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

    8/27/2021 - Kingston Receives $50,000 Grant for African Burial Ground to Join National Register of Historic Places


    August 27, 2021 


    City of Kingston Receives $50,000 Grant for

    African Burial Ground to Join National Register of Historic Places


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) to complete the nomination of the Pine Street African Burial Ground to the National Register of Historic Places, and to further document African American history in Kingston.  

    The Underrepresented Community Grant Program focuses on working to diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places.

    “We are so pleased to have been awarded this grant, and thank the National Park Service for acknowledging the inequities in how we have preserved our history in the past, and working toward correcting the historical record,” said Mayor Noble. “This grant will help Harambee and the Kingston Land Trust continue to educate about Kingston’s history and honor the memory of those interred at the Pine Street African Burial Ground.”  

    “Harambee would like to thank the National Park Service’s for acknowledging our ancestors final resting place. This award dignifies the importance of acknowledging the free labor that was put into this community and all of upstate New York,” said Tyrone Wilson, Co-Founder of Harambee. “We also would like to thank our Kingston Land Trust family for taking this journey with us and really understanding the true fight that is in front of us in bringing proper respect to our ancestors here in Kingston.”

    "Now that Harambee and the Kingston Land Trust have protected the site, which is held by Harambee on behalf of the community, the work ahead is to continue bringing the history of the Pine Street African Burial Ground to light. The KLT was involved in the initial phase of historical research and we are grateful that this grant will allow the Burial Ground to pursue this next phase toward official national recognition, which we hope will inspire parallel protection efforts across the country that seek to address injustices and honor the contributions made by enslaved Africans and African Americans" says Julia Farr, Executive Director, Kingston Land Trust.

    The National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

    More about Underrepresented Community Grant Program can be found at?