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There are no polar bears and not a single penguin in Poughkeepsie. But, as our Curtis Schick showed us, the city is home to one icy abode.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- It looks like a mountain of snow from across Montgomery Street. You know, the ones that pile up after you shovel your driveway again and again. But if you get a little closer, you'll find this isn't your ordinary snow bank.

"If I am going to do all this work, let's do something constructive," said Sergio Rossetti Morosini, Urban Igloo Builder.

So Sergio Rossetti Morosini decided to build himself a pretty cool pad. He opened the door and took us inside his 10 foot tall igloo.

Rossetti Morosini said it took a couple of very cold months to build, cube by cube, using traditional Inuit winter home-building techniques. And he said support from local kids helped him finish the job.

"They got intrigued, they said, 'when you going to do it, I want to see when it is built.' Because sometimes, I want to give up because it was so cold," said Rossetti Morosini.

He said he has spent as much as six hours at a time inside the igloo and said it stays quite warm.

This is not his first ice creation. He said he started creating ice sculptures in his front yard shortly after moving to town a few years ago. He said it was in response to his home being vandalized and says since then, the vandals have stopped.

"Art has an ability to touch everybody and bring out the best of humanity," said Rossetti Morosini.

Rossetti Morosini said the igloo is on display, until it melts.

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