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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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    2/1/2021 - Statement from Mayor Noble Regarding Recent Defacement of Public Property

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 1, 2021 

     

    Statement from Mayor Noble Regarding Recent Defacement of Public Property:

     

    The YMCA Farm Project supports a group of high school students who have been learning about gardening and agriculture, and are working to increase access to fresh, local foods through farm stands throughout Midtown. The YMCA Farm Project employs the young people who work on the farm, run the farm stands, lead educational programs, and beautify the community. 

    In learning about food insecurity and the needs of our community, the YMCA Farm Project students have become acutely aware of racial inequities. These high school students have been inspired to create a pop-up memorial to Black Americans who have lost their lives to police violence, and as a part of their beautifying efforts -- with approval from the Mayor and the Kingston Police Department -- have painted utility boxes throughout the City of Kingston.

    Yesterday, for at least the fourth time, a utility box painted by the YMCA Farm Project students was defaced. The mural, which depicted Black Lives Matter imagery, was painted by these high school students who have a passion for their community and their beliefs. The City was aware of the mural and granted full permission. 

    Vandalizing in our community will not stand. The defacement is clearly a hateful act, and will be handled accordingly. Detectives of the Kingston Police Department are actively working the case. If you saw anything yesterday afternoon between 3:00 pm and 10:00pm or have any information, please call the Kingston Police Department at 845-331-1671.

    Please join me in commending the teens who make up the YMCA Farm Project and its leaders, who have continued to proudly re-paint after each vandalizing. The resilience that these students have shown in the face of hate is an inspiration and a beacon of hope for us all.