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]

    Energy and Sustainability

    The City of Kingston is a leader in efforts to create a more energy-efficient and sustainable community. Kingston has taken a comprehensive approach to building a city that is equipped to meet modern challenges and embrace 21st century opportunities.

    2030 Climate Action Plan

    See  for more information.



    • Air Quality - Many of the City's sustainability initiatives also have a co-benefit of improved air quality, including the transition of the City Fleet, increased bike lanes and trails, increased open space and more. Two direct initiatives focus acutely on air quality: Woodburning and Anti-Idling. 
    • Citizens Engagement – There are many ways for citizens to get involved with Energy and Sustainability initiatives in the City of Kingston. From serving on commissions to assisting with open space planning, to rolling up your sleeves to plant trees, there is something for everyone!

    • Education and Outreach – Kingston provides a wide variety of environmental education opportunities. The city operates one of New York State’s only municipal nature centers, provides guided kayaks tours of the Rondout/Hudson waterfront, and provides year-round Environmental Education programming for schools.

    • Energy - Kingston is helping to save taxpayer dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency efforts, and becoming a Clean Energy Community. Interested in solarizing your home or business? You can access a Solar Guidebook and Kingston’s Solar Permit here.

    • Land Use - Wise land use decisions can help to make our community more economically vibrant, resilient to flooding, attract tourists and improve quality of life for residents, while enhancing wildlife connections and protecting our valuable land and water resources.

    • Sustainable Resource Management – Kingston is improving and streamlining our waste management system. Check out for all the up to date info. 

    • Transportation – Kingston is undertaking many project to green municipal vehicle fleets, make streets more friendly for walkers and bikers, and to upgrade roadways, including the innovative Broadway Streetscape Project.

    • Upgrading Wastewater Infrastructure – Kingston is taking a proactive approach to planning for the future of the wastewater treatment plant and is in the process of separating storm and sanitary sewers to increase capacity and sewage release into waterways during flood events.

    For more information about any of these initiatives, contact Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator, at 845-481-7339 or [email protected]

    2020 City of Kingston Sustainability Report 

    2018 City of Kingston Sustainability Report

    2017 City of Kingston Sustainability Report 


    This webpage was developed with technical assistance from Elizabeth LoGiudice through a partnership between the City of Kingston, River Haggie Outdoors and Cornell University Water Resources Institute, with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program.