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

    11/14/2013 - Mayor Gallo to discuss findings of Flooding Task Force
    420 BROADWAY


    NOVEMBER 13, 2013

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    Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo will hold a press conference on Monday, November 18 at 1 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Broadway to discuss the recommendations of the Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force. “The task force’s work is a major step toward creating a secure prosperous waterfront and will help us develop programs and projects to ensure the vitality of the waterfront as well as the safety of residents and businesses,” Mayor Gallo said.

    Mayor Gallo appointed the task force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to the severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson waterfront during storms Irene, Lee and Sandy. The task force was comprised of business, residential and institutional property owners in the flood-risk area, as well as city officials and representatives from other government agencies.

    The task force was led by a consulting team from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Scenic Hudson and Catalysis Adaptation Partners. The City’s Conservation Advisory Council, the Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships and Planning Department convened the community-driven process, which was facilitated by the Consensus Building Institute.

    The group used and test-piloted a variety of tools to assess flooding risks and vulnerabilities, evaluate adaptation options, and prepare general and neighborhood-specific recommendations. The process was funded in part by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Whitney Foundation and Sean Eldridge.

    “I applaud the task force members for their efforts and Mayor Gallo for his vision in initiating this process to proactively address the dangers posed by sea-level rise and increasing risk of extreme precipitation. DEC provided both funding and staff expertise to support this effort, and we are hopeful that more communities will look to Kingston as an example of visionary planning to meet climate change challenges,” said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

    "Kingston, like other riverfront communities, depends on the Hudson River as a social, recreational and economic life-line. Scenic Hudson commends the City and the task force members for their groundbreaking work to identify real world solutions to guide the City's relationship with the river in the new era of sea level rise and storm surge. We were honored to be able to support the effort and look forward to collaborating in the future to implement the task force's recommendations," said Steve Rosenberg, Sr. Vice President, Scenic Hudson, Inc.

    The report can be found here.