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
    Email:
    info@kingston-ny.gov

    Kingston News

    5/19/2021 - City of Kingston Awards Family of Woodstock for Tiny Home Community Proposal

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    May 19, 2021 

     

    City of Kingston Awards Family of Woodstock for Tiny Home Community Proposal

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has formally awarded Family of Woodstock to facilitate the construction and management of a pilot tiny home community.  

    On March 4, 2021, the City of Kingston issued an RFP for qualified independent firms to provide construction, case management, and property management services for a tiny home project. The proposal review committee voted to award the contract to Family of Woodstock, which has been serving the community with crisis intervention and support since 1970. This pilot program will launch with $200,000 in allotted funds from the Anti-Displacement Learning Network grant to build homes for families who are facing eviction or are at high risk of displacement from the Midtown neighborhood, and is modeled after the “A Tiny Home for Good” project in Syracuse, New York. 

    Designated for single-parent households, the proposal includes three 400-700 square foot two-bedroom homes with a kitchen and bathroom. Family of Woodstock, working with Gen Z Homes, will oversee construction of the community as well as case management services for future residents. Family of Woodstock is working to identify potential locations on a parcel or parcels of city-owned land in the Midtown area. 

    “We are thrilled to partner with Family of Woodstock to make a tiny home community a reality. These three homes will have a huge impact on three families almost immediately,” said Mayor Noble. “We also acknowledge that the need for affordable housing is great among all populations. The ADLN project team is actively working on another proposal targeting single adults at high risk of displacement. The tiny home project is just one piece of my ambitious, multi-faceted housing agenda for Kingston, which also includes permitting accessory dwelling units, drafting and implementing a form based code, and pilot projects like this one.” 

    “Family is excited to work with the City to test the tiny homes model as a vehicle for helping single head-of-household families develop the employment skills and address other critical needs to become self-sufficient after two years of supported living,” said Family of Woodstock Executive Director Michael Berg.

    “I’m very excited that, together with the Anti-Displacement Learning Network and Family of Woodstock, we are advancing a pilot project that will provide safe, comfortable, and permanent homes for single-parent households facing considerable hardship,” said City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives Kevin Corté. “No child in Kingston should have to grow up in subpar housing and no parent should have to make the choice between affordability and safe and healthy living conditions. Providing alternative housing options for low-income families at high risk of displacement is incredibly important in the effort to stabilize our community in the face of a severe housing crisis.”

    “The creation of a tiny home pilot program is a great step to address Kingston’s housing crisis, and I look forward to working with Family of Woodstock on the creation of the program,” said Council President Andrea Shaut. “The ADLN team remains committed to finding other solutions to help even more of the community, because we recognize that creating this program is the beginning, not the ending, of what needs to be done to best serve and protect all community members.”

    In 2019, Enterprise Community Partners, a national non-profit whose mission is to address America’s affordable housing crisis, selected the City of Kingston and nine other New York State municipalities for participation in a 10-month Anti-Displacement Learning Network (ADLN) program. Each municipality was asked to create an ADLN Volunteer Team to examine existing conditions, structures, and programs in their communities. The team were also charged with identifying one or more new strategies that could be implemented to prevent displacement of residents at risk of eviction and/or homelessness. 

    Throughout 2020, the ADLN Volunteer Team convened regularly with Enterprise staff, housing experts, and the other teams from across the State for a series of workshops designed to guide strategy identification. Among the strategies that members of the volunteer team have pinpointed is the creation of tiny homes that will provide safe, permanent housing for single-parent households at high risk of displacement. 

    More information can be found at: https://engagekingston.com/anti-displacement-strategies