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

    12/14/2020 - Mayor Noble Issues Affordable Housing Executive Order



    December 14, 2020 


    Mayor Noble Issues Affordable Housing Executive Order


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble has issued an Executive Order declaring that all developers of five or more units of housing will be required to have at least 10% affordable units. 

    The Executive Order applies to housing across the City of Kingston, with affordable defined as 80% Area Mean Income (AMI), based on current Ulster County statistics with adjustments for family size. The cost of the housing unit will be calculated as to not exceed 30% of a household’s income and will be updated by the City of Kingston on an annual basis.

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    Those seeking Planning Board approval for new or existing housing plans will have to meet this guideline to get site approval. 

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the City of Kingston in many ways, including putting further strain on an already over-stretched housing market,” said Mayor Noble. “Our City desperately needs all types of housing for all income levels. We have known since early 2020 that we are in a dire housing situation, and I felt I needed to act before any new developments arise.”

    On March 13, 2020, Mayor Noble declared a State of Emergency in the City of Kingston. Per General Municipal Law, the Mayor has the power to enact temporary measures to protect life, property and the well-being of residents. 

    New York State has issued an eviction moratorium, which is currently due to expire at the end of January 2021. In an effort to curb evictions locally, the City of Kingston, in collaboration with RUPCO, is currently taking applications for a Rental Assistance Program for anyone within the City who is in arrears for rent up to three months.