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                                  DOWNTOWN POUGHKEEPSIE
 Alex’s Restaurant:
 A Neighborhood Tradition of Hospitality and Great Food                                                       By Carol Padron

    With 100 years of             tradition, as well as to be     corner of Main and                7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and
 history behind it, Alex’s        a part of the renaissance       Market Streets, its current       Sunday 8:00 a.m.–1:00
 Restaurant, located on the       taking place here on Main       location. Michael fondly          p.m. Take out and delivery
 corner of Market Street          Street,”    said    Michael     recalls learning the family’s     services are also available.
 and Main Street in the           Pertesis.                       tradition of hospitality, and     452-1125. You can peruse
 City of Poughkeepsie,                The origins of Alex’s       the warm relationships his        their menu online at www.
 offers a quaint, friendly        Restaurant can be traced        aunt and uncle developed
 atmosphere,       a   menu       back to 1906 when               with their customers over
 ranging from the traditional     Christopher         Pappas      the years.
 to the trendy – including its    immigrated to the United           It’s   that    type      of
 famous rice pudding.             States from Greece and          relationship that he and
    Chef     and      current     opened a sidewalk fruit         his father enjoy continuing
 owner Dimitrios Pertesis         stand on Market Street.         with their customers today,
 purchased Alex’s in 2002,        In 1912, Christopher’s          and in addition to a warm
 after some coaxing from          brother, Alex, emigrated        atmosphere and great
 his son Michael, who had         from Greece and joined          food, visitors can enjoy
 worked in the restaurant         his brother. They gradually     the considerable collection
 previously owned by his          expanded, moved inside          of historical photographs
 great aunt and uncle, Nick       to 3 Market Street, and         and memorabilia of the
 and Georgia Kapogiannis,         eventually opened a small       City of Poughkeepsie that
 since he was 15. Michael         restaurant, Alex’s Grill.       decorate the walls of the
 now helps his father run             The      Kapogiannises      restaurant.
 the business.                    bought the restaurant              Alex’s Restaurant is
    “I wanted us to continue      in 1961 and enlarged            open Monday–Friday, 6:30
 a longstanding family            it,   encompassing        the   a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday
                                                                                                                                          Inside Alex’s Restaurant

 Mayor’s Main Street Vision
    As Mayor of the City          a place to live within the      by sponsoring low or              family to cultural events.
 of Poughkeepsie, I have          City. The revitalization of     no interest loans to                 Over 50 façade grants
 many visions for the Main        the Luckey Platt building is    entrepreneurs.         This is    have been issued to date.
 Street area. First, I would      a much anticipated event        to attract business to the        I feel that this is imperative
 like to attract quality retail   and we have met with            Main Street area and to           to the revitalization, as a
 so that City residents do        developers who have set         create more jobs for local        fresh, new look will make
 not have to travel outside of    a timeline for success.         residents.                        us a cleaner, more modern
 the City to obtain what they        Overall, I am looking for       The Main Street corridor       City with rich historical
 need. This will bring many       the City to be business         will consist of over 300 new      roots.
 good changes to the area.        friendly,       homeowner       residential       apartments,        Perhaps our biggest
 The additions of the Artist’s    friendly, and development       planned to be completed           asset is our location.
 Palate and the Muddy Cup         friendly. This especially       in the next few years. It         The Main Street corridor
                                                                                                                                       City of Poughkeepsie Mayor
 have attracted visitors          includes the Main Street        is quickly becoming a             has so much potential                            John Tkazyik
 from other municipalities        corridor, which has so          mixed-use neighborhood.           because of its proximity         easy access to both New
 to experience all that the       much to offer residents         Not only does Main Street         to the Metro-North Train         York City and Albany.
 City has to offer. We are        and visitors already and        have housing and retail to        Station, and the Hudson            I hope that I have
 constantly striving to build     has the potential to offer      offer, but it is a cultural hub   River.      Living, working,     inspired you enough to
 quality, affordable housing,     even more in the future.        as well. The addition of          and playing on Main Street       share my vision for Main
 and new retailers will           The City of Poughkeepsie        several art galleries makes       has never been easier and        Street and to help me
 make the area even more          is also offering incentives     it an ideal place to learn        more beautiful thanks to a       make that vision a reality.
 attractive to those seeking      to     business     owners      and expose yourself and           revitalized Waterfront and

         For more information on how to get involved in the Downtown Poughkeepsie Association, call Roy Budnik at 845-485-6911
2                             Spring 2008

    Downtown News                                          By Roy Budnik
        Welcome to the Spring             is to develop a sense of                to be. That, combined                    attended       performances            me at (845) 485-6911. I
    issue of the newsletter of the        community downtown; to                  with letting people know                 and      discussions.       For        look forward to seeing you
    Downtown Poughkeepsie                 promote revitalization; and             what’s happening in City                 a more complete list                   downtown!
    Association (DPA). Our                to act, in collaboration with           restaurants, art galleries               of events, check our
    goal is to keep all of you            other business, religious,              and       other     venues,              calendar in this issue; and
    who work, live, and visit             and civic organizations,                encourages       them      to            if your organization has
    downtown informed about               as an advocate over the                 consider Downtown as a                   something you would like                    This newsletter
    the business and cultural             issues that affect our area.            destination.                             to include, please make                      provided by:
    happenings in the historic               Our      first    initiatives           An increasing number                  sure to let us know.
    heart of the city.                    include the beautification              of exciting events are held                 D o w n t o w n
        The DPA developed                 of downtown and the                     here, like the Barrett Art               Poughkeepsie becomes a
    from the Dutchess County              promotion         of   events.          Center’s emerging “Artists’              more vibrant place to work,
    Regional           Chamber            We believe that adding                  Salon,” which invites artists            shop, dine, live, and visit
    of    Commerce’s        Main          amenities, such as flower               and art lovers to the Muddy              every day, but it takes the
    Street Revitalization and             pots in warmer months,                  Cup on the last Thursday                 cooperation of everyone to
    Economic Development                  makes        Downtown          a        of every month for what                  keep it going. If you would
    Committees. Our intention             more      attractive      place         have been lively and well                like to join in the effort, call

