Kingston, NY is home to a thriving arts community, rich history, and an abundance of amenities to suit anyone's needs. The seat of Ulster County, Kingston is roughly 60 miles from Albany and 90 miles from New York City. The family-friendly community is home to many parks, nature centers, and beaches that offer recreation courts, trails, playgrounds, and more. Kingston apartments for rent are perfect for city dwellers and suburbanites because the downtown center features plenty of culture and liveliness. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Kingston is around 23,900.
The history of Kingston began when it was built as the third settlement in the Dutch colony. Over time, the community had a prosperous farming industry, which led to issues with the British. However, by the 19th century the regional farming town turned to transportation for growth and was at the center of natural resources like cement, bricks, and bluestone. Before the turn of the century, Kingston joined with a neighboring town, Rondout, for economic development. During the early 20th century, the growth of their prosperous industries halted as railroads and highways gave way to communities that produced coal. In recent years, Kingston has found itself again at the heels of new industries by contributing to the manufacturing of solar-powered boats, handcrafted furniture, and multimedia.
Residents in Kingston rentals and homes often gather for events like Sinterklass Arrival Day and Uptown Holiday Open House. These events keep the community's heritage alive, as Sinterklass is an Old Dutch tradition. Each year, families come together for food, music, and shopping at both events. During the summer, the city hosts a farmers market, fitness events, and movies in the park.
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