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Kingston after IBM

Wall Street, Kingston, with banner for Farmers’ Market, 2007.  Photograph by Kent St. John

Wall Street does not have the same volume of retail trade that it had in the 1960s, but it remains a vibrant street for shopping and eating. The Farmers’ Market was started in the year 2000 by the Uptown Business Association in order to draw people to the Uptown shops on Saturdays.

Outdoor dining at Savona’s Restaurant, Broadway, Rondout, Kingston, 2013.  Courtesy of Mark Marshall and Stephen Savona

Rondout has transformed from a grimy center of industry and shipping to a recreation and entertainment destination with many fine, restored homes. Eating outdoors in the summer at Rondout restaurants is common.

Seven21 Media Center, Broadway, Midtown Kingston, n.d.  Courtesy of Seven21 Media Center

Seven21 is a 30,000-square-foot media production facility owned by the Ellenbogen Group. It also provides equipment rental and meeting spaces.

“Lace Mill” rendering, 2012.  Courtesy of Rural Ulster Preservation Company

Rural Ulster Preservation (RUPCO) is turning the former United States Lace Curtain Mill on Cornell Street, Midtown Kingston into 55 affordable artist living and working spaces.

Prepping okra for Rick’s Picks Smokra, Tech City, Town of Ulster, 2013.  Courtesy of Corinna Borden

Farm to Table Co-Packers rents 21,000 square feet in the former cafeteria area of the IBM plant. Over 30 private labels use the facility to process and pack produce grown on Hudson Valley farms for distribution nationwide.