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]

    Live Well Kingston's Chess Playground

    This is an example of what it may look like. Instead of three chairs, our project
    will have two longer benches at each table. We will also probably have recycled
    plastic instead of wood. 

    Project Host
    City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    The goal of this project is to create a multi-generational chess "playground" to encourage play for all ages. This project will install two chess tables, four benches and possibly a shade structure at one of the City of Kingston's parks. Also included will be some programming for monthly chess meetups. We hope that people of all ages will come together to share a game. 
    This project came to be because the Health & Wellness Department and the Play Well and Age Well Focus Teams of the Live Well Kingston Commission applied for an AARP Community Challenge Grant. Play Well works on improving access to our parks and Age Well works on improving services and programming for seniors. 
    Funder(s) & Amounts

     AARP Community Challenge Grant - $11,224
    Live Well Kingston will fund programming - Budget in development
    Project Manager's Contact Information
    Emily Flynn
    Director of Health & Wellness
    [email protected]
    Project Status (Updated June 2019)
    A community survey was sent out and T.R. Gallo park was the winner. 

    The concrete pad will be poured this fall and the installation will be around mid-December. The chess programming will start in Spring 2020.