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

    7/3/2018 - Governor Cuomo Announces DRI Projects
    Governor Cuomo Announces Selected Projects for 
    Kingston's Downtown Revitalization Initiative

    Downtown Revitalization Initiative DRI Announcement
    Downtown Revitalization Initiative DRI Announcement

    "Kingston was our state's first capital and has the opportunity to be a future hub of economic energy and excitement for the region," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects will transform the Stockade District into a vibrant neighborhood, boost the local economy and drive growth throughout the Hudson Valley."


    Mayor Noble was excited to welcome Governor Andrew Cuomo to Kingston on Monday for a special announcement regarding the City's Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Stockade District. Governor Cuomo announced funding for six priority projects, totaling $9.7 million, including:

    Schwenk Drive Complete Street Redesign: 
    Reconfiguration of Schwenk Drive between Washington Avenue and Fair Street into a complete street to create a desirable, walkable, pedestrian-friendly connection through the Stockade Business District, and eventually the Kingston Greenline trail system. Work will include lane reconfiguration, intersection upgrades and ADA improvements, creation of new two-way protected bicycle lanes, and creation of a new parking lane. ($987,102)
     
    Upgrade Dietz Stadium and Andretta Pool, a 2,000-seat facility that serves as a major venue for organized sports both locally and regionally. Improvements will be made to bleachers, water fountains, fencing and gates, lighting, bike racks, lockers rooms and bathrooms, food vending, signage, and parking. Additional upgrades will be made to the Andretta Pool and picnic facility, located across from Dietz Stadium. ($2,500,000)

    Frog Alley Park Historic Green Space:
    Stabilize the remnants of the historic Louw-Bogardus House and create a public open space along Frog Alley next to the ruins which will serve as a gateway to the Stockade Business District. The Friends of Historic Kingston will open the site to the public after stabilizing the ruin and adding interpretive signage, paving, lighting and park amenities. ($472,500)

    Stockade Business District Access and Circulation Improvements: 
    Improvement of pedestrian access, traffic circulation, and wayfinding signage within the Stockade Business District, including improvements to the intersection of Albany and Clinton Avenues. Key upgrades identified in previous transportation plans will improve safety and navigability while attracting tourism, shopping, dining and business activity to the area. ($1,340,398)

    Kingstonian Development Public Plaza and Pedestrian Bridge:
    Provide for public amenities within the new $48 million Kingstonian mixed-use development that will transform a largely underutilized site at a prominent intersection by adding 132 residential units; 8,500 square feet of commercial space expected to include a mix of restaurants and retail shops; a 34-room hotel; and a 420-space parking garage with 250 spaces dedicated for public use. DRI funds will provide public amenities within the development to enhance its value to the community, including a pedestrian plaza with a walking bridge extending to Kingston Plaza. ($3,800,000)

    Stockade Business District Small Grants and Loans Program: Support downtown small businesses and property owners by offering financial assistance in the form of small grants and loans for targeted improvements throughout the downtown, including façade improvements for buildings in the Stockade Business District; support for new and expanding businesses; and rehabilitation of downtown residential properties. ($600,000)



    About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative:  In September 2017, Governor Cuomo announced that the City of Kingston was the winner of the Second Round of funding through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The competition included 100 applicants and only 10 winners in the State. The following criteria was used in the DRI community selection:
    • The downtown should be compact, with well-defined boundaries;
    • The municipality, or the downtown's catchment area, should be of sufficient size to support a vibrant, year-round downtown; 
    • The downtown is able to capitalize on prior or catalyze future private and public investment in the neighborhood and its surrounding areas;
    • There should be recent or impending job growth within, or in close proximity to the downtown that can attract workers to the downtown, support redevelopment and make growth sustainable;
    • The downtown must be an attractive and livable community for diverse populations of all ages, including existing residents, millennials and skilled workers;
    • The municipality should already embrace or have the ability to create and implement policies that increase livability and quality of life, including the use of local land banks, modern zoning codes and parking standards, complete streets plans, energy efficient projects, green jobs, and transit-oriented development;
    • The municipality should have conducted an open and robust community engagement process resulting in a vision for downtown revitalization and a preliminary list of projects and initiatives that may be included in a DRI strategic investment plan; and
    • The municipality has identified transformative projects that will be ready for implementation with an infusion of DRI funds within the first one to two years.
    Stay up to date with future DRI news by visiting www.kingston-ny.gov/DRI