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

    10/19/2021 - City of Kingston to Host Series of Public Meetings for City-wide Rezoning Initiative


    October 19, 2021


    City of Kingston to Host Series of Public Meetings for

    Kingston Forward City-wide Rezoning Initiative


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston will host several upcoming public events for the Kingston Forward city-wide rezoning initiative. The purpose of the meetings is to formulate a community vision for future land development and preservation. Input from public meetings will guide updates to the City’s existing zoning code. 

    The City of Kingston has contracted with the planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners to shepherd the Kingston Forward process, and to engage the community in deciding the desired form and character for future buildings and streets throughout the City. Updated zoning code regulations can support community goals such as historic preservation, economic development, increased housing options, resilient neighborhoods, the design of streets and public spaces, and much more. 

    Multiple opportunities for community participation will be held November 4-10, 2021, during a series of events called a “charrette.” During the charrette, City staff and consultants will work with the community to identify points of consensus and develop a long-range vision.

    “The City of Kingston has a very outdated, confusing and often inequitable zoning code. We are embarking on a rezoning initiative which will preserve our historic assets, help us plan for the future, and make sure we are creating a zoning code that lifts all of our residents,” said Mayor Noble. “In order for the code updates to reflect a shared community vision, public participation is vital. I highly encourage community members to attend the week’s presentations and hands-on input sessions, and visit the open design studio where each day’s progress will be displayed. Community feedback will be incorporated at every step of the planning process.”

    The week-long schedule of events includes a kick-off meeting and a hands-on input session. Participants may attend one or both of the hands-on input sessions to share their ideas.


    Kingston Forward: City-wide Rezoning Initiative Kick-off Meeting

    Thursday, November 4 at 6:00pm

    Virtual via Zoom. Register here


    Kingston Forward: City-wide Rezoning Initiative In-person Input Session

    Friday, November 5 at 6:00pm

    In-person at City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Broadway


    Kingston Forward: City-wide Rezoning Initiative Charrette Week

    November 6 – 9, 2021

    There will be several opportunities to see the work underway and provide input, including walking tours, stakeholder meetings, and open studio hours. Events and locations will be listed at


    Kingston Forward: City-wide Rezoning Initiative Work-in-Progress Presentation

    November 10, 6:00pm

    In-person at Kingston High School auditorium

    A summary of the charrette week and ideas so far will be presented for feedback.


    Following the charrette events, the Dover-Kohl team will synthesize the input received and create a draft Form-Based Code. A Form-Based Code is a type of zoning intended to encourage, preserve and restore high-quality public spaces, with a primary emphasis on the physical form of the built environment. The code prescribes key physical details that define a community’s character, such as a building’s massing and orientation to the street. It is anticipated a draft code will be ready for review by spring 2022.

    In addition to the meetings and events, there is a public survey available at