The abandoned mansion is off the beaten path, seemingly stuck in a time when the Hudson Valley was a sleepy backwater. The Point, as it is known, is sequestered at the end of a winding road in a forested section of Mills-Norrie State Park, located in Staatsburg. It’s set at an angle on a high promontory of the Hudson River, which glimmers through the thick growth of trees. The windows are boarded up, the roof of the large stone portico at the entrance has half collapsed, the porch is gone and the bare lawn is surrounded by a utilitarian chain-link fence; yet the Gothic-style building, with its tall gables graced by carved verge boards, bay windows and squared-off, compact mass, exudes an echo of fairytale magic. Constructed of bluestone, whose soft, faded gray tones blend in with the site, the house has a cottagelike intimacy.
Kingston’s YMCA isn’t just the place to get fit; it’s also a place to make art. D.R.A.W., a.k.a. The Department of Regional Art Workers, is a community arts education program that operates out of a spacious, light-filled room located in a corner of the Broadway building.
The idea garden, located at 346 Broadway, opened with a bang: “Ben Wigfall, the Artist Revealed” celebrated Black History Month
Wolf looks very closely at the world of creation. She has appraised everything from Abraham Zapruder’s famous film of the Kennedy assassination to works by Picasso.
Three years ago, Frank Waters organized the first citywide Black History Month. Since then, the celebration has taken off, with performances, film screenings, lectures, kids’ events, meet-ups, craft workshops, story-telling and more.
Through January 31: “In terms of painting, the dot and the line are the essence of what creates all form … They’re very related to the conceptually driven particle points. Dots and lines are points and waves. They’re not abstractions, but descriptive of what a landscape is, which is energy.”
“We’re constantly getting better and better,” said Schatz president Stephen Pomeroy. “We invest in new technologies that enable us to switch from part to part very quickly.”
“Every person has such a brilliance. For me to help them see this and surprise themselves is very rewarding. It’s really a moral enterprise, a process of discovery giving form to someone’s experience and relating it to their own culture.”
While retail stores have blossomed in Kingston filling empty storefronts, the city lacks the practical, day-to-day kinds of shops that decades ago, before supermarkets, malls and big-box stores, made it a true commercial center with residents able to do all their shopping on foot. For residents lacking cars — and for those of us who wish we could spend less time driving — that’s a problem. So the advent of the Kingston Food Co-op, which was announced last March and so far has between 260 and 300 members as well as a building on Broadway in Midtown, is welcome news.
The removal earlier this year of 25 linden trees on Pine Grove Avenue shocked and dismayed many Kingston residents. But according to Mayor Steve Noble and Superintendent of Department of Public Works Edward Norman, the trees had to be taken down because of an upgrade to a sewer line, which was located beneath the median.