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Kingston /ˈkɪŋstən/ is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, United States. It is 91 miles (146 km) north of New York City and 59 miles (95 km) south of Albany. It became New York’s first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, such as the Stockade District uptown, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout-West Strand Historic District downtown.
The Kingston City School District contains seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
Kingston High School is the city’s public high school
Most students at John A. Coleman Catholic High School reside within the Kingston city school district.
The Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU) is a branch of the county’s community college that offers programs, courses and certifications at a convenient Midtown location. KCSU is the new home for Police Basic Training and also offers human services, criminal justice and the general education courses required by the State of New York to satisfy the liberal arts core of an A.A. or A.S. degree.
Kingston CitiBus provides service within the city and to Port Ewen.
Commuter service is available by bus to New York City daily via Trailways of New York. The 90 mile trip takes roughly two hours by motor coach.
Passenger railroad service to Kingston itself has been discontinued for several decades. However, about 11 miles (20 km) away is the Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station, and 17 miles (30 km) away is the Poughkeepsie Amtrak/Metro-North station. CSX Transportation operates freight rail service through Kingston on the River Line Subdivision. There is also a small rail yard of about 7 tracks in Kingston.
The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, carrying New York State Route 199, is the nearest bridge traversing the Hudson River at 4.32 miles (6.95 km) to the north. U.S. Highway 9W runs north-south through the city. The New York State Thruway, also known at this section as Interstate 87, runs through the western part of the city.
The area is served by Kingston-Ulster airport (2ON), located at the western base of the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge. The nearest major airports to Kingston are Stewart International Airport 39 miles (62.8 km) south in Newburgh, and Albany International Airport approximately 65 miles (121 km) north. The three major metropolitan airports for New York City – John F. Kennedy International approximately 93 miles (149 km) south, Newark Liberty International approximately 86 miles (139 km) south, and LaGuardia Airport approximately 80 miles (129 km) south.
City bus service is provided by the city-owned CitiBus system (headquarters at 420 Broadway), while service to points elsewhere in Ulster County is provided by Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT). Route A travels between Kingston Plaza and Riverfront, B between Albany Avenue and Fairview Avenue, and C between Golden Hill and Port Ewen.
On the first Saturday of every month an “art bus” is available for a fare of $1. The bus, usually a CitiBus tourist trolley, takes passengers on a guided tour of the art galleries of Kingston. Kingston’s art galleries all have openings on the first Saturday of the month.
Weekend water taxi service between Kingston and Rhinecliff, New York is available May through October for $10 round-trip. Some trips stop at the Rondout Light; a tour is available for an additional $5.
Kingston historically was an important transportation center for the region. The Hudson River, Rondout Creek and Delaware and Hudson Canal were important commercial waterways. At one time, Kingston was served by four railroad companies and two trolley lines. Kingston was designated as a New York State Heritage Area with a transportation theme and the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Trolley Museum of New York are located on the waterfront. Also, the Catskill Mountain Railroad, a scenic railroad company, runs trains from Kingston on the former Ulster and Delaware right of way.
A map of Kingston’s biggest attractions mashed up with proposed bike lanes, complete streets connections and rail trails.
As of 2016, over a dozen separate ongoing projects were being coordinated between the Kingston Land Trust, Kingston City Government and Ulster County Government, connecting all three of Kingston’s neighborhoods with a combination of rail trails, bike lanes and Complete Streets connections.
