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

    9/9/2021 - City of Kingston Receives Grant for Wilbur and Ponckhockie Neighborhoods Survey


    September 9, 2021


    City of Kingston Receives Grant for Wilbur and Ponckhockie Neighborhoods Survey


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston was awarded $27,016 from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to support a survey of the Wilbur and Ponckhockie neighborhoods. 

    The Historic Preservation Fund’s Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant Award will help fund the surveys of the Wilbur and Ponckhockie neighborhoods, which will advance the City’s historic preservation efforts and will result in the determination of eligibility of new potential local landmarks as well as the State/National Register designations. 

    “The project will focus on two overlooked neighborhoods, both of which occupied major roles in Kingston’s history,” said Mayor Noble. “This work also aligns with the Kingston 2025 Comprehensive Plan to further preservation of the City's historic and architectural resources, while making our historic designations more inclusive.” 

    The City’s Planning Department will oversee this initiative in conjunction with the cooperation of the Friends of Historic Kingston and members of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission. This research will build upon previous individual National and State Historic Registry listings, studies already conducted, and the Historic Buildings Inventory identified in the 1987 Urban Cultural Park Plan. 

    “Both Wilbur and Ponckhockie are keys to Kingston's maritime and industrial past,” said Mark Grunblatt, Chair of the Historic Landmark Preservation Commission. “The brickyards drew immigrant laborers to Ponckhockie, and their work remains obvious from Kingston Point Beach. The caves below today's industrial park once grew mushrooms for market. Wilbur's quarrymen gave Kingston its bluestone curbs and sidewalks, while kilns in the Wilbur hillsides produced cement for New York City's streets and buildings. Prior surveys failed to explore these important neighborhoods. This grant will allow the City to show a fuller breadth of Kingston's history and bring Ponckhockie and Wilbur new notoriety.”

    At the conclusion of this research, the project team will be creating a digitized inventory of historic assets in, and for, Wilbur and Ponckhockie, along with a detailed written history to be included in a later comprehensive city-wide preservation plan. This information will also be used to nominate eligible properties located in these two neighborhoods to the National/State Registry.

    In 2013, the City of Kingston received funding from a CLG grant to conduct a survey of historic resources in Midtown. The purpose of the study was to identify historic resources in Midtown, to make recommendations for their preservation, and to recommend how they can best be used as resources for economic and community development. The survey was completed in 2014 and can be found here.