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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

    3/27/2020 - Kingston Emergency Food Hotline Launches

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 27, 2020

     

    City of Kingston Emergency Food Hotline Launches

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Noble is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with many community groups and dedicated volunteers, the City of Kingston has launched a food security hotline. Anyone in need of food within the Kingston City School District can call 888-316-0879 at any time and will be entered into a growing database to receive prepared food or grocery delivery. City staff and a host of volunteers from Rise Up Kingston and other organizations will be operating the hotline in both English and Spanish, and soon in K’iche.

    The initiative, called the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative, is a partnership of the community groups who sprang into action to provide meals to families as soon as the Kingston City schools were closed. The Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative began providing food to the community on March 18 and is now serving up to 1,000 prepared meals a day with thousands more meals provided through grocery deliveries. 

    Currently, home-delivered meals are being prepared by local restaurants through Ulster County’s Project Resilience, with an additional 600 meals prepared for home delivery by Family of Woodstock staff at the Everette Hodge Community Center. Once a family or individual calls the hotline, local volunteer teams based at the YMCA of Kingston will begin to deliver all these meals to residents in the City of Kingston and the Kingston City School District area within a few days.

    Through the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative program, People’s Place Pantry is distributing hundreds of bags of groceries, which equates to between 1,800-4,150 meals every day. Families or individuals requesting groceries can get deliveries up to twice a month. The People’s Place Community Cafe remains open and continues to serve approximately 150 takeout meals per day. 

    This home delivery program is a volunteer and collaborative effort of the following organizations:

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

    Family of Woodstock

    Hudson Valley Farm Hub

    Hudson Valley Seed

    Kingston City School District

    Kingston Food Coop

    Kingston YMCA Farm Project

    People’s Place

    Radio Kingston

    Rise Up Kingston

    Salvation Army

    UlsterCorps

    Ulster County

    Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health

    Ulster County Community Action

    YMCA of Kingston and Ulster

    “It has been overwhelming to see the swift action from our community in helping their neighbors in need,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank and applaud every organization and individual who has stepped up during this time. The City is here to support these herculean efforts in any way we can.”

    In order for Family of Woodstock to focus on mental health calls and other immediate needs, food-related calls to FOW will be forwarded to the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative hotline and processed remotely by volunteers. The City of Kingston’s IT department and Rise Up Kingston staff created the hotline through a virtual call center, which distributes incoming calls to on-duty volunteers’ cell phones to limit exposure amongst volunteers. 

    In addition to funding the hotline, the City of Kingston contracted services with Family of Woodstock and People’s Place in the amount of $30,000 each to support their efforts in local food preparation and distribution.