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

    5/16/2019 - Kingston Point Rail Trail Clean-Up on June 1


    May 16, 2019



    Volunteers Wanted on June 1, 2019


    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston and the Kingston Land Trust will host a site clean-up for the Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT) on Saturday, June 1, from 9:30am-12:30pm. The clean-up will prepare the trail for opening by removing debris from the banks of the pathway, primarily in the areas behind Rondout Savings Bank and on the stretch between Rondout Gardens and Delaware Avenue. 

    Volunteers will gather at the Jansen Avenue Trailhead behind the Walgreens on Broadway at 9:30am and will traverse the trail picking up trash and recyclables to beautify the path and prepare it for opening. Volunteers will be provided with trash bags but are encouraged to bring gloves and wheelbarrows. Parking is available at the Rondout Savings Employee Parking Lot on E. Chester Street for the Saturday event. The City’s Department of Public Works will pick up and dispose of all refuse found along the trail. 

    “We are so excited to open the trail this summer, and beforehand to get rid of decades of trash on this abandoned rail corridor,” said Mayor Noble. “Thank you in advance to all the volunteers who come out and help us make the trail look beautiful for its official opening.” 

    “This is a great way for folks to get a sneak peek at the KPRT, and to help prepare it for the rest of the community to use for transportation and play,” said Kristen Wilson, Director of Grants Management. “This stretch of land has been abandoned for some time, and it is so exciting that it will be open for public use in the near future.  I hope everyone who’s interested in this project will come out and lend a hand.” 

    "As well as providing a place to play and exercise, the KPRT is a key section of the Kingston Greenline that will give all of our residents and visitors a safe transportation corridor where they can enjoy nature within our city. We are thankful for all of the time committed to the development of this trail by volunteers, neighbors and municipalities and we are excited to co-host this clean up to prepare it for public use” says Sarah Brainard, Board Chair of the Kingston Land Trust.

    The Kingston Point Rail Trail, which has recently been paved, is not yet open to the public, as it is an active construction site. Work is still being done, which includes completing the trailheads, and installing furniture, landscape plantings, electrical connections, fencing and crossings. Visitors should not yet be utilizing the trail. The grand opening will be held this summer.  

    The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 9, 2019. 

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