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

    7/16/2020 - Parks and Recreation Department Announces 2020 Kayaking Programs


    July 16, 2020 


    Parks and Recreation Department Announces 2020 Kayaking Programs


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to share that the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department has announced its Summer Kayaking Program dates. 

    The Good Morning Paddle program, a guided kayak tour along the waterfront with bird and wildlife-watching, will be held on July 25 and August 22 from 9:30-11:30am at Kingston Point Beach. The Kayaking 101 program, which teaches the basic kayaking maneuvers with a guided tour, will be held on August 8 and September 5 also at Kingston Point Beach. All programs are $30 for Kingston residents and $40 for non-residents, and include a tour guide, kayak, life vest and paddle. Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 845-481-7330.

    “I am so pleased to see the kayaking programs coming back this summer,” said Mayor Noble. “Kayaking is a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed with others while still practicing social distancing. I would like to thank the Parks and Recreation Department for working so hard to make sure our community can participate in these special programs, while ensuring the safety for all who do.” 

    KC Keegan-Twombly, Kingston Parks and Recreation Environmental Educator says, “Kayaking offers a peaceful retreat and a chance to explore the Hudson River in a way very few people get to experience. Kingston Parks and Recreation is happy to be able to offer this opportunity in not only a safe way, but a fun way as well. We hope you will join us as we discover the hidden secrets along the Hudson!”

    In Phase Four of New York State’s reopening plan, low-risk outdoor activities are permitted with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. The Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will be adhering to all guidelines and recommendations, which can be found here, including physical distancing, hygiene and disinfecting equipment, and health screenings for participating staff.