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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    7/1/2013 - BEAT Press Conference Document

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    BUSINESS, EDUCATION, ART, TECHNOLOGY (BEAT)

    BUSINESS

    KLDC Loans, matching funds grants for exterior façade of commercial properties;

    Utilize Bard interns/KHS interns for pop-up art at vacant storefronts and provide inventory of artist/live-work space;

    King’s Inn site—Farmers’ Market: San Severia Historic Belgian Performance Tent with food/beverage to connect with farmers’ market;

    UPAC—Assist with funding for air conditioning and other improvements to facilitate year-round venue;

    Police Department (Bank of America)—Anchor for Mid-town revitalization plan;

    King’s Inn—Environmental study complete (Phase 1) for preparation of site for mixed use; use in interim for UPAC parking, community events; Farmers’ Market, San Severia Historic Belgian Performance Tent.

    Address and assist all businesses in Broadway corridor for quality of life issues, public safety so as to establish a draw for investment;

    Seek federal, state and private funding for streetscape improvements.

    Code Enforcement Officer dedicated to midtown code enforcement.

    EDUCATION

    Education/medical technology and/or engineering proposed for Kingston Hospital Campus;

    Partnership with medical college affiliates and SUNY Ulster, Kingston School District, BOCES and Bard College;

    Senior residence and/or student dormitory at the Kingston Hospital Campus;

    Kingston High School proposed renovation of $120 million;

    Carnegie Center—BOCES, SUNY Ulster, Creative Center for Education, KHS;

    Early college at SUNY Ulster/BOCES/Kingston High School;

    Refurbished Sophie Finn School for nursing college, credit courses;

    Offer business developers, SUNY at UCCC, BOCES and Kingston High School Bard intern opportunities;

    Mentoring program at Hodge Center for Student Success Center, AT & T $25,000 grant for 1st year program with Family of Woodstock;

    721 Media Studios SUNY Ulster Graphic Arts/Communication Program; assist with occupancy of multi-media firms at 721 Media Center; Partnership with SUNY New Paltz

    Prospectively propose Creative Learning Center for Mid-town to facilitate Cultural Literacy, Arts and Digital Technology certificates for youth/adults;

    Boys and Girls Club; ensure funding for program;

    Hodge Center; ensure funding for program;

    Kingston Library assist with funding opportunities/infrastructure, related issues

     

    ART

    Continue to facilitate the East side Art District at Tenbrouck Avenue and Cornell Street—R & F Paints, Monster Studios, Color Page, Bailey Pottery, Cornell Street Studios;

    Facilitate SUNY at Ulster and Bard, Kingston School District, SUNY New Paltz internships/mentoring;

    RUPCO Project—Lace Curtain Factory for Artists/living space;

    West Side of Broadway—(UPAC side): Black Creek Art Studio, Bard Feasibility Study for Art/Cultural Museum, UPAC Center to promote arts and necessary funding to improve UPAC for year-round productions (which require new ac/heating system);

    Facilitate assistance with development of TRANSART Black Cultural Center on Henry Street;

    Place pop-up art in windows of vacant commercial properties;

    Inventory of Artist live/work space along Broadway and Mid-town Corridor;

    Incorporate the Art infrastructure in midtown with the Comprehensive Plan thereby establishing an Art District for the entire midtown area.

    25 S. Manor Avenue as a possible site for the Creative Learning Center/Artist District and/or cultural museum

     

    TECHNOLOGY

    Continue to assist to draw multi-media and Digital Technology tenants at 721 Media Center and other locations in midtown by establishing a partnership with all media software developers in the City;

    721 Media Center to assist multi-media professionals; film producer proposes animated film partnership center and other multi-media providers with UCCC—graphic art program;

    Develop the Broadway corridor to facilitate manufacturing opportunities for 3D printers and other entrepreneur efforts for locations and partnerships with digital technology;

    Create a digital roadmap for Kingston through a partnership with all media software developers in City;

    Establish intern program with SUNY, BOCES, KHS and Bard College.