Smorgasburg To Open Weekly Open Air Market In Upstate New York

Feb. 16, 2016  // PRNewswire

Smorgasburg, the wildly successful food and flea market offshoot of Brooklyn Flea is coming to Kingston and vicinity beginning June 4th.   The open-air market will feature dozens of upstate food vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques on 10 gorgeous acres of the former Hutton Brickyards site on the banks of the Hudson River.  Delicious foods from local area chefs and purveyors like Outdated (Kingston) and Raven & Boar (East Chatham) will joinBrooklyn gastronomic all-stars such as Ramen Burger and Lumpia Shack to create the region's tastiest weekly destination. Also on the menu: Fresh produce, snacks and packaged foods from the likes of Sawkill Farm (Red Hook) as well as vintage and salvage finds from Factory Hill (Philmont). Wash it all down with a selection of the New York State craft beer while relaxing only steps from the river's edge.

"Bringing our movable feast to Upstate New York is the natural evolution for a company that's been celebrating and promoting local food businesses for the past decade," said Jonathan Butler who, along with Eric Demby, founded the Brooklyn Flea in 2008 and Smorgasburg in 2011. "There's a renaissance occurring in the creative economy in the Hudson Valley that we are looking forward to being a part of.  We think Kingston, with its central location, storied history, beautiful riverfront environment, and vibrant community, is the perfect place to pitch our tent (or in this case, tents)."

Abandoned with rusting structures for the past 30 years, the Hutton Brickyards site will undergo an initial clean up and reconstruction of some of the historic buildings and areas on the property as part of the launch of the market.  For decades the Brickyards was a leading provider of jobs to Kingston and supplier of bricks to New York City and beyond.  The opening of the site to the public, will offer visitors a magical slice of local history. New owner MWest Holdings has worked closely with Smorgasburg to preserve and activate the iconic steel structures that prior owners planned to tear down and turn into residential condos. The team is working closely withKingston officials to make sure the market and its associated use meets all the local regulations and requirements to assure the public's safety.

Recently elected Mayor of Kingston, Steve Noble has been instrumental in making the market a reality. "As an environmentalist and avid Hudson River kayaker, I've admired the beauty and faded grandeur of the Hutton Brickyards site for years," said Mayor Noble. "I'm thrilled that this historic site, an industrial engine for the city for much of the 20th Century, will be preserved and reborn as a hub of economic and cultural activity for the 21st Century. My administration is committed to fostering small business growth in Kingston and I see Smorgasburg as an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem."

The opening of Smorgasburg on the site will mark the first time in three decades that the public will be able to access the site and enjoy the stunning views of the Hudson River and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. "We are so excited and proud to be the stewards of such an important property and to have a chance to use it to celebrate the region's agricultural roots and burgeoning food scene," said MWest President Karl Slovin. "Our goal is to carefully bring the Hutton Brickyards back to life with proven taste makers who love the history and urban archeology of the site as much as we do.  This is the first step in what we hope will be a long-term partnership with the community to make this site a rich cultural destination of choice for locals and tourists alike."

The Hutton Brickyards is located at 100 North Street in Kingston, NY, a short drive from historic Uptown Kingston and the Rondout neighborhood. Smorgasburg will be held on Saturdays starting June 4 through the end of October, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to apply to be a vendor please visit  Smorgasburg is also launching a new market inDowntown Los Angeles every Sunday starting June 19.

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Uptown Kingston ‘on the edge of a big renewal’

KINGSTON >> Uptown, the consensus goes, is on the upswing.

Kingston’s historic Stockade District is bustling with activity by small technology firms, eclectic retailers, mainstay businesses, an amped-up music scene and events that draw thousands of people.

Kevin Quilty, a longtime member of the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA), said there’s no question the Uptown business district is fast becoming a hot spot.

“I think that, right now, we are on the edge of a big renewal in Uptown,’ Quilty said. “All the pieces are in place right now. ... We are in a very good place.”

Gone is the past incessant talk about Uptown being a ghost town that shoppers abandoned to go to the big-box stores and the malls in the town of Ulster, Quilty said.

“I don’t think there are any available spaces,” Quilty said of Uptown’s storefront occupation.

