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

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    9/11/2018 - 9/20: "Connecting Kingston” Project Continues; Public Invited To View Preliminary Sign Concepts for a City-Wide Wayfinding System

    September 10, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Dennis Doyle, Director
    Ulster County Transportation Council
    Tel: (845)-340-3340
    Email: [email protected]

    Public Meeting
    September 20, 2018


    "Connecting Kingston” Project Continues 

    Public Invited To View Preliminary Sign Concepts for a City-Wide Wayfinding System

    Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein, Chairman of the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), in cooperation with City of Kingston Mayor Steven T. Noble, invites the public to attend a meeting to learn about the development of a signage and wayfinding master plan for the City of Kingston.

    Kingston is embarking on the development of a new system of directional signage, kiosks and maps that will assist the public with navigating to specific locations and between neighborhoods.  The wayfinding signage will help people identify and learn about the location they are in, find their way throughout the city, and encourage visitors to discover our attractions and community assets. 

    Funding for the Connecting Kington Project is being provided by the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC).  UCTC staff will direct the effort in cooperation with staff from the City of Kingston.  The UCTC has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized design firm with specific expertise in Community Wayfinding, to lead this effort.

    The meeting will build upon a previous series of meetings held in June at the Old Dutch Church.  At those kick-off meetings, project staff introduced attendees to the concept of wayfinding and how a coordinated system of signage can work for Kingston.  At the September 20th meeting, staff will present new, preliminary sign designs developed specifically for Kingston with the purpose of receiving feedback and preferences from members of the public.  This is the second of a series of public outreach initiatives that will take place over the course of the next several months as project staff continue to develop basic themes and work with residents, business owners and other stakeholders to refine a final wayfinding master plan.

    The meeting will be held at Kingston City Hall 3rd Floor Council Chambers on Thursday, September 20th from  6:00 – 8:00pm.

    Doors will open at 6:00pm to allow individuals to 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. 

    The Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations.  Individuals in need of special accommodations are encouraged to contact Brian Slack ([email protected] or (845) 334-5590) prior to the meeting so that arrangements can be discussed.

    La interpretación inglés-español será disponible en la reunión.  Volantes en español.
    Connecting Kingston: A Wayfinding Signage Master Plan