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]

    Franklin Complete Streets Project


    Existing Sidewalk Conditions with Walking School Bus Group

    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals The Franklin St. Complete Streets Project will take place along the entire length of Franklin St., a 0.5 mile stretch of road connecting two of Kingston’s most travelled streets, Wall St. and Broadway. The City will first produce preliminary and final designs, and then implement construction of new sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, and crosswalks along the entire length of Franklin Street. Sidewalks for most of the length will be replaced with concrete, preferably the same concrete that is planned to be used on the Broadway corridor and Henry St. for consistency in look and materials. Bluestone will be used on two blocks in the Fair Street Historic District where the City is required to by law to use bluestone. ADA accessible ramps will be installed at all corners of each intersection that currently lack them. High visibility crosswalks will be installed at each intersection along with STOP pavement letters and yield line pavement symbols that will be selected by the City for use at the major intersections with frequent traffic such as Fair Street, Pine Street, Clinton Avenue, and Prospect Street.
    Funder(s) & Amounts NYSDEC Climate Smart Communities Program- $750,000

    City of Kingston Local Match TBD - $750,000
    Project Manager's Contact Information

    Sean Koester
    Environmental Specialist
    Office of the City Engineer
    [email protected]

    Project Status
    (Updated September 2019)

    A contract with the NYSDEC was executed for the grant-funded project. The City procured a consulting firm, MJ Engineering, to create the designs for this project. MJ Engineering has completed survey and initial analysis. A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is meeting for the first time in September 2019.  MJ Engineering will produce conceptual designs with feedback from the PAC, and preferred alternatives for design will be presented to the public in early 2020.   
    Project Links None at this time.