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.


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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    10/11/2013 - Award Received to benefit Forsyth Nature Center

    Phone (845) 334-3902

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    SHAYNE R. GALLO, MAYOR                 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2013


    Mayor Shayne R. Gallo and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Gilfeather announced that a $20,000 grant has been received from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) for the general operating costs associated with the City’s Forsyth Nature Center. The grant was funded through the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, which is an annual appropriation in the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

    Kevin Gilfeather commented, “In previous years, our department received $15,000 a year and we anticipate receiving a total grant allocation of $60,000, which equates to $20,000/year for the next three years. We will reapply for funding in 2016. The Forsyth Nature Center is visited by approximately 50,000 visitors a year and with our noticeable ADA porous pavers around the facility, porous asphalt parking lot improvements and the addition of llamas and alpacas in the
    zoo, we anticipate that figure will increase significantly.”

    Mayor Gallo added, “This grant will complement our departmental improvements and make the Forsyth Park a better City attraction for families and visitors to the community. Our Nature Center is the only City-owned facility that has solar panels to help reduce needs for traditional electricity. This additional funding will also help with the public and school-based programs that are offered with assistance from Steve and Julie Noble, our environmental educators.”

    For further information call Kevin Gilfeather at (845) 331-1682.