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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

    Kingston News

    6/23/2020 - City of Kingston Summer Parks Program Remains Closed

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 23, 2020 

     

    City of Kingston Summer Parks Program Remains Closed

    Program Network Established with Local Organizations to Support Short-term Respite Services

     

     

    KINGSTON, NY – After careful consideration, Mayor Steve Noble announces that the Summer Parks Program will continue to be closed this year. 

    “After reviewing the New York State mandates for day camps and in consultation with my staff, as well as other cities in our region, I have made the difficult decision to keep the Summer Parks Program closed this year,” said Mayor Noble. “Our programs were designed to provide safe and fun experiences for hundreds of children. At this time, we do not feel that we can provide the type of large, high-quality recreation programs we have traditionally offered while adhering to these new restrictions. I recognize how disappointing this is, but our commitment to public safety remains the top priority. We have made incredible progress in our community to flatten the curve and truly defy the odds, but this pandemic is not over and we must not become complacent.”

    While the traditional large Summer Parks Program will not be operating, the City of Kingston is collaborating with youth-serving organizations to provide summer respite services for children in need. The Summer Enrichment Program Network is a coalition of organizations, including the City of Kingston, Family of Woodstock, Inc., Center for Creative Education, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and Read and Write, working together to establish a network of small, short-term, free and low-cost drop-in programs to provide temporary respite for youth who are struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and in need of social interaction, educational assistance, skill building and support services. Due to the pandemic, all organizations will modify their programs to restrict group sizes to 10 children or less. Each site will only be able to host a few groups at a time to maintain social distancing and stay under the reduced capacity limits. 

    Though each organization will utilize its own curriculum and program model, the coalition will share a number of resources, including specialized facilitators, safety procedures, and training. The programs will benefit from the guidance of a licensed social worker, Ann Marie DiBella, who will provide free consultations for families, as needed, as well as training for all staff on social/emotional learning practices, trauma, and other topics relative to youth development during the pandemic. DiBella will be providing these services utilizing funding from a grant secured by Family of Woodstock, Inc. through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Public Private Partnership. 

    “Children need socialization with peers to maintain their emotional well-being and growth,” said Ann Marie DiBella, LCSW. “By offering these modified summer programs, we are giving kids an opportunity to gain a sense of normalcy during these unusual times and supporting healthy childhood development.” 

    In an effort to support the operation of these critical programs, the City of Kingston will be providing additional staff and administrative support, when needed, as well as use of its three community centers. Each program is limited on the number of children who can participate on a daily basis. Kingston families interested in learning more about these programs should contact the participating organizations below.

     

    Organization: Boys and Girls Club

    Program Location: Boys and Girls Club

    Specialty: Education, character and leadership skill-building, arts, and physical education.

    Contact: AnnChris Warren, (845) 338-8666, awarren@bgclubsulstercounty.org

     

    Organization: Center for Creative Education

    Program Location: Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center

    Specialty: Arts, dancing, music, wellness, storytelling and FUN! 

    Contact: http://cce4me.org/summer-enrichment-program-registrations/

     

    Organization: Family of Woodstock, Inc.

    Program Location: Everette Hodge Community Center

    Specialty: Skill-building, neighborhood attachment, healthy youth development, and support services.

    Contact: Sue Weed, 845-331-9683, sweed@fowinc.org

     

    Organization: Read and Write

    Program Location: Rondout Neighborhood Center

    Specialty: Reading and writing, arts and crafts, recreation, bike safety, dance, and lots of FUN!

    Contact: Teresa Thomas-Washington, 845-706-4032, readandwrite@gmail.com

     

    Organization: YMCA*

    Program Location and Specialties: Various

    Contact: https://ymcaulster.org/camps-2/

    *The YMCA is not a drop-in program and will be operating its summer camps under reduced capacities.

     

    Additional Summer Information:

    • Families in need of longer term, traditional day care can contact Child Care Connections, the New York State Resource and Referral Agency for Ulster, Columbia, and Greene Counties, at 845-331-7080 to learn more about child care options and potential subsidies.
    • Kingston Point Beach is now open at a reduced capacity. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday – 10am-5pm. A Safety Coordinator is on-site to ensure proper social distancing measures are in place and to support the City’s safety plan. NYS Beach Guidelines can be found here.
    • Playgrounds are currently open. Users of the playgrounds should keep 6’ physical distancing and use hand sanitizer and wash hands after using any plays paces. Pavilions will remain closed at this time.