At the same time, the town of Ulster business district is suffering, having lost large J.C. Penney, Office Depot and Sport Authority stores in the past year and losing Macy’s in the coming months.

Quilty said there is a youthful revival that has spawned widespread interest in Uptown Kingston, and not just as a shopping area.

“I see unfamiliar faces on the streets, mostly they are younger, men and women, all communicating with each other,” he said.

Former Mayor Shayne Gallo, who led the city from the start of 2012 until the end of 2015, said the Uptown buzz is palpable.

“People come and see Uptown and think that this would be a good place to work, live and play,” Gallo said.

He noted, in particular, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Wall Street, which the organizers say is attended by a crowd in the thousands.

The O+ and Chronogram festivals also have been huge draws, while the summertime Kingston Farmers Market on one block of Wall Street draws crowds every Saturday.

Uptown also is getting buzz and a boost from a plan by three young entrepreneurs to bring a food emporium called the Kingston Food Exchange to the former F.W. Woolworth store on Wall Street.

Zach Lewis, Bradford Beckerman and Ben Giardullo are planning a $6 million undertaking to create the healthy food emporium in the long-vacant storefront.

The three men formed a company called BBG Ventures, while a company called 311 Partners, owned by Lewis’ father, Hugh, purchased the 35,000-square-foot Wall Street space for $475,000 at a bankruptcy sale.

The partners say they will turn the former five-and-dime store into a center for healthy food, complete with a 9,000-square-foot organic grocery and a small café, both on the main floor. The grocery store and cafe will have their own names. There also will be 9,000 square feet set aside on the main floor in which up to 12 vendors will be able to operate.

The basement is to have commercial kitchen facilities for rent and an area for on-site fresh cooking. There will also be a community space for food and cooking education, among other things.

Giardullo said the choice of Uptown Kingston had a lot to do with the vibrancy of the area.

“I think that Hudson River towns are seeing a rapid revitalization,’ he said. “I think a lot of young people who are like-minded progressive people are looking for better options than the higher rents in New York City.”

Giardullo said Kingston, including Uptown, is a walkable city with a number of features that lure investors and people who just want to live here.

“It is the overall lifestyle,” he said. “I think a number of people are looking for a better balance between work and access to nature. ... I think Kingston is really starting to pick up on these efforts and these demographics, and it’s happening all over Kingston, not just Uptown.”

Among other changes Uptown, the popular boutique Bop to Tottom moved in October from one storefront on Wall Street to another, giving itself more space. And the John Street restaurant Duo, around the corner from the old Bop to Tottom location, announced it would expand into the vacant space.

Tom Hoffay, the Uptown area’s former alderman and a lifelong Kingston resident, credited a burgeoning music and technology scene with aiding the Uptown revival.

“It is all centered around the music business and the computer business in Uptown,” Hoffay said, adding that reasonable rents in the area help attract millennials.

“If people can live or room over some of the venues, I think that is an attraction,” he said, citing BSP (Backstage Studio Productions) on Wall Street as one of the draws.

Hoffay also noted Pugsly’s Barbershop, a new Apple computer store, Vapology, the Exit 19 furniture store and Outdated, a stored billed as an “antiques café” where almost everything is for sale.

Aaron Sheldon of Highland, a partner in Vapology, said he and his associates were so impressed with Uptown that they signed a lease the same day they looked at the 39 North Front St. locations a few months ago.

The store offers accessories and other products relating to electronic cigarettes.

“We have a shop in Poughkeepsie and we were looking to expand,” Sheldon said. “We saw the [Uptown Kingston] space, and it is just such a beautiful building.”

He said the business is “doing well.”

KUBA President Jane Garity also is bullish on the Uptown area.

“I understand there’s nothing left for sale on Wall, Fair or John streets,” she said. “Everybody at KUBA is working together, and there’s lot’s of harmony. ...

“People are looking at us as a viable alternative to living in the city,” Garity said, referring to New York. “You have great access to the city, but you don’t have to be sitting in Manhattan every day.”

Staff writer Brian Hubert contributed to this report.


• Co-founder/CEO of BBG Ventures LLC, company establishing Kingston Food Exchange in former Woolworth store on Wall Street in Uptown Kingston.

• Sole proprietor of Hudson Valley Market LLC business development and food systems consulting.

