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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

    7/10/2020 - City of Kingston Will Resume Metered Parking on July 27

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 10, 2020 

     

    City of Kingston Will Resume Metered Parking on July 27

     

    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston will resume paid meter parking on Monday, July 27, 2020. The municipal parking lots will remain free of charge until Columbus Day. 

    With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase Four of the New York State re-opening plan, many restaurants and retail stores are opening to the public, and the need for instituting short-term parking has returned.  

    “We have heard from local businesses who are reopening requesting to reinstate metered parking across the City,” said Mayor Noble. “In order to do everything we can to support these local businesses, we are bringing back the parking meters and keeping the parking lots free of charge. We hope this will encourage residents and visitors to enjoy shopping and dining, while not leaving their vehicle long-term, which hinders business access for others.” 

    “Especially in Uptown, the businesses who are re-opening are grateful that the metered parking is returning,” said Elenie Loizou, Kingston Uptown Business Association President. “We think this is a great way to allow visitors and locals to do their shopping and dining, and for those needing longer-term parking to use the lots.” 

    “Knowing that they will now be able to find available parking spaces, shoppers will increasingly support our outstanding Uptown restaurants and retail operations,” said Douglas Koop, Alderman Ward 2. 

    All parking meters were bagged and all fees were suspended on Monday, March 16, 2020 in response to COVID-19, in order to help slow the spread of the virus. Comptroller John Tuey estimates that the City of Kingston has lost approximately $375,000 in income from meter fees and parking violations.

    Whoosh, the mobile parking app used by City of Kingston meters and kiosks, will be changing over to the Flowbird app on August 1, 2020. In order to pay for parking meters electronically, Whoosh will be available until the changeover to Flowbird is complete. All customer data such as vehicle, license plate and payment details, will be exported from Whoosh to Flowbird automatically. See https://flowbirdapp.com/ for download and user instructions.