkeepsie, too. It's an unincorporated community in Sharp County.
But since the site of your Poughkeepsie was purchased from the Indians in 1686 by Robert Sanders and Myndert Harmense Van Den Bogaerdt, you can say you had it first. Records of the Poughkeepsie Arkansas don't start surfacing until the late 1800s.