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]

    Rondout Riverport Shoreline Stabilization and Public Access and Rondout Lighthouse II Post-Hurricane Restoration

    Project Host
    City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    The goal of the project is to complete site reconnaissance, design, engineering, and permitting for shoreline and road improvements on the City's waterfront from the eastern end of the Cornell Building property to the Kingston Lighthouse and to Rotary Park.  The primary objectives of the project are to restore and stabilize the shoreline using bulkhead or sustainable shoreline methods and to provide public access to the riverfront.  This shoreline stabilization will mitigate flooding, improve resiliency, and support access from both the land and water.

    The project may include providing access to the Kingston Lighthouse, also known as Rondout Light II, by exploring options for water and sewer facilities and the extension of a promenade along the breakwaterand possibly to the lighthouse.  Design of electric and heating systems damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the Lighthouse will also be included in this project.    

    Finally, it will include improving the connections along the the Kingston Point Rail Trail from the Trolley Museum along streets and the existing causeway to Rotary and Kingston Point Parks and creating more pedestrian access points to the water and the future promenade.  The specific projects chosen for construction document level of design will depend on City and community feedback during the preliminary design process and funds available for the final design component of the project.   
    Funder(s) & Amounts
    NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization $197,500
    City of Kingston Local Match $197,500
    FEMA - $401,736.47 
    Project Manager's Contact Information
    Suzanne Cahill
    City Planner 
    [email protected] 
    Project Status (Updated September 2019)
    The Request for Proposals for an engineering and design consultant was released, and responses were due on September 14, 2018.  The RFP can be found here:

    A design and engineering consultant, Weston & Sampson, was selected, and the contract with them was executed.  They were given the notice to proceed and began aerial survey in the early winter 2018.  A project kick-off meeting with city staff, the consultants, and the Department of State took place in December 2018.  The City identified members of the community to serve on a Project Advisory Committee (PAC), which began meeting in March 2019.  The PAC met four times between March and September 2019 to discuss the site analysis, breakdown of distinct project areas, and design schematics and alternatives. 

    City staff and Weston & Sampson held a pre-permitting meeting in the summer 2019 with the NYSDEC, NYSDOS, and the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss potential alternatives for the project areas and receive feedback on what may or may not be permittable.  The City, the consultant engineers, and the PAC continue to do alternatives analysis based on the feedback at the pre-permitting meeting.  A public outreach event will be held at the end of October to present alternatives to the community and get input on design alternatives from members of the public.