Business
Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

It’s Friday night at the Hudson Valley Mall’s food court. There’s a dozen teenagers sprawled out at the tables, laughing, cursing loudly and even roughhousing with one another. Shopping-fatigued mothers cover the ears of their toddlers dozing in the strollers and direct a hairy eyeball to the gaggle of disruptive teens, but eventually gather up...
James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

The Rev. James B. Childs Jr. has spent two decades trying to knit together diverse communities — from his ongoing effort to build a truly multi-ethnic congregation at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center to his work as a diversity trainer in the corporate world and academia. As the new chairman of RUPCO’s board of...
Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

A draft copy of a report on Kingston’s dual tax system has found that varying tax rates on commercial and residential properties likely have some negative impact on economic development in the city, but not ruinous consequences. But the proportional burden paid by businesses in Kingston appears greater than in most other jurisdictions with a...
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...
Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

It’s freezing. Your car tire blew out and so you had to get a new one so you can get to work, but you had to take that money out of the rent. You’ve been late with the rent a few times because the universe keeps throwing you these curve balls, like those three weeks...
Cornell Street Studios: vintage, and then some

Cornell Street Studios: vintage, and then some

What’s old is new, and what’s vintage is at Midtown’s Cornell Street Studios. Twenty-eight-year-old Renee Darmstadt repurposed the 5,000 square feet upstairs of her father’s overhead door warehouse into a multi-use art studio. A studio replete with an exercise studio, fashion show runway, massage table and five gallery rooms chock full of handcrafted jewelry, art,...
Kingston Community Radio looks for new home post-WGHQ shutdown

Kingston Community Radio looks for new home post-WGHQ shutdown

Pamal Broadcasting, owner of WGHQ AM 920 which broadcasts Kingston Community Radio five mornings a week, is working out a deal to donate their Port Ewen transmitter to Robin Hood Radio, the “smallest national public radio station in the country.” Robin Hood Radio, owned by not-for-profit Tri-State Public Communications broadcasts on WHDD FM 91.9 and...
Fleisher’s steely knives break it all down for the holidays

Fleisher’s steely knives break it all down for the holidays

To the visiting Wall Street stroller, the sight of a clean and gutted pig sawed right in half down the middle hanging on hooks on a rolling rack might be startling, bewildering or nauseating. To those around Uptown on a day-in, day-out basis, it’s business as usual. Every week, six tons of neatly trimmed animal...
HealthAlliance gets $6.5 million state grant

HealthAlliance gets $6.5 million state grant

“Five years in health care is a whole other world,” said David Scarpino, three months in the job as president and chief executive officer at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, the Kingston-based healthcare provider. “It’s no longer about bricks and mortar.” HealthAlliance announced at a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 20 that the state has awarded...
Station to station: QuickChek getting a whole lot bigger

Station to station: QuickChek getting a whole lot bigger

The sight of two QuickChek gas station/convenience stores across the street from one another at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Sawkill Road in the Town of Ulster may have some local residents recalling jokes about the proliferation of Starbucks Coffee franchises, but there’s a method to this particular madness: QuickChek was so popular it...
HealthAlliance decides it can no longer go it alone

HealthAlliance decides it can no longer go it alone

After a year of virtual silence about its long-term plans, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley late last week accepted the resignation of its CEO, David Lundquist, and disclosed that it’s been having affiliation talks for several months with potential merger partners. It appears that HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, the Kingston-based integrated healthcare system which...