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
    [email protected]

    Ulster County Transportation Council Studies:

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    Complete Streets Reference Material:

    For Complete Streets General Information, visit the following resources:

    • Complete Streets: Planning Safer Communities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, by the Cornell Local Roads Program NY LTAP Center 
    • Many Routes to Complete Streets, by David Gilmour, AICP
    • Project presentation to the Common Council's Public Safety/Audit Committee in summer 2010
    •  A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, 2009, by the Federal Highway Administration

    Project Publicity:

    • Introduction to the Complete Streets Initiative, by David Gilmour, AICP, Healthy Kingston for Kids Newsletter, March 2010
    • EDITORIAL: Low-Tech Transportation, Daily Freeman, April 21, 2010
    • LETTER: The Streets of Kingston, by Gregg Swanzey, Emilie Houser and David Gilmour, Letter to the Editor, Daily Freeman,  May 4, 2010
    • A Healthy City: Non-motorized transportation and acccess to fresh produce is key to reducing obesity, by Will Dendis, Ulster Publishing, April 2010
    • It Takes a (Small) City: Tackling Childhood Obesity with Complete Streets, by Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign blog Mobilizing the Region