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

    3/21/2024 - State Supreme Court Upholds City of Kingston Vacancy Study, Housing Emergency Declaration as Valid


    March 21, 2024


    State Supreme Court Upholds City of Kingston Vacancy Study, Housing Emergency Declaration as Valid


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston’s vacancy study, and the passage of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) has been upheld in the State Supreme Court.

    Mayor Noble said, “The Appellate Court’s concise and thoughtful decision provides hope and support for our tenants here in Kingston who have been suffering during this housing crisis. The judges unanimously concurred that the City of Kingston correctly applied the 2019 Emergency Tenant Protection Act to our community in an effort to reign in outlandish rent hikes by a few property owners at a time of critically low vacancy. Before ETPA, renters in our community had no support system in place to provide the necessary protections and stabilized rental costs and I am glad that this panel has continued to empower our rent guidelines board. These vital protections have improved the quality of life for thousands of our residents. This decision sets a precedent for the rest of New York State that communities can conduct their own thorough vacancy studies and have a right to declare a housing emergency when warranted. I would like to thank my Corporation Counsel Barbara Graves-Poller for her excellent legal work on this case, as well as my Director of Housing Initiatives for his work on our vacancy study and his efforts stabilize, protect, and build housing in Kingston.”

    On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the Appellate Division ruled in favor of the City of Kingston, declaring:

    “The record leaves no doubt that [the 2022 study] was conducted in good faith and delivered results that were based upon precise data. It follows that the Common Council could, and did, reasonable rely upon its results to determine that the net vacancy rate for certain properties in the City had fallen below the 5% threshold requited to invoke the provisions of ETPA. As such, the Supreme Court correctly determined that the adoption of the emergency declaration was proper.”