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]




    SOLARIZE Kingston 


    The City of Kingston is partnering with Ulster County on a community solar campaign. Get involved in Ulster County’s Green New Deal initiative by subscribing to community solar. Ulster County has selected three trusted partners to work with County and City residents.

    • By subscribing to community solar, you will save up to 10% on your electric bill, with no upfront costs or monthly fees
    • Your subscription directly supports clean, renewable energy resources in our region
    • When you subscribe, your provider will donate $100 to Ulster County's Green New Deal fund. This fund will be used to jump start more Green New Deal community programs




    Select the subscription links below to review our providers’ offerings, choose one and subscribe:

    Common Energy PowerMarket Solstice
    How to subscribe:
    Common Energy
    (844) 899-9763
    (845) 533-1557
    (866) 826-1997

    Project locations:

    Saugerties, NY
    Enfield, NY
    Ghent, NY
    Hopewell Junction, NY
    Stanfordville, NY
    Union Vale, NY
    Medusa, NY
    Nichols, NY
    Windsor, NY
    Walden, NY
    Kingston, NY
    Norwich, NY
    Utilities serviced: Central Hudson
    Central Hudson
    Central Hudson
    About the company:
    Common Energy PowerMarket Solstice
    Approved Solarize Ulster and Solarize Kingston providers


    How does it work?

    Anyone who pays an electricity bill can receive community solar credits. These monetary credits are generated by local solar arrays whenever the sun is shining. These credits must be “redeemed” by a utility account holder and are applied directly to your utility bill. Our campaign providers are offering these credits through a subscription at a 10% discount—so you pay for only 90% of the credits you receive on your utility bill. There is no initial cost or monthly fee. You pay only for the credits you receive. For example: If you get $100 in community solar credits, you’ll be charged $90 and you’ll save $10.


    Why is it “up to 10%” savings?

    The amount of credits you receive on your bill will vary from month to month. Since solar generates more electricity in the summer, you will receive more credits in the summer months. If you get more than you can use in a given month, the utility will “bank” them automatically so you can use them in subsequent months. It should your costs and credits should generally balance out over the course of the year.

    The amount of credits you receive each month depends on three things:

    1. the percentage of the solar array’s capacity that is dedicated to your account (e.g. 2%)
    2. the amount of electricity generated by the solar array that month (in kWh)
    3. the cost of electricity (i.e. the conversion rate from kWh into dollars)


    Your solar provider will attempt to allocate enough credits to match your electricity costs for the year, but it will never be exact. If you are banking too many credits, your provider will adjust your allocation each year to match the credits to your costs as closely as possible.

    The bottom line is: you will always save exactly 10% on the monetary credits that the community solar provider generates and delivers to your utility bill, even if the credit value doesn’t match 100% your electricity costs over the course of the year.

    If you have additional questions about how community solar works, please see our page About Community Solar. Each of the providers listed above also maintains detailed information about community solar on their landing pages which may be reviewed to learn more.

    Watch the June Climate Smart Kingston meeting to learn more! The Solarize Kingston presentation starts at minute 2:43.