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Re: “Faces of Change: Kingston

Great showcase of community activists! Love seeing familiar faces and learning new ones.

Posted by bearue on 11/07/2019 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Kingston Community Leaders: Tyrone Wilson

Tyrone you inspire and bring about an atmosphere of hope to the community. I have watched you embrace, face and deal with the many challenges of being an African American, not to mention the cultural diversity and integration that is becoming more prevalent in the community. We need strong and unrelenting leaders. I'm blessed as we all are to know you. Just know that the stones you are laying will be there for generations to come and you'll always be known for this. Keep up the good work.#staywoke# Love you Bro. Cat

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Posted by Ceejay on 10/03/2019 at 12:01 PM

Re: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Adaptive Reuse

And let's not forget the adaptive reuse of Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, previous home to The Hutton Brick Works. At the beginning of the 20th century, brick manufacturing was the preeminent industry in the Hudson Valley. Now home to an event venue!

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Posted by Kathleen Wolf on 08/20/2019 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Woodstock: A Legacy of Art and Community

And another thing: Hervey White left Byrdcliffe in 1904, not 1905. Again, do a little fact checking. It's not that hard.

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Posted by williver h on 08/12/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Woodstock: A Legacy of Art and Community

Please everyone, stop saying that Byrdcliffe is the oldest artists' colony in the United States. IT IS NOT!! There are several predecessors: New Clairvaux in Montague, Massachusetts (est. 1901), and Rose Valley in Moylan, Pennsylvania (est. 1901), to name but two. Please do your research before making such absolute and lazy claims.

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Posted by williver h on 08/12/2019 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Woodstock: A Legacy of Art and Community

channeled his new play "Woodstock Resurrection"
and completed it at Forestburgh NY.
The Playwrights Sanctuary is an international theater foundation directed by 40 years professor Myers
which deals with social issues

Posted by Larry Myers on 08/06/2019 at 7:29 AM

Re: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Adaptive Reuse

I enjoyed this article. It's true to everything that has been written. For sure, the Hudson River Valley is a cultural paradise -embracing all the art forms that are no longer thriving in the Capital Region as it had been during the '70s and '80s. Newburgh is particularly one of my favorite cities.

In part because I was commissioned to build a beautiful collection of steamboat models for a resident there. She boasted a shipyard that produced some of the finest steamboats; one which was the HENDRICK HUDSON c.1906. My involvement with that project brought me to the city and I'm delighted to be a part of it through the models. As for the artists and people, one couldn't ask for better.

Again, GREAT article!

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Posted by RexShips on 08/02/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Michael Lang on the Woodstock Festival

Aug 31st hasnt happened yet.

Posted by David Strahl on 08/01/2019 at 7:39 PM

Re: “7 Key Moments in Warwick's History

Thanks for clarifying, and for being so sweet about it! Love Warwick.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 07/06/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “7 Key Moments in Warwick's History

Thanks for a great article! You've picked out some of Warwick's most significant moments and personalities, indeed!

A few corrections and addenda,:

The Bellvale Forge was NOT destroyed, merely temporarily closed.... it was operational during the Revolutionary War. Primary Documents prove this. Gen. John Hathorn, militia leader and member of the 1st Congress of the United States, resided here; and one of the four who decided placement of the Great Chain across the Hudson.

The Village of Florida was the birthplace and home of William Henry Seward until he moved away as an adult-- Lincoln's Secretary of State.

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Posted by Hathorn-Society Gardner Sue on 07/03/2019 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Effortless Ideal: The Village of Rhinebeck

What the heck is global farm to table ?

Posted by on 06/18/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Beauty and the Bureaucracy

Before O+ even dreamed of putting up their first wheat-paste, Kingston was already home to creative thinkers and makers. Kingston was not a desolate wasteland before O+. Please stop perpetuating the narrative that O+ brought the arts to Kingston. Ben Wigfall opened a community print shop in the 1970's. Pauline Oliveros created the Deep Listening Institute. ASK did their sculpture show for many years. And they did all of this without corporate sponsors... Yes, O+ has done a lot of good, but their main focus is not pure altruism, it is to promote their festival.

O+ is a branding machine, marketing art to property-owners as a way to increase business & patronage. They have empowered white property-owners to raise their rents, while also making them feel like they are above criticism because they "support the arts." This festival has not done a good job of including local artists and creatives, and has looked down on anyone who does not fit into their narrow view of what is "cool." They have co-opted narratives of people of color, bragging that they are the first to have considered artists of color. Their line-ups, volunteers, board members, artists, and organizers, are majority white.

