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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.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    11/13/2020 - City of Kingston Adopts the Open Space Plan

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 13, 2020

     

    The City of Kingston Adopts the Open Space Plan

     

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Open Space Plan has been adopted in the City of Kingston.

     

    On November 10, the Common Council unanimously voted to adopt the Open Space Plan, a 10-year strategy for the responsible stewardship and preservation of our City's natural resources. The Open Space Plan identifies Kingston's resources that help to improve water quality, reduce flood damage, maintain wildlife habitats, improve air quality, protect scenic resources, and other community benefits.

     

    The Open Space Plan recommends several ambitious actions:

    • 5,000 additional linear feet of public access created along the Hudson

    • 500 additional acres of permanently protected land in the uplands along the Hudson

    • 1,000 new street trees planted

    • 5,000 additional linear feet of public access secured along the Rondout

    • 60 additional acres of permanently protected land in the uplands along the Rondout

    • 2,500 linear feet of compromised urban stream corridor restored to a more natural condition

    • 10 new community gardens established in city neighborhoods

    • 50 acres of farmland and natural areas protected along the Esopus

    • 1 new neighborhood park created in Midtown area

     

    “I am thrilled that the City of Kingston adopted the Open Space Plan, which will be a guidebook for how we take our natural resources into account in every aspect of City growth for the next 10 years,” said Mayor Noble.

    “Making conservation a priority in our community leads to healthier residents, additional economic growth, and an overall increase in quality of life.” 

    “The City and the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council began working on the development of the Natural Resources Inventory back in 2011,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator. “With robust public input and engagement, I am proud of the process we have completed to pave the way for the Open Space Plan. With the exceptional work of John Mickelson of Geospatial and Ecological Services, and the team at Behan Planning and Design, and with the support and technical assistance from the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, we have an Open Space Vision for our City. I want to thank the Common Council for their support in adopting this vision into the City’s Comprehensive Plan, really demonstrating the value of open space for the future of Kingston.”

    “Adopting the Open Space Plan is an important step in utilizing our resources to meet longstanding goals for our wonderful City,” said Lynsey Timbrouck, Director of Recreation. “Thank you to all who worked hard to see this through. This strategy will no doubt enhance our community for a better tomorrow.”

    By adopting this plan, the City pledges to take these actions into account in all plans and projects, acknowledges these goals will benefit current and future generations, and work toward implementation. More info at: www.kingston-ny.gov/nri