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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Resources

     

    Resources: 

    Water Resources

    • Floodmaps – FEMA Map Services Center provides links to up to date flood maps. This is the most accurate source of maps.
    • If you need a more general idea of where the 100 year floodplain is located, Ulster County GIS also has the floodplain digitized.
    • NY State Fish Advisory – Annual publication by the NYS Dept of Health that provides recommendations for safe levels of consumption of fish for waterbodies in New York.
    • City of Kingston Water Quality Report – City of Kingston Water Department issues an annual report of drinking water quality for the City of Kingston.

    Pollution Prevention

    • EPA Toxic Release Sites -  The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted in 1986. One of EPCRA's primary purposes is to inform citizens of toxic chemical releases in their areas. EPCRA Section 313 requires EPA and the States to collect data annually on releases and transfers of certain toxic chemicals from industrial facilities and make the data available to the public through the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
    • NYS DEC Pollution Reporting Hotlines - TIPP DEC is a 24-hour telephone hotline that is also referred to as Turn in Poachers and Polluters. It is answered by live dispatchers. The TIPP phone number is 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332). Callers may request to file a complaint anonymously.

    Accidental releases of petroleum, toxic chemicals, gases, and other hazardous materials occur frequently throughout New York State. Relatively small releases have the potential to endanger public health and contaminate groundwater, surface water, and soils. To report a spill, call the NYS Spill Hotline: 1-800-457-7362.

    Home energy Efficiency/Conservation

    NYSERDA Home Energy Audits

    -The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program offers free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessments, also referred to as an energy audit, to income-eligible owners of 1- to 4-unit residential buildings*. A participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Home Performance Contractor will provide a home assessment to identify energy saving opportunities. 

    HEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federally funded program that helps low income households pay home energy costs and funds programs for low cost residential weatherization and other energy related home repairs. HEAP is available to low income, TA and SSI households during the heating season (mid-November through April).  

    EMPOWER - EmPower New York delivers energy saving to low-income New Yorkers. On-site energy use education provides customers with additional strategies for managing their energy costs.  Services are free to income-eligible households.  These include:

    Public Transportation

    Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) offers safe, affordable, reliable public transportation service throughout Ulster County, with limited service to Orange County and connecting service to Dutchess County and Metro North. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks. 

    Kingston Citibus city of Kingston bus.