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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

    7/23/2020 - Forsyth Nature Center’s Fall Festival Has Been Cancelled

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 23, 2020

     

     

    The Forsyth Nature Center’s Fall Festival Has Been Cancelled

    Nature Center is Open to the Public with Guidelines in Place


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department regret to announce that the 2020 Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival has been cancelled. 

    Due to the potential spread of COVID-19 and limitations on gathering, the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, along with the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, have canceled the 2020 Fall Festival. The 2021 Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021.

    “I know this was a difficult decision for the Friends of the Forsyth Nature Center and the Center’s staff to make,” said Mayor Noble. “This is a festival that my family loves to attend each year, and will be sorely missed, but it is the right thing to do to ensure the health and safety of the community.”

    “The safety and well-being is now and will always be our highest priority at the Nature Center,” said Donna Seymour, Chair of the Friends of the Forsyth Nature Center Board. “I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding. We expect to back better than ever at next year’s festival.”

    The Forsyth Nature Center is now open to the public daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Face masks must be worn to enter and must remain on during the length of the visit. Visitors are asked to follow new signage regarding traffic flow and access. In order to minimize the chance of exposing visitors to contaminated surfaces, the feed machines and drinking fountain will not be available. The upper picnic area is open and tables have been spaced to provide for social distancing and will be sanitized regularly. At this time, the lower picnic area will remain closed. 

    Please visit http://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/ for more information.