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

    The Department of
    Health and Wellness

    The Department of Health and Wellness is charged with coordinating the Live Well Kingston Commission (LWK), being a community health liaison, and supporting projects that increase health in the City of Kingston. It is a new department that was created in 2018 with funding from a local foundation.

    Coordinating the Live Well Kingston Commission includes the support of its five subcommittees: Eat Well, Play Well, Travel Well, Age Well, and Heal Well. These “Focus Teams” built coalitions with 37 local community organizations during 40 meetings in 2018. Along with coordination, the department is tasked with communicating about health, community organizations and LWK initiatives. This is done through social media, website content and blog posts, meeting notes, radio interviews and networking.

    The department has added capacity to the City by assisting with transportation projects and outreach events. Community organizations have benefited from the Health and Wellness department when it organized the Kingston City School District’s Health and Wellness committee meetings, supported the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley’s health assessment, assisted with the organization of Community Action’s senior dinner and supported other community projects.

    2018 Accomplishments:

    Developed a new department for the City of Kingston

    • Created goals and fleshed out the budget
    • Managed an intern
    • Learned the purchasing, timekeeping, and other general government systems
    • Put out a request for quotes
    • Hired a marketing company

    Developed the LWK Commission

    • Recreated a new Focus Team (subcommittee): Heal Well
    • Developed action plans, project criteria, rules of procedure and a system for endorsing letters of support
    • Went through the process of finding and recommending new board members

    Increased LWK communications

    • Created a marketing plan
    • Posted 10 blog posts along with social media prompts
    • Posted 174 times to the LWK FB page, our most popular post reached 2,300 people
    • Traffic on the LWK website is up 221% over the previous year (3,492 vs. 1,086 visits)
    • Created a tabling banner, rollup sign and tablecloth
    • Highlighted LWK in the 2018 Kingston Visitor’s Guide
    • Updated the LWK website and moved it to a new hosting service
    • Created maps of food, physical activity, and health services on the LWK website
    • Appeared on 7 radio shows
    • Tabled at 2 community events and the City’s employee benefits fair where Good & Cheap cookbooks were distributed
    • Presented at the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley volunteer luncheon
    • Was interviewed for the Kingston Times article Toward a Healthier Kingston (9/13/18)
    • Networked at numerous community meetings including Seniors Settled and Serving in Place, Bringing Agencies Together, and the Healthy Ulster Council

     

    Other accomplishments

    • Applied for and received a CFA state grant for a pedestrian and bicycle master plan
    • Supported City projects like the Kingston Point Rail Trail and events like Earth Day, the High Water Festival, and Midtown Make a Difference Day
    • Created numerous community contacts
    • Hosted weekly walks, an after-work yoga series and a bike-to-work challenge for employees
    • Managed a pedestrian and bicycle count at 4 locations, during three days on Broadway
    • Supported the repeal of an unused bicycle registration law

     

    2019 Goals:

    • Manage the pedestrian and bicycle master plan project
    • Develop a workplace wellness program
    • Increase participation in LWK and all the Focus Teams
    • Have conversations about health equity
    • Create a social media policy for the LWK Commission
    • Initiate policy, environment and systems change training for LWK participants
    • Host a park clean-up
    • Increase staff time to a full-time position
    • Research and apply for more grant funding
    • Support sidewalk improvement

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    For More Information

    Contact Information

    Emily Flynn
    Director of Health and Wellness 
    City of Kingston, NY
    420 Broadway
    Phone: (845) 334-3909
    Email