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.
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 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.
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.
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Kingston, New York
The City of Kingston has created a Flood Preparedness Guide which gives residents in flood-prone areas a plan for safety and provides official evacuation routes. The City’s Sustainability Coordinator, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the Kingston Fire Department with funding from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), collaborated on the guide, which contains important information about preparing for, staying safe during, and recovering from flooding.
The City of Kingston Flood Preparedness Guide includes a map of flood prone areas and provides information on emergency shelters for people and pets, and how to prepare a flood emergency kit.
A printable version of the guide can be downloaded here.
Flooding Quick Reference Guide via the Department of Health
No se quede en la oscuridad: Guía de Referencia Rápida de Inundación
Plan Ahead: Prepare for Emergencies Now brochure from FEMA
Free & Low Cost Ideas to Prepare Your Family for Emergencies via the Department of Health
Don't Be Left in the Dark: Power Outages in Floods brochure
Flood preparedness for Seniors brochure via FEMA
Emergency Supply Kit: Supply List brochure via FEMA
Emergency Supply Kit: Kids brochure (FEMA)
Emergency Supply Kit: Parents brochure (FEMA)
Health Emergency Card, to be stored with the emergency supply kit
Tarjeta de informacion para emergencias, para ser almacenado con el kit
de suministros de emergencia.
How to Help Your Family in a Health Emergency brochure via Department of Health
Preparing Your Pets for an Emergency brochure via FEMA