In the late 1960s, most of the historic downtown Rondout district of Kingston, New York, was demolished in a federally funded urban renewal project, displacing thousands of people. This new 69-minute documentary film was completed in October 2016 and was produced and directed by Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods.

To purchase a DVD of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal (individual version or with audio/visual rights), click here.

Winner of Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, Friends of Historic Kingston, Nov. 2015

Featured on Channel 5's “Good Day Good New York.”


“The reckless idiocy of 20th-century urban renewal is beautifully documented in Lost Rondout, an elegy for a wonderful Hudson River town that was all but erased from the map... ”
—James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere

Lost Rondout should be required watching in all university-level urban planning programs...
—Barry Lewis, architectural historian, Cooper Union and PBS Television

Lost Rondout is an engaging story of the demise of a special neighborhood... but it also has broad lessons for anyone who cares about community. ”
—Jack Abernethy, CEO, Fox Television Stations

This documentary is drenched in the nostalgia of a bygone era; recommended for institutions connected to New York or the Hudson Valley or that have strong architectural collections. ”
—Library Journal

“Your documentary film is top-rate, very professional and a strong art form. ”
—Barry Benepe, author, Early Architecture of Ulster County and founder of New York City Greenmarkets


Upcoming Screenings

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Sunday, November 26

4:00 PM

Church House

355 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston

Doors open at 3:30, with live music prior to the 4 pm screening.

Donation of your choice will benefit The Family of Woodstock. The first $1,000 of collected donations will be matched by hosts Andrea and Joe.

Seating is limited (100-seat capacity) and is first come, first serve.


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The Crowds Agree

After sold-out showings in New York's Hudson Valley and interviews on “Good Day New York” and beyond, the fans of this independent film have spoken: It is a must-see. Order your copy of the DVD now.

About Lost Rondout

Urban renewal left lasting scars, but many Americans are unaware of how their city came to be pocked and fragmented by parking lots, expressways, Brutalist buildings, and crime-plagued high-rise public housing projects. Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal chronicles how a federally funded 1960s urban renewal project devastated the waterfront district of Kingston, New York, a microcosm of the urban disruption that occurred all over America. Nearly 500 buildings were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced, many of them African Americans who had difficulty finding new housing.

As a young man delivering flowers for his father's floral business, Gene Dauner took nearly 1,000 slides of the area just prior and during the destruction, vividly capturing the vanished streetscape of historic 19th century buildings, then defined as "blight." Utilizing Dauner's slides as well as images by other photographers, archival footage, and family photographs, producers and directors Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods re-create the lost city in this 69-minute documentary, which was completed in October 2016.

Interviews with former residents bring the destroyed neighborhood back to life — its bars, clothing stores, and bakeries — and describe the difficulties of being relocated; some African Americans were unable to find housing outside the area. Commentary by historians, urban planners, and city officials reveal the federal policies that encouraged suburbanization and worked against people of color in urban areas.

The film chronicles the area's decades-long recovery from total abandonment to the flourishing waterfront neighborhood of restaurants, antique shops, and cultural attractions it is today, even as the city still struggles with urban renewal's problematic legacy. Today, as people strive to re-create the walkable, retail-rich communities that once characterized the nation's downtowns, the story of
Lost Rondout is instructive, showing how a neighborhood survived despite the misguided top-down planning efforts that nearly destroyed it and the on-going challenges posed by gentrification.

Produced and directed by Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods

Original score by Kingston-based composer and musician Peter Wetzler, featuring trombonist Roswell Rudd, the late electronic music composer and musician Pauline Oliveros, and other distinguished musicians

Narrated by Gilles Malkine

Running time: 69 minutes

To purchase the DVD, click on the link on the home page. Also available in area gift and craft shops, museum stores, and bookstores.

The Filmmakers

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Stephen Blauweiss

Stephen Blauweiss is a native of New York City. His expertise in filmmaking encompasses all aspects, from concept through final production, including producing, directing, editing, art directing, cinematography, lighting and graphics. He produces work on a wide variety of subjects from art and education to social and environmental issues. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Blauweiss has produced over 75 short films, plus three features, and several music videos.

Blauweiss is also a graphic designer and has taught for over 25 years, including a decade at Pratt Institute and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). He has taught video production and editing and has deep experience in an array of digital media, including video and graphic services for television, print and the Web.

He produced ArtScene, a monthly video web series, distributed by Chronogram Magazine. His column in the magazine profiled artists and artisans, area museums, galleries, and the art history that forms the vibrant creative community in the Hudson Valley. Many of the segments appear regularly on PBS. www.artistfilmdocs.com

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Lynn Woods

Lynn Woods is a journalist and painter who moved to the Rondout district nearly 20 years ago and has been fascinated by the torn-down city ever since.

Following a career as a business travel reporter, with articles published in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, American Demographics, the Wall Street Journal, and other national publications, she has written extensively for Ulster Publishing and Chronogram, covering the arts, environment, and urban revitalization in the mid Hudson Valley. She is co-author of Adirondack Style: Great Camps and Rustic Lodges, Universe Books, a division of Rizzoli International, published in 2011. Woods holds a degree in art history from Barnard College.

She is also a painter captivated by the Kingston streetscape and waterfront and is currently researching urban renewal in Newburgh, N.Y.
www.kingstonstudio.com  lynn_woods@icloud.com

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Peter Wetzler (composer)

Peter Wetzler is an award-winning composer-musician-music director who has been scoring for film, theatre and television with a uniquely diverse musical background. A classically trained pianist who was guest soloist with symphonies at an early age, Peter played in gamelan and avante garde ensembles while writing music for post- modern choreographers such as Bill T Jones, David Dorfman and Susan Marshall.

His scores for film and television range from animation and films featured at MOMA and PBS's "Great Performances" to National Geographic's permanent multimedia installation in Washington, DC. While an avid electronic music pioneer, Peter recently returned to acoustic piano solo music with his two CDs Falling Awake and Green.

Wetzler studied conducting and composition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and received undergraduate degrees from Yale and Princeton University. He has taught at Princeton, New York University, Juilliard, Connecticut College, School for Visual Arts, and The Center for Creative Imaging.
www.peterwetzler.com

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Contact Us

Lost Rondout Project is based in Kingston, NY.
E-Mail: info@LostRondoutProject.com

Phone: 845-532-0431

Lost Rondout Project
43 Hone St.
Kingston, NY 12401








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