• Independent sales at Hudson Valley Harvest LLC, Kingston-based distributor for 50 farms in Hudson Valley.

• Board of Directors chairman at Common Ground Farm, a Beacon-based non-profit farm focused on food access, food justice and food education programs.

• Lives in Beacon; co-founder/co-coordinator of Beacon Food Cooperative.

• Grew up in Rosendale, graduated from Rondout Valley High School and University of New Hampshire (bachelor’s degree in mathematics).

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Kingston Repair Cafe

Kingston Repair Cafe at Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 122 Clinton  Avenue, Kingston. 

"We fix anything for free. Bring your broken but beloved small appliances, mechanical, electrical things, bring clothes and toys, wooden furniture and knickknacks, bring broken books, china, glass, jewelry. You bring it, we will try to fix it! Refreshments supplied."

11-3pm Saturday 23 January.


Kingston, NY on Escape Brooklyn

Kingston, NY

By Erin @escape_bklyn · On December 29, 2014

Kingston is a small and historic city about 2 hours north of New York City, in the beautiful setting of the Northern Hudson Valley. Because it’s the largest city in the region, Kingston serves as a central hub for both tourists and locals alike. Like many Hudson Valley towns, it’s history, natural beauty and affordability are attractive to creative and entrepreneur-types. As a result, the area is going through a bit of a revival, and there’s no shortage of new and great things happening here. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of local mom-and-pop or long-standing gems, either–just see all the comments below from readers!

If you’re planning a visit, a good time to plan around is the O+ festival, which is now in it’s sixth year and is a weekend long celebration of music and art, in the name of connecting artists and musicians with affordable healthcare. Another great reason to visit: music venue BSP Kingston hosts some of the best lineups north of NYC! For even more ideas, check out the Kingston Happenings blog with a calendar of community events.

What to do: Kingston is very much a “city”, albeit a small one. Pick an area to hang out in, and explore the area for the day.

• Midtown Kingston: Here is where you might be hard-pressed to do an entire day, but it’ s worth a visit nonetheless. The standout in midtown is Zaborski’s, a huge warehouse that’s literally stuffed to the brim with collectibles, antiques and salvage stuff for the home. The bottom floors are mostly “smalls” like electronics, neon signs, small lighting fixtures, wood boxes, etc. The upper floors are kept busy by first-time home owners and set builders from the city that come here for salvaged bathtubs, doors, lighting fixtures and other architectural salvage. Prices can be a little steep, but pick out a few things and try to get a bundle deal. (Worth noting: it’s not heated or air conditioned, so if you’re doing in summer/winter, dress appropriately.)

Before or after Zaborski’s, there’s a handful of places to grab a bite in this area. For beer and a burger, we really liked the The Anchor. Not quite a divey tavern, but also not gastropub, they have a great beer selection and are known for their burgers. For something quicker, there’s a little sandwich shop closeby called Joe Beez. Like many sandwich shops, their probably-stoner-inspired creations are named after Jerry Garcia and Wu-Tang Clan alike. For quick coffee or pastries, Monkey Joe is across the street from Zaborski’s that might be a good stop before going in to dig.

• Uptown: Uptown Kingston, also known as the Stockade District, is rich in historic architecture and neighborhoods; it’s also got lots of bars, restaurants, shopping and cafes. Wall Street, the “main street” in this part of the city, hosts a farmers market in the summer and is rumored to have a flea market next year. This part of town is very walkable, and the the Trailways Bus drops off here. (Also, the AirBNB home we stayed at is located here!) For breakfast or early lunch, you absolutely cannot beat Outdated Cafe. Part-cafe, part-antique shop, this place combines two of our favorite things and does a superb job at both. While you’re waiting for your order, marvel at the treasures upstairs… And when you’re done eating, head to the basement for a great selection of true vintage clothing and accessories. By the time you’re done with breakfast at Outdated, it might be lunchtime. Diego’s Taqueria is a new Mexican place offering fresh tacos, tortas and salads (and also a kids menu.) We had an amazing lunch at Yum Yum Noodle Bar too; because there’s nothing quite like ramen noodles during cold weather.

