Originally Posted by doegirl
Lots of restaurants, bars, shops. The Poughkeepsie Galleria stands to mind. I would not live in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Town and surrounding suburbs are ok.
That sums it up. Have you considered Beacon? It's a decent city, might not appeal to you, but drive through Poughkeepsie and Beacon. Beacon's a much better city to live in than Poughkeepsie. They both have tons of issues, Beacon having half the issues of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie is criticized A LOT, and frankly it isn't a great city to live in, but don't feel uncomfortable because it has a lot of issues, there ARE good areas in Poughkeepsie, and you might end up wanting to settle there. As for Beacon, It is criticized a lot less than it should be. It also has a handful of issues, it's just that it have like I said a fraction of the issues of Poughkeepsie and is definitely a pretty decent place to live in IF it appeals to you. Bear in mind, the likelihood of you moving specifically to the City of Poughkeepsie may be low, but check the surrounding suburbia areas and areas like Arlington, Fairview, Town of Poughkeepsie, Wappingers (Wappinger and Wappingers Falls), Fishkill, Beacon etc.
If you plan to be a long-time resident of an area, Specifically Dutchess, you may want to consider moving out if you have kids, the schools ARE A NIGHTMARE if your kid is born with disabilities or isn't an Honor's Student. I am a victim of Southern Dutchess schools, I'd never put my kid through that if I had one, seriously I'd be damned to put my schools in Dutchess County schools, but some would disagree, I'm just saying look into it carefully.