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]

    Swift911 is the City of Kingston's Emergency Notification System, set up as a means to alert our Citizens to emergencies, such as Weather Emergencies and other events that will have a direct impact on the City's Residents.

    The City of Kingston's Swift911 System has now been updated to include an option to subscribe to the Kingston Water Department's Emergency Alert system. In order to add this subscription to your Swift911 account, simply complete the following steps:

    After logging into your Swift911 account, click on the "+add subscriptions" button

    Once the Add Subscriptions page opens, first select your range from the City of Kingston (1), then enter your zip code (2), and then finally, click the "Search" button (3). If you are within the range of the effected area of the Kingston Water Department, then you will see the option to select this subscription. Click on the radio box to select the subscription (4), and then finally, click on the "Add Selected" button (5) to be added to the Kingston Water Department's Emergency broadcast list.

    After registering for Swift911, you can add additional Phone Numbers to your Account, as well as information such as Family Members. To receive the alerts on your desired phone (if you have added more than one), you can prioritize which one will receive the alert first by moving them up or down accordingly in the Priority section of the Phone List. In order to receive the alerts via email, remove any phone numbers from your Contact Information. To add multiple email addresses, simply place a semi-colon (;) between each email address.

    The Swift911 Program can send alerts across most communication platforms, including land lines, standard cell phones, smart phones and email. Alerts can be sent via phone call, email or text message.After signing up for the service, you can add all forms of contact you wish to receive, add services such as TTY/TDD, as well as specifying whether the phone(s) you have added are voice only or voice and text/SMS capable.

    If you need help with any part of the process, there is a Help option that can be opened by clicking the ? symbol.