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

    10/22/2021 - Mayor Noble Announces New Kingston Fire Department Chief


    October 22, 2021 


    Mayor Noble Announces New Kingston Fire Department Chief


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that he has appointed Kingston Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Rea as the new Fire Chief. 

    Rea has completed 35 years with the Kingston Fire Department, and has been the Assistant Fire Chief for 18 years. He has also lead the Kingston Fire Investigation Unit and the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Rea was an Ulster County fire investigator for 20 years, and from 1998-2002 was the Chief Fire Investigator. He is a New York State and Ulster County Fire Instructor and teaches courses at FDNY. 

    “Chris Rea has devoted his career to the Kingston Fire Department, and is most knowledgeable about the department’s day-to-day operations and current firefighting techniques,” said Mayor Noble. “We are pleased that he will be guiding the department going forward and welcome Chief Rea to his new post.” 

    “I want to thank Mayor Noble for giving me this opportunity to head the department in which I’ve been a part of for 35 yrs. I look forward to continuing to do what is best for the citizens of Kingston as well as for the fire service,” said Chief Rea.

    In addition to his service to the Kingston Fire Department, Rea has been a fast pitch softball coach for over 15 years, including as a Manager for the Dutchess Community College team for 11 years, where he lead the team to the National Championship Series three years in a row.