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

    2/21/2020 - City of Kingston Releases Flood Preparedness Guide


    February 21, 2020

    City of Kingston Releases Flood Preparedness Guide 

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has produced a Flood Preparedness Guide that gives residents in flood-prone areas a plan for safety and provides official evacuation routes. The City’s Sustainability Coordinator has been working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the Kingston Fire Department on a Flood Preparedness Guide for downtown Kingston residents, which contains important information about preparing for, staying safe during, and recovering from flooding. 

    With the assistance of Cornell Cooperative Extension and with funding from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the City will be distributing the Flood Preparedness Guide to downtown residents via mail this month. An additional 200 pamphlets will be distributed to Hudson Valley Landing, local businesses, and at community events. A printable version of the guide is available on the City’s website and can be downloaded here.  

    The City of Kingston Flood Preparedness Guide includes a map of flood prone areas and provides information on emergency shelters for people and pets, and how to prepare a flood emergency kit.

    “This guide will be an invaluable resource for our residents in flood-prone areas,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Educator and Sustainability Coordinator. “We want those in the downtown community to be fully prepared and educated for a potential disaster. This guide is a helpful resource that we recommend be kept in a water-tight baggie along with important contact numbers, and stored with your emergency supply kit.” 

    “You never want a natural disaster to hit your community, but we are in a climate crisis, and our federal government is scaling back actions to combat climate change,” said Mayor Noble. “We have to do all we can on the local level to prevent and prepare for major weather events. I would like to thank the Cornell Cooperative, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator and the Kingston Fire Department for all they are doing to prepare our residents in case of a flood emergency.” 

    “As first responders to emergencies, the Kingston Fire Department must be aware of all possibilities and potential hazards our community might face, and then prepare accordingly so that our residents can rest more easily,” said Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown. “This guide is one of the proactive measures we can take to help our community in the event of a flood.” 

    More information at