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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....
Book chronicles Kingston's most illustrious street

Book chronicles Kingston’s most illustrious street

The richest man in the county once lived high on Kingston’s “rich man’s” West Chestnut Street. His wealthy neighbors from time to time included at least half a dozen brick barons. And those bricks, along with millions of others produced in the mid-Hudson Valley, built a rapidly growing New York City. Lowell Thing’s history of...
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...
The calling: Elder Doris Schuyler on life, God and her work as a pastor

The calling: Elder Doris Schuyler on life, God and her work as a pastor

The Riverview Missionary Baptist Church has had a rich history going back more than 80 years, leading up to Elder Doris Edwards’ time at its helm. Located at 240 Catherine St., it started as a mission in 1933. It was located at Goldrick’s Landing near the brickyard, just north of Kingston Point, where the congregants...
Sangi’s showdown: Boarding-house owner to make his case before ZBA this Tuesday

Sangi’s showdown: Boarding-house owner to make his case before ZBA this Tuesday

Neighbors of a Downtown boarding house that city officials claim is operating illegally will have a chance to voice their opinions when the issue comes before Kingston’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Boarding house owner Joe Sangi has been locked in a legal battle with the city since late last year when...
Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

They call him “the bluestone guy.” Every Sunday for the last five years, Tyler Borchert, a Kingston native and local artist, positions himself on the Rondout, building and rebuilding sculptures made of stones and sticks. He uses the materials, very basic building blocks of nature, to create abstract-ish representations of human figures or Neolithic, Stonehenge-y...
Session works toward outline of Greenline

Session works toward outline of Greenline

What Kingston’s mile-and-a-half-long rail trail will look like and how it will link to the existing street fabric came into sharper focus at the Kingston Greenline community design workshop held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Monday, July 27. Representatives from Saratoga Associates (the Saratoga Springs-based consultancy that’s doing the design), KC Engineering and Hone Strategic presented...