Actors, musicians and others in the entertainment industry
Margarethe Bence (1930-1992), opera singer
Peter Bogdanovich (b. 1939), film director, writer and actor; born in Kingston
Larry Cohen (b. 1941), film producer, director, and screenwriter; born in Kingston
Robert Craft (b. 1923), conductor and writer who worked with and had a lifelong friendship with composer Igor Stravinsky, recording a number of his works; born in the city
Josh Eppard (b. 1979), drummer for progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria; born in Kingston
John Glover (b. 1944), actor, born in Kingston
Tom Hart (b. 1969), comics creator, born in Kingston
Robert Hutton (1920-1994), film actor; born and died in Kingston
Paul Austin Kelly (b. 1960), opera tenor, jazz singer, children’s music performer and impresario
Joseph Kesselring (1902–1967), writer and playwright best known for his play Arsenic and Old Lace, died in Kingston
Paul Kreppel (b. 1947), television and Broadway theatre director and actor; born in Kingston
Elissa Landi (1904–1948), Italian-born actress, popular in Hollywood films of the 1920s and 30s; died in Kingston
Pauline Oliveros composer, performer, humanitarian, pioneer in American music
Henry Paul (b. 1949), southern rock and country singer/songwriter; born in Kingston
Anne Sweeney (b. 1957), Co-Chair of Disney Media and President of the Disney–ABC Television Group
Velous (b. 1991), born Tyler Bryant, musician, singer-songwriter and music producer; born in Kingston
Politics, political activism, government service
Alton B. Parker, 1904 Democratic nominee for President
George Clinton (1739–1812), fourth vice president of the United States and first elected governor of New York State, is buried in the city at the Old Dutch Church
Charles DeWitt (1727–1789), a miller and statesman from Kingston, served as a delegate to the Continental Congress
Arthur Sherwood Flemming (1905–1996), United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Abraham B. Hasbrouck (1791–1879), U.S. Congressman and the sixth President of Rutgers College (now Rutgers University), born and died in Kingston
Alton B. Parker (1852–1926), Democratic presidential nominee in 1904, practiced law in the city and was the first president of the Ulster County Bar Association. Also president of Ulster County Savings Institution for eight years. He not only lost the election, he didn’t even carry Ulster County.
Garry Tuma (1993- ), current mayor of Pound Town.
Henry Granville Sharpe (1858–1947), 24th Quartermaster General
Nicholas Sickles (1801–1845), US Congressman
John Van Buren (1799–1855), US Congressman
Daniel Tompkins Van Buren, son of John Van Buren, American Civil War veteran who attained the rank of brigadier general by brevet in the Union Army
Self-portrait, John Vanderlyn, 1800
Joe Ausanio (b. 1965), pitcher for the New York Yankees during the 1990s; born and grew up in Kingston; half-brother of Major Leaguer Paul Runge
Heywood Hale Broun (1918–2001), sportswriter and commentator, died in the city
Gerald Celente (b. 1946), publisher of Trends Journal
Robert H. Dietz (1921–1945), United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
Mike Ferraro (b. 1944), third baseman for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers; later coach for the Kansas City Royals; born in Kingston
Ezra Fitch (1866–1930), the “Fitch” in Abercrombie & Fitch, practiced law in Kingston before leaving to join Abercrombie in his wilderness outfitting store in New York City in 1900; bought out Abercrombie in 1907
Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), donated his art collection to the Smithsonian Institution; born in Kingston; namesake of the Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian
Walter B. Gibson (1897–1985), author and professional magician, known for his pulp-fiction character The Shadow
Brian Kenny (b. 1963), journalist; anchor of Friday Night Fights and ESPNEWS’ The Hot List; previously worked for WTZA in the city
Edgar F. Luckenbach (1868–1943), shipping magnate, Luckenbach Steamship Company
James Mahoney (1925–2002), auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York
Jervis McEntee (1828–1891), painter of the Hudson River School; buried in Montrepose Cemetery in the city
Evaline Ness (1911–1986), illustrator and author; won a Caldecott Medal in 1967 for Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine; was married to “Untouchable” Eliot Ness, 1938–1946; died in the city
Maud Petersham (1890–1971), won the Caldecott Medal with her husband and co-author Miska Petrezselyem Mikaly in 1946 for The Rooster Crows; born in Kingston
Andrée Ruellan (1905–2006), painter whose works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum; died in the city
Paul Runge Jr., (b. 1958), infielder for the Atlanta Braves during the 1980s; manager of several minor league teams; born and grew up in Kingston; half-brother of major leaguer Joe Ausanio
Ron Suskind (b. 1959), journalist and writer
Anne Sweeney (b. 1957), co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group; been named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune magazine, and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes; spent her childhood in Kingston and is a graduate of Coleman High School
John Vanderlyn (1776–1852), neoclassicist painter; born in Kingston
Calvert Vaux (1824–1895), architect and landscape designer; co-designer of Central Park, NYC; buried in Kingston’s Montrepose Cemetery
Kate Youngman (1841–1910), Christian missionary to Japan, established the Ihaien leprosy hospital in Tokyo, Japan