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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

    6/11/2020 - Public Dining and Shopping Registration Guide Released for Businesses

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 11, 2020

     

    Public Dining and Shopping Registration Guide Released for Businesses

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston will be instituting a Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program across the City. The program is intended to utilize public areas to create more physical space for outdoor dining and open-air shopping, and in some cases may temporarily close select streets to vehicular traffic. 

    A short survey for residents and participating business owners opened last week, and has helped to inform this program. To request specific areas for outdoor operations, businesses who wish to participate and will require use of parking stalls, street access or other common public space, must contact the Mayor’s office at rverspoor@kingston-ny.gov or 845-334-3902. Participating businesses will then be sent the City of Kingston’s guidelines and resources packet. This packet will be a step by step guide on how to quickly utilize the sidewalk, parklet or city street to assist your business.

    After a review of the required documentation and proposed site plan, the City will provide approval to businesses to operate outdoors through the end of October, pursuant to permission granted from NYS and the State Liquor Authority. Approvals will be processed as received with the expectation that the new, expanded outdoor dining opportunities will be available by the end of next week. 

    “When we have a sense of how many restaurants and shops are going to participate, and how much space they will need, we will inform the public of potential parking restrictions, possible road closures along with days and times,” said Mayor Noble. “The City of Kingston’s Restaurant and Retail Outdoor Expansion program will help ensure businesses have every resource to operate successfully during the COVID-19 economic recovery. I also think it will be a fun experience and will create more ways to reengage with family, friends and our City this summer.” 

    The Mid-Hudson region is in Phase II of re-opening, which allows for outdoor dining while following COVID-19 guidelines issued by New York State. Any restaurant with a pre-existing permit to operate outdoor dining on its own property does not have to register with the Mayor’s office, as long as the establishment meets all of the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and the Phase 2 re-opening guidelines.