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

    2/19/2021 - Surveys Open for 2021 Outdoor Dining/Retail Expansion Program


    February 19, 2021 


    Surveys Open for 2021 Outdoor Dining/Retail Expansion Program


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce two surveys are now available to determine public interest in an Outdoor Dining/Retail Expansion Program for spring 2021. 

    In June 2020, the City of Kingston released a survey for residents and a separate survey for businesses, to gauge interest in a few options for outdoor dining/retail expansion: an open streets concept, utilizing parking spaces for outdoor dining and retail, and/or using other public spaces for expansion. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, and the restaurants and shops who participated created truly special, unique spaces in parking stalls adjacent to their storefronts.  

    New surveys for residents and businesses are now open to potentially renew the Outdoor Dining/Retail Program on April 1, 2021, weather depending.

    “Kingston businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic--they’ve had to keep up with evolving health and safety protocols, protect their employees and customers, and in some cases pivot to new service concepts. We support our local businesses and want to help in their recovery efforts,” said Mayor Noble. “We are asking businesses and the public to weigh in and tell us if they would like to see the outdoor expansion concept revived for spring 2021, and what new ideas might improve the initiative.” 

    “Outdoor dining was such a huge success in the fall, it would be great if it were continue throughout the warm weather season,” said Don Tallerman, Alderman. “This will help all retail businesses in our City.”

    “The ability to spend time with friends and family in a social setting has benefits for us all. Dining alfresco in Kingston has provided a great solution for many businesses and customers,” said Robert Gaston, president of Kingston Uptown Business Association. “I hope you’ll agree that the outdoor expansion concept has potential to outlast our pandemic.”

    To take the surveys, visit