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Kingston (C)

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Kingston is a city in Ulster County, New York, United States. It is 91 miles north of New York City and 50 miles south of Albany along the Hudson River. The population was 23,456 at the 2000 census and 23,067. The City of Kingston is on the eastern border of Ulster County, and is the county seat.
The City of Kingston was first called Esopus after a local Indian tribe, and later renamed Wiltwyck. It was one of the three large settlements in New Netherland. After the Dutch colony was taken over by the British in 1664, the settlement was renamed Kingston. In 1777 Kingston became the first capital of New York. Shortly after the Battle of Saratoga, the city was burned by British troops moving to Canada from New York City.
Today, almost two dozen of the original pre-revolutionary stone houses remain standing and are occupied. These treasures are just part of the magnificent architecture found in this river city. The Rondout is resplendent with its 19th century commercial and residential structures housing a reborn village on the waterfront.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles, of which 7.3 square miles is land and 1.3 square miles, or 15.03 percent, is water. The city is on the west bank of the Hudson River. Neighboring towns include Hurley, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, and Red Hook
In the early 20th century, Kingston's industries faltered as the railroad and highway provided new routes for coal and Portland cement replaced Rosendale cement and, to a large extent, bluestone. Over time, new industries came to Kingston, including garment-making, small machine manufacture, and eventually, with the arrival of IBM, computer manufacturing. In the late 20th century, Kingston finds itself once again creating new industies in such varied products as solar-powered boats, leather knapsacks and handbags, hand-crafted furniture, and multimedia packages
As it is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of New York one of the most visited places amongst the most die-hard travelers the world over.

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