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

    5/3/2019 - City of Kingston to Host Public Meeting on Open Space Plan on May 14

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 3, 2019

     

    City of Kingston to Host Public Meeting on Open Space Plan

    City seeks input on draft plan recommendations

     

    KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston will be hosting a public informational meeting to present a draft of the new City of Kingston Open Space Plan on May 14, 2019 at 6pm. The public are encouraged to attend and give input on the Open Space Plan’s recommendations and priorities. 

    The Open Space Plan identifies 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. The public meeting will have a presentation of the ideas developed through the planning process and will allow for a discussion of projects and priorities before the plan is finalized. The draft plan is anticipated to be finalized and adopted later this spring.

    The City of Kingston and the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council with the Kingston Land Trust have been working, with the help and guidance of the public, to develop the Open Space Plan. An initial public workshop was conducted last fall to collect public input. As the next step, the city is inviting the public to attend the Open Space Plan public meeting to review the draft plan, consider its recommendations, and discuss priorities. 

    This planning effort is building upon the findings of the Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) and Open Space Index (OSI), completed by the city late last year, which resulted in a comprehensive mapping of all natural and cultural resources within the city. The Open Space Plan is utilizing 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.

    “This is the critical time now for our community as the Open Space Plan is coming to fruition,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator.  “This is the culmination of so much time and effort to really understand what incredible natural resources the City has, to now go this critical next step to prioritize and create a plan for our future.”

    “I want to thank my staff, Julie Noble for her leadership, and the volunteers on the Conservation Advisory Council, who have worked so diligently on this project to protect our open spaces,” said Mayor Noble. “This is important work that will affect the beauty and longevity of our community for generations to come.” 

    Open Space Plan Public Meeting

    Tuesday, May 14

    6:00pm

    City Hall, Council Chambers

    A representative from the consultant team, Behan Planning and Design, and City sustainability staff 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, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/nri