Rondout
Wurts Street Bridge to close 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4

Wurts Street Bridge to close 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4

A historic bridge in downtown Kingston will get a badly needed facelift — and area drivers an unwelcome headache — in the coming months as work begins on the venerable span connecting Kingston and Port Ewen. Work is expected to begin on the Wurts Street Bridge, which runs between Abeel Street in Kingston and Connelly...
Pics of Kingston's record-setting ice cream sundae

Pics of Kingston’s record-setting ice cream sundae

Our photographer Phyllis McCabe was on hand at the Strand on Sunday for the construction and consumption of the record-breaking ice cream sundae, put together to mark Boice Bros. Dairy’s 100th year in business. Here’s some of what she brought back.  
Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Believe it … or not? Kingston Catholic School opens a window to space every single day.  In fact, Principal Jill Albert communicates regularly with NASA and students are helping to explore the impact of zero gravity on osteoporosis through studying the development stages of butterflies. Believe it … Or not? Believe it. Thanks to the...
Photos: Kingston digs out

Photos: Kingston digs out

We sent Phyllis McCabe out over the past three days to record the massive snow-removal operation begun in the mid-morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 20. After three days of titanic struggle against leviathan snow banks, ice-choked storm drains and myriad other challenges large and small, the combined forces of the city, led by the Department...
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...

Friday’s City of Kingston snow removal update!

Here’s a roundup of the various pronouncements from City Hall on the efforts to get the white stuff properly wrangled. The snow emergency is no longer in effect; the city thanks residents for their cooperation. Mayor Gallo and Fire Chief Brown jointly request that city residents help dig out buried fire hydrants. Earlier this afternoon,...
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....
Work on Rondout Creek Bridge expected next spring

Work on Rondout Creek Bridge expected next spring

Bids for painting, paving and repairing the long-neglected, rust-encrusted, bumpy (old) Rondout Creek Bridge will be advertised on Sept, 19, officials announced this week. “This will certainly not be a full-out repair,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, who has been lobbying the state Department of Transportation to address issues on the 90-year-old Wurts Street bridge for several years....
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,...
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...
Two architecturally notable Kingston residences fading fast

Two architecturally notable Kingston residences fading fast

Two side-by-side examples of the work of prominent Kingston architect Myron S. Teller stand empty today. The once-stately residences in Kingston’s East Chestnut Street historic district face an uncertain future. The condition of the houses at 11 and 17 East Chestnut has raised the concerns of neighbors, the Friends of Historic Kingston and the city’s...