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

    4/2/2024 - Mayor Noble & Council President Shaut Propose Removal of Pike Plan


    April 2, 2024


    Mayor Noble & Council President Shaut Propose Removal of Pike Plan


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and Council President Andrea Shaut have proposed a plan to remove the City-owned sidewalk canopies along portions of Wall St. and North Front St. in Uptown Kingston, known as the Pike Plan, to the Common Council.

    “The Pike Plan has been a source of debate and concern for many years, and now the structure has reached a crisis point,” said Mayor Noble. “Both President Shaut and I believe the best decision is to remove the canopy and return the historic facades of our Stockade District to their original form. Kingston has worked extensively to protect and preserve its historic buildings and architecture and the Pike Plan is not a part of that historic fabric.”

    Council President Andrea Shaut said, “The Common Council has discussed the Pike Plan several times over the past few years, but concrete decisions have yet to be made. With the canopies in their current state, it is time to act. Considering Kingston’s rich history and our desire to preserve it, I believe that the most appropriate path is removing the canopies. I look forward to conversations with my colleagues on the Council as we move forward with a tough, albeit necessary, decision.”

    In the 1970’s, during a time when retail in the historic Uptown Business District was threatened by the new malls in the Town of Ulster, the City’s solution was to attach a canopy to 40+ buildings, each of which make up a core part of our National Historic District designation. The Pike Plan did not stop the loss of retail in Uptown, and the sidewalk canopy has caused issues to the buildings and the businesses ever since.

    From 2011-2013, the aging Pike Plan was reconstructed, with support from State and Federal funding sources. Shortly thereafter, noticeable deficiencies in the canopy’s design and construction were identified. In late December 2015, the City filed a lawsuit against the design, engineering and construction firms involved in the project. Unfortunately, the NYS Supreme Court ruled that the firms could not be held liable as the statute of limitations had expired. However, the City was successful in securing a $315,000 settlement in 2018.

    In 2019, the City Engineer estimated a removal cost of $868,300, which, adjusted for inflation, is expected to be approximately $1,056,000 today. Mayor Noble and Council President Shaut propose a two-phased approach: first removing the structure and making immediate weatherproofing repairs at the attachment point of each building. Second, assessing the condition of each façade and creating a detailed scope of work to assist the property owners in returning these impacted sections to their original condition.

    Mayor Noble and Council President Shaut will present the proposal before the Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee next week.