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]

    Dog Control Officer

    Call the Kingston Police Department at (845) 331-1671 to report lost, stray or barking, dogs or to report dog bites in the City of Kingston only.

    Procedure to Adopt a Dog from the City of Kingston: 

    Individuals wishing to adopt a dog that is currently being sheltered by the City of Kingston need to contact the Ulster County SPCA at (845) 331-5377. All animals will be appropriately vaccinated for the rabies virus and distemper prior to being released to a new owner. All animals are spayed or neutered.  The new owner will be responsible for licensing the dog with their local clerk. Licensing fees for the City of Kingston only are presently $9.00/year for a spayed or neutered dog and $18.00 for an un-spayed or un-neutered dog. Other communities may have different fee schedules. Adoption of animals is not restricted to City of Kingston residents only, it is open to any individual who is interested.


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    Contact Information

    City Hall
    420 Broadway 
    Kingston, NY 12401 

    Phone: (845) 331-1671