It’s easy to kill an afternoon in this part of town eating and shopping. For music lovers, check out Rocket Number Nine on Wall St. for strictly vinyl; also the new Rhino Records has a great selection of books, CDs and vinyl. And on that note, if you’re in town for the evening, make sure to check out the schedule at BSP Kingston for indie shows.

For dinner, our hosts insisted that we check out Duo Bistro… And while it turned out their son worked there–hence the recommendation–it was very, very good. But the most popular restaurant in town is probably Boitson’s, with a farm-fresh ingredients and a cozy, intimate atmosphere. The menu is small (think: focused) but with lots of rotating specials to keep it interesting. Check out the fabulous back patio in the summer! (Side note: You can also stay upstairs at The Inn At Boitson’s.)

As far as nightlife goes, there’s a lot of great bars. This is by no means a sleepy upstate town! We loved Stockade Tavern for classic cocktails and the atmosphere; the tin roof, fireplace and candle-lit bar was the perfect way to spend an evening. For beer lovers, Keegan Ales is a must–the Hurricane Kitty IPA is one of our favorites! We often stop into Keegan on our way into the mountains for a growler.

• Downtown/Rondout: Once it’s own city independent from Kingston, the Rondout area of Kingston is set at the foot of the Hudson River.  Because the “main street” (Broadway) here is on a giant hill, it feels vaguely reminiscent of San Fransisco. It’s lined with cool small businesses and feels the most quaint of all the areas in Kingston. Start your morning at Grounded NY for a cup of coffee and pastries; she also does catering for events small and large using fresh, local ingredients from Hudson Valley farmers. Next, head to Milne and On the Hill Antiques for two stellar antique shops with lots of local Hudson Valley and Catskills antique stuff. They’re about two blocks from each other. Next up, stop into Kingston Wine Co. which was opened by two ex-Brooklynites, who left the city in search of a better life. Their large selection and beautiful store have made them the wine destination in the HV/Catskills area. Let Michael and Theresa help you pick out a perfect bottle of wine and tell you about their story of leaving the city and moving to Kingston–it’s a good one!

For lunch, make your way down to Mexican joint Armadillo Cafe. The salsa is fantastic–fresh and light–and otherwise your typical, solid Mexican restaurant. If it’s a nice day, walk off all the cheese and chips at the riverside, and download iPhone app Arrivals by artist Viv Corringham for a guided tour of the area. Check out the many galleries by the water, too!

• The Catskills: If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, Kingston is known as the “gateway to the Catskills.” Take Route 28 (or hop on the Trailways Bus) into the mountains and make a day of stopping at barn sales, or hike in Big Indian and stop by Peekamoose for dinner. For a fun mini-daytrip, Phoenicia is an awesome little town that’s getting tons of press lately.

Where to stay: Kingston’s citizens are a crafty/arty bunch, so it’s no surprise that the AirBNB listings here are pretty fantastic. We highly recommend staying at theChurch des Artistes–which is exactly what you might presume it is from the name. Husband and wife–composer Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick–bought this property some 20 years ago as weekenders. They had been renovating and restoring for years before finally moving to Kingston permanently. Though there’s great food in Kingston, whatever you do–don’t pass up their $10 breakfast which is available from 8-10.

We also stayed at the Round Room in this AirBNB, a beautiful home built in the late 1800’s by a lumber tycoon. It’s an absolutely beautiful home–and historic landmark–with unique and original wood details throughout.  This room is on the second floor; the other smaller rooms are on the third floor. The third floor rooms share a small but beautiful bathroom, and the second floor’s is shared with Bob the famously grumpy cat. (Despite having three of our own, thus being cat experts–this cat still hated us.) The hosts, Chrissy and Nick Sakes, are an ex-Bushwick couple who left the city in search of a better, more affordable life and landed on this home. It’s a short walking distance to Uptown Kingston, where most bars, restaurants and shopping are located.

As mentioned above, there are also a couple apartments you can stay in above Boitson’s. 20% off all food and drinks during your stay at the restaurant below. Often bands playing in town will stay here so you never know who you will run into! Apartments can sleep up to 5 people between the two if you’re looking for a place to stay with a group of friends or family. Rooms have full bathrooms and kitchen, espresso machines, 48″ flat screen televisions, “an awesome stereo system (with turntable) and a collection of eclectic vinyl on site”.

