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Wine, the universe and everything

Wine, the universe and everything

A few months ago, Michael Drapkin and his wife, Theresa, bought the former Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits on lower Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout and renamed it the Kingston Wine Co. The store, located in a handsome 19th-century storefront, officially opened three weeks ago and has already created a buzz, with local wine buyers raving...
Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

In the early 1970s, Ione — then known as Carole Bovoso — was a freelance writer, Village Voice contributor and poetry editor when she went to Egypt on assignment for a travel story. “When I set foot on the land I felt something so powerful, which I never felt before,” she said. The next year,...
KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

Before there was Santa Claus and St. Nicholas, the darkest time of the year was associated in pagan Europe with the wild man of the woods, variously known as the Krampus, Black Peter or Wandago. Smelly, covered in matted hair, and bearing horns, the Krampus survived the advent of Christianity to become one of St....
Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

The Common Core State Standards, a new math and English curriculum implemented into New York State’s public schools last year, is meeting resistance from many teachers and parents due to its more rigorous standards, tougher tests and quick pace of implementation. At George Washington Elementary School in Kingston, however, no one’s sweating it. To reassure...
Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Once upon a time, Kingstonians kept chickens and grew vegetables in their backyards as a matter of routine daily life. But post-World War II, when the car was king and the federal government was funding the tear-down of neighborhoods as a way to stave off urban decline caused by the building of malls and the...
Night moves down in the Rondout

Night moves down in the Rondout

Last Friday night, the Rondout was hopping. Bands played outside Dermot Mahoney’s and Mariner’s Harbor. The restaurants were full, and the sidewalk outside Savona’s and Molé Molé was so packed with people you’d think you were in downtown Manhattan, not downtown Kingston. It was a perfect summer evening, clear and not too hot. Usually, however,...
Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

The advent last summer of the Midtown Farmer’s Market, which sells fresh local produce every Tuesday afternoon on the site of the former vice-epicenter King’s Inn on Broadway, planted a seed on a depressing stretch of Broadway, a seed that a few weeks ago led to a second, spectacular blooming — the erection of a...
Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

In pressing the case that the proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of Central Hudson by Canadian holding company Fortis would be bad for ratepayers, Citizens for Local Power (CLP), an Ulster-based grassroots group which has risen to oppose the merger, is pointing to what they say is Fortis’ poor record in dealing with projects in Belize...
Storm of opposition rising over Fortis’ Central Hudson bid

Storm of opposition rising over Fortis’ Central Hudson bid

The proposed $1.5 billion purchase of Central Hudson Energy Group by Fortis, Inc., a Canadian-based holding company, doesn’t have too many friends willing to speak on its behalf, if the April 18 public hearing held by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) in Kingston’s City Hall was any indicator. All 27 people who spoke at...
Kingston, the muse: Martin’s new album draws from local inspiration

Kingston, the muse: Martin’s new album draws from local inspiration

Rebecca Martin is known in Kingston as one of the city’s most committed and effective community activists. She was the first executive director of the Kingston Land Trust, which has become a formidable force for conservation, green spaces, and community building in the city. But she is also a nationally known jazz vocalist, and her...
Rents, taxes a challenge, but overall picture improving

Rents, taxes a challenge, but overall picture improving

The recent demise of Don Vito’s Pizzeria, located at 85 Broadway, was a blow to fans of the crisp-crusted, authentically Italian pizza. It was also an unfortunate reminder of all the dozens of interesting retail businesses and eateries that have briefly flourished in Kingston over the years and then bitten the dust. It was rumored...
Jillian Fisher is Kingston's ambassador

Jillian Fisher is Kingston’s ambassador

Jillian Fisher, the City of Kingston’s coordinator of tourism and cultural affairs, immediately corrected me when I asked her how Kingston can best realize its potential. “We’ve passed that point where we say Kingston has so much potential,” she said. “All one has to do is walk through the Stockade District. The majority of the...