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

    1/31/2015 - WinterFest Scheduled for January 31st
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 5, 2015

    6TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST SCHEDULED

    Mayor Shayne R. Gallo announced this week that the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center will host the 6th Annual WinterFest on Saturday, January 31st from 10 am-2 pm 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 and its supporting not-for-profit offers, even in the colder winter months and promotes outdoor recreation and fitness, all part of our LiveWell Kingston campaign,” said Mayor Shayne Gallo.

    “This event began as a way to get the community outside and active during the winter, and has grown in popularity each year. Since its inception, hundreds of people learned how to snowshoe and took a winter hike, many for the first time,” said Kevin Gilfeather, Superintendent 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 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm, led by Parks and Recreation Department Environmental Educator, Julie 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 snow shoers. An added feature during the WinterFest will be guided bird walks at Kingston Point Park, which is located a few minutes away from Hasbrouck Park. Participants can meet at the Rotary Park Entrance Gates on Delaware Avenue. The walks will depart at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. This event will also depend on the weather. All participants should dress for the weather and wear warm clothes and winter footwear.

    The hikes through Hasbrouck Park will lead the participant on trails, built decades ago, 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 though 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.

    In the event of no snow or poor snow conditions, the program will be cancelled. For directions to Hasbrouck Park, please visit www.kingstonparksandrec.org. This event is part of the Department’s Use Your Parks Campaign, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s, Creating Healthy Places Program.