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Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Kingston, New York is now home to a mental health, substance use urgent care facility. It comes as the county is reeling from an escalation of mental health and drug addiction issues during COVID and the reduction of related inpatient beds.

Kingston Issues RFP For Tiny Homes Community

Mar 6, 2021
Second Wind cottage being built, Newfield, NY
Courtesy of Second Wind cottages, Newfield, NY

Officials in the City of Kingston, New York wants to create a tiny homes community to house homeless or low-income individuals.

Kingston Creates Resource Web Page For Businesses

Feb 27, 2021
Ram's Valley ribbon cutting
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

After year-long COVID-19 challenges, Kingston, New York is offering more support for local businesses.

Kingston Sewer Work Will Shift Traffic Patterns

Feb 22, 2021
Greg L. / English Wikipedia

Sewer work is set to start in Kingston Monday. There will be changing traffic patterns during construction.

City of Kingston, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

The mayor of the City of Kingston, New York has issued an executive order on affordable housing.

Kingston Officials Adopt An Open Space Plan

Nov 15, 2020
Kingston Open Space Vision Map
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston officials have adopted an open space plan for the city that includes several recommendations for taking into account natural resources.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston is partnering with Bard College to monitor the city’s air quality. The Kingston Air Quality Initiative is providing hard data on one particular pollutant. The hope is that the information will help drive policy, shape development and educate the public.

Dr. Eli Dueker installing a MetOne 212-2 particle profiler at a field site atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

A city in New York’s Hudson Valley has teamed up with an area college for an air quality initiative.

A Fourth of July rally is slated to take place Saturday at an historic intersection in Kingston, New York.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, City of Kingston officials are seeking public comment on two infrastructure projects.

Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston, NY
Courtesy of Timothy Lee

The City of Kingston in Ulster County, New York is launching a cultural planning project. The city’s mayor says a master plan will help preserve cultural assets and help artists facing challenges in this economic landscape.

NYS Says Five More Communities Are Climate Smart

May 30, 2020

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the latest round of certified climate smart communities. Two of the five are in the Hudson Valley.

Kingston Mayor Announces Furloughs

May 15, 2020
City of Kingston, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston will enter the second phase of its economy recovery plan, instituting temporary layoffs. It’s one of several municipalities across the region responding as such given the fiscal impacts of COVID-19.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of Steve Noble

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenue than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

City of Kingston, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenues than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

Kingston Receives CDBG Money For COVID Recovery

Apr 26, 2020
City of Kingston, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has been awarded funding to aid in COVID-19 recovery.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has contributed additional money to two organizations that provide emergency food assistance, counseling and more.

Lewis Black is a Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian and his 2020 tour, ‘It Gets Better Every Day’ is coming to UPAC in Kingston, New York on February 22.

Known as the king of the rant, Black returns to UPAC with his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing, skewering anything and anyone that gets under his skin.

Dr. James Hansen

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The Woodstock Day School and the Ashokan Center have teamed up to co-sponsor The Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!); a global climate solution and leadership summit for young people who are ready to change their lives and their communities by working towards climate resilience.

The three-day summit is designed to empower students from middle school through college by teaching them to develop solutions-based thinking and civic engagement skills.

Dr. James Hansen, the renowned climate scientist who was among the first to sound the alarm of global climate change.

He delivered the summit’s keynote address this morning at Ashokan Center and tonight he’ll present a “Catskill Conversations” talk sponsored by the Ashokan Center at Kingston High School at 7 p.m. Tonight’s talk is open to the public.

Steven Wright
Jorge Rios

In his characteristically deadpan fashion, Steven Wright has been making people laugh for more than four decades.  Over the course of his career, Wright has won an Oscar and been nominated for Grammy and Emmy Awards while working regularly in movies and on TV.

Work Is Under Way At A Busy Kingston Intersection

Jan 14, 2020

New York state Department of Transportation officials say work has begun on a roundabout at a busy entrance to the City of Kingston.

Kingston Food Co-op Finds A Space

Dec 28, 2019
Courtesy of Chris Acosta

In New York, a community grocery store in the planning stages has found a home in a former car dealership in Kingston.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program brings access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming.

