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

    11/15/2019 - Chess Table Playground Ribbon-Cutting on Friday, November 22


    November 15, 2019


    Chess Table Playground Ribbon-Cutting on Friday, November 22



    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and the Office of Health and Wellness are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly installed chess “playground” at T.R. Gallo Park on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 3:30pm.

    The City of Kingston was awarded $11,224 from the AARP Community Challenge in July 2019 to build a chess playground, which includes two chess tables, four benches, and a monthly chess meetup, to be built in a park or public space. The City held a public poll for feedback on the best location to install the chess tables. Ninety four people responded and T.R. Gallo Park won with 40% of the votes. The tables have been installed between the T.R. Gallo monument and the bathrooms. Monthly chess programming will be developed and announced in the spring.

    The City of Kingston is one of 159 winners out of 1,660 applicants to the AARP Community Challenge. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities Initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. 

    “Thanks to AARP for the generous support that made this Chess Playground possible,” said Mayor Noble. “By investing in our public spaces, we create places that invite our residents to connect and build community. I’m very pleased that we have added another amenity to T.R. Gallo Park where people of all ages can meet for a game of chess or checkers.”

    “The Age Well and Play Well focus teams of the Live Well Kingston Commission collaborated to envision seniors and people of all ages coming together to share a game of chess in our public park,” said Emily Flynn, Director of Health and Wellness. “This vision could not have been realized without the generous support of the Parks and Recreation and Public Works department staff who went above and beyond to make sure the location was well-assembled and aesthetically pleasing.”

    About the Live Well Kingston Commission:

    The Live Well Kingston Commission promotes the advancement of a healthy and active community by bringing partners and residents together to facilitate policy, environmental and systems changes. This is done with the five Focus Teams or subcommittees: Eat Well, Play Well, Travel Well, Heal Well, and Age Well.