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]

    Department Information

    To Report a Fire, Dial 911

    Kingston Fire Department, Main Office

    19 East O'Reilly Street
    Kingston, NY 12401 
    Chris Rea, Fire Chief 
    (845) 331-1507 

    The Kingston Fire Department provides fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical service to the residents of the City of Kingston. The department operates from seven stations - three career and four volunteer. Staffed by 52 career personnel and 20 volunteers, the Fire Department prides itself in a three minute response to any part of the City. The department is part of the Ulster County 911 system and all emergency incidents should be reported by dialing 911.

    The department responds to approximately 5000 emergency incidents per year. We provide service with the largest staff of New York Certified Emergency Medical Technicians in the Hudson Valley. We provide basic life support services and fire apparatus are equipped with cardiac defibrillator. The department works in conjunction with Mobile Life Support Services who provide paramedic and transport to local hospitals. The department also provides hazardous materials response throughout Ulster County. Emergency response on the Rondout Creek and Hudson River is provided by Marine Fire Rescue a joint venture of the Cordts Hose Co. and Union Hose Co. volunteers. To contact the Kingston Fire Department for business purposes, call (845) 331-1326.