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

    11/29/2013 - Green Friday at the FNC - 11am-1pm

    Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo would like to announce the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department’s first Annual Green Friday Event on Friday, November 29th from 11am-1pm at the Forsyth Nature Center in uptown Kingston. “This green alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year will allow community members to learn about a variety of environmentally conscious lifestyle choices and products that will be sure to inspire and inform, most of which can be purchased locally” said Mayor Shayne Gallo. “The Forsyth Nature Center is a great location to host this “Green” event as itself is a teaching tool for those of all ages in the community” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kevin Gilfeather.

    Mark DeDea, Caretaker of the Forsyth Nature Center and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center have been working to replace deteriorating pavement around the facility with new, permeable pavers and with the help of the ALCOA Foundation, this work is being completed and a demonstration project will teach others the value of this type of project.

    Providing opportunities to learn about rain barrels, composters, plug in vehicles and energy efficiency information is the best way to spend a part of your shopping day or your lunch hour”, notes Steve Noble, an Environmental Educator for the Parks and Recreation Department.

     Some of the highlights include:


    ·       Composting Demonstrations with 5 composter giveaways

    ·       Storm water Management Demonstration with 5 Rain barrel giveaways

    ·       Permeable Paving Stone walkway installation demonstration by Berardi Fence and Landscaping at 11:30am

    ·      Herzog’s Home Center green products and services

    ·       Low Cost energy efficiency home upgrades/weatherization/energy audit info

    ·           CST (Concrete Stone and Tile Corporation) products and demos including a CST Firepit Kit Giveaway ($500 value)

    ·       A fully electric and a hybrid electric car on display

    ·           Ink, toner and Cellphone collection

    ·       Highlight of energy and sustainability work that has taken place at the Forsyth Nature Center

              o   Solar array

        o   Permeable Paving Stone Patio and Permeable Asphalt Parking Lot

        o   Rain barrel, storm runoff collection

    ·       Rain garden demonstration project on site, with information

    ·           Holiday shopping tips for birders

    ·       Friends of Forsyth Nature Center will be on hand with FNC merchandise, engraveable paver sales which make great holiday gifts

    This Project is supported by the ALCOA Foundation and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center. Recently, the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center received a $15,000 grant from the Foundation to construct a Porous Paving Demonstration Project at the Forsyth Nature Center along with a series of Rain Barrel Workshops during the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014. Additional recycling amenities will also be added to the park in the Spring of 2014. This event will be held rain or shine.

     Pre-Registration is welcomed. Parking is available at the Nature Center’s Dietz Stadium Entrance and/or the Lucas Avenue Entrance to Forsyth Park. For more information about this event or to register, please click here  or visit or call 845-481-7336.