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

    3/30/2020 - All Non-Essential Construction Must Halt


    March 30, 2020 

    All Non-Essential Construction Must Halt


    KINGSTON, NY – In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, Mayor Noble and the City of Kingston’s Building Department are calling for a halt on all non-essential construction. 

    Per Governor Cuomo, a state-wide halt has been issued for all non-essential construction, except emergency construction. Emergency construction is defined as a project that is necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site.

    Essential construction may continue and includes: roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, workers must maintain social distance, including for purposes of taking elevators, eating meals, and entry and exit from the site. Construction sites that cannot maintain distance and best safety practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

    The halt of construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

    Non-essential construction has been defined by New York State as:

    • New Construction
    • Additions
    • Renovations
    • Roofing
    • Accessory Structures
    • Solar
    • Demolition
    • Tank Abandonment or Removal
    • Or any other project that the Building Inspector deems non-essential


    For questions regarding current or planned construction projects, please call the City of Kingston Building Department at 845-331-1217.