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

    12/21/2021 - UPDATE: All Free Rapid Covid Testing Kits Have Been Distributed


    The City of Kingston has already distributed all of our allotted test kits from the County. There will be NO DISTRIBUTION at City Hall on Tuesday, December 21 or Wednesday, December 22. 

    The Kingston City School District has also received rapid test kits for the families of students. A parent/guardian signature is required at the time of pick-up.

    Test kits will be distributed at the Meagher Administration Building at 21 Wynkoop Place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 21 – 23) from 4:00-6:00pm.  

    The County has the following distribution sites:


    December 15, 2021 


    City of Kingston to Distribute Free Rapid Covid Testing Kits

    Kits Will be Available at City Hall from December 20-22, 2021

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that County Executive Pat Ryan has made free rapid Covid testing kits available for City of Kingston residents. Free testing kits will be distributed at City Hall starting on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 

    County Executive Ryan secured 33,000 rapid at-home test kits to distribute to residents across Ulster County at no cost. The initiative will assist schools and businesses in remaining open, and will allow residents to take a test before gathering with family, friends, and those at higher risk for Covid-19. Each kit has two tests, which use shallow nasal swabs and provide results in 15 minutes.

    The City of Kingston was allocated over 1,000 rapid test kits to distribute to residents. At a pop-up event at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center on Tuesday, December 14, hundreds of tests were given out. The remaining testing kits will be available in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall (420 Broadway) from Monday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 22, between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00pm, until supplies run out. City Hall will be closed on December 23-24 for the Christmas holiday. Masks must be worn at all times in City Hall, and all guests must sign in when entering the building. 

    “We are grateful to our County Executive for providing our community with at-home rapid testing kits just in time for the holidays,” said Mayor Noble. “Our wish is that everyone would have a safe and healthy holiday, and these tests will help families to have a Covid test before gathering and potentially exposing others. The County, along with us here in Kingston, are working hard to slow the spread of Covid, which has ticked up in recent days. I hope the reassurance of a negative test will help you celebrate safely and brighten your holidays.”

    “Twenty months into the pandemic, we know how essential it is to have access to rapid testing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and businesses open,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said. “By teaming up with our schools, municipalities, and community groups, we can make our community safer and keep our economy running. Testing, mask wearing, and receiving the vaccine are essential to helping us emerge from the pandemic.” 

    The County Executive’s Office will provide additional details about distribution partners and locations across the County next week. Ulster County will continue to hold regular vaccination PODs for first, second, or booster doses. Sign up for an appointment at