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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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    3/12/2020 - Special Common Council Meeting on March 13 to Address Operations of Council Business

     

    A Message from Council President Andrea Shaut: 

    March 11, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Kingston Common Council is taking proactive steps to protect Council members, city staff, and the public from the risk of COVID-19. The Council is legally bound to adhere to Open Meeting Law, which requires a quorum at all committee and Council meetings. On Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm, there will be a Special Common Council meeting to consider passing a resolution to amend the Rules of the Council which would allow Council members to video conference into Council and committee meetings. If adopted, this change would enable the Council to continue to effectively perform all of its duties without the risk of spreading illness to each other and the public.

    In addition to authorizing the use of video conferencing by Council members, the City will be partnering with Radio Kingston to livestream upcoming Council meetings in order for the public to stay connected in real time, while also maintaining social distance. Meetings will continue to be filmed by the City of Kingston as well. The videos can be found on the City of Kingston website (Kingston Live) after each meeting. At this time, council and committee meetings will continue to be open to community members who wish to attend in person. All attendees should be mindful of the risks associated with attending large gatherings and should remain at home if they are ill. 

    Finally, for individuals who do not attend Council meetings in person, Council President Andrea Shaut will be accepting written comments in lieu of public speaking. Comments can be sent via email to ashaut@kingston-ny.gov or can be mailed to City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, attention Council President Shaut.