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

    10/18/2018 - 11/1: Informational Meeting on Construction of Kingston Point Rail Trail and Hasbrouck-Delaware Parklet

    October 18, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Construction to begin on Kingston Point Rail Trail & Hasbrouck-Delaware Parklet

    Informational meeting to be held Thursday, November 1st at 6:00pm at City Hall

     

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that construction of both the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1 and Hasbrouck-Delaware Parklet projects will commence this month.

    An informational public meeting regarding both of these projects has been scheduled for Thursday, November 1st at 6:00pm at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, who will also provide interpretation between English and Spanish for participants. The purpose of the meeting is to inform residents, particularly those individuals who live near the project areas, about current and upcoming construction activities and the overall construction schedule for the coming year. 

    The construction of the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1 project will include the installation of approximately one mile of a 10-foot wide paved public trail from the intersection of Jansen Ave. and East Chester St. to the intersection of Garraghan Drive and 9W at Rondout Gardens. The multi-use trail will provide a safe, accessible pedestrian and bicycle route from the waterfront area to Midtown and will create connections for children and families in Midtown to the Rondout, Hudson River and local parks. This project is supported with funding from: NYSERDA – Cleaner, Greener Communities Program; OPRHP – Heritage Area Systems Program; and OPRHP – Recreational Trails Program. Construction for this phase is scheduled to be completed by August 2019.

    Once completed, the Hasbrouck-Delaware Parklet will be a pocket park that will provide additional access, safety, amenities, and interpretation of the Kingston Point Rail Trail at the Hasbrouck and Delaware Avenue intersection. In this first construction phase, new sidewalks, greenspace, high visibility crosswalks, and intersection improvements will be made. During the second phase of the project, with support from the Kingston Land Trust and scheduled to take place next year, landscape plantings and street furniture will be placed in the pocket park. The second phase will also include a staircase to be built from the Kingston Point Rail Trail near the entrance to the tunnel up to the street level. This project is supported with funding from the Hudson River Valley Greenway - Greenway Conservancy Program, the City of Kingston’s Community Development Block Grant Program, and the NYSDOT Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). Construction for the first phase is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

    In addition to securing funding for the landscape implementation, the Kingston Land Trust facilitated a volunteer design workgroup to deliver a conceptual vision to the City’s Engineering Department. This design includes native plantings, historical references, green infrastructure and spaces for art. The City of Kingston, with support from the Kingston Land Trust, also convened and facilitated a bilingual outdoor workshop near the site of the Parklet in Summer 2017 to gather feedback on the designs from the public.

    “This is an exciting step forward in our efforts to build a more walkable and accessible city,” said Mayor Noble. “One of the unique aspects of this project has been the contributions of community members who have volunteered their time and skills through the design workgroup facilitated by the Kingston Land Trust. This project and our community has benefited greatly thanks to their dedication and expertise.”

    “We are so pleased to have been part of the creation of this new green space that will not only give access to the new Kingston Point Rail Trail, which is a section of our partnership initiative, the Kingston Greenline, but will also provide a new gathering space for the neighborhood,” said Julia Farr, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “We really appreciate that the City has nurtured such an inclusive and innovative public process through its collaboration with our non-profit organization.”

    Both the Kingston Point Rail Trail and the Hasbrouck-Delaware Parklet are projects along the Kingston Greenline, which is joint initiative of the Kingston Land Trust, the City of Kingston, and Ulster County. Once complete, the Kingston Greenline will be a network of urban trails, complete streets, and linear parks in the City of Kingston. This infrastructure will connect to a county network of rail trails and become a hub for non-motorized transportation and tourism from four different directions in the county.         

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    Relevant Links

    Learn more about the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1 project at: www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstonpointrailtrail

    Learn more about the Kingston Greenline at: www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstongreenline

    Learn more about other transportation projects in the City of Kingston at: www.kingston-ny.gov/KingstonOnTheMove

    Learn more about the Kingston Land Trust at: www.kingstonlandtrust.org