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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

    10/23/2020 - City of Kingston Halloween Guidance

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 23, 2020 

     

    City of Kingston Halloween Guidance

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that trick-or-treating in the City of Kingston will not be cancelled, but urges caution when participating in Halloween activities. As in years past, there will be a curfew of 8:00pm on October 31, 2020.

    “We will abide by any New York State or County guidance when it comes to Halloween, but in the meantime, we encourage those celebrating to use caution,” said Mayor Noble. “Consider other activities rather than just gathering candy - such as decorating your home, carving pumpkins, watching Halloween movies, and other safe, healthy ways to celebrate during this time. The best practice for trick-or-treating is to stay with your close family and to socially distance when around others.”

    Suggestions from creative ways to celebrate more safely:

    • Host a virtual Halloween costume party with costumes and games

    • Have a car parade to show off costumes while staying socially distanced

    • Consider non-candy treats such as stickers, magnets, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, or other small toys

    • Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt where kids find candy with each clue

    • Decorate your house and have a neighborhood contest

    • Carve pumpkins and try new creative decorating ideas

    • Play Halloween-themed games

    • Watch spooky movies

    • Trick-or-treat room to room in your own home

     

    Please remember:

    • Don’t trick-or-treat or leave out candy out if you are sick or have been in contact with anyone who is sick

    • If there is crowding at a home, or if treats are being directly handed out, skip that house and find a safer option

    • Avoid any crowding in elevators, hallways or stairwells

    • Trick-or-treat in small groups

    • Gatherings and parties are discouraged, whether it is indoors or outdoors 

    • Ensure that your Halloween mask meets face covering guidance, or wear a cloth face mask that compliments your costume

     

    Mayor Noble adds, “I wish everyone a happy Halloween and just ask that we all use common sense and maintain our vigilance in fighting the spread of COvid-19. Stay safe and have fun!”