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]

    Forsyth Park

    Playground Tennis Walking

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    Forsyth Park
    157 Lucas Ave
    Kingston, NY 12401

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    Forsyth Park is located on Lucas Avenue in uptown Kingston. Forsyth Park can also be accessed through the adjacent Dietz Stadium Sports Complex.

    Park History: 

    The land of Forsyth Park, 18.55 acres was donated to the City of Kingston by the family of James C. Forsyth, who served as Ulster County Judge. The topography of Forsyth Park is distinguished by layers of limestone bedrock, shaded by ancient oak and pine trees which the  city is bound to preserve. In 1936, tennis courts, a wading pool, ballfield, pavilion and Forsyth Park Zoo were created. In 1991, a new attraction became an instant favorite rose to the site of the former wading pool. "Kingston Kinderland" was built by volunteer labor with funds raised by the Junior League of Kingston.

    Excerpt from Kingston's Magnificent City Parks by Ron Woods


    1. Pavilion (Available for Reservation)
    2. Bathrooms (Open Seasonally)
    3. Tennis Courts  
    4. Picnic Area
    5. Kinderland Playground
    6. Nature Center
    7. Woodland Trails 
    8. Handball Court


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