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Waryas Riverfront Park

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Waryas Park Promenade - Poughkeepsie, New York

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Tucked in between Amtrak rails and the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie's Victor C. Victor C Waryas Park Waryas Riverfront Park offers a quiet little get-away in a busy city. This view, brightened with fall's glowing maples, captures a freshly painted Mid-Hudson Bridge, refurbished during a lead abatement project. Renamed in 1994 to recognize former resident, governor and president, the bridge now sees the prefix Franklin D. Roosevelt. Completed in 1930, the bridge received plenty of attention, often noted as superbly beautiful and one of the very finest suspension bridges anywhere.
   Here in Waryas Park you'll often find a small lunch Bertolozzi Bridge Music Sign crowd during the week. A pleasant place to break away from the office setting, visitors may enjoy the sights and sounds along the Hudson River. Graced with flowing sidewalks and strategically spaced of park benches, the river walk park may be one of the area's best-kept secrets.
   Lost to all but the very inquisitive, a small street sign suggests tuning to 95.3 FM and listening to Joseph Bertolozzi's Bridge Music. Created for New York's 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Expedition up the river, local composer Bertolozzi used the bridge itself to create bridge music. Perhaps the first ever suspension bridge music ever recorded on CD, the collection made its debut at #18 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Music Charts. Don't know what to expect? Give a listen to Bridge Funk.

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