                                                                    CALENDAR OF EVENTS
    CUNEEN         HACKETT        ARTS    BARRETT ART CENTER - 55                 The First Annual Glamour Kills           YMCA; and Jewish Community             SPANKYS RESTAURANT - 85
    CENTER                                Noxon Street                            Pre-BamBoozle Bash: May 2                Center. 10am-4pm both days. $6,        Main Street
    June 21, 1-5 p.m. “Strawberry         Photowork ‘08.        National juried   25th Upstate Reggae Anniversary:         under 3 free.                          Karaoke: every Friday night
    Festival”    An afternoon of family   contemporary photography exhibit.       May 3                                                                           Open Mic: every Thursday night
    fun   with   entertainment,   food,   Juror for this 21st annual show         Rock And Roll For A Cause Part II        MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
    games and activities.      This is    is Donna Ruskin, International          Chowderhead w/ Bottoms Up,               Third Day: April 3                     SALVATION ARMY - 19 Pershing
    a fundraiser for the Cunneen-         Center of Photography, (ICP), New       Joe Bouchard (Formerly Of Blue           2nd Annual Silver Needle Fashion       Street
    Hackett Arts Center and will          York. Opening reception Sat. April      Oyster Cult), WopDonkey: May 4           Show: May 2                            Roller Skating Nights: April 11,
    take place on the grounds of the      5, 4-6pm. Gallery hours: Thurs.,        Nightwish w/ Sonic Syndicate:                                                   25
    Arts Center, rain or shine. Info      Fri. 11am-5pm, Sat. 11am-3pm            May 7                                    MUDDY CUP, 305 Main Street
    452-4225.                             and by appt.                            Kashmir (Led Zeppelin Tribute)           Artists Salon. Sponsored by the
                                          Solo gallery, local photographer        with David Powers Band, Achilles         Barrett Art Center.       Featuring
    THE BARDAVON - 25 MARKET              Buck Lewis: April 5, 4-6pm              Heel, A New Theory, Times Of             artists and writers working in a
    STREET                                                                        Solitude, Fifty Habit, Times Of          variety of styles and media.      8
    For Children                          THE CHANCE - 6 Crannell                 Solitude: May 9                          pm on the last Thursday of every
    Young People’s Concerts featuring     Street                                                                           month
    the Hudson Valley Philharmonic        Panic Rev w/ Put out last, Fisting      CUNNEEN         HACKET         ARTS
    April 8-10                            Jesus, Laid to Waste, Catacomb,         CENTER - 12 Vassar Street                RENAISSANCE KIDS, INC. - 12
    National Velvet (1944): April 18      B.A D., Greg Rapaport Project:          An English “drawing room farce” -        Vassar Street
    Young Playwrights Festival: May       April 4                                 a classic murder mystery to savor        Musical   theater    production   of
    2                                     The Bo Deans: April 5                   in the mid-winter: April 4-13            “How to Eat Like a Child” - June
    The Musical Adventures of Flat        U F O featuring Vinnie Moore w/                                                  13, 14, 15
    Stanley: May 12-13                    Kristen Capolino Group, Analog          KIDS    EXPO      2008    -   Market     Chasing Daybreak w/ Wonderlust:
    Concerts and Films                    Faucet, Livesay: April 10               Street, City of Poughkeepsie –           May 17
    HVP IV Rach On!: April 5              Nevermind ( Nirvana Tribute ):          April 5 & 6
    An      Evening    with    Richard    April 12                                Kids Expo 2008 features new,             CIBONEY CAFÈ - 189 Church
    Thompson: April 17                    Limelight (Rush tribute), Z02,Last      big entertainment: a parade on           Street
    Shakespeare’s The Tempest: April      Call: April 19                          Sunday, more booths, activities &        Jazz Fridays, every Friday night
    26, May 2                             The Machine w/ Times Of Solitude,       food. Downtown is a wonderland           from 6 - 10 pm
    Dickey Betts & Great Southern:        Bell Bottom Blues( Eric Clapton         of learning! Children and their          Sunday       Night   Blues,   every
    May 4                                 tribute ): April 25                     families come together and enjoy         Sunday from 7 - 10
    HVP V Make Mine Mahler: May           Slippery When Wet ( Bon Jovi            interactive,   hands-on       learning
    10                                    tribute ) w/ Nasty Bastard: April       experiences in a fun, safe and
    Matinees & Music: A Tribute to        26                                      educational way. Benefits Rehab
    Bobby Darin May 22                    Glamour Kills Clothing, The Daily       Programs; Mid-Hudson Children’s
                                          Chorus and Jeff Menig Presents:         Museum;        Dutchess       County

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