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]

    Academy Green

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    Academy Green Park
    Kingston, NY 12401


    Academy Green is located on Albany Avenue, Clinton Avenue and Maiden Lane in Uptown Kingston   

    Park History: 

    Academy Green has one of the greatest histories of all Kingston's parks. On July 15, 1660 on this site, Governor Peter Stuyvesant negotiated a peace treaty between the early settlers and the local Esopus Indians. This "memorable gathering under the sky of heaven" concluded one of several wars over land rights. Ulster County troops were reviewed on the green before entering the Civil War, and Kingston Academy, the older preparatory school in New York State was located here. Witnesses to all these events are the large elm trees that surround the park. The Kingston Academy located to the site in the mid 1800's but that building was demolished in 1915, when the new Kingston High School opened, Academy Green became a park in 1918. 

    Excerpt from Kingston's Magnificent City Parks by Ron Woods


    1. Fountain
    2. Rest and Relaxation
    3. Sitting Areas
    4. Mouments to Henry Hudson, Peter Stuyvesant and George Clinton


    Dawn to Dusk