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

    7/7/2021 - City of Kingston Awarded $50,000 Grant for Street Trees

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 7, 2021 

     

    City of Kingston Awarded $50,000 Grant for Street Trees

    Applications Now Open for Planting Requests

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston was awarded $50,000 from the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Grant program to be used for city-wide tree planting. 

    With the $50,000 grant and with a $25% match from the City of Kingston, tree planting funds will total $62,500 and will be specifically used for street trees. The Tree Commission estimates to plant between 70-90 trees with this funding, focusing on neighborhoods that currently lack trees and would benefit from additional shade and streetscape amenities.   

    The Tree Commission has reviewed the City’s tree inventory to identify locations that are most in need of tree cover. The City of Kingston is taking applications from homeowners and business owners who would like to request a tree in front of their property, with special consideration to priority areas identified on the map. The Midtown area has been identified as the most highly-trafficked area that is underserved for street trees. 

    Plantings will be in the public right of way, with a commitment from property owners to ensure that the new trees are well-maintained, particularly in the early stages of planting. Species will be chosen by the Tree Commission, who will identify types of trees that will have a positive impact on biodiversity and will be the appropriate size for the planting locations.   

    “Our community is passionate about trees, as we know they provide shade, beautify our streetscapes, and are beneficial for our mental health and general wellbeing,” said Mayor Noble. “We are grateful to the DEC for this grant, which will provide so many trees for our community to enjoy for generations to come.” 

    “We agree with Mayor Noble, our urban forest provides numerous benefits for our community.  It is also important to understand that approved locations will require that the property owners abutting the planting will be responsible for the continued maintenance of the street tree.” said Suzanne Cahill, Planning Director.  “This will insure the sustainability of the overall program and its success.”

    “Trees are vital to our community life, public health, and our environment,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “New York State is proud to celebrate Arbor Day by awarding grants to 26 outstanding projects in communities across the state to inventory, plant, and maintain public trees. These innovative projects exemplify New York State’s commitment to protecting and enhancing our state’s natural resources, while also beautifying communities and enhancing quality of life for a greener future.”

    The Tree Commission is accepting applications until September 15, 2021. City staff and commission members will need to review the sites and verify suitability. Final locations will be chosen by December 2021 with planting expected to take place spring 2022.   

    Applications are available in the Planning Office at City Hall and on the City of Kingston website.  

    In May 2018, the City of Kingston completed a tree inventory and management plan of street and park trees.  The inventory was completed by ArborPro with funding from the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry program. The tree inventory identified 3,937 total trees within the street right-of-way and maintained parkland areas. The inventory also identified 1198 vacant sites appropriate for new tree plantings. 

    According to ArborPro’s report, the most common species in the City of Kingston are Norway maple (13.1%), honey locust (10.1%), ornamental pear (8.3%), sugar maple (7.6%), and red maple (5.6%) with a total of 116 different species recorded. Almost 90% of recorded trees were in fair or better condition. Currently, Kingston’s trees provide $541,095 in annual environmental benefits. 

    For more information, visit https://www.kingston-ny.gov/Trees or contact the Planning Office at 845-334-3954 or planning@kingston-ny.gov for an application.