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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Projects on the Kingston Greenline
The Kingston Greenline is a truly special partnership initiative of the Kingston Land Trust, of the City of Kingston, and Ulster County. The Kingston Greenline Conceptual Plan was a study commissioned by the Kingston Land Trust with support from the City and the Land Trust Alliance in 2014. The study proposes a network of urban trails, complete streets, improved sidewalks, bike lanes, and linear parks in the City of Kingston. This infrastructure will connect to a county network of rail trails and become a hub for non-motorized transportation and tourism from four different directions in the county. It will also be part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the recently proposed Empire State Trail.
When complete the Kingston Greenline will be approximately 20 miles long. The off-road portion will be 10.7 miles long and the on-road portion will total 9.3 miles. Notably, many of the Kingston Greenline projects improve existing road and sidewalk infrastructure, serving Kingston's business districts and neighborhoods.
The City continues to work with many partners and funders to make this vision become a reality. Check out the status of all the projects on the Greenline in the map through the links below.
View a PDF of the Kingston Greenline Project Status Map.
#1 Hudson River Brickyard Trail
#2 Kingston Point Rail Trail - Trolley Section
#3 Waterfront Shared Streets
#4a Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1
#4b Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2
#5 Hasbrouck Delaware Parklet
#6 Midtown Shared Streets
#7 Broadway Streetscape Project
#8 Walkill Valley Rail Trail Extension Studies
#9 Ulster County Midtown Linear Park
#10 Kingston Rail Trail Project
#11 NYSDOT I-587 Roundabout Project
#12 NYSDOT Empire State Trail Project South
#13 NYSDOT Empire State Trail Project North