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

    6/2/2020 - 2020 Kingston Paddle Fest Has Been Cancelled


    June 2, 2020 

    2020 Kingston Paddle Fest Has Been Cancelled


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department regret to announce that the annual Kingston Paddle Fest will not be held this year. 

    A joint event hosted by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, Kenco Outfitters, and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club held each year on the second Saturday in June, the Kingston Paddle Fest has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering and public events. 

    Individual paddling and rowing are not off limits if practiced with social distancing and proper safety precautions. The Kingston Point Beach boat launch is open for launching small motorized and non-motorized water craft. 

    “Paddle Fest is one of my favorite summer events, and I’m saddened that we aren’t able to host such a popular festival this year,” said Mayor Noble. “While we can’t gather in large numbers, the boat launch at Kingston Point Beach is open for individuals, and I encourage visitors to use all recommended safety precautions when enjoying water sports this season. I also want to thank Kenco Outfitters for their dedication to getting as many people as possible outside and on our waterways, and for all their community support during these difficult times.”

    About the Kingston Paddle Fest: Formerly the Kingston Kayak Festival, this event formally began in 2008 and annually draws hundreds, from Kingston and beyond, to use a variety of non-motorized water craft, including recreational, touring kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes on the Hudson River.