Most importantly, O+ claims to know what is "good art." Their "vigorous vetting process" is a jumbled, drawn out, closed door mess which usually results in something bird-related. They have painted murals that have dripped due to substandard materials. They have taken down their own artists' work. They have had artists waiting until days before the festival to know where they are painting. Artists have to fundraise to restore their own murals, even though the festival is sponsored by one of the largest paint manufactures in the country. Murals degrade in the sunlight, and crumble and chip away from the poorly prepared surfaces. They have left some artists/musicians with sour tastes after working with their haphazard system. They received thousands of dollars from private investors, and are now bringing their model for art-based gentrification to other communities.

Please be wary of organizations that claim a moral superiority. Some of us have been here for a long long time, and know that regardless of O+ or the City, art will continue to be made in Kingston.

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Posted by gts67 on 06/03/2019 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Effortless Ideal: The Village of Rhinebeck

The sensory safe spaces have been created at the Tree Lighting Parade that the chamber ran last year, not Sinterklaas, as well as at the Memorial Day Parade so far. There is a sensory safe space identified for Porchfest this coming September. Every business has not been given training, but many of them have elected to do one thing to make the community more supportive for people with autism. That one thing varies by business.

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Posted by Kirsten Bonanza on 06/03/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

I grew up in Beacon, back when the hat factory was on East Main by the dummy light. My family lived in Mt. Beacon Park, in the south edge of town, just under Mt.Beacon. my father bought one of the first homes for sale there. we used to go blackberry picking in the fields near home that became another subdivision sometime in my adult life (right near Craighouse, the famous mental institution).
When i was young if it snowed too much on Sunday my mother would bundle my little sister and I up and pull us to church on Liberty Street on a wood sled.
My sister and I walked to Grants on Main Street, a mile and a half away. That was back when Beacon had a ski lodge and I vaguly remember taking a ride on the incline railway before it stopped running.
I remember Main Street with its boarded up buildings, dive bars and rundown apartments.
Memories. I would not recognize my hometown now. Most of the old victorian homes are still there, some converted into apartments. The old high school still stands, last i knew it was some arts thing.
Fancy restaurants, gift shops, juice bars line main street now.

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Posted by cathiemarie on 05/21/2019 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

One of the happiest days of my life was the day my wife and I moved out of Beacon. We tried to make it work there for 3 miserable years until we finally got smart and left that dumpster fire of a town in the dust.

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Posted by Michael McGee on 05/03/2019 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

Thank God I left NY....thanks so much for good times as well the bad, it's all written down in my written account of a Little town called beacon by the Hudson River...toodles!

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Posted by O.P. on 05/02/2019 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

It could be said that the "New Beacon Theatre" is a result of citizens pushing back. Story Screen wasn't even in the picture when a group of concerned citizens organized by BeaconArts (then BeaconArts board members Scott Tillitt, Terry Nelson and myself) met with the developer; when in tandem with Cabot Parsons/CityArts we held a development forum relative to the the Theatre at BEAHIVE; and when we created a community poll asking what our community wanted for the Theatre and for a vibrant Main Street. I still have the results which were presented at multiple City Council meetings. Sure, there was room set aside for some sort of theatrical space (a community room if you will), but I believe that because there was respectful dialogue with the developer, and because it was clear that the community would support an endeavor beyond what was being presented, something really great came about. I think we all agree that the result is a good one, and that mixed use development with an arts-related component is a good fit for our beloved city. My overarching point is that by engaging positively with a developer, we can make a difference. I am disappointed that this opinion piece frames current development as "making a killing" when some of the major developers in town all moved here long before many of the folks who are reading this article, and these developers all plan to stay - they have skin in the game and love Beacon just as much as anyone. I say let's engage and have a dialogue (whether at a Planning Board meeting or in a bar or at a gallery opening), and continue to emphasize our values, hopes and dreams. There has been so much rancor, trolling, and insidious suggestions that politicians are "on the take" by so many; the negativity is palpable, and not good for our community - I realize that some of it is due to current discourse at the national level, but I think we are better than that. So, let's be positively pro-active and understand that maybe a project that is causing an uproar CAN possibly become something good.

As a reminder Brian PJ Cronin's writing on this very subject -…

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Posted by Kelly Ellenwood on 05/01/2019 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

I think a theater for youth performances as well as an outdoor area for like old movies at dusk would befit that thriving area.

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Posted by teasea37 on 05/01/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Sweet on Saugerties: The Waterfront Town's Evolving Identity

And what about the Kiersted house and Dutch Barn? Or the Car Show? Opus?

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Posted by Marjorie on 03/24/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “A Guide to Kingston

Thank you for speaking up........ (at least up to the final paragraph.)
I too have been here since 1966.
It is a heartbreak that folks cannot find affordable housing.... and that the 66 much needed units were rejected when
that was providing so much that is needed.

Thank you again for speaking up and not just muttering!

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Posted by heidi on 03/15/2019 at 8:30 PM

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