In 2018, "Water/Ways" was the first-ever traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program to travel to New York State. This past summer, the Smithsonian announced its choice of the Hart Cluett Museum in Troy, New York as one of ten museums in the United States to be chosen for its Museum on Main Street “How We Work” pilot.

We are joined now by Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, Lisa Cline; Director of the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, Tim Weidner; Director of Historic Rensselaer County at the Hart-Cluett Museum in Troy, Karin Krasevac-Lenz; and Director of the Museum Association of New York Erika Sanger.

Ethan Covey

New Jersey psych-rock band Garcia Peoples describes its sound as somewhere between the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead. The band is coming to BSP Kingston Friday, promoting the new record “One Step Behind,” its third full-length album since 2018. Guitarist and vocalist Danny Arakaki explained to WAMC how the band came together, and how they created the gargantuan 32-minute title track on their new album.

Founded in 2010 in Kingston, New York by a small group of artists-activists, doctors and a dentist, O+ is now a national nonprofit working in cities around the country.

The group builds long-term relationships between creatives and health and wellness providers to help strengthen local communities. Their year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long celebrations, during which underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers.

Dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) will play the 10th annual O+ Kingston festival of art, music and wellness beginning October 11-13 along with folk-rocker Elvis Perkins, cabaret-punk band The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Tall Juan, neo-soul band Lady Moon & The Eclipse and 40 more solo artists, bands and ensembles representing a wide cross-section of musical genres and styles.

This morning we are joined by O+ Executive Director Joe Concra, RN and Artists’ Clinic Director Shannon Donnell, and co-chair of the O+ Kingston music committee Mike Amari.

Banner photo for "Broken in Still Beautiful" photo exhibition
Charise Isis

The Grace Project is an empowering photographic project by fine art photographer Charise Isis that captures the courage beauty and grace of those who have had mastectomy surgery as a result of breast cancer.

The very act of standing in front of a camera revealing their scars, allows each of her subjects a transformative experience, giving them permission to step into self acceptance and the opportunity to share the story of the scars that have been written on their body.

The ultimate goal of the Grace project is to photograph 800 portraits, the approximate number of new breast cancer diagnosis in the U.S. every day. Thus far, Charise has photographed well over 400 portraits towards this goal.

The Grace Project exhibition “Broken is Still Beautiful” will be on display at the Idea Garden in Kingston, New York on weekends this month. The opening reception is tomorrow evening.

The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York and UPAC in Kingston, New York have a very exciting slate of events this autumn.

This coming Sunday, seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight and her band will perform at The Bardavon’s 150th Anniversary Gala.

Other events this season include: The Mystical Arts of Tibet: “Sacred Music Sacred Dance;” the stage musical “Once;” stand-up comedy from Jay Leno; David Bromberg Big Band with Los Lobos; Dino Light; a play starring John Malkovich; former White House photographer Pete Souza – and so much more.

Bardavon Presents Executive Director Chris Silva joins us.

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program, Latinx Project, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, and Kingston City Hall present “The Spaces Between;” a series of exhibitions and programs facilitating exploration of the social spaces of marginalized status in American culture.

“The Spaces Between” challenges traditional views of "marginalized status" by considering the many ways people can be marginalized, including the undocumented community, the LGTBQ community, and the immigrant community through an exploration of statuses related to race, gender, and sexual identity. The project runs through September.

Elinor Levy is the Folk Arts Program Manager at Arts Mid-Hudson and she joined us to tell us more.

The Woodstock Film Festival takes place in the fall at venues in several towns in New York’s Hudson Valley. This year marks the festival’s 20th Anniversary and festival organizers are offering more year-round programming than ever before.

Meira Blaustein is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival and she joins us to tell us about The 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22, The Diverse Voices in Film & Media Panel on June 1, and the solar-powered outdoor screening of “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" and “Growing with the Grain” on June 14.

The mission of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York is to preserve and interpret the history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, its industries and its communities. They work closely with other organizations such as Clearwater, Riverkeeper, DEC and Scenic Hudson.

This year marks the museum’s 40th anniversary. Lisa Cline is the Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and she joins us along with Ellie Burhans, the museum’s Development and Communications Manager.