Having been a lifelong Kingston resident, it is very exciting to see the recent resurgence in the City – to the point where it’s now known as “Brooklyn North.”. Having been a center of shipping and manufacturing of shirts, lace curtains, cigars and bricks during the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is being rediscovered by artists, hipsters, millennials, transplanted families and retirees.
Founded in 1667, making it the third oldest settlement in the state, Kingston briefly served as the capital during the American Revolution before being burned by the British in 1777. Even today these areas of the City retain distinctive characteristics. The Uptown business district, which includes the Stockade Historic District, is known for its fine early architecture and home to museums, shops, up-to-the-minute restaurants and the wildly popular Saturday Farmer’s Market. An exceptionally walkable town, with lovely streets such as Fair, Green and Maiden Lane, and the beautiful Old Dutch Church as well as a gorgeous Courthouse.
The Rondout area, home to the area’s major marina, is another National Register Historic District which developed as an important river port, now a large draw for tourists who can visit the Maritime Museum, Trolley Museum, or take a cruise on the Hudson River. Attracting a lot of artists and people just generally seeking a more relaxed lifestyle, the area’s buildings are finding a new life with restoration and re-purposing.. Overlooking Rondout is West Chestnut Street which contains some of the City’s finest 19th century houses, many of which were built for owners of businesses in the Rondout.
Life in the newly vibrant Kingston – the difficulty in finding parking at night being a testament to its resurgence — is its proximity to the Hudson River, the Catskills and Shawangunks for hiking, the ski areas of Hunter and Windham, and easy access to NYC and the Berkshires.
Just across the Rondout from Kingston is the village of Connelly. This is a beautiful hilly peninsula between the Rondout and the Hudson. The hills rise up from the water on both sides. Connelly is on the Rondout with a fishing and Marina feel when you get there by boat, car or walking. Up the hill there are condos and townhomes which have fabulous views of the Kingston waterfront. On Broadway/Route 9W one drives through the small town of Port Ewen. Port Ewen has redone the sidewalks and some storefronts. There are lots of houses and townhomes on the Hudson River side tucked away from the 9W traffic with magnificent views of the sunrise and ship traffic. And you are 5-10 minutes to all the amenities of Kingston
Walk down Wall Street smack in the middle of the Stockade District and you’ll feel as if you’ve drifted back in time. Welcome back, Main Street USA!