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

    #4a Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1

    Future Site of Jansen Ave. Trailhead  

     

    Before pictures of the Jansen Ave Trail Head. 

    The Kingston Point Rail Trail is currently under construction. Please be aware that the construction area and the trail is closed to the public while the project is underway. Scroll down for updates on construction progress.


    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    • Create a paved public trail and linear park from Midtown Kingston at Jansen Ave to Garraghan Drive
    • Provide a safe, ADA accessible pedestrian and bicycle route from the waterfront area to Midtown Kingston
    • Create connections for children and families in Midtown and to the Rondout and Hudson Rivers and city parks on the rivers.
    • Promote healthier families and stronger communities by improving quality of life.
    Funder(s) & Amounts NYSERDA - Cleaner, Greener Communities Program
    OPRHP - Heritage Area Systems Program (from 2013 & 2016 NYS CFAs)
    OPRHP - Recreational Trails Program
    Project Manager's Contact Information Kristen Wilson
    Grants Manager
    845-334-3962
    kwilson@kingston-ny.gov
    Project Links Press Release for November 1, 2018 Informational Meeting
    KPRT Phase 1 Bid Documents
    KPRT FINAL Construction Documents
    Kingston Connectivity Project Final Design
    Kingston Connectivity Construction Documents September 2017 Version
    Kingston Point Rail Trail Feasibility Study
    Kingston Greenline Conceptual Plan
     Project Status (Updated June 2019)

    The Saratoga Associates design for the Kingston Connectivity Project is complete. The City completed several rounds of edits to the design report document for approval by the NYSDOT, which was granted in the spring of 2018. Final approvals were given by OPRHP that allow the City to advertise the bid. The bid was advertised in July 2018, and the City awarded the bid in September 2018. Construction, beginning in November 2018 and estimated to be completed in August 2019, will consist of a paved rail trail from the intersection of Jansen Ave. and East Chester St. to the intersection of Garraghan Drive and 9W at Rondout Gardens. It will include trailheads at Jansen Ave. and East Chester St., at the intersection of Delaware Ave. and Murray St., and at Garraghan Drive and 9W. An informational meeting on the project and construction schedule will be held on November 1, 2018 (Details are in the project link above.)

    The Kingston Land Trust (KLT), the City, and the County continue to develop a Kingston Greenline Management Plan, which the KLT began with funds from the Land Trust Alliance grant.

    Regular construction updates will be posted below as the information becomes available.

     10/29/2018 Merritt Construction will begin mobilizing some equipment to the site, and a 40 cubic yard dumpster will be placed near the Maple Street crossing. Merritt will begin removing ties from the bridges near the Rondout Gardens. There may be some temporary closures of Garraghan Dr. and Rondout Dr. while construction is taking place. The community will be informed of temporary road closures.  
     11/15/2018 Merritt is working along the rail trail and will be there regularly, but not on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week. The railroad ties have been removed from both bridges, and the bridges have been secured with orange safety fence to protect the public. The railroad ties have been staged near the basketball courts, and Merritt will be hauling them to the disposal site shortly. The crew is grading from Garraghan Drive to Delaware Ave.
     11/26/2018 Merritt has begun grading work on the E. Chester Street trailhead. The crew started work there this morning. The plan is to grade through the tunnel from the E. Chester side. Merritt will be focusing on draining the area through the tunnel. Last week the crew stopped grading work at Delaware Ave. The trail has been graded (block by block) from Delaware Ave. to Murray St. Currently, the trail ends are secured with orange safety fence to deter the public from entering the trail construction zone.
     12/3/2018 Merritt will continue to grade along the trail from behind Rondout Savings Bank down to the tunnel. Progress of the grading work has slowed due to the depth of the organic material through this stretch of the trail. Merritt and the engineers are working on developing an alternative approach to handle stormwater here since it cannot be drained as previously designed due to unanticipated field conditions. Work on the drainage system will begin at the end of the week.
     12/17/2018 Merritt Construction will be taking a break from construction activities this week. The trail has been graded, and trail closed signs have been posted. The tunnel drainage is complete. A lighting test was completed in the tunnel on Saturday, December 15th by the City and the Kingston Land Trust to determine the best lighting design for the tunnel.
     7/10/19 Although it may appear so, the trail is still not officially open. Final installations, cleanup, and plantings are not yet complete. Decking on the two lower bridges are not installed. On the upper sections, the trail has been paved and permeable pavers have been installed at the trail heads. Benches, trash receptacles, and bollards have all been installed, as well, at the upper trail heads. The trail will be completed by August 31, 2019. The City is not yet maintaining the trail as it is still considered an active construction site, and it is under the responsibility of the contractor.