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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.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    7/9/2020 - City of Kingston and Kingston City Land Bank Announce First Acquisitions

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 9, 2020

     

    City of Kingston and Kingston City Land Bank Announce First Acquisitions

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) are pleased to announce that the Land Bank has completed the purchase of three vacant homes from the City of Kingston. The homes will be renovated and returned to the City’s tax rolls at full value once completed.

    With this first acquisition, the KCLB has purchased three homes: 248 Main Street, 174 Hasbrouck Avenue, and 64 Van Buren Street from the City of Kingston for the full value of unpaid real estate taxes. As a part of this Phase I of the KCLB’s program, a total of five homes are scheduled to be purchased and then renovated with funding provided by Enterprise Community Partners. Requests for Proposals for the construction renovation contracts will be posted on the KCLB’s website when available. 

    Once construction is complete, the homes will predominantly be sold to families earning at or below 100% of the Area Median Income in Ulster County. Currently, this limit for a family size of four is a gross household income of $83,700. Sales will be made through a public application process, details of which will be available on the KCLB website. No homes are currently offered for sale by the KCLB at this time.

    “These first acquisitions are a landmark achievement for our community,” said Mayor Noble. “Not only will the City recoup back taxes for these properties through the sale, once they are renovated, these homes will reinvigorate their neighborhoods -- at a time when we desperately need housing stock. I would like to thank the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley and Enterprise for their generous grants to help the Land Bank get started on what will be a tremendous endeavor.”

    “The KCLB was formed with the task of transforming the city's vacant tax-foreclosed housing stock from community burdens into neighborhood assets, and we've spent the past year and a half working to do exactly that,” said Daniel Kanter, Board Chair of the KCLB. “These first three homes represent not only the enormous effort it took to get to this point, but also a first step in putting these programs into action and meeting the mission we set out to accomplish. We are deeply grateful for the patience of our community as we've gotten up and running, and are thrilled to enter this new stage for the KCLB and the City's approach to equitable housing at large."

    “This Phase I milestone is just the beginning,” said Mike Gilliard, Executive Director of the KCLB. “Due to the tireless work of our dedicated Board and staff, over the next few months we will begin to implement a full range of Land Bank tools to transform delinquent properties into occupied homes on the City’s tax roll.”

    The Kingston City Land Bank was formed with the purpose of acquiring title to tax-foreclosed and other distressed properties in the City of Kingston, removing barriers to redevelopment and returning properties to the tax rolls. Its mission is to foster an equitable community where vacant or distressed properties are transformed into community assets that improve the quality of life for Kingston residents, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods, and create new pathways for social and economic development.

    For more information about the KCLB and to join our mailing list for updates, visit www.kingstoncitylandbank.org and follow us on Instagram at @kingstoncitylandbank