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

    12/14/2020 - Executive Order: Affordable Housing in the City of Kingston

    Issued December 14th, 2020

    Whereas, the Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted the City of Kingston in multiple ways, On March 13, 2020, I declared a State of Emergency in the City of Kingston and per General Municipal Law, the Mayor has the power to enact temporary measures to protect life, property and the wellbeing of our residents and;   Whereas, the Covid-19 Pandemic has further strained the Kingston Housing Market and even though a statewide eviction moratorium is in place through January 2021, the future of housing in Kingston due to the pandemic is dire. 
    Whereas, I am hereby declaring, via emergency order, that all applicants requesting site plan approval with the City of Kingston Planning board and who wish to build more than 5 units of housing, anywhere in the City, will be required to have at least 10% of the units as affordable, defined as 80% Area Mean Income, based on current Ulster County statistics with adjustments for family size and shall be updated yearly. 
    Whereas, the cost of the housing unit will be calculated as to not exceed 30% of a household’s income and will be verified by the City of Kingston on an annual basis.

    Steven T. Noble