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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.
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 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.
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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Grant-Funded Sustainability Projects
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The City of Kingston is working on energy efficiency and sustainability. For an overview of Kingston's energy and sustainability efforts visit this page.
Current Grant-funded Projects for Sustainability
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Organics Diversion Plan
Environmental Asset and Fleet Management
Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Education
City Hall Energy Efficiencies Project
Flood Resiliency Network Project
Climate Change Education Development Project
Tree Inventory and Management Plan
Local Plans and Resources on Sustainability
Natural Resources Inventory & Open Space Plan
Climate Smart Kingston Commission
LED Street Lighting Retrofit
Regional and State Plans with Relevance to Sustainability
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda
NYS Open Space Conservation Plan
NYSDEC Climate Change Webpage