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]

    Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Task Force Subcommittees

    Green Innovation

    Ensure that overarching economic and environmental goals are integrated with job development. Identify opportunities to incorporate climate protection, sustainability and environmental goods and service industries into economic development plans. Consider how energy conservation programs or renewable energy development will provide opportunities for local job creation.

    Planning for Climate Change

    Evaluate risks from unavoidable climate change, set adaptation goals and plan for adaptation. Execute climate change adaptation and preparedness measures through local government planning, development, and operation, giving priority to the highest risk areas.

    Land Use  

    Reduce sprawl, preserve and protect open space, biodiversity, and water supplies; promote compact, transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable communities; promote infill development, minimize new development in floodplains; maintain or establish healthy community forests; and promote best forest management practices and encourage tree planting, especially along waterways and streets, to increase shading and to absorb carbon dioxide.


    Reduce electricity use; incorporate energy efficient technologies and operations and maintenance practices; identify opportunities for conservation and efficiency retrofits; improve the average fuel efficiency of local government fleet vehicles.

    Supply as much of the local government’s power, heat, and hot water needs as possible from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

    Recycling and Solid Waste

    Expand the “reduce, reuse, recycle” approach to waste management in local government operations and in the community.

    If you are interested in participating in one or more of these subcommittees please contact Rich Schiafo at 845-334-3925, [email protected]