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]

    Participatory Budgeting

    Mayor Steve Noble will announce the results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Survey at the Community Budget Forum on Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project will award $20,000 to a community project in each of the City of Kingston’s three unique business districts. The online survey, which was open for voting from August 9-September 6, had nearly 600 total respondents who voted for their preferred projects to receive the funding.

    City staff are currently reviewing the top-voted projects for cost estimates and will determine a plan for implementation. It is possible that more than one project in each district will be funded if the first choice can be implemented for less than $20,000. Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts and community initiatives.

    Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. The Mayor set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget toward the new round of Participatory Budgeting.

    More info on the 2020 Community Budget Forum can be found at:


    2019 Participatory Budgeting Process

    August 19, 2019 - City of Kingston Opens Participatory Budgeting Project Survey

    June 14, 2019 - City of Kingston Launches Second Participatory Budgeting Project


    Three public workshops were held to get community feedback: 


    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    LGBTQ Community Center (300 Wall Street) 


    Monday, July 29, 2019

    Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing)



    Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:00pm 

    Kingston Library (55 Franklin St.)


    2018 Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program

    Press release announcing the Participatory Budgeting Project

    Participatory Budgeting Project Support Survey Launched

    2018 Survey pdf

    Participatory Budgeting Awards Announced

    Uptown and Midtown Projects Launched

    Applications for Downtown Youth Programming Open

    Waterfront/Rondout Youth Programming Awards Announced

    BARK (Beautifying and Restoring Kingston) crew out on a clean-up.