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

    5/25/2021 - Planet Wings Demolition Makes Way for Intersection Redesign

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 25, 2021 

    Planet Wings Demolition Makes Way for Intersection Redesign

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the demolition of the abandoned Planet Wings building is now underway and will kick-start the Broadway and Grand Intersection Improvements Project. 

    With the removal of the Planet Wings structure, the City of Kingston will redesign the intersection of Broadway, Grand Street, Prince Street, and Pine Grove Avenue to correct a hazardous, misaligned juncture. The new design will improve traffic safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians and will include public space in a formerly blighted location. The Broadway and Grand Intersection Improvements project area will serve as the culmination of the Broadway Streetscape Project, which runs along the Broadway corridor from the I-587 Roundabout. Now underway, the Broadway Streetscape Project optimizes traffic light signalization, and includes new sidewalks, a protected bicycle lane, upgraded crosswalks, amenities such as benches, trees and bioswales, and will include paving of the entire project area. 

    Mayor Noble said, “By fall 2021, entering and traveling down Broadway in the City of Kingston will be an entirely new experience. From the future gateway at the roundabout, along the Broadway corridor to this new intersection at the YMCA, travelers will enjoy a safe and scenic drive through our beautiful Midtown neighborhood in the near future. We are thrilled to have a decades-old eyesore removed while making the intersection safer for all who travel there and adding public greenspace in an urban center. I would like to thank Assemblymember Cahill for his support for this project and helping us restore the historic Post Office area to a space our community can be proud of.”

    Assemblymember Kevin Cahill said, “A significant part of Kingston's history is told at this intersection. It was once the center of transportation, where trolleys met trains and where river travelers found their way to the beautiful Catskills. It was also where the local bus station moved people between the Hudson Valley and places all over the Northeast. Mostly, it is known as the site of the former Post Office, a beautiful circular granite edifice that, to many, represented the center of Kingston. Its demolition in 1969 mobilized our community to prevent the loss of other structures, a movement that can rightly be credited with assuring the reclamation of City Hall, installation of a new roof on the Senate House, and the restoration of homes and buildings all over our eclectic small city. Also noteworthy is that this space provides a perfect vista for one of the most beautiful boulevards in Kingston. Pine Grove Avenue, also enjoying a Renaissance, was once lined with trees and benches, each dedicated to local World War I veterans. While the redesign of this space will surely provide for a safer intersection, it will also create a small meditation space, to again allow visitors to remember our heroes, where neighbors can reflect on our diverse community and where the weary can find brief rest and respite.  

    Funding is provided in part by $750,000 from the NYSDOT Multi-Modal Program, which was secured with the assistance of NYS Assemblymember Kevin Cahill. 

    “When I obtained the funds for much of this undertaking, our shared vision was to make this more than just road project,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “We wanted to recall some beautiful memories, but also put finally put to rest, a brief time when hamburgers and wacky chicken took precedence over majesty and civic pride. I applaud Mayor Noble for finally ushering in this new era here in our shared hometown.”

    Construction on the Broadway and Grand Intersection Improvements Project is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by fall. The City of Kingston grants team will continue to seek funding for the construction and landscaping of the public space. 

    For more information, please visit: https://engagekingston.com/broadwaygrandintersection