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

    2/22/2022 - City of Kingston Seeks Legal Consultant for Multiple Housing Initiatives


    February 22, 2022 


    City of Kingston Seeks Legal Consultant for Multiple Housing Initiatives


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, with funding from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) 2.0 grant, the City of Kingston has issued an RFP for legal services to support multiple housing initiatives.  

    The City of Kingston received $128,250 through the Zombie and Vacant Properties Remediation and Prevention Initiative, also known as “Zombies 2.0 Grants, to further work related to enforcement and legal action, homeowner outreach and education, and title searches.  

    The City of Kingston is seeking a qualified legal consultant to provide outside counsel on the City’s current “in rem” foreclosure process, resolve title issues for City-owned properties, and enforce the Zombie Property Act

    The City of Kingston has compiled a preliminary list of properties suffering from long-term vacancy, a significant portion of which are owned by banks or loan servicing agents. These properties are a community and economic development challenge for Kingston. While in ownership limbo, many of these properties deteriorate, stress the surrounding community, and exert undue pressure on municipal services. 

    Based on the guidelines in the Zombie Property Act, the legal consultant will assist the City’s Office of Housing Initiatives, the Building and Safety Division, and the Corporation Counsel to incorporate legal strategies requiring the lenders and mortgage servicers to bring properties into compliance, expedite their foreclosures, and other initiatives which will relieve the impacts of current abandoned properties.

    The legal consultant will also review the titles of at least six City-owned single- family and multi-family properties that have unknown or unresolved liens. Remediating the title issues will allow the City to transfer these properties to qualified buyers.  

    “We know we have a housing crisis in the City of Kingston, and my administration is working on a number of initiatives to alleviate housing stresses on multiple levels, in as many ways as we can,” said Mayor Noble. “With an extreme shortage of housing stock, it’s unconscionable for homes to be sitting vacant, deteriorating when so many are in need. We see this RFP as the first step in a process in speeding up the restoration and/or sale of these homes, and in keeping our residents from foreclosure in the first place.” 

    The full RFP can be found here. Proposals are due March 8, 2022 by 2:00pm. 

    More information on the Department of Housing Initiatives can be found at