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]

    Kingston News

    7/2/2020 - Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program in Effect


    July 2, 2020 


    Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program in Effect


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program is in effect, which allows businesses to utilize public areas to create more physical space for operation.   

    The following businesses have opted into the program:

    Rough Draft Bar & Books – utilizing two parking stalls for tables

    Stockade Tavern – utilizing three parking stalls for outdoor dining

    Ship to Shore Bistro – utilizing four parking stalls for expanded outdoor dining, and Sunday road closure

    Savona’s Trattoria – utilizing four parking stalls for expanded outdoor dining

    "Uptown restaurants – and across Kingston -- are slowly coming back to life.  Please help accelerate this increased vibrancy on our nation's 244th birthday and beyond,” said Douglas Koop, Alderman Ward 2.

    “We have to be creative to help get our stores back on their feet in this unprecedented time,” said Don Tallerman, Alderman Ward 5.   “As businesses have begun to take advantage of the expansion program, the City is still open to partially closing some streets to promote outdoor dining and open air shopping. I encourage all businesses who might be interested to contact the Mayor’s office to make that happen.”

    Additional businesses wishing to expand into public space should contact the Mayor’s office to request specific areas, including parking stalls, street access or other common public space at [email protected] or 845-334-3902. 

    Participating businesses will then be sent the City of Kingston’s Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program packet step-by-step guidance and health guidelines.  

    Any restaurant with a pre-existing permit to operate outdoor dining on its own property does not have to register with the Mayor’s office, as long as the establishment meets all of the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health. 

    A survey for residents and participating business owners helped to inform this program. Results of both surveys can be found at: