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Daily Freeman: The Metro in Midtown Kingston gets closer to historic landmark status

 The Metro on South Prospect Street in Kingston on Tuesday. A state board has recommended that the Midtown building be made a national historic landmark. Tania Barricklo—Daily Freeman

The Metro on South Prospect Street in Kingston on Tuesday. A state board has recommended that the Midtown building be made a national historic landmark. Tania Barricklo—Daily Freeman

By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 04/03/18, 2:23 PM EDT

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> A state board has recommended a Midtown building — set to be turned into, among other things, a film production center — be made a national historic landmark.

The Metro, a South Prospect Street building once home of the Pilgrim Furniture Factory, has been recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the state Board of Historic Preservation, according to Marissa Marvelli, a historic preservation specialist working on The Metro project.

“(The nomination) is now being considered by the National Park Service for listing to the National Register of Historic Places,” Marvelli said in an email. “It typically takes 2-3 months to hear back from them, which means we should know by mid-June at the latest.”

“It’s expected that it will be listed,” Marvelli said.

In November, RUPCO, a Kingston-based affordable housing provider, said it hoped to secure tax credits and start construction of a film and television production studio in September.

The national listing needs to be accomplished before the agency can receive the tax credits.

The agency views the project as an important one “that has gained much attention,” particularly from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, which listed it a “priority project.”

When completed, The Metro is expected to house a television and film production center called Stockade Works, which will be headed by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, who lives in Dutchess County.

The single-story brick building started out as a factory of the Pilgrim Furniture Company. Built in 1946, the first factory was the first to be built in the Kingston area after World War II and is “significant as an early example of a modernist factory in the region,” according to a historic accounting by Guy Kempe, vice president of RUPCO’s community development.

“Its construction, which required authorization from the federal government, was hampered by nation-wide material shortages,” the accounting says.

The building was designed by Albert E. Milliken, a Kingston architect.

“While Milliken’s design for the Pilgrim Furniture building was primarily functional, it features an attractive Art Moderne style façade,” Kempe’s accounting reads. “A projecting section with curved brick walls, glass block, and a semicircular aluminum canopy helped to draw visitors to the furniture company’s showroom and offices.”

In 1951, Pilgrim Furniture sold the building to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which used the building as a Hall of Records.

 

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Daily Freeman: Free screening of 'Newtown' documentary in Kingston to include panel with film director

A free screening of the documentary “Newtown,” which focuses on the Connecticut community in the aftermath of the school shooting, will take place on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 

The event will also offer an opportunity for attendees to further the conversation about gun safety reform during a post-screening panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Kim Snyder and panelists. 

The free event is hosted by Stockade Works in association with the Bardavon.

“Stockade Works is proud to be hosting this platform for the community through this thought-provoking documentary,” said Beth Davenport, Executive Director of Stockade Works, in a prepared statement

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Chronogram: TMI Project Presents Locker Room Talk on February 9

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Chronogram: TMI Project Presents Locker Room Talk on February 9

Stockade Works, a nonprofit film production organization based in Kingston, stepped in to document the experience of the Locker Room Talk workshops. The forthcoming documentary follows the teenage athletes as they participate in TMI Project’s writing and storytelling workshops. 

“Stockade Works is proud to be documenting the process so the message can be shared en masse to create real and lasting social change," says Masterson.

In the documentary, the high schoolers respond to a presentation by Porter, who explains the concept of the “manbox” as “how men are collectively taught,” or “the collective socialization of manhood.” Throughout the process they are encouraged to talk about their emotions in a way they may not have felt acceptable under their previous socialization. 
 

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Daily Freeman: Kingston High School to host event that addresses gender stereotypes

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Daily Freeman: Kingston High School to host event that addresses gender stereotypes

Kingston High School football players on Feb. 9 hope to kick off a season of change with “Locker Room Talk,” a memoir and story-telling program intended to challenge hypermasculine behavior and attitudes.

The program, which was developed by the non-profit TMI Project, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 403 Broadway.

“The TMI Project founded by Eva Tenuto, along with (film production company) Stockade Works ... approached the school district because they wanted to partner with us and work with our football team and with them about what it means to be a man.”

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Gotham Magazine: Setting As Character: Ulster County on Film

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Gotham Magazine: Setting As Character: Ulster County on Film

It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley is home to countless Hollywood movie stars and producers—its lush and beautiful landscapes and proximity to New York City providing the best of both worlds. Though a handful of films have showcased the area over the decades, its cinematic footprint paled in comparison to other regions due to a flawed state program that didn’t consider the Hudson Valley “upstate.”

But that’s all changing.

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Daily Freeman: Kingston board OKs RUPCO project that will include Mary Stuart Masterson’s Stockade Works

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Daily Freeman: Kingston board OKs RUPCO project that will include Mary Stuart Masterson’s Stockade Works

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> RUPCO has received final approval for a commercial development on South Prospect Street to be known as The Metro.

The city Planning Board on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving the site plan for the project at 2 S. Prospect St., as well as a separate resolution declaring the project would have no significant environmental impact.

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Ulster County Executive launches Ulster County Film Finance Program

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Ulster County Executive launches Ulster County Film Finance Program

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, in partnership with The Bank of Greene County, Catskill Hudson Bank, Ulster Savings Bank, and Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan, announced the launch of Ulster County’s Film Finance Program. Over the short-term, the program will encourage more film, media, and television productions to select Ulster County as their filming location. Ultimately, the Program’s goal is to grow the sector locally and create more career opportunities for Ulster County’s youth and industry professionals.

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Hudson Valley Magazine: Take a Look at the Coming 'Metro' Project

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Hudson Valley Magazine: Take a Look at the Coming 'Metro' Project

With its simple, functional design, the Pilgrim Furniture Factory building had a modern — almost futuristic look — when architect Albert E. Milliken finalized his plans in 1946. Although such design elements may now seem retro, the former Kingston factory is ready to embrace the future.

Plans have been finalized to transform the building, now called The Metro, into a creative hub, tying in film production and other endeavors that will bring jobs and visitors into midtown Kingston.

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Daily Voice: Filming for Movies, TV Growing Steadily in the Hudson Valley

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Approximately 200 people both inside and outside the film industry recently came together to attend The Accelerator’s Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall in New Windsor.

The mission: To learn and share ideas about various aspects of the rapidly expanding sector in the Hudson Valley, including choosing career paths, finding film locations and partnering with film companies.

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