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]

    Waterfront Flooding Task Force




    Contact Information

    Julie Noble
    Climate Smart Kingston Chair
    420 Broadway, Kingston
    (845) 481-7339
    j[email protected]

    Waterfront Flooding Task Force Overview

    The Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force was appointed by Mayor Shayne Gallo in the fall of 2012, and was charged with evaluating the present and future vulnerability to flooding, storm surge and sea-level rise along the Rondout-Hudson waterfront, and was asked to recommend strategies for a resilient waterfront. This Task Force convened from December 2012 through August 2013.

    Task Force Members 

    Full documentation, including meeting proceedings, key resources, documentation, presentations and media coverage can be found within the Resources Tabs at the top right of this page. Also, find a spotlight on Kingston's initiative under the NYS DEC's Hudson River Climate Resilience Case Studies: Kingston

    Council Adopts Recommendations of Flooding Task Force

    On November 12, 2013, the City of Kingston Common Council passed Resolution #200 of 2013, adopting the Final Report of the Flooding Task Force.

    Planning for Rising Waters: Final Report of the City of Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force 

    Executive Summary 

    Overview of Recommendations

    The City also adopted the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, a recommendation of the report.

    Mayor Gallo held a press conference on Monday November 18th at 1:00pm at City Hall's Council Chambers for this Report. Event Press Release