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.


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    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    5/17/2022 - City of Kingston Releases New Zoning Code Draft


    May 17, 2022


    City of Kingston Releases New Zoning Code Draft

    Six Public Meetings for Input to be Held,

    Comment Period Open Until July 1, 2022


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston  has released an initial draft of the revised zoning code. The draft code sets new standards that address community goals, such as increased walkability and historic preservation, improving housing choice and affordability, supporting resiliency, mobility choice and healthy lifestyles through public open space, waterfront, and street design standards, and by removing barriers for small, incremental development. Once adopted, the new code will impact all development in the City of Kingston.

    “This is the first draft of the new zoning code and map, and incorporates much of the feedback that we have received from residents since the rezoning process began. This draft will go through several revisions before being considered by the Common Council this fall,” said Mayor Noble. “As we’ve seen in other communities, form-based code is a proven framework for guiding neighborhood change while preserving the unique assets and character of a community. We look forward to hearing robust feedback from the community, as this will ultimately affect every Kingston resident.”

    The City of Kingston will host a series of public meetings to solicit public feedback. At the hybrid (in-person and virtual) public meeting on Wednesday, June 8, representatives from Dover Kohl and the City of Kingston will provide an overview of the draft code. At a series of open house events, staff from Dover Kohl, City staff, and Common Council members will be available to answer any questions.

    Draft Code Public Meeting                             June 8 at 6:00pm at City Hall (hybrid, registration required)

    City Hall Open House                                     June 10 from 2:00-4:00pm 

    Wards 4, 5, 6 Neighborhood Open House      June 10 from 5:30-7:00pm – location TBD

    Wards 1, 2, 3 Neighborhood Open House      June 11 from 10:30-12pm – Old Dutch Church (272 Wall St.)

    Wards 7, 8, 9 Neighborhood Open House      June 11 from 1:00-2:30pm – Rondout Neighborhood Center

    Draft Code Public Hearing                             June 22 at 6:30pm (virtual, registration required)

    Written public comments on the first draft will be accepted until July 1, 2022. Residents can provide feedback by attending a public meeting or submitting a comment at Engage Kingston.

    “I want to thank Dover Kohl and all departments in City Hall that have been working since January to put this first draft together. To all members of the community that have provided input thus far – we’ve heard you! This draft incorporates feedback on the preservation and creation of new open space, guidelines for affordable housing and incentives to encourage infill construction of flexible housing types, provisions to enhance walkability and bikeability, and much more,” says Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives. “Now that the draft is released, I look forward to the community’s feedback.”

    “This is an important moment in the long process of an ambitious change for the City of Kingston,” said Council President Andrea Shaut. “The city-wide initiative to rewrite our zoning code is monumental – it gives us an opportunity to correct the wrongs of our outdated zoning code and enter into a code that focuses on greater clarity and equity. This comes after months of planning, engaging community members, and listening to what the community wants for our city. If you have not been involved, please consider doing so. Zoning affects us all and to create a fair code, we want to hear from you all. I would like to extend my gratitude to the city’s Housing Director Bartek Starodaj, the consultants from Dover Kohl & Partners, and all community members who have shared their voices so far.”

    As part of the Kingston Forward project, the City of Kingston hired Dover Kohl & Partners to create a form-based zoning code. The current zoning code, which has not been updated since the 1960s, has been associated with confusion, frustration, litigation, red-lining, and arbitrary regulation. The proposed code update aims to be easier to understand and use, balancing goals for preservation, equity, sustainable growth and change.

    Mayor Noble began citywide rezoning efforts in late 2018, with a call for members of a Zoning Task Force to begin the process of updating the City of Kingston’s outdated zoning code. The task force worked to create an RFP for the hiring of a consultant to create a form-based code. In 2021, the Common Council authorized the City of Kingston to hire Dover Kohl. The Dover Kohl team has been engaging with the community and data collecting since September 2021, and this draft code is the result of their efforts.

    The draft can be found here:

    More information, including an FAQ on the code draft that will be updated weekly, and background on the City’s rezoning efforts can be found at