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

    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 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 objective of the project is to restore and stabilize the shoreline using bulkhead or sustainable shoreline methods.  This shoreline stabilization will mitigate flooding, improve resiliency, and support access from both the land and water.

    The project may also 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 from the Cornell Building property along the shoreline and possibly to the lighthouse.  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
    Kristen Wilson
    Director of Grants Management
    845-334-3962
    kwilson@kingston-ny.gov
    Project Status (Updated June 2019)
    The Request for Proposals for an engineering and design consultant has been released, and responses were due on September 14, 2018.  The RFP can be found here: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/rfpsbids

    A design and engineering consultant, Weston & Sampson, was selected, and contract with them has been executed.  They have been given the notice to proceed, and they will begin aerial survey in the early winter 2018.  A project kick-off meeting with city staff, the consultants, and the Department of State will take place in December.  The City will soon identify members of the community to serve on a Project Advisory Committee, which will likely begin meeting in January 2019.

    Project Links
    None at this time.