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

    9/12/2018 - 9/25: Kingston to Host Public Workshop on Open Space Plan

    Kingston to Host Public Workshop on Open Space Plan

    City seeks input on future open space, parks, and other recreational areas


    The City of Kingston is embarking on a planning effort to develop an Open Space Plan, with assistance and guidance from community members. This plan is intended to identify strategies to preserve, protect and enhance existing natural areas; protect water quality and natural habitats; create and enhance access to local parks, historic and cultural resources; and promote more sustainable development. As a first step in this process, community members are encouraged to participate in an interactive public workshop, which will be held on Tuesday, September 25th, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library, 55 Franklin Street.

    This interactive public workshop will be used to introduce the project to members of the public, review the mapping of the recently completed Natural Resource Inventory, and participate in various discussion groups. Local residents, business and property owners are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. Topics are anticipated to include: natural, cultural and historic resources within the city; conservation priorities, land conservation strategies; potentially new or enhanced recreation areas; parks, playgrounds and trails; urban agriculture; and the preservation of water quality and natural habitats.                                                                                

     “Community engagement is key to any planning effort within this city,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kingston. “This workshop will go beyond public awareness by truly bringing in community members, landowners, and those interested in the future of Kingston’s land use, to work together to ensure we all move forward with the community’s best interest in mind. I look forward to hearing from participants about their thoughts and priorities regarding Kingston’s open space.”

    This current planning effort is building upon the findings of the Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) and Open Space Index (OSI), which were completed by the City earlier this year resulting in a comprehensive mapping of all natural and cultural resources within the city. The Open Space Plan is intended to utilize this mapping data to have an informed public discussion about areas of the city which should be preserved, and how to best protect local resources. Public input from the workshop will be used to develop draft recommendations. A second public meeting will be scheduled for later in the year to review and discuss the draft plan recommendations.

    This planning effort is being guided by the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, with the assistance of planning consultants Behan Planning and Design of Saratoga Springs, NY and in partnership with the Kingston Land Trust. Members of the consultant team, as well as City staff and Kingston Conservation Advisory Council members working on the planning of this effort, will be in attendance to present materials and facilitate the discussion. Funding for this project has been provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson River Estuary Program.

    For more information about this event, contact Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator, at (845)-481-7339 or [email protected].

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