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

    3/4/2019 - Mayor Noble Announces Broadway and Grand St Reconfiguration Project

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 4, 2019

     

    Mayor Steve Noble Announces Broadway and Grand St. Reconfiguration Project

    Plans include the acquisition 490 Broadway and the establishment of a public park

    KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious plan to realign the intersection of Broadway, Grand St., Pine Grove Ave., and Prince St. to improve traffic safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The intersection is known for being difficult to navigate; over the last five years, twenty nine crashes at the intersection were reported, with seven resulting in injuries.

    The traffic reconfiguration will dovetail with the upcoming Broadway Streetscape Project, a major overhaul of the Broadway Corridor, which includes optimized traffic light signalization, redesigned traffic pattern, new sidewalks, protected bicycle lane, improved crosswalks and paving. By integrating these two projects, travelers will enjoy a safer, more seamless experience and will reach their destinations faster.

    In addition to reconfiguring a difficult intersection, the project will result in the acquisition and reimagining of one of Kingston’s most notorious locations, the site of the former Kingston Post Office. Built in 1908, the Post Office was an architectural marvel. Its subsequent demolition in 1970- to make way for a fast food restaurant- continues to haunt the city known for its historic character. The property most recently housed a Planet Wings.

    “There is no doubt, tearing down the Old Post Office is one of Kingston’s greatest blunders and a stark reminder that we must focus on long-term success, rather than short-term profit,” said Mayor Noble. “While we can’t go back in time, we do have a unique opportunity to acquire this property for public use and design the space in a way that honors this lost historic gem.”

    Mayor Noble has put forth a proposal to the Common Council to purchase the property at 490 Broadway, demolish the on-site building, and create a public park in honor of the historic Post Office. The property can be acquired by the City for $450,000 and the cost for removal and clean-up is estimated at $25,000. The matter has been referred to the Finance Committee of the Common Council for further discussion.

    The City has been working with Assemblyman Kevin Cahill to secure a grant to pay for the costs of traffic reconfiguration once the City has acquired the property. 

    “I want to thank Assemblyman Cahill, a lifelong Kingstonian, for his early support of this important project,” said Mayor Noble. “We are working closely with Assemblyman Cahill and the NYS Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) to secure a $750,000 grant to perform the needed traffic realignment. We are fortunate to have a representative who cares so deeply about the safety of his constituents and who understands the historic nature of this property. I look forward to continuing to work with our local and State partners to move this exciting project forward.”