Upstater: Real Estate is the Game, and The Buzz is in Kingston

HAYNES LLEWELLYN  |   APRIL 27, 2015  | 

There is a buzz in the air this Spring; not the buzzing of bees but the buzz of real estate. Parking spaces for condos in D.C. list for $100,000+. Multi-million dollar listings in Manhattan receive seven offers in one day. Everywhere you turn it seems everyone is either buying or selling real estate. So how is the real estate market in our corner of the world? Have the repeated articles about Kingston’s artistic community, restaurants, and bars in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and countless blogs affected the local market? Has the county’s endless supply of 18th century stone houses started selling again? Is Woodstock still a popular selling area? Are there new hot-beds rising within Ulster County? Searching for just these answers and many more, I contacted my friend and realtor Harris Safier.

As I have indicated previously, Harris Safier of Westwood Metes and Bounds, LTD was both the listing and purchasing agent for our real estate transactions in 2014. A seasoned veteran with over thirty-eight years experience in the Ulster County real estate market, Harris is as knowledgeable as they come. Through the decades Harris and his husband Robert Tonner – founder of the Tonner Doll Company – have purchased and sold an endless number of properties. The couple’s holdings currently include eleven properties scattered throughout the Ulster County region.

In the last year there has been a shift in the local housing market. The large multi-million dollar properties in Kerhonkson, Stone Ridge, and even Woodstock seem to be moving rather slower than in previous years. Of the 54 luxury properties within the county only six are currently showing accepted offers. Recent sales indicate there has been a slowing in the $750,000+ market. The sales of eighteenth century stone houses – once the jewel of the region – seem to once again be gaining strength. According to Harris, “younger couples are starting to realize they can re-adapt the centuries old houses in a non-traditional manner.” Overall real estate prices are up eight percent compared to those in 2014. The average selling price has been $210,143 with the median selling price of $175,00. In the typically strong market in Woodstock, the average sale price has been $369,967 with a median sell price of $308,450.

As obsessed with real estate as we are at Upstater, the question remains: what are the current hot spots in the county? Thanks to the popularity of both the Phonecia Diner and the boom in country weddings, Shandaken and Margaretville have seen an upswing in sales. However, the buzz seems to be all about Kingston. A recent listing had eleven showings within the first week. Of those 11 showings, 10 of the prospective buyers were from Brooklyn. Indeed, the shift in Kingston does seem to be toward a growing influx of young buyers from Brooklyn and Williamsburg. To walk the streets of Kingston is to realize the housing stock begins with the seventeenth century, then journeys through every period of architecture until the late twentieth century.

Having experienced various boom periods throughout its nearly four century history, Kingston boasts the glories of Gilded Age and Victorian mansions intermingled with colonial revivals and mid-century moderns. Commercially, the stock of former industrial spaces, mixed with buildings in the Uptown Stockade area and in the Rondout Waterfront have caused the market to expand as well. Commercial buildings in the Uptown and Midtown districts are starting to sell strongly. In many instances the commercial spaces also include upper-level areas perfectly suitable for conversion to loft spaces. Speaking from personal experience, the walkability and growth in the number of dining options have made the Uptown section of Kingston particularly appealing. To shop and dine in Kingston is to find oneself in a bustling area of people from all age groups.

An ingenious marketer, Safier constantly seeks ways to promote Westwood and the mid-Hudson Valley region. Through his association with the Leading Real Estate Companies of The World and their co-siteLuxury Portfolio International, Safier has expanded his company’s reach. The higher market properties featured on the Luxury Portfolio compete effectively with similar properties in other regions. Thanks to Safier’s association with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Gary and I were able to sell our former Kingston home. Seeking to expand his market base, Safier launched six years ago. I was thrilled by the possibilities of the site. By plugging in certain parameters such as interests, proximity to the city, and the type of community desired, you are instantly connected to descriptions of areas which best match your criteria. Currently, bestplace2move reaches thirty-three counties throughout New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. It is through marketing strategies such as these that Westwood has expanded the Real Estate growth in the region. The perfect storm of real estate occurs when the forces of media, timing, and economy come into play. It seems 2015 just might be the year for it in Kingston.

