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

    Kingston 2025:   A Plan for the City of Kingston

    The City of Kingston is looking towards the future and has undertaken the update of its Comprehensive Development Plan, which currently dates back to 1961.

    While the City has performed many planning-related studies since that time, until this year it has not engaged in a true Citywide planning effort.  

    The Comprehensive Plan Steering Commitee (CPSC)  is looking for your help, input and opinions on what our home, our workplace, our City should be in 2025 and beyond. Building upon previous planning studies already performed, the Comprehensive Plan will establish clear policies for:

    • How and where new homes, businesses, institutions and facilities shall be built;
    • How to reinvest in our existing neighborhoods;
    • How to attract new business and new investment to our community;
    • How to best serve the residents and other stakeholders;

    Please join us today, by clicking on any of the links at the left or below, or meeting us in person at one of our upcoming meetings.

    Click here to download the Kingston 2025 Comprehensive Plan document.