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]

    Waterfront Resiliency Project

    Project Host
    City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    The City of Kingston designed shoreline improvements along the Kingston Rondout Waterfront from the 9W Bridge to the Ole Savannah. The design addresses extreme hazards from flooding, seeks to protect important facilities including the historic Cornell Building, and helps stimulate economic development and water-related and water-dependent activities.

    The City of Kingston will collaborate with private landowners to finance and implement the design of shoreline improvements on the waterfront. This project supports recommendations identified in Kingston's Waterfront Revitalization Implementation Plan and Planning for Rising Waters: the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force Report. The goal is to promote resiliency on the waterfront that will mitigate the impacts of future flooding. The development of a design that incorporates resiliency will encourage economic investment in the waterfront, which will lead to increased maritime commerce and commercial use of the area. The project will also greatly enhance public access and recreational opportunities for visitors to the waterfront.
    • Mitigate hazards of extreme flooding
    • Increase public waterfront access and community engagement
    • Increase potential for water-dependent activities on the waterfront
    Funder(s) & Amounts
    NYS Planning- $60,000
    City of Kingston Local Match- $60,000
    Project Manager's Contact Information
    John Schultheis
    City Engineer
    845-334-3967 [email protected]




    Project Status (Updated January 2021)
    A contract with the consultant for the project was executed. The selected design and engineering consultant, McLaren, began the preliminary data collection for design in April 2018.  The City identified community members to serve on a Project Advisory Committee (PAC), and they met several times in 2018.

    McLaren developed several design alternatives for the project and presented them to the PAC for their input and feedback.  The City has selected a preferred alternative, which will be presented to the community at the Weaving the Waterfront at the end of October 2019.  

    In 2020, McLaren completed construction documents for the design of the shoreline from under the 9W bridge near the Clearwater Building to the edge of the Steelhouse Building. Final construction documents are available in the link below.  The City and McLaren are working on 60% design for the section along the Steelhouse and Cornell Building properties.