Because I love to talk houses, I’ll add a designer’s perspective to the discussion. I daily scan listings from all over, and am frequently asked by potential sellers and agents to preview properties. I love nothing more; I’m a real estate addict. However, one point of frustration I’ve had until recently is the lack of visibility for local “diamonds in the rough.” Yes, the great $750,000+ properties have luxurious baths and state-of-the-art kitchens. However, give me a great colonial revival or an arts-and-crafts style home and my heart begins to pulse. Thanks to the prevalence of IBM in the 1950’s, the area has a terrific selection of mid-century houses. Some of these houses were initially equipped with cutting edge technology of the era; intercom systems, dial-controlled lighting, bars which harken back to the days of ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ and kitchens reminiscent of ‘The Jetsons’ can often be found in these homes. In Kingston you may purchase an actual mansion without the fear of paying the cursed “mansion tax,” which is applied to all properties selling for over one million dollars in Manhattan. In fact you can typically purchase a mansion in Kingston in the price range of three to six hundred thousand dollars. In many cases, homes with Tiffany windows, intricate moldings, and magnificent detailing are awaiting renovation. Updating a historic or older home is not necessarily to yearn for a former era. Instead, in the twenty-first century, terrific older properties may be readapted for contemporary living and furnishings. With the ever-growing popularity of AirBNB, a restored home located conveniently close to skiing, hiking and boating can become the proverbial cash cow.

There is a buzz this spring season. The buzz surrounds the real estate opportunities available in Kingston and the surrounding cities of Ulster County. The onset of Spring might be the perfect time for a drive Upstate. Who knows, your dream home might be waiting off of Exit 19.

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Celebrate Community: Event June 18

Celebrate Community, June 18 5:30p-9p on The Senate House Lawn, rain or shine, RUPCO fundraiser, Live & Silent auctions, Dining Out Hudson Valley Book (worth $1000 in gift certificates to local restaurants and eateries), dinner, music, $75 dinner tickets, Sponsorships starting at $500.

You too can create homes, support people and improve communities ~ Join us for the 13th Annual Celebrate Community, where fundraising and friend gathering meet to raise monies for RUPCO’s programs and services. Purchase your dinner ticket now online; cost is $75.  Dining Out Book raffle tickets also available here online ($10 per ticket, $25 for 3, $45 for 6).

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Celebrate Community Festivities
5:30 Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction, Music by TBA
6:30 Welcome with James Childs, Board Chairman and Kevin O’Connor, CEO
6:45 Farm-to-table Buffet by Bridge Creek Catering
7:45 Dessert and Live Auction
8:00 Raffle drawing for RUPCO’s Dining Out Restaurant Book


In the fall of 2012, a young artist and a tattooist secretly began spray-painting red goats throughout Kingston’s Uptown Stockade district. Some condemned the red goats as vandalism; others lauded them as public art. Either way, the goats became something of a brand for Kingston; those same images of red goats showed up in far-off places like Brooklyn, Missouri, Miami, and even Canada, warranting a story in the New York Times.

The goats, which could symbolize the city’s bloody history or its dogged resilience, got the message out: Kingston may have struggled, but it’s plenty cool. Mayor Shayne Gallo, who is on a mission to redevelop and enliven the city, says he appreciates the red goats as a free branding tool and calling card to the rest of the world. Today the red goat lives on as the logo for the Kingston Film Festival, now in its third year. That bloody history started when the city was the site of violence between Dutch settlers and the Esopus Indians in the early 1600s. In 1777, as New York State’s capital, Kingston was burned down by the British. Over 300 of the Uptown Stockade district’s original 18th-century stone buildings were lost, but 41 were reconstructed and remain. In the early 1900s the city thrived in manufacturing and as a transport center, but these industries declined by the time IBM arrived in 1955. Forty years later, IBM left, taking away 7,100 jobs and leaving 25 vacant buildings on a 256-acre campus.

Today, the campus is called TechCity, meant to be a small-business incubator. Though a welcome idea, the vision has yet to be fully realized, but residents remain hopeful.There are three main sections of Kingston. Midtown had been badly blighted, especially around crime-ridden Henry Street, except for a few brave institutions like the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) and the YMCA. It’s now safer and attracting new businesses and residents, thanks to the city’s plans to turn the area into a tech corridor.

