The first capital of New York State is still thriving. With countless restaurants, stores and boutiques, local museums, historical sites and waterfront splendor, Kingston has something to offer every resident and visitor. Whether you want to spend the day touring the Hudson on the Rip Van Winkle cruise boat, feeding animals at the Forsythe Park Petting Zoo, or browsing in antique shops, you'll always find something fun to do in historically-rich Kingston. Up for the summer? Don't miss the Rondout's annual fireworks show the weekend before July 4, where the strip along the river overflows with local culture.
Kingston, the third oldest city and largest surviving early Dutch settlement in New York State, has some of the oldest and most historic architecture in the Hudson River Valley and the state. The street plan of the original walled village laid out in 1658 by Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherlands, remains today, and many limestone houses built by the early European settlers and their descendants still stand within the eight-block area known as the Historic District of Stockade...... Walking Tour of Stockade District.
A Kingston architect Scott Dutton who has played a significant role in the restoration and reuse of city buildings has purchased a former shirt factory at 45 Pine Grove Avenue. The 67,000-square-foot brick and wood-frame building stands behind the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County. The building was constructed in 1847 to house the Hudson River Lumberyard, was home to the shirt factory from 1892 until mid-1940s. Dutton has served as an architect for a number of private developers who have renovated building is Midtown Kingston and works with RUPCO on several of its affordable housing projects, including the one in the renovated Lace Mill building on Cornell Street, former MetLife building and E Square project.
Forget the Hamptons – New Yorkers have a new place to vacation, and it's a lot more rugged. Some wealthy people are trading their Hamptons beach mansions for rustic homes in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. According to recent analyses by vacation rental site HomeAway and location-intelligence company Foursquare.com, search interest in the Hudson Valley and Catskills has skyrocketed while interest in the Hamptons has remained flat or decreased. These buyers value the proximity to Manhattan, outdoor activities, and stunning landscape that the Hudson Valley offers. Dennis Crowley, the cofounder and executive chairman of Foursquare.com, recently bought a second home in Kingston, on the west side of the river in the mid-Hudson Valley. He even started a semi-pro soccer team in the area, called Stockade FC.....Read More