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]

    #6 Midtown Shared Streets


                                                                                                       ADA ramps, new sidewalks, tall grasses, flowers, and "lips" bicycle racks were installed on Cornell Street.

    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    • Create a more livable, vibrant community through complete street strategies that connect the Kingston Point Rail Trail to Midtown;
    • Install traffic calming features to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and access including crosswalks, bicycle sharrows, and signs that alert motorists to pedestrian crossings, bicycles in the road, and the Kingston Greenline route;
    • Includes improvements at gateway trailheads to the Kingston Point Rail Trail at Jansen Ave.
    Funder(s) & Amounts NYSERDA - Cleaner, Greener Communities Program -$160,000
    Community Development Block Grant Program - $42,500
    Central Hudson - $100,000 (for Cornell Street only)
    Project Manager's Contact Information Kristen Wilson
    Grants Manager
    [email protected]
    Project Status (September 2019) This project is complete. The final design for the shared streets and Kingston Point Rail Trail was completed by Saratoga Associates in 2016. The City began implementation of the shared streets in Midtown in October 2016. New road paint and signs were installed by DPW on Cornell, Ten Broeck, Foxhall, and Jansen Ave. Through an art competition the City worked with the O+ Festival to identify a bicycle rack design for three racks on Cornell Street. The public was invited to vote for a winning design at an event in March 2017, and selected local artist Buddy Valentine's lips design. In addition, with grant funds saved by doing the painting and signs in house, the City was able to add additional elements to the Cornell Street project such as ADA ramps, rehabilitation of sidewalks, and other amenities.
    Project Links

    Kingston Connectivity Project Final Design 
    Kingston Connectivity Project Construction Documents
    O+ Festival Bike Rack Competition