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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Sustainable Resource Management

    Single Stream Recycling In an effort to make recycling more convenient for residents, the City of Kingston has established a single-stream recycling program. Most households have received blue totes designated for recycling pick up. View Kingston’s Refuse and Recycling brochure for more information.  The City’s recycling calendar can be found here. 

     

    City environmental education staff offers a series of recycling programs throughout the year to educate both the general public as well as school children to the benefits of recycling. Each school year, staff works in each elementary school that serves City of Kingston students to provide informative and age appropriate recycling programs. Additionally, a series of public composting education workshops are held each year. These workshops educate Kingston residents on how to reduce their trash output through food and yard waste diversion. Additionally, the process of composting generates free natural fertilizer for in- and at-home use, reducing the need for synthetic chemical landscape applications. Furthermore, increased waste diversion saves taxpayer dollars in tipping fees averted.

     

    By instituting single stream recycling, the City of Kingston has increased our recycling rates, reducing landfill tipping fees and thousands of miles of truck transport emissions saved. In 2017, the city DPW collected 1,960 tons of recycled material, saving taxpayers over $165,000. To further reduce our emissions and tipping fees, the City of Kingston will be exploring the feasibility of instituting a citywide food waste collection system. In 2017, the City received funding to create an Organic Waste Diversion Plan to better understand and design a system, if feasible, for organics collection citywide. The City will partner with the Hudson Valley Regional Council in 2018 and 2019 to conduct this study. 

     

    Organics Diversion - The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, the Climate Smart Kingston Commission, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council, is undertaking a feasibility study for diverting food waste produced at municipal buildings as well as by residents and small businesses.  This project, called the Kingston Organics Diversion Plan, will take the results from the study and propose a methodology for rolling out food waste diversion. 

    Undertaking this work, which is funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, puts Kingston at the forefront of innovative efforts that save municipalities money while helping our environment.  Reducing the amount of food waste that goes to the landfills can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoided tipping fees.  Reducing the number of trips dump trucks take to the landfill also reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases.  When the financial benefits from implementing such a program exceed the implementation and operating costs, it is a win all around.  Kingston’s goal is to discover if the City can get this win like other like-minded communities have nation- and state-wide.