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

    9/13/2016 - Efforts announced to support local small businesses

    September 7, 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Steve Noble announces new and expanding Kingston Local Development Corporation initiatives to support small businesses

    (Kingston, N.Y.) The Kingston Local Development Corporation (KLDC) has approved to implement and expand two significant programs proposed by Mayor Steve Noble to assist existing and new business owners in the City of Kingston.

    The Façade Improvements Program, currently only available along the Broadway corridor in Midtown Kingston, will soon be available to small businesses throughout the City of Kingston. The program allows businesses to apply for reimbursement of up to $10,000 to help offset expenses to improve their facades.

    “We have seen some great improvements along the Broadway corridor, but we know there are many businesses outside of this district who also need support to improve their facades,” said Mayor Noble. “With this change in requirements, I believe we will see an even greater impact from these limited funds.”

    The grant funding can be used for the correction of blighting conditions such as peeling paint, boarded up windows or windows in poor condition, replacement of missing historic elements, modification or removal of inappropriate alterations and general cosmetic improvements. The program requires a match from applicants.

    In addition, the KLDC approved Mayor Noble’s request to reinstitute a Micro Enterprise Lending Program for newly emerging, rapidly growing, small entrepreneurial ventures and established small businesses who need assistance to expand. The program is designed as a form of financing that provides low interest loans up to $7,500.

    “For businesses just starting up or for those that can’t access funding from traditional financial institutions, this low interest loan can make all of the difference,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the board members of the KLDC for working to ensure our local businesses have the tools they need to thrive. I am confident that this investment will ultimately help more businesses establish roots in Kingston and expand.”

    The KLDC voted to allocate $75,000 to fund the Micro Enterprise Lending Program, which will allow up to 10 businesses to apply for the maximum $7,500 loan.

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    About the KLDC

    The primary purpose of the KLDC is to stimulate investment within the City of Kingston that results in quality of life and economic sustainability for its residents. For more information, please visit www.kingston-ny.gov/KLDC or contact Amanda Bruck-Little at 334-3930 or abrucklittle@kingston-ny.gov.