Rondout
Hugh Reynolds: Center of attention

Hugh Reynolds: Center of attention

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” — Lawrence Peter Berra (1925-1915)  The late great Yankee catcher and manager’s classic malapropism referred to restaurants, but it could have been Kingston’s burgeoning downtown Rondout section. The question before the city planning board is this: Can this once desolate, boarded-up waterfront area of the city, lately thriving...
Letter: ICCHV will be good neighbor

Letter: ICCHV will be good neighbor

A good neighbor I wholeheartedly support the Irish Cultural Center, and I’ve been dismayed to read recent letters containing misinformation as to the “true” goals of the planners of the ICC. As a person of Irish descent, I have also been offended at the not-so-thinly veiled stereotypes of the “drunken Irish” that some writers warn...
It's all systems eat for Smorgasburg this Saturday

It’s all systems eat for Smorgasburg this Saturday

After several months of anticipation, with a few more months added because of delays, the upstate edition of Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s popular food and flea market, is ready to open this Saturday, Aug. 6, at the former Hutton Brickyards. “We’ve got a few last-minute things to take care of, but all the infrastructure work is done,...
Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill on the afternoon of Thursday, July 28 announced a pair of state initiatives for Kingston – $37 million for “a complete rehabilitation” of the Wurts Street Bridge – or, if it’s deemed necessary, a complete replacement – and an as-yet-unspecified sum for the Kingston Rail Trail. “This investment of $37 million will allow...
Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

No vetting for cultural center? I’m a neighbor of the proposed Irish Cultural Center (ICC) on Abeel Street in the Rondout. I’ve been voicing my concerns about the size and location of the project for some time, and I will clarify what those concerns are, but first I want to say that I am actually...
Stimuli of July — Provoking images in city’s galleries

Stimuli of July — Provoking images in city’s galleries

“Residual Tilt,” the exhibition of Paul Evans’ small oil paintings on panel currently on view at One Mile Gallery, 475 Abeel St., references the pinball machine in gallery owner Janet Hicks’ kitchen. “Pinball is an enclosed game with a rectangular structure and a ball, and every game is different,” said Evans, who lives in Los...
DOT, city agree and July 4 fireworks are saved

DOT, city agree and July 4 fireworks are saved

After lobbying from elected officials and a face-to-face meeting with Mayor Steve Noble, the state Department of Transportation has reversed a decision that could have squelched Kingston’s Fourth of July fireworks show. The fate of the annual fireworks show has been in doubt since mid-May, when Mayor Steve Noble received a letter from the DOT...
No July 4 fireworks? (UPDATE: Fireworks are go!)

No July 4 fireworks? (UPDATE: Fireworks are go!)

UPDATE: At about 10:30 Friday morning, the city posted the following on its Facebook page: “The City of Kingston is pleased to announce the annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks are on! Join the City of Kingston and the Kingston Waterfront Business Association for a wonderful night filled with music, food, fun and of...
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...
Kingston Greenline’s progress detailed at Kingston Land Trust meeting

Kingston Greenline’s progress detailed at Kingston Land Trust meeting

Got some spare time? The Kingston Greenline needs you! That was the message at the Kingston Land Trust-sponsored Trail Mixer held last Monday night at Immanuel Lutheran Church. More than 25 people, including city alderwomen Deborah Brown (Ward 9) and MaryAnn Mills (Ward 7), attended. Tim Weidemann, co-chair of the KLT’s Greenline committee, presented an...
Irish Cultural Center backers starting over again with site plan

Irish Cultural Center backers starting over again with site plan

Those behind the proposed Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley (ICCHV) in the Rondout are starting the planning process from scratch, after an attorney for a neighbor of the proposed facility raised serious questions about city officials’ vetting of the project. City Planner Suzanne Cahill met with ICCHV backers on Monday. At the meeting,...
What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

This week, the fate of the 158-year-old “Booth house,” a rare residential relic of the bluestone industry that once flourished in Wilbur, remained uncertain. The plan by the Kingston Fire Department’s Building & Safety Division to tear down the dilapidated stone building at 116 Wilbur on Feb. 20 got an 11th-hour reprieve after preservations protested....