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
    Email:
    [email protected]

    Transportation

     Kingston on the Move-A strategic transportation planning sub-committee of the Complete Streets Advisory Council is working with the current administration to create a new vision and action plan for transportation in Kingston.  


    This sub-committee envisions the City of Kingston as a vibrant, bustling community, with a safe and reliable transportation system that moves and connects people to places, with a variety of motorized and non-motorized options working together to provide users with a seamless and stress-free experience.  

    For full, up to date information on Kingston's Transportation Projects, see: Kingston on the Move 

    Kingston Greenline – The Kingston Greenline is a vision for a network of urban trails, bikeways, water-trails, walkable sidewalks and complete streets.  The project is a partnership initiative of the City of Kingston, Kingston Land Trust and Ulster County.  To learn more visit the Kingston Greenline page.

    View a PDF of the Kingston Greenline Project Status Map.

    Complete Streets - “Complete Streets” is a term used to describe ordinary city streets that are designed to allow people of all ages and abilities to:

    • walk
    • bike
    • take the bus
    • and drive less

    By “completing the street” to encourage movement, kids, grandparents, adults of all ages can be active, healthy and feel connected to their neighborhoods.  To read more about this program, visit the Complete Streets Advisory Council page.

     Greening Our Streetlights – Kingston’s street lights consume 1.9 million kWh of energy annually.  Kingston retrofitted all of our existing street lights to energy efficient LED street lights, which resulted in a retrofit of over 2,200 municipal street lights to LED.

    Street Light FAQ 

    Project Website 

    Green Fleet and EV Charging

    Kingston is advancing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of municipal vehicles by purchasing hybrid and full electric vehicles, installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and hiring an Environmental Asset Manager who will manage the fleet and update the greenhouse gas inventory. 

    In 2022, City staff and administration developed and adopted the City of Kingston Green Fleet Policy. This policy, which applies to the municipal fleet, sets clear guidelines and goals for purchasing City vehicles. The purpose of this policy is to implement the City’s intent to:

    • Give priority to purchasing hybrid, hybrid-electric, battery powered, and other green vehicles when commercially available and practicable.
    •  Eliminate unnecessary idling of vehicles in order to reduce the community’s exposure to exhaust from gasoline and diesel engines.
    • Ensure that a review of each individual vehicle purchase is made so that as the City replaces its aging fleet, the long-term environmental and monetary benefits of purchasing green vehicles are taken into account.

    Through this policy Kingston shall purchase the most energy efficient and cost effective vehicles possible that meet the operational needs of the City.

    The City has been working towards a goal of retrofitting the municipal fleet to have 20% comprised of alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.  In 2016 and in 2017, the City of Kingston purchased two alternate fuel vehicles each year for our fleet, bringing the total to 4: one each in the Building Safety Division, Parks and Recreation, the Police Department, and City Hall. In 2018, three more EVs were purchased for the Building Safety Division bringing the total up to 7 EV's in the City's fleet. In 2019, three more EVs were purchased, one for the Comptroller's Office and two for the Buildings Safety Division, bringing the total fleet to 10 EV's. In 2020, two more EVs were purchased for KPD, resulting in 12 total EVs. In 2021, one additional EV has been purchased, bringing the total to 13 EVs in the City Fleet. 

     Year  # EVs added to Fleet
     2016/2017  4
     2018  3
     2019  3
     2020  2
     2021  1

    Further, in the Summer of 2018, the City installed three new public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the following municipal lots: Cornell St, Dock Street, and Lower Broadway. 

    In 2019, a new EV Charging Station was installed in a city municipal lot: the Building Safety Department's lot off of Garraghan Drive. Additionally, a new EV Charging Station will be installed as part of the DRI investment upgrades at Dietz Stadium and in the Prince Street lot, in 2022.

    In January 2022, the City received funding from NYS DEC Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program for six additional Level 2 electric vehicle charging ports. With the funding, the City of Kingston will install two new EV charging stations at Block Park, North Front Street and at the City’s Building Safety Office on Garraghan Drive.  

     

     

     As of January, 2022, the Kingston EV Charging Stations have saved 37,499 kg of GHG emissions, cumulatively.

           

    that’s like planting 669trees and letting them grow for 10 years

     Smart Mobility Solutions 

    In the Spring of 2019, the City of Kingston partnered with the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to complete a Capstone project to address sustainability mobility through transportation solutions in the City of Kingston. To arrive at a final recommendation, the team conducted a needs assessment, surveyed emerging smart mobility solutions, and evaluated potential solutions against three core values — sustainability, financial viability, and system-wide synergy.

    The final proposal recommends four initiatives — City Fleet, Walk Kingston, Smart Parking, and Signal Priority — and includes implementation plans and financial models to pilot each initiative. In addition, the report considers a range of sustainable mobility enablers that will be essential to implementing the initiatives, including governance strategies, additional financing sources, and regulatory considerations. The combination of initiatives and enablers is designed to improve mobility, lower emissions, and boost economic development.

    Final Sustainable Mobility Report 

    SHORT-LISTED SOLUTIONS

    Realistic in Near-Term

    Connected Buses (TSP) Yes
    Integrated smart phone app with public transit info Yes
    Car sharing Yes
    Connected and AV No
    Dockless bike share Yes
    Pedal-assist, E-bikes Yes
    Micromobility SAAS platform Yes
    Countdown clocks at bus stops Yes
    Adaptive signal control system No
    Connected signals (V2I) ; Signal priority for sustainable modes Yes
    Dynamic lanes* (pending research) No
    Dynamic parking pricing Yes
    Parking sensors Yes
    Pedestrian Priority Zone (PPZ) No

    Gamification to encourage walking

    Yes