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]

    Upgrading Waste Water Infrastructure

    Wastewater Treatment Plant AdaptationWastewater treatment plants are often sited adjacent to waterways to allow the efficient release of treated effluent.  Many wastewater treatment plants in the Hudson Valley are situated close to the river and are vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise, storm surge and heavy precipitation. Over the long-term, communities may be forced to re-locate wastewater treatment plants to higher ground, or fortify them from increasing flood risk. 


    The City of Kingston developed a Long-Term Capital Plan for the East Strand Waste Water Treatment Facility in 2015. The plan helps to identify and specify projects that the City should take in order to increase resiliency, reduce risks due to flood events in a cost-effective manner.


    Addressing Sewer Overflows - The 2014 National Climate Assessment indicated that the Northeastern United States experienced a 71% increase in very heavy precipitation events from 1958 to 2012.  Runoff from heavy rainfall can overwhelm infrastructure, causing an inadvertent release of sewage into waterways.  This problem is especially bad in areas where sewage and stormwater are moved in a combined drainage system.   The City is a designated MS4 community (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System). 


    The City of Kingston has begun to separate combined sewers where feasible, and has developed a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan.  We have installed four (CSO) monitoring devices, which allow city staff and the public to be notified when one or more of the CSO outfalls are overflowing.  For more information, visit the Public Works’ CSO page.


    To learn more details about wastewater infrastructure upgrades, visit the Office of Economic and Community Development page and scroll down to the Active Projects list.