Uptown Kingston, with its narrow, walkable streets, is busy with small businesses, and it’s the more historically preserved area. The picturesque main drag of Wall Street has undergone a makeover, and the area’s culinary scene has blossomed.

The Rondout district, also called the Strand, features a waterfront and marina where three bodies of water meet; it’s slated for an extensive redevelopment. Over the past decade, thanks to a crackdown on drugs, many of its formerly neglected storefronts have become art galleries, eateries, and shops offering goods from designer baby clothes to motorcycle upholstery. Much of the Victorian architecture was lost to urban renewal in the 1960s, but the Rondout still has attractive architectural offerings, and the neighborhood varies in topography, with some gently sloping hills. At night, the tree-lined, sloping streets can be as quiet as the countryside.


In 2007, Bloomberg Businessweek named Kingston the fifth best place in the country for artists to live. The city’s arts scene is thriving and its music scene is taking off too, with the popular indie band Bishop Allen recently relocating to the city from Brooklyn and the continuing rise of the annual O+ Festival, a music and art event that promotes health insurance for artists. With its waterfront walkways and outdoor summer films and festivals, family-friendly Kingston isn’t vying for the title of “the New Brooklyn.” It doesn’t so much want to strut its stuff as it wants to be discovered, quietly, and given its due.


Uptown is the most desirable neighborhood in the 8.5 miles of Kingston. It includes Colonial, Federal, Queen Anne, and grand Victorian houses, usually ranging from $250,000 to $400,000. Prices in the Rondout range from $65,000 for tiny brick Victorians and Federals to $300,000 for larger, well- maintained Victorians. Rentals in both Uptown and the Rondout run from about $700 for a condominium to $1,300 for a full house or large apartment. In parts of still-blighted Midtown, low-priced, two-family homes needing minor to major work abound, but these bargains also come with urban problems like gangs and drugs, both of which are being targeted by the city’s revitalization plan, which will be implemented in stages over the next decade. Smaller, mostly Victorian homes can be had from as low as $100,000.

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Rocket Number Nine

If you're looking for used or new vinyl Rocket Number Nine in Uptown Kingston is your spot.  Owner, Doug Wygal, curated the store which just opened its doors this past July.  The store is modern and cool unlike most stuffy record stores.  They also hold great events so be sure to check out their Facebook page, Rocket Number Nine, to learn more.  Congrats to our new Kingston, neighbors! 

50 N Front St
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-331-8217

O+ Festival, Oct 10-12

Oct 10-12

The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music and the arts. O+ participating artists exchange their contributions for health care services from art-loving doctors, dentists, and other wellness providers at the O+ Clinic. In short, it’s a grassroots, band-aid solution to inaccessible healthcare for the creative community. By programming the festival’s art and music events in various, venues (bars, restaurants, storefronts, even offices) throughout one neighborhood, O+ supports and unites local businesses and residents, artists, musicians and doctors, strengthening the fabric of a community to make it stronger, more sustainable, and more vibrant.

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Diego's Taqueria now open in Uptown Kingston

Congrats to our new neighbor, Diego's Taqueria Kingston. What a great addition to Uptown Kingston!

We tried the sweet corn rubbed in a creamy chilli rub, a couple tacos and the bean salad and it was scrumptious!

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Cold in July showing at the Rosendale Theatre

Recognize the location in Kingston from the screenshot above? 

It was just last summer that Michael C Hall stayed at The Saint James Kingston vacation rental in Kingston, New York while filming Cold In July. It's the fourth film this year that has been filmed in the Hudson Valley! 

Now the movie is now being shown at Rosendale Theatre July 21, 23, and 24th, 2014.

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Friends of Historic Kingston Annual Preservation Awards 20

On April 27th, 2014, The Friends of Historic Kingston (Fred J. Johnston Museum), and the chair of Friends' Preservation Committee awarded 4 homes in Kingston with their prestigious awards.  

Four awards were presented by Hayes Clement.

Julian Lesser and Philippe Trinh was awarded for the restoration of their home, The Saint James Kingston built in 1892.  

James Aguiar and Mark Haldeman was awarded for their preservation of the Abelove House built in 1958.

