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

    12/11/2018 - LED Streetlight Conversion Update

    LED Streetlight Conversion Update


    All streetlights in the City of Kingston are being converted to LED technology in the spring of 2019 through the NY Smart Street Lighting Initiative, a statewide program, working with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).


    In the meantime as bulbs burn out, they are being replaced with the new LED technology by a contractor in bundles of forty at minimum. The next batch of over 70 bulbs has been commissioned and will be addressed in the next few weeks, weather permitting. To report an extinguished street light, please visit


    While the City of Kingston began the process of evaluating our street lighting back in 2014, in early 2018, Governor Cuomo announced the NY Smart Street Lighting Initiative that calls for at least 500,000 street lights throughout the state to be replaced with the energy-saving LED technology by 2025. Kingston joins a larger aggregate of communities but will be first in line for the retrofit.


    This improvement is projected to reduce annual municipal energy use by 1,000,000 kWh, and save the City over $130,000 per year on utility bills and maintenance costs. Upgrading to LEDs will also improve light quality and public safety throughout Kingston. The new LED fixtures will have a warm white light which allows for an increased ability to perceive colors, definition, and movement of other drivers, pedestrians, and objects. Studies show that this warm white light improves a driver’s peripheral vision and reaction time when compared to High Pressure Sodium lights.


    The City will provide updates on locations of installed lights on our website as progress is made. 


    Relevant Links:


    Project details and updated map (as installations begin)