Friday, April 6, 2007

Poughkeepsie: A Tale of Abandoned Hospitals and Culinary Institutes

Apple Pie Bakery Cafe
at the Culinary Institute of America
1946 College Drive (Rt. 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 471-6608

AS WAS REFERENCED in a post last month, one of the greatest work-related phone calls I have ever received was a request to secure a mosque in New York City as a location for a weekend shoot on less than 36 hours notice. I do like a challenge. The second greatest phone call (and fighting for that top spot) was the one that ultimately delivered me into Poughkeepsie today to root around an abandoned century-old mental hospital here in search of items to be used in staging a room for a reenactment of a 1950's lobotomy. Awesome!

Hello? Does anyone want to get lunch?

As a kicker, just next door to Po'keepsie is Hyde Park, home to both FDR and the Culinary Institute of America. Thus, lunch was provided by the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, one of six restaurants operated by the Culinary Institute, and one of six reasons aside from FDR to bother driving through Poughkeepsie. Poking around the aforementioned hospital might be a reason to stop in the town proper, but do say hello to Steve the property manager for me as he chases you off the grounds.

MIKE EATS NEXT TIME: The next time I'm in Poughkeepsie? Whenever the hell that is, yeah, sure...

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