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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

    Conservation Advisory Council


    Mission: Ensure the conservation of the City of Kingston’s natural resources and the enhancement and protection of its environment while fostering unified action on environmental matters.

     The City of Kingston is one of only 12 cities in New York State that have a Conservation Council and is one of 16 other Ulster County Conservation Councils.

    This board, consisting of Kingston residents, with its advisory capacity, will:

    • advise the Planning Board and Common Council on matters pertaining to the natural environment of the city;
    • conduct public programs to inform the public of local and regional environmental issues, such as storm water management, recycling and biodiversity, and air quality;
    • coordinate with local groups which have an impact on the local environment; and
    • work in cooperation with the Kingston Planning Board and Common Council to make sound environmental decisions.

    This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in Kingston City Hall Conference Room 1. The meetings are open to the general public.


    Current Initiatives

                            Open Space Vision Map            

    Air Quality and Wood Burning  Open Space Planning

    Current Conservation Advisory Council Members:

    Name Email
    Julie Noble, Chair JulieLNoble@Kingston-ny.gov
    Elizabeth (Betta) Broad  betta@catskillmountainkeeper.org 
    Emilie Hauser, Vice Chair eehauser@gmail.com
    Lorraine Farina canshecook@gmail.com
    Kevin McEvoy, Secretary laeassoc@earthlink.net
    Sebastian Pillitteri sebastian.pillitteri@gmail.com
    Casey Schwarz


    Additional Links

    City Hall
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, NY 12401

    Kingston CAC Chair
    Julie Noble

    Phone: (845) 481-7339
    Fax: (845) 331-2750