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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

    Weaving the Waterfront

    For many years, the City has been working with stakeholders and partners on Kingston's waterfront, from the Rondout to Kingston Point, to improve the resiliency and sustainability of the shoreline, implement an economic development strategy, and develop better access to the river, parks, and open space for people on foot, on bicycle, and in boats. 

    So many excellent ideas for our waterfront have evolved with help from the community that we're bringing them together under a comprehensive "Weaving the Waterfront" initiative. And it's now time to implement some of these ideas with grant funds that we've secured. Please take a look at the plans and implementation projects listed below. Click to explore all that is in store for the waterfront!

    Last fall, we launched the Weaving the Waterfront moniker with a community event featuring activities all along the waterfront. We're delighted that so many people turned out to learn about plans -- to read more, visit the Weaving the Waterfront Event page.

    About the Rondout Riverport Community Coalition (RRCC)

    The Rondout Riverport is a historic neighborhood that includes the Rondout-West Strand waterfront areas that begin at the mouth of the Rondout Creek and run to the downtown business district near Broadway. The Rondout Riverport Community Coalition, facilitated by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, was formed to develop and promote this neighborhood as a tourist destination and an attractive, thriving place in which to live and work. 

    The RRCC's vision is to enhance and revitalize the area by identifying opportunities and developing partnerships to build and maintain a vibrant and sustainable district. In fact, many of our grant-funded plans and projects have come together with the Coalition's support.  Membership in the RRCC is open to all people with an interest in the Rondout-West Strand Historic District, the Kingston Point Park area, and the Ponckhockie neighborhood. To join the RRCC, please send an email to lcline@hrmm.com for more information.

    Waterfront Projects Under Way

    Kingston Waterfront Resiliency Design

    Rondout Riverport Shoreline Stabilization and Public Access

    Hudson Landing Promenade

    Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1

    Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2

    Waterfront Shared Streets

    Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvements

    Kingston Point Beach ADA Accessibility Improvements

    EV Charging Stations

    Climate Adaptive Design Studio

    Kingston Point Climate Adaptive Design

     

    Relevant Local Plans

    2016 Kingston Comprehensive Plan

    2016 Tidal Rondout Creek Watershed Management Plan

    2015 Hudson Riverport Implementation Plan - a plan funded under the Broadway Opportunity Area (BOA) Program of the NYS Department of State

    2013 Parks and Recreation Master Plan

    2013 Kingston Planning for Rising Waters Report of the Sea Level Taskforce

    Kingston Waterfront Development Implementation Plan

    Kingston Local Waterfront Revitalization Program 

    2010 Kingston Climate Action Plan

     

    Relevant Regional Plans

    2014 Hudson River Valley Greenway/National Heritage Area Plan

    Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Strategic Plan

    Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan

    2008 Ulster County Non-Motorized Transportation Plan - after clicking the link, scroll down for multiple documents