Even though one of our offices is right on Fair Street in the heart of Uptown Kingston, New York, and I do spend some time in that office, and I have on occassion gone to a couple of the restaurants in Uptown Kingston, I had never taken the time to actually walk around. What a wasted opportunity! I love going to living history museums like Old Sturbridge Village and Strawbery Banke Museum. I can’t beleive that the whole time I’ve been working at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty one of our offices was basically sitting in the middle of one of these museums. Of course no one is walking around in colonial clothing and making their own pickles in Uptown Kingston New York (although I’m considering instituting some sort of historic schmata/pickle festival!). But the buildings are so beautiful! Almost every architectural style is represented and most of them haven’t been destroyed by unfortunate renovations and updates. When you look at the doors you can almost imagine a pickle maker, or a gracious lady (ala Downton Abbey) coming out to go make pickles or, you know, do nothing – in the way that gracious ladies did. Here are just a few of the examples of beautiful American architecture in Uptown Kingston New York. (Thanks to Tom Paradis for his great blog on Architectural Styles)
Here’s a map that shows the area that I covered on my walking tour on this grey March day (I had to photoshop some of the skies in these photos – just couldn’t help myself)
Historically, Kingston New York’s greatest claim to fame is being the first capital of New York. The senate building is still a museum and landmark and there are still about a dozen pre-revolutionary stone houses standing in the Uptown area, including the intersection of Crown and John Street which has an original stone house standing on each corner – and is the only such intersection left in the United States. The Senate House Museum was closed that day, but I’ll definitely make a family trip of it shortly (and give you a follow up of course).
A covered walkway (technically it’s called a canopy) shelters shoppers on North Front Street and Wall Street where the bulk of the restaurants, shops and galleries are in Uptown Kingston. The unique overhang has been under renovation over the last couple of years and is looking lovely, with metal roofs, skylites, and columns that change with each building for an organic feeling – it’s unique!
Uptown is also known for the historic Dutch Reformed Church which is over 350 years old! Surrounding the church is a beautiful courtyard with a cemetary filled with antique gravestones. Grab a coffee and muffin at Hudson Coffee Traders on Wall Street and peruse the gravestones (kids love to do grave rubbings w/paper and crayons – just a hint from the Mommy of a pre-schooler). In the summer a hot dog vendor sits outside the fence of the church and while Kingston, New York is a small city you can grab a dog and feel like you’re suddenly in Philadelphia or Greenwich Village.
If you’re into slightly more modern architecture check out the landmark Stuyvesant Hotel on Fair Street, it was recently renovated and is an imposing anchor for Uptown.
I saved the best for last. I love this building (you’re going to have to take your own Kingston New York Uptown Stockade District Walking Tour to find it!) because for some reason it reminds me of the Doctor’s Office in the BBC series “Doc Martin” – it’s like a little bit of Cornwall, England plunked itself down in New York!
So right about now you’re thinking “Wow! Uptown Kingston is COOL! Let’s move there!” right? Here are a few properties that are available in Uptown Kingston at the moment. Contact a Village Green agent to see one of them and/or see what else is available in Uptown.