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

    8/11/2021 - Kingston Fire Department Chief Mark Brown to Retire


    August 11, 2021 


    Kingston Fire Department Chief Mark Brown to Retire


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble announces today that City of Kingston Fire Department Chief Mark Brown will retire on September 24, 2021. 

    Chief Brown has been a firefighter for 46 years. After 11 years as a volunteer firefighter at A.H. Wicks fire station, he started as a permanent firefighter with the Kingston Fire Department in 1986. During his career at KFD, he has served as Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Municipal Training Officer, Deputy Chief, and has served as the Chief since 2013. Brown has been the recipient of numerous certifications and awards, most recently the Kingston Fire Department won both local and State EMS Awards for Excellence. During his tenure, the department has seen major advances in safety improvements for its firefighters, including a second set of turnout gear; in equipment acquisition such as two new battery-operated Jaws of Life, a tiller truck, the replacement of Engines 1 and 2; and with advanced training such as establishing Rope Rescue and Confined Space Rescue teams. 

    “It is bittersweet that we announce that Mark Brown will be retiring next month,” said Mayor Noble. “Chief Brown has bravely served this community for almost five decades, and we sincerely thank him for his 35 years of service to the Kingston Fire Department. He will be greatly missed both as the leader of the Kingston Fire Department, but also as a friend and colleague. As a Kingston resident, I know that Mark will stay involved in his community.” 

    “Being a firefighter was a calling for me, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” said Chief Brown. “As soon as I could ride a bike as a kid, I would ride down to the A.H. Wicks fire station to be near the firefighters. I’m looking forward to my next chapter in retirement, but it’s with a heavy heart that I leave my position as Chief. How many people get to have a job they love – working their way up from the bottom to the top – and still love the job after 46 years?”