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

    Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Pledge

    Click here to view the Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Pledge document.

    In October 2009, the City of Kingston’s Common Council demonstrated its commitment to environmental and climate protection by adopting the “Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Pledge” and becoming a “Climate Smart Community”.  As a Climate Smart Community, the City of Kingston partners with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)   as well as 99 other municipalities throughout New York State to address climate change at the local level.

    Kingston’s pledge outlines ten steps the Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Task Force and the City of Kingston will undertake to combat climate change:

    1. Pledge to combat climate change by becoming a Climate Smart Community 
    2. Set Goals, Inventory Emissions, Move to Action 
    3. Decrease Energy Demand for Local Government Operations 
    4. Encourage Renewable Energy for Local Government Operations 
    5. Realize Benefits of Recycling & Other Climate Smart Solid Waste Management Practices 
    6. Promote Climate Protection Through Community Land Use Planning 
    7. Plan for Adaptation to Unavoidable Climate Change 
    8. Green Innovation Strategy 
    9. Inform and Inspire the Public 
    10. Commit to an Evolving Process