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Local KFC owner Darlene Pfeiffer to appear on French TV this fall

Local KFC owner Darlene Pfeiffer to appear on French TV this fall

Two Saturdays ago, a French TV crew paid a visit to the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise on Ulster Avenue. Reporter Clementine Mazoyer interviewed owner Darlene Pfeiffer about her meetings with Colonel Harland Sanders and the staff about the employee incentives and customer comment cards on the wall. She and cameraman Rudolph Darblay toured the kitchen...
Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Legislation currently making its way through the state Assembly and State Senate could clear the way for popular ride-sharing services to begin serving upstate communities. Uber, Lyft and other “transportation networking companies” (TNCs) use location-based mobile apps to connect riders with drivers. Unlike traditional taxi services, TNCs typically provide a technology platform to drivers who...
Two-month delay for Smorgasburg

Two-month delay for Smorgasburg

If you’ve spent the past few months anticipating the arrival of Smorgasburg, an open-air flea and food market at the former Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Initially planned to debut on Saturday, June 4, Smorgasburg’s owners are now saying it won’t hit town for another two months. “It’s...
Brooklyn's popular Smorgasburg food & flea market comes to Kingston this June

Brooklyn’s popular Smorgasburg food & flea market comes to Kingston this June

Smorgasburg, a hugely popular Brooklyn-based food and flea market, is coming to Kingston in June. It will be opening a weekly open-air flea and food market on the banks of the Hudson River at the former Hutton brickyard. There’s considerable room for optimism in Smorgasburg’s foray. Food was already a component at Brooklyn Flea before...
Senate Garage is Uptown's latest event space

Senate Garage is Uptown’s latest event space

What was once a water-filter factory that just happened to be plunked down next door to the birthplace of democratic government in New York State is now the Senate Garage. The building at the corner of Fair and North Front streets bought a while back by New York City folk Don and Judy Tallerman also...
Charles Ferri aims to bring ‘destination distillery’ to Esopus

Charles Ferri aims to bring ‘destination distillery’ to Esopus

The way he tells it, Charles Ferri had always wanted to get back to the Hudson Valley and set up a top-notch distillery. The way there just happened to go through Oregon. Ferri, who grew up in Hopewell Junction and graduated from John Jay High School, worked on Wall Street for a spell but made...
Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses' Santa?

Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses’ Santa?

Mayor Shayne Gallo said this week he was simply responding to the wishes of business owners when he rescinded an executive order last week granting free parking at all metered spaces in Kingston. The controversy, which aroused allegations of Grinch-like behavior on social media, began on Dec. 9 when Gallo issued the executive order suspending...
Pilgrim Pipeline application moves forward, but resistance building

Pilgrim Pipeline application moves forward, but resistance building

After Pilgrim Pipeline filed applications for permits to use the Thruway corridor as a right-of-way last week, opponents of the 178-mile crude oil/refined petroleum products pipeline restated their opposition to the project and demanded that the state Department of Environmental Conservation lead the environmental review rather than the Thruway Authority. “These pipelines would directly contradict...
To go global, Tonner stays local

To go global, Tonner stays local

A little synergy between two Uptown Kingston businesses has resulted in a brand-new website for one of the most important doll companies in the world. On Monday evening, persons from the Tonner Doll Co. and Evolving Media Network, both companies headquarted on Wall Street, gathered for a formal unveiling of Tonner’s new website, designed by...
Public will get input on Midtown shooting range proposal

Public will get input on Midtown shooting range proposal

The public will get a chance on Dec. 14 to offer their opinions on a proposal to convert an old doctor’s office at 90 Prince St. in Midtown Kingston into an indoor shooting range. The application by Dr. Adam Soyer, currently under consideration by the city planning board, wasn’t originally going to have a public...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses are located in repurposed factory buildings in the industrial belt of Midtown along the railroad...
Danielle and 'Jacques': a magazine reborn looks to take over

Danielle and ‘Jacques’: a magazine reborn looks to take over

It’s the tail end of the lunch rush at Uptown Kingston’s Outdated Café. Danielle Leder is digging into an omelet and plotting domination of the softcore pornography industry. “I want to become the standard,” says the 29-year-old fashion model turned magazine publisher. “I want to take down Playboy.” It’s a bold statement from a woman...