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]

    Economic Development

    The City of Kingston, nestled in Ulster County at the foot of the Catskills in the Hudson Valley Region, is a small city of 23,893 residents uniquely poised to harness the economic and cultural potential of the New York City Metro area and what are arguably the finest natural environmental assets in the Country. Kingston is the County Seat of Ulster County with more than a mile of frontage on the Hudson River and the best harbor along the length of the river between New York City and the deepwater Port of Albany. It is bordered by the Esopus and Rondout Creeks which drain lush valleys that flank the Shawangunk Ridge just to the southwest and the Catskill Mountains to the west and is the gateway to Catskill State Park. Kingston has a vibrant arts community, an attractive business park with sites ready for you, a beautiful waterfront, and a walkable historic district that was once the first capital of New York State!

    With great cooperation from our Ulster County Economic Development team, we can help you make the right move to Kingston. Whether you wish to bring your family or business to Kingston, or would like to develop a site in our great community, let us help make your move a great success. We are always ready and available to give our assistance to our existing business community. Please contact us to see what we can do to help with any of your company’s needs or concerns. We look forward to helping make or keep your business a success. Call or email us today to see what our City has to offer you.

    The City of Kingston is perfect for tech entrepreneurs. In today’s networked and connected world, many cutting-edge business owners are discovering new ways to successfully manage their business, raise a family, and enjoy a better quality of life—all at a lower cost, and less than 100 miles from Midtown Manhattan. True innovation means doing business Ulster County.

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    Tim Weidemann, Director

    Ulster County Economic Development

    3 Development Ct.

    Kingston, NY 12401

    (845) 340-3556

    [email protected]