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

    Kingston News

    9/24/2019 - 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Results Announced

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 24, 2019

     

    2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Selections Announced

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Survey, which will award $20,000 to a community project in each of the City of Kingston’s three unique business districts. The online survey, which was open for voting from August 9-September 6, had nearly 600 total respondents who voted for their preferred projects to receive the funding. The projects with the most votes for each district:

     

    Uptown:

    1. Provide free breakfast/lunch program for youth when schools are closed: $4,500 to People’s Place
    2. Repair sidewalks on Fair and Wall Streets – eliminated due to cost restraints
    3. Plant trees and follow up with regular maintenance and tree pruning: $15,500 to pool resources with the Tree Commission for planting street trees in Uptown

     

    Midtown:

    1. Pine St. African Burial Ground youth development program for design/community engagement: $20,000 to be awarded to the Kingston Land Trust for implementation
    2. Add bus services for youth to attend activities and after school programs
    3. Improve crosswalks and sidewalks

     

    Downtown:

    1. Fund youth programs, community events, education and wellness centers: $20,000 to be distributed through the Office of Community Development
    2. Teen employment opportunities / job development / youth work program
    3. Park clean-up

     

    City staff have reviewed the top-voted projects for cost estimates and have determined a plan for implementation: For Uptown, $4,500 will go to People’s Place to supplement its Bag Summer Hunger, Bag Holiday Hunger and Thanksgiving Feast programs. The remaining $15,500 will go to the Tree Commission for planting street trees in Uptown along with maintenance and regular pruning, as needed. For Midtown, the entire allotment will go to the Kingston Land Trust for implementing the Pine St. Burial Ground youth development program for design and community engagement. For Downtown, the entire allotment will be distributed to youth programs via the City of Kingston’s Office of Community Development. The process for applying for funds will be announced soon. 

     

    Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The Mayor set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget toward the new round of Participatory Budgeting. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts and community initiatives.