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Our Story

The Academy breathes new life into the central business district of the City of Poughkeepsie. The development embodies the live-work-play focus and encompasses a co-working space, a food hall, a grocery & fresh food market, a coffee shop, a restaurant & bar, and a stunning event space all under one roof.

Our Team

Christian Palikuca

Managing Director-Partner

Amanda Baxter


Daniel Rieger


Rachael Potts

Culinary Director & Executive Chef

David Lombardo

Food & Beverage Director

Heather Post

Director of Sales, Events and Catering

Ben Friedman

Head Mixologist

Jonathan Gatsik