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

    6/14/2019 - Participatory Budgeting Funds for Rondout Youth Program Announced

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    June 14, 2019 


     
    Participatory Budgeting Funds for Rondout Youth Program Announced

     
     
    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and the Office of Economic and Community Development are pleased to announce the Participatory Budgeting Fund awards for youth programming in the Rondout area:
     
    Carin Jean White & ASK for Kingston Student Theatre Enrichment Program: $ 4,800

    Center for Creative Education CCEs for Arts Outreach Program: $ 2,550

    Holly Christiana   Poetry with Read and Write: $ 1,000

    The Library at AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Center for Youth Programming:$ 2,000

    Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History for Rondout Rising:$ 3,500 

    YMCA of Ulster County  YMCA Bike Safety Program: $ 1,150

     
    In January, Mayor Noble announced the projects selected by each business district community allocating funds from the first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project. The Rondout district voted to allot its $15,000 for youth programming, and the City took applications from groups and organizations for new or expanded youth programming/events. Applications were considered by the Community Development Advisory Board, which selected projects and gave their recommendations to the Common Council, who approved the programs fund allocations. 
     
    “It has been exciting to see the first Participatory Budgeting funds set into motion to benefit the community. The Rondout district’s funding will soon be instituting some wonderful programs for youth in that area,” said Mayor Noble. “The benefits of Participatory Budgeting go directly into these neighborhoods, as we’ve already seen with the beautification efforts of the BARK program youth participants, who have painted the flower boxes in Uptown and have led numerous clean-ups in Midtown.” 
     
    Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. The Mayor has set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget towards another round of Participatory Budgeting.