The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080

       Building a Better Broadway

    Ulster County and the City of Kingston are working together to Transform and Revive Broadway in Midtown Kingston. The Building a Better Broadway project is the first step of a multi-phase, federally-funded, scheduled investment to redesign the Broadway corridor to reflect community goals and expectations and to supplement future activity along the corridor.

    The contemplated improvements will enhance mobility, accessibility, and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along and adjacent to Broadway from Liberty Street to Chester Street. It is a great opportunity for Kingston residents and business owners in Midtown to participate and help shape Kingston. Broadway is both a gateway and central corridor to the city.

    After more than a year of meetings and incorporation of comments and feedback from the community, the Final Broadway Corridor Conceptual Design Plan (Nov 2015) will now be developed further to result in final design, engineering drawings and specifications, bid documents and construction to be bid out by late 2016. Further public engagement and input will help guide the project and design through spring 2016.

    Here is the plan Conceptual Plan in Full as a "Preferred Alternative":

    Executive Summary

    Table of Contents and Introduction

    Chapter 1: Existing Conditions

    Chapter 2: Needs and Opportunities

    Chapter 3: Final Recommendations

    Appendix 1: Traffic Counts and Parking Survey

    Appendix 2: Bike Lane Alternatives

    Appendix 3: Draft Plan & Synchro Analysis

    Appendix 4: Public Meeting 1

    Appendix 5: Public Meeting 2


    In addition, here is the study of the traffic light system to establish baseline information:

    Traffic Signalization Study - Existing Conditions (Greenman-Pedersen)

    Initial efforts on the project developed a concept plan for the corridor with assistance from the engineering firm, VHB. Next Greenman-Pedersen will be developing the design and engineering documents that will be the basis for a bid solicitation that will go out in 2016. The construction will be funded thanks to a successful application by the Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships to the NYS Department of Transportation for Transportation Enhancement Program funding at a $2,001,500 level.

    A public meeting was held in the Fall 2014 to provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about the project and to review and discuss the findings of VHB’s preliminary inventory. The insight of Kingston’s residents and business community will be essential to the success of this project.

    Additional meetings were held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:30pm and 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Green Room at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Broadway. Here is the Brochure.

    Steps along the way led to the Building a Better Broadway Preliminary Plan and Appendix. The culmination is in a Final Conceptual Design Plan published in early November 2015.