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

    1/11/2014 - 5th Annual Winterfest
    CITY OF KINGSTON
    OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
    CITY HALL
    420 BROADWAY
    KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401
    Phone (845) 334-3902
    Fax (845) 334-3904

    SHAYNE R. GALLO
    MAYOR

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 27, 2013

    5th ANNUAL WINTERFEST SCHEDULED

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    Mayor  Shayne  Gallo  announced  today that  the  City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Forsyth Nature Center will host the 5th Annual WinterFest on Saturday, January 11th from 10am-2pm at Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park on Delaware Avenue.

    “Winter is a wonderful time of year in Kingston and we are lucky to be able to offer WinterFest to our residents and visitors. This family-  friendly event showcases what our Parks and Recreation Department offers, even in the colder winter months and further promotes outdoor recreation and fitness, which is all part of my Live Well Kingston campaign", Mayor Gallo commented.

    “This event began as a way to get the community outside and active during the winter, and has grown in popularity each year. In 2013, over 80 people learned how to snowshoe and took a winter hike, many for the first time,” said Kevin Gilfeather, Director of the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    During WinterFest, participants will be able to attend one of three snowshoe instructional classes and hike through Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park. The guided snowshoeing hikes will include a lesson on the history of snowshoeing, basics of learning the sport, animal tracking, winter survival and fun. Guided hikes will take place at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm, led by Parks and Recreation Department Environmental Educators Julie and Steve Noble. Snowshoes will be provided to those interested in participating. Classes are first come, first serve and are appropriate for youth and adults, novices or advanced snowshoers. All participants should wear warm clothes and winter footwear.

    The  hikes  through  Hasbrouck  Park  will  lead  the  participant  on  trails  built  decades  ago  and  recently refurbished with the help of Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play. These rustic trails lead us through a journey, literally, up a hill. Hasbrouck Park, Kingston’s largest, is home to a variety of animals including deer, fox, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and even a bear once in a while! While on the hike, participants will watch for signs of wildlife including tracks, scat, fur, rubbings and other telltale signs of winter.

    After spending sometime outside, everyone will need a place to warm up and all are welcome to join the fun inside the Hasbrouck Park Stone Building. Built in 1919, this location will have a variety of children’s arts and crafts as well as warm beverages and food to munch on.

    Admission to this event is free. However, certain  crafts and food have nominal fees which will help support the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, a not-  for-  profit organization which supports the mission of the Forsyth Nature Center.

    This  year,  Kenco Outfitters,  a  generous  supporter  and  partner  with  the  Kingston  Parks  and  Recreation Department, has provided a pair of snowshoes, poles and bag ($139 MSRP) which will be given away at WinterFest so please stop by and enter the free drawing!

    In the event of no snow or poor snow conditions, a Winter Hike without snowshoes will be held. This event is rain or shine. For directions to Hasbrouck Park, please visit www.kingstonparksandrec.org. This event is part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Use Your Parks Campaign,” sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Creating Healthy Places Program.”

    For further information on this event call 481 7336.

     

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