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

    4/22/2014 - Kingston Library Celebrates Earth Day with Birds Of Kingston


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    Kingston Library, at 55 Franklin Street, will present Birds of Kingston with Mark DeDea on Earth Day, Tuesday. April 22 at 4 p.m. for children ages 6 - 13 as part of the Celebrate Spring Program Series for school age children. For information or to register, please call 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

    Mark DeDea, an avid birder, naturalist, and artist, and Caretaker of the Forsyth Nature Center and Zoo, will discuss the common birds of Kingston in this timely program during the magical period all birders look forward to….spring migration. Children will create a book of Birds of Kingston (one plate per month), that will help them to identify and understand our local birds and when and where to find these feathered jewels. Questions about optics, field guides, and even the right type of bird seed will also be addressed.

    Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Birding is one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S.

    Mark DeDea is also President of the Board of the nearby John Burroughs Natural History Society where he is active in coordinating field trips, educational outreach and activities.

    The next program in the Celebrate Spring Program Series is:

    Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m.

    Origami Foldfest – Making Butterflies and Flowers

    with Anita Barbour

    for ages 5 and up, teens, and adults

    For more information, contact Stephanie Morgan at the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.