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

    11/16/2018 - Snow Emergency Information and Frequently Asked Questions

    Here is what you need to know when a snow emergency is declared:

    *Snow Emergency Alternate Side Parking is instituted city-wide. See below for details.
    *Regular alternate side parking rules are suspended
    *On-street and off-street parking meters are suspended (paying the meters is not required during snow emergencies)
    *Pre-existing parking restrictions which designate or prohibit parking on a particular side of the street are temporarily superseded by snow emergency alternate side of the street parking rules. 
    *No parking is allowed within fifty feet of any street corner
    *Vehicles must not block fire hydrants, driveways, entryways or exits for parking lots, or in any manner which presents a hazard

    How Snow Emergency Alternate Side Parking Works:

    Upon commencement of a snow emergency, vehicular parking will be permitted on the odd side of the street on odd numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even numbered calendar days. At 7:00 A.M. the following day, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street. The odd or even side of the street is determined by the house numbers of that street. An odd day is any calendar date that ends in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9. An even day is any calendar date that ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.

    Example of alternate side parking during a snow emergency:

    On December 28th, all vehicles must be parked on the side of the street in which the house numbers are even, such as 120 Sesame Street.

    At 7:00am on December 29th, all vehicles must be moved to the side of the street in which the house numbers are odd, such as 121 Sesame Street.

    Be Informed

    To stay up to date on snow emergencies and parking restrictions, visit: To receive calls and text message alerts regarding snow emergencies, enroll at:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What happens if I do not move my car to the correct side of the street during a snow emergency?

    A: Enforcement will be increased to ensure compliance for alternate side snow emergency parking and successful clearing of roadways. Vehicles not in compliance may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

    Q: How can I find out if there is a snow emergency?

    A: The City of Kingston will announce a snow emergency the following ways:

    *Online at and at
    *By phone using the City's emergency notification system, Swift911. Calls are made to all landlines within the database, as well as cell phone numbers submitted through the system. Text messages will also be sent to users who have signed up to receive text alerts. To enroll, visit:
    *By e-mail. Recipients of Mayor Noble's Weekly Update will receive an e-mail notification with all pertinent information. To sign up, visit and click "Newsletter Signup" on the left
    *Notifications will also be sent to local media.

    Q: Why did the City of Kingston institute city-wide alternate side parking during snow emergencies?

    A: Roadways can be cleared more effectively throughout the City thanks to the elimination of parking on one side of the street and more compliance among vehicle owners.
    Businesses may remain open and residents may continue to park near their homes instead of having to find off-street parking spaces for the duration of the snow emergency.
    Fewer vehicle owners may be ticketed and towed, as some on-street parking is now be available.

    Q: Who can I call for help?

    A: In case of emergency, call 911.
    *For a snow-related service request or to report hazardous road conditions during a snow emergency, call the Department of Public Works Dispatch at 845-338-2114 for immediate assistance.

    *If your car has been towed, call the Kingston Police Department at 845-331-1671.

    *If you or someone you know does not have a safe, warm place to stay overnight, call Family of Woodstock, Inc.'s 24-hour hotline at 845-338-2370.

    Q: Where are the municipal parking lots located?

    A: Municipal lots are available for overnight parking during a snow emergency. Parking permits are not required to park in the lots during a snow emergency.

    Uptown Area
    All 3 North Front Street lots; Forsyth Park lot adjacent to the tennis courts; and Dietz Stadium

    Midtown Area

    Sea Deli lot; Hodge Center; AME Zion Church on Franklin St.; Cornell St. lot; Prince St. lot; lot next to Arace Electronics (357 Broadway); and Broadway Commons (615 Broadway)

    Downtown Area

    Dock St. lot; 117-165 Abeel St.; Trolley Museum lot; Block Park; and Kingston Point Beach