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]

    #1 Hudson River Brickyard Trail

    A unique view of the Hudson River near the Hudson River Brickyard Trail

    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    • Construct a mile-long paved pathway along the Hudson River straddling the City of Kingston/Town of Ulster boundary
    • Build a critical segment of the Empire State Trail between the City of Kingston and the trail on Rt. 32 North and the Rhinecliff Bridge.
    Funder(s) & Amounts

    Total Cost: $1,586,427.54
    NYSDOS - Cleaner, Greener Communities Program - $793,213.77
    City of Kingston Bond - $312,678.33
    Town of Ulster Cash Contribution - $48,673.65
    City of Kingston In-Kind - $30,576.40
    Town of Ulster In-Kind - $11,236.47
    Cash or In-Kind by the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Scenic Hudson- $393,790

    Project Manager's Contact Information John Schultheis
    Office of the City Engineer
    (845) 334-3967
    Project Status (Updated March 2021)

    This project, originally called the Hudson Landing Promenade and funded by the Department of State, became the Hudson River Brickyard Trail project in 2019. When Scenic Hudson secured the rights to purchase the 500 +/- acres of land where this project was initially proposed, the City and the State changed the goals of this project from building a promenade in a residential development to building a paved pathway that will be part of the Empire State Trail.  Alta Planning and Design was procured by the Hudson River Valley Greenway to re-work the design of the project and re-align the trail in accordance with the new goals.  Alta, in collaboration with the City, Scenic Hudson, and the current land owner, developed a preliminary plan for the new alignment and conducted survey and environmental analysis for the project. 

    The design was completed by Alta in the spring of 2020, and construction was completed by Baker Brothers, a contractor to the City, in December 2020.  The trail, which is part of the Kingston Greenline and the Empire State Trail, was opened to the public on January 1, 2021.  Trail users can access the trailhead by walking or bicycling on North Street north of Delaware Avenue or by parking at Kingston Point Beach and walking along a path that connects to North Street.

    The trail is also part of the future Hudson Cliffs State Park.  Click on the link to learn more about the future of this state park. 

    Project Links  Hudson River Brickyard Trail Final Bid Plans