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

    4/3/2019 - Applications Open: Participatory Budgeting Funds for Youth Programs in Rondout

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 3, 2019

     

    Now Taking Applications for Rondout’s Participatory Budgeting Project Youth Programming Funds 

    KINGSTON, NY -- Mayor Steve Noble announced in January the projects selected by each business district community allocating funds from the first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project. The Rondout district voted to allot its $15,000 for youth programming, and the City is now taking applications for funding from groups and organizations for new or expanded youth programming and events. Programming and event applications should have a minimum of $500 in funding requests. 

    Applications can be found online at the City’s website, and must be returned to the Office of Economic and Community Development by Wednesday, May 1 at 3:00pm. There will be a community engagement meeting for comments and public input on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00pm at City Hall. The applications will then be presented to the Community Development Advisory Board, who will award the grant for projects specifically geared toward youth-based programs in the Rondout area.

    “The first Participatory Budgeting funds from the Rondout will soon be helping to institute some exciting new programs for the youth in that area, and I can’t wait to see what ideas are put forward,” said Mayor Noble. “This initiative gives residents and business owners in each district a say in how they want to improve their neighborhoods and to voice what is important to their distinct area. We’ll be getting the 2019 Participatory Budgeting voting underway soon.” 

    Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. The Mayor has set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget towards another round of Participatory Budgeting. 

    Questions about the application can be addressed to the Office of Economic and Community Development, Brenna Robinson at 845-334-3924 or Amee Peterson at 845-334-3960. 

    Application link: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8399/8469/8547/Rondout_Youth_Programming_Instructions%2C_Application%2C_Budget.pdf