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


    Complete Streets - “Complete Streets” is a term used to describe ordinary city streets that are designed to allow people of all ages and abilities to:

    • walk
    • bike
    • take the bus
    • and drive less

    By “completing the street” to encourage movement, kids, grandparents, adults of all ages can be active, healthy and feel connected to their neighborhoods.  To read more about this program, visit the Complete Streets Advisory Council page.

    Greening Our Streetlights – Kingston’s street lights consume 1.9 million kWh of energy annually.  Kingston is retrofitting all of our existing street lights to energy efficient LED street lights, which will result in a retrofit of over 2,200 municipal street lights to LED.

    Street Light FAQ 

    Project Website 

    Green Fleet – Kingston is advancing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of municipal vehicles by purchasing hybrid and full electric vehicles, installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and hiring an Environmental Asset Manager who will manage the fleet and update the greenhouse gas inventory. 

    The City is working towards a goal of retrofitting the municipal fleet to have 20% comprised of alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.  In 2017, the City of Kingston purchased two alternate fuel vehicles for our fleet, bringing the end of 6 2017 total to 4: one each in the Building Safety Division, Parks and Recreation, the Police Department, and City Hall. In 2018, three more EVs have been purchased for the Building Safety Division bringing the total up to 7 EV's in the City's fleet.

    Further, in the Summer of 2018, the City installed three new public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the following municipal lots: Cornell Street, Dock Street, Visitor'rs Center. On Friday, September 14th at 9:00am there will be a ribbon cutting at the Visitor's Center lot (lower Broadway) to unveil the new stations.  

    Kingston Greenline – The Kingston Greenline is a vision for a network of urban trails, bikeways, water-trails, walkable sidewalks and complete streets.  The project is a partnership initiative of the City of Kingston, Kingston Land Trust and Ulster County.  To learn more visit the Kingston Greenline page.

    Broadway Streetscape Project The City of Kingston is installing a variety of green infrastructure treatments, including porous pavers, bioswales and street tree pits, as part of the Broadway Streetscape Project.  The project will help to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into the combined sewer system. To learn more details about the Broadway Streetscape Project, visit the Office of Economic and Community Development page and scroll down to the Active Projects list.