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]

    Citizen Engagement

    Conservation Advisory Council Per NYS General Municipal Law, each municipality is sanctioned to create a Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) to advise local government on environmental matters and review development proposals with potential environmental impact in an advisory capacity.  Since 2009, the Kingston CAC has worked as a volunteer board to ensure the conservation of the City’s natural resources and the enhancement and protection of its environment, while fostering unified actions on environmental matters.  The Kingston CAC meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in Kingston City Hall Conference Room 1.  The meetings are open to the public.  For more information, visit the Kingston CAC webpage.  See   Kingston CAC 2017 Annual Report.


    Climate Smart Kingston Commission  - The Climate Smart Kingston Commission convenes monthly to strategize, plan, and implement the goals of Kingston's Climate Action Plan.  The Commission is comprised of residents and officials who want to take action to assure a sustainable future for the city.  The Climate Smart Kingston Commission meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00-6:30pm at Kingston City Hall, Common Council Chambers.  For more information, visit the Climate Smart Kingston Commission webpage, where you can sign up for the Climate Smart Kingston Mailing List to be informed via email of updates on Kingston’s sustainability initiatives.  Or you can follow Climate Smart Kingston on Facebook

    Friends of Forsyth Nature Center -


    The Friends of Forsyth Nature Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Forsyth Nature Center and to foster and inspire the exploration and conservation of the natural world in and around our urban community. The FFNC Board of Directors meets regularly throughout the year. This group provides scholarships for the Junior Naturalists Program and participates in the Kingston Earth Fair and the Fall Festival, fundraising for the FNC. All proceeds are dedicated to maintaining and improving the Forsyth Nature Center and its programs.


    Visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Information Resources page for more information on climate science, educational resources and state actions on climate mitigation and adaptation.