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]

    Film Friendly Kingston

    The City of Kingston and the Mayor’s Office can help your production company to:

    -Access civic services
    -Get film activity permits and other related permits suited to your production's specific needs
    -Approve location requests to film on streets, parks, or other City properties in ways that respect our residents and businesses


    Application for a City of Kingston Filming Permit

    In order to help our staff learn more about your project, and best determine which services your production will require, please submit an application using our fillable form. Submitting an application for a Filming Permit is free, as not all projects will require a Filming Permit. The scope of City services required for your project will determine the cost of the Filming Permit. Your filming application will be reviewed by appropriate City of Kingston staff, and a quote will be provided prior to permitting.

    The City of Kingston requires 30 days’ notice for any and all film or photography shoots. Any filming or photography that is conducted in the public way without prior approval may be halted. 

    Please submit your form via our website, and send any supporting documents via email to [email protected].


    Application Tips

    -Include as much detailed information as possible. Information that is not finalized is still helpful and can be marked "TBD".
    -Consider providing a production schedule and information on your production company.
    -Please review addresses and ensure that your locations are in the City of Kingston’s jurisdiction by using this map.
    -Note any local businesses your production will be hiring.
    -Be sure to include a detailed safety plan.

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    To apply to film within the City of Kingston, please download our Application Form. Once completed, please upload the form below.


    Additional Resources

    Ulster County Film Office

    Hudson Valley Film Commission

    Stockade Works