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From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and in some cases were able to buy their freedom and own property. There were instances...
Cioni sale: Bids close, post-purchase rental terms not so

Cioni sale: Bids close, post-purchase rental terms not so

As details about the pair of bids received by the Kingston City School District for its Crown Street headquarters come into greater focus, it appears they may not have been as close as the dollar amount indicated. The Cioni Building presently houses KCSD’s administration, tax office and a board room where the Board of Education...
Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

If you’ve walked up North Front Street at any time since the Disco Era, you’ve probably at some point been greeted by two fashion-plated gentlemen — longtime Uptown fixtures and Rage Hair Salon owners Joe Perry and Mike McGowan. Susan Benincasa, who passed away in 2013, was Rage’s third beaming smile. My personal recollection of...
Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Bidding on a major public works project to fix once and for all a sinkhole that has plagued an Uptown Kingston neighborhood for more than three years has fallen behind schedule. The delay means that the project could stretch into the winter months and beyond. The sinkhole on Washington Avenue first appeared in May 2011....
Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Eleven of the area’s best bartenders swizzled their stuff for an all-star judges’ panel and the public at the Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge on Sunday, July 27. The charity cocktail competition, held at Rock and Rye Tavern in New Paltz, highlighted local restaurants, distilleries and farms, rewarding syntheses of seasonal ingredients and ingenuity with silver...
The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

Uptown Kingston is evolving. North Front Street just got four new businesses, all with owners from Brooklyn. “Uptown Kingston obviously isn’t Brooklyn North, and I laugh when I see real-estate ads for places in ‘Brooklyn Kingston’,” said Sari Botton, a writer and editor of an anthology of essays about loving New York City and leaving...
When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

Accurate descriptions of Kingston’s original stockade, built between 1658 and 1677, have eluded historians for centuries. And no wonder. The definitive 1695 original “Miller map” of the area went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after its creator’s ship was attacked by French privateers. The Rev. John Miller, who survived capture, later re-created the...
Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Citywide, police and parking enforcement staff are on pace to double the number of violations handed out last year for expired meters and other non-moving violations. Meanwhile the apparent ticket blitz has some in one neighborhood complaining of overzealous enforcement. “This year it’s been off the charts,” said Karen Clark-Adin, owner of the Bop to Tottom...
Poor dear

Poor dear

An Uptown Kingston coffee shop got some unexpected and unwelcome business when a young deer plowed through a glass door and proceeded to trash a storeroom before it was collared and hauled off by police and city Department of Public Works staff. The bizarre incident unfolded this Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m. at Hudson...
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...
Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Right around lunchtime in Uptown, you’re likely to bump into Commissioner of Jurors Paul T. O’Neill.  You’re always in for a rosy exchange of pleasant schmooze, clever wit and perhaps some smart snark if you’re so inclined. O’Neill is seamlessly cordial and polished, always quick to hold the door. He is a constant in the...
Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Kingston police and Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright confirmed this week that they’re investigating allegations that an off-duty city cop assaulted a man in an Uptown bar. Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti confirmed an incident took place involving an off-duty KPD officer at the Uptown establishment, but would not confirm the officer’s name or...