A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

About Us

Midtown Lively is the Hudson Valley’s resource for good news on food, art and health in Midtown Kingston. Based on Broadway in Kingston, New York, Midtown Lively celebrates the people and places that make Kingston a more abundant and beautiful place to live. 

Formerly Country Wisdom News, then Livelihood News, Midtown Lively is proudly published by the Hudson Valley Current, a nonprofit focused on strengthening the local economy and establishing economic and social well-being for all people, including those who are unemployed, underemployed, or underutilized.

Our Location

628 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

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Our History


Country Wisdom News was created in August 2010 by publisher and serial entrepreneur Chris Hewitt. After five years of running his landscaping business, Country Wisdom Caretaking, it occurred to Hewitt that people would like to read about the good news that’s all around us. He was trained as a master gardener and a beekeeper, so each day was filled with creating edible landscapes, learning about and working with flora and fauna, and working closely with honeybees. That’s when he decided to start Country Wisdom News to share the great things that happen every day with the people of Ulster and Dutchess counties. Offering age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land, and the home, Country Wisdom News spotlights exciting work that’s being done throughout the region in sustainable growing practices, green energy and construction, organic gardening, home improvement, recreation, and more. The original CWN was a large broadsheet newspaper, similar to papers from the 18th century. This paper size was used to match the old-style design and reporting of Country Wisdom News. Over time, CWN became a tabloid size in order to appeal to today’s newspaper readers, and it recently switched from standard newsprint to an environmentally friendly paper called Ecopaque. In March 2016—after becoming a publication of the Hudson Valley Current—a new economics section was added to the paper. The section is called Livelihood, which promotes the idea of keeping money local, local investing, and vibrant Main Streets. We love publishing Country Wisdom News, and we hope to continue bringing you the good news of our region for years to come.