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

    6/19/2018 - City of Kingston, Conservation Advisory Council and Tree Commission to Host Public Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 19, 2018

     

    City of Kingston, Conservation Advisory Council and Tree Commission to Host Public Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th

    Special Presentation to Feature Natural Resource Maps, Tree Inventory Results and

    Open Space Planning Process

     

    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston, in collaboration with the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council and the Kingston Tree Commission, invites the public to attend a special presentation that will introduce the city’s Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) maps and data, as well as the city’s Street and Park Tree Inventory. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the City Hall Common Council Chambers, which is located at 420 Broadway in Kingston.

    The meeting is designed to introduce the public to the many natural assets within the City of Kingston, displayed on user-friendly maps and compiled into data sets. This meeting will serve as a presentation of findings, as well as information solicitation from attendees, to best inform the completion of the next phase of the project: an Open Space Plan for the City of Kingston. Participation and feedback will be encouraged both during the meeting as well as following. Doors will open at 6:00pm to allow individuals to review maps and speak directly with project staff; a formal presentation will begin shortly thereafter followed by an opportunity for the public to provide input and ask questions.

    John Mickelson, Principal of Geospatial and Ecological Services, and consultant to the City for the NRI will present the data and maps created to date as well as different methods to use them including hard copy maps, online data access, and Google Earth manipulation. Bill Brown from ArborPro, Inc., the consultant to the City for the Street and Park Tree Inventory, will present the key findings from the Tree Inventory Project. Michael Allen from Behan Planning and Design will launch the next phase of the project with an introduction to the Open Space Planning process.

    Laura Heady, Conservation and Land Use Program Coordinator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell University, will give an overview on the ecological benefits of natural areas and the ways that NRIs and Open Space Plans can inform community planning, with examples from the Hudson Valley.

    “The natural resource planning that the City is undertaking will serve to increase awareness of the natural areas around Kingston while providing a roadmap for future planning efforts,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kingston.  By compiling a large amount of map information into one planning tool, such as geology, streams, and land use, NRIs and Tree Inventories are an important component of comprehensive planning and can reveal the areas most suitable for community growth, development of parks, and conservation of the most important natural features.

    The Street and Park Tree Inventory will serve as a tool for the City of Kingston to understand our community forest, including street and yard trees, parks and undeveloped green spaces. Effective inventory of this asset and management of these trees will continue to provide ecosystem services including air and water quality benefits, energy savings, and environmental health and enhance the quality of life in Kingston.

    Support for the City of Kingston Natural Resources Inventory, the City of Kingston Open Space Plan and the Kingston Tree Inventory was provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with funds provided under the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

    This program is free.  Residents, business owners, developers, planners, consultants, elected officials, policy makers, neighboring municipalities and non-profits who are interested in the future of Kingston’s open space and natural resources are encouraged to attend.

    For more information, call Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator Julie Noble, (845) 481-7339 or Assistant Planner Kyla DeDea, (845) 334-3954.

     

    Meeting Agenda

     

    6:00-6:15pm      Public Review of Maps, Speak with Project Staff

    6:15-6:20pm      Welcome and Background                         

                             Emilie Hauser, Kingston CAC

    6:20-6:30pm      Overview of Ecological Benefits of Open Space and Natural Areas                           

                             Laura Heady, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell University

    6:30-7:00pm      City of Kingston Natural Resources Inventory

                             John Mickelson, Geospatial and Ecological Services

    7:00-7:30pm      Kingston Tree Inventory Project                            

                             Bill Brown, ArborPro, Inc.

    7:30-8:00pm      Open Space Plan for City of Kingston                              

                             Michael Allen, Behan Planning and Design