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]

    Kingston News

    8/16/2019 - 2019 Burning of Kingston Scheduled for October 18-19



    August 16, 2019 


    2019 Burning of Kingston Scheduled for October 18-19

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that the Burning of Kingston commemoration has been scheduled for October 18-19, 2019. The City of Kingston will be sponsoring and supporting the two-day event, which will include: reenactments of colonial life, cemetery tours, a historical lecture, a documentary screening, and children’s games like the beloved Bucket Brigade at the Volunteer Firemen’s Museum.

    The City will be working with local organizations and historic sites to present a family-friendly and historically accurate commemorative event.  The 2019 Burning of Kingston will not include battle reenactments but there may be new additions to be announced soon. 

    “One of the things that makes the burning of Kingston such a unique moment in history, was not the battle or the fire itself, but the rebuilding that the community did after,” said Mayor Noble. “This year’s Burning of Kingston will be a great opportunity for area residents and visitors to learn about the history and to also celebrate how the first capital came together to rebuild the City and its community.” 

    The City of Kingston has formed a Burning of Kingston Planning Committee. Interested volunteers should contact Summer Smith, Director of Communications and Community Engagement at 845-334-3945 or [email protected] 

    Businesses interested in participating or supporting the 2019 Burning of Kingston should contact Adrielle Farr, Director of Art and Cultural Affairs at 845-334-3929 or [email protected] 

    Updates will be posted to and at the City’s website at