First Friday Poughkeepsie Wants You To Rock Out In July

First Friday Poughkeepsie Wants You To Rock Out In July

‘American Rock’ to feature car show, touch-a-truck and more… Food-Music-Art

On Friday, July 6, from 5-8:30pm, join us for First Friday Poughkeepsie’s American Rock themed celebration with a car show, touch-a-truck and more at 52-68 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (lot behind The Chance and DC Indoor Golf).

First Friday Poughkeepsie American Rock will feature a car show for all classes- modern or classic, stock or modified, domestic or import – with best of show prizes to include gift cards to local auto detailers, car washes and more. Registration is first-come, first serve, on event day, from 5-7:30pm. Motorcycles are also welcome!

In typical First Friday Poughkeepsie ‘Food-Music-Art’ fashion, American Rock will also feature the best food Poughkeepsie has to offer, live bands from around the Hudson Valley and work from local artists.

Entertainment includes live music by Ceesar Classic Rock & Roll Show, Maria Grispin, Ian Flanigan and Ill Harmonics. First Friday MC Michelle Barone-Lepore and DJ Smitty will keep the crowd entertained before and after performances. And there’s plenty for the kids, including a bounce house, face painters, and touch-a-truck.

First Friday Poughkeepsie is excited to announce the three amazing local charitable organizations for July: Vet 2 Vet, Family Services, and The New Deal Creative Art Center. Proceeds from the Durant’s Dunk Tank, which will once again feature local celebrities, and the Hudson Valley Young Professionals Cornhole Tournament will go to benefit these great charities.

Participating businesses in First Friday Poughkeepsie’s American Rock include: Angels of Light, Black Cherry Tattoo, Bright Horizons, Carol’s Hot Dogs, Coppola’s, Cosimo’s Craft 302 Restaurant and Lounge, El Danzante, Forget Me Not Cupcakes, Frozen Caboose, Heritage Food & Drink, LC Concessions, Lodge #266, LoMotion Automotive, Mike Arteagas, Mill House Brewing Company, Mindful Yoga, Premier Medical Group, Rossi’s Deli, Salt Point Meadery, Schatzi’s Bier Pub of Poughkeepsie, The Chance, The Great Studio, The New Confectioner, The Party Hopper, The Poughkeepsie Grind, The Walkway Over the Hudson, Think Differently Dash, Traditional Okinawan Karate, and Zhane’s Studio

For a complete 2018 schedule, visit, and to learn more about the faces of First Friday, watch this video.

Interested in getting involved in First Friday, being a featured charitable organization or vendor? Email Bianca Hendricks, Event Planner, [email protected]

A special thank you to our Founding Sponsors LCS Facility Group, R.L. Baxter Building Corp. and Rhinebeck Bank; and to our event partners ABC Supply, Central Hudson, Dingee Towing, iHeart Media, John A. Giaimo & Son, Inc, M&O Sanitation, Petro Home Services, Poughkeepsie Journal, Prime Print Shop, Royal Carting and Sherwin Williams.

About First Friday Poughkeepsie

First Friday Poughkeepsie is a monthly city-wide celebration from May – October that takes place at select neighborhood locations around the City of Poughkeepsie. Referred to as a “movement” for the City of Poughkeepsie, this events feature local food, music and art, while highlighting the City as an attractive place to live, work and play. First Friday Poughkeepsie is proudly supported by Founding Sponsors LCS Companies, R.L. Baxter Building Corporation and Rhinebeck Bank. For more info, visit, and follow us on Facebook at and Instagram at

Mayor Rolison Announces Grant Funding Available for City Youth Programs

Mayor Rob Rolison announced today the availability of grant funds to support a variety of youth programs throughout the City. The “Youth Activities & Opportunities Program” will serve as a gateway through which local organizations may apply for funding to support clubs, leagues, and educational programs which provide opportunities for Poughkeepsie youth to participate in community based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide instructional guidance and build long-lasting relationships so important to personal growth.

“As we continue to improve the City’s finances, we must also be sure to rebuild and repair the essence of what makes Poughkeepsie such a great place to live and work. Our return to investing in youth programs, both sports and educational, doesn’t just strengthen our youth, it strengthens families, and through them our entire community”, said Mayor Rolison.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, through November 1st, 2018. To learn more about the program and the application process, please visit:

2018 Youth Activities & Opportunities Program

2018 Youth Grant Policy and Guidelines (.pdf)
2018 Youth Grant Application (.pdf)

Cedar Avenue Power Outage — City of Poughkeepsie

Media Advisory


March 4, 2018

For Immediate Release: (TODAY)
City of Poughkeepsie Administrator
Marc Nelson
[email protected]


Cedar Avenue Power Outage — City of Poughkeepsie


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Central Hudson has reported that there is currently no estimated restoral time for the Cedar Avenue corridor’s power outage caused by Friday’s storm. Central Hudson crews are making repairs in the Town of Poughkeepsie, which must be completed in order to allow for repairs on Cedar Avenue to begin. They have assessed damage, which is significant, and hope to be on site this afternoon.

The City has opened a charging station for electronic devices at the Public Safety Building located at 505 Main Street, which will remain open until 5:00PM today. The entrance is on the east side of the building. Central Hudson is providing dry ice and bottled water this afternoon at the Home Depot located at 3470 Route 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, across from Marist College.

Residents in affected areas are encouraged to check on neighbors who may need assistance. In an emergency call 9-1-1. The City’s non-emergency number is 845-451-4000.



City Offices to Close at 12:00pm (March 2, 2018)

Due to the inclement weather and hazardous travel conditions anticipated for this afternoon, City offices will close at 12:00 pm today (Friday, March 2, 2018).

City Hall will re-open on Monday, March 5th at 8:30 am.

Related: Weather Advisory: Dangerous Conditions Expected to Continue, Mayor Urges Caution

Weather Advisory: Dangerous Conditions Expected to Continue, Mayor Urges Caution

With high winds expected to increase and continue throughout the day, we are asking that people please try to avoid travel in the City of Poughkeepsie due to tree limbs and trees which are susceptible to coming down due to hazardous weather conditions.  The City is already responding to numerous reports of downed limbs.  The photo below is of a tree down at the intersection of Hooker Avenue and South Cherry Street.

Dutchess Outreach Winter Farm Stand – Free Produce