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]

    Emerald Ash Borer Information for the City of Kingston

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    The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect recently discovered in several regions of NY. This insect is known to kill all types of Ash trees, regardless of size and vigor and spreads through flight and by transportation in firewood, logs, and nursery stock. The impact of EAB on communities is profound and Ash mortality is almost 100%. The Borer was first identified in Western New York in 2009 and was discovered in Ulster County during the Summer of 2010.  

    Information about Ash trees

    NYS has over 900 million ash trees, comprising 7% of all the trees in the state. Many are located on your streets, in your parks and yards, and in your forests. Once effected by EAB, most Ash trees die within five years. Once Ash trees die, they quickly rot and break apart. Trees will have to be removed as they become public safety issues. This can be a significant expense depending on the number and size of hazardous Ash trees in the community.

    Streets, parks and yards will be devoid of the shade trees they once had. Loss of shade trees on streets, yards and parks will negatively impact winter and summer energy consumption, water use, property values, aesthetics, and community morale.

    Has the Emerald Ash Borer been found in Kingston?

    Yes, unfortunately, entomologists from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Station in Ithaca, New York identified infested trees on city land at Kingston Point Park in mid-september 2010. This is the first known location of the insect within the City of Kingston, however, we believe the EAB is most likely in other locations on private land in Kingston and adjacent communities.

    Known locations of EAB in NYS

    (Red indicates confirmed EAB sighting, Yellow indicates County's impacted)

    What are we doing about it?

    The City of Kingston is working collaboratively with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ulster County Cornell Cooperative Extension, USDA's Agricultural Research Station, and other local, state and federal agencies in order to prepare and manage this crisis.

    The City of Kingston is also working with the Kingston's volunteer Tree Commission and Conservation Advisory Council. The City will be working with the public in order to gather information about Ash trees in the community through a web based Ash tree reporting survey and on the ground street tree surveys. The City will also be preparing a New York State Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Plan during the winter of 2010-2011 in order to be prepared for the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in our Community.

    Kingston's first step is to identify Ash trees in our Community. Unfortunately, the City of Kingston does not have a complete street tree inventory and will rely on volunteers to indentify Ash trees located along the city streets, on parkland and other areas. Focus will be on trees that will impact infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks and powerlines, while also surveying for trees that can pose hazards to Kingstonians.

    How can YOU help?

    Help us identify Ash trees in your neighborhood. Spend a few moments learning what an Ash tree looks like, then survey your street. If you have Ash trees, please fill out our online survey. A few moments of your time will allow Kingston to better plan for the future.

    Another important way to help. DONT MOVE FIREWOOD. The movement of firewood is how EAB arrive in Ulster County and we want to SLOW the Spread. So please do your part and DONT MOVE FIREWOOD. Visit for more information about firewood regulations and quarantines.

    What do Ash Tree's Look Like?

    White Ash, One of our most common ash trees


    The Bark of an Ash Tree has characteristic groves and patterns

    For more information about EAB and distinguishing Ash trees, visit or click on these helpful tools!

    Ash Tree Identification