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]


    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    • Create a paved public trail and linear park from Garraghan Drive Trailhead to the Trolley Museum Trailhead
    • Connect a safe, ADA accessible pedestrian and bicycle route from the waterfront area to Midtown Kingston via the Kingston Point Rail Trail
    • Provide more traffic and access to the Trolley Museum
    • Create connections for children and families in Midtown and to the Rondout Creek, Hudson River, and city parks on the waterfront
    • Promote healthier families and stronger communities by improving quality of life
    Funder(s) & Amounts OPRHP - Heritage Area Systems Program (2016 NYS CFAs)
    Project Manager's Contact Information Kristen Wilson
    Director of Grants Management
    [email protected]
    Project Status (Updated September 2019) The City met with the Trolley Museum in 2016, and they agreed to allow the trail to extend from Garraghan Drive to the Museum, where there will be a trailhead. Additional funding to complete the trailheads on the trail was awarded to the City by OPRHP through the NYS 2016 Consolidated Funding Application.  Some of this funding is being used to design the trail from the Garraghan Drive Trailhead to the Trolley Museum Trailhead.  An RFP for a design consultant was released in the summer of 2019, and a consultant, CPL, was procured.  CPL is beginning preliminary design.  It is expected that design will be complete in the winter of 2019/2020.  The City submitted a grant application to the State for construction funding to, hopefully, construct the project in 2020 as it is part of the Empire State Trail.   
    Project Links Kingston Point Rail Trail Feasibility Study
    Kingston Greenline Conceptual Plan
    Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2 Conceptual Site Plan