Frank Flynn was awarded for his restoration of the 1890 Dr. Chrispell House at the corner of Fair and Pearl Street.


The 1890 Saint James' House: 

"Before" photo as shown in first photo before renovation.  

The 1958 Abelove House: 

Dolce, Kingston

Dolce, Kingston

Voted "One of our best places to eat breakfast in 2014".  One of the best crepes we ever had too.  They're so popular the owner, Alessandra Tecchio keeps 14 delicious crepes constantly on her menu.  Gluten free dishes available.  Dolce, Kingston is located in the Rondout in downtown Kingston!

The Saint James Kingston on Design Sponge again!

We always love seeing a little Kingston represented on great design blogs like Design Sponge (  Here's an article about designing with mirrors by Amy Azzarito.

Mirrors are every designers not-so-secret secret. From bringing in more light to making a small space feel larger to even adding a little drama to the space – a mirror is seriously your best design friend. (And you can find some seriously good deals on craigslist and at thrift stores) Here are some of my favorite mirrors from our sneak peek archives – everything from frameless round mirrors to mirrors in ornate frames and even a mirrored hallway. There’s plenty of inspiration to bring a little reflected light into your February Monday. 



Image above: Elegant with a masculine touch: the ornate Versailles mirror softens the room while rugged pieces like the antique barn chair, 1800s shot gun and cast iron animals in this Hudson Valley home help to add a masculine touch.

Full article here:  Design Sponge


Compost Valley: Composting to come to Ulster County & Kingston soon!

Compost a Reality in the Hudson Valley

By Matthew Taylor

Woodstock NY Transition, established in 2011, began with a small initiating group, producing Public Information sessions and movies.  As the core group developed a workable structure, including a Constitution and Orientation Packet, 12 Working Groups evolved.  One of these Working Groups began as Greenware to Go, with the mission of converting local restaurants’ tableware to recyclable/biodegradable products. Quickly, the Working Group discovered this mission was too small and were determined to convert local business to a complete composting program.  They quickly discovered Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, which had a highly functioning composting facility in nearby Kingston, accepting all forms of compostable/biodegradable materials.  The working group changed its name to WOW, Woodstock Organic Waste, and went looking for a vendor who would be willing and able to haul compostables from Woodstock restaurants and stores to the nearby facility.  Miraculously, Compost Valley showed Up!

Compost Valley, a local and privately owner compost hauler, is on a mission to transform New York’s Hudson Valley, a region renowned for its natural beauty and local, sustainable food scene. According to founders Julian Lesser and Philippe Trinh, compost is the next crucial step for the Hudson Valley to remain on the cutting edge of the green movement.  Together, WOW and Compost Valley were ready to create a compost hauling route for Woodstock.
Woodstock NY Transition has fostered numerous relationships in the community through its commitment to introducing and embracing positive, sustainable change. WOW has played a vital role in raising local awareness of the importance of composting. It has acted as an essential liaison between local businesses and Compost Valley, enabling the project to transition from idea to reality. 
Compost Valley is establishing itself as the area’s first commercial and residential compost hauling service, making the popular farm-to-table ethos more sustainable by extending it to include table-to-farm as well. Since the program provides materials and offers customized pickup schedules, composting is a simple commitment for businesses and homes alike. 
The primary challenge is getting people to reevaluate what they think of as “garbage.” A significant portion of what we discard is actually compostable organic waste, meaning that much of the content in our landfills could instead be recycled and turned into a rich soil. This compost then remains in the local community and enriches the land for farms and gardens.   
Lesser and Trinh, whose home is in Kingston, see this project as beneficial not only for their beloved Hudson Valley community but also for the progressive environmental movement as a whole. They envision composting as the 21st century equivalent to recycling, which only became prominent in the 1980’s and is now one of the most fundamental aspects of waste management. 
Thanks to Woodstock NY Transition, Woodstock is set to have the first compost pick-up route in Ulster County. This has enormous positive implications on both the global and local scale. In addition to reducing Woodstock’s carbon footprint and fighting against global warming, local schools and farms can actually make use of the organic waste the community generates. 
This is an exciting time for the Hudson Valley, and a testament to the profound impact of projects initiated by dedicated community members.

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