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

    6/3/2022 - Community Preservation Plan Process Kicks Off with Public Meeting and Online Survey


    June 3, 2022


    City of Kingston Kicks Off Community Preservation Plan Process

    with Public Meeting and Online Survey


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston is preparing a Community Preservation Plan (CPP), which will guide future investments in our City’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

    The Community Preservation Plan can identify priorities for resource protection including the preservation of historic places, expansion of public access to the waterfront, preservation of natural areas, expansion of the recreational trail system, among other similar goals. The CPP will refine and advance our existing Open Space Plan by identifying priority areas for future preservation.

    In 2019, the Community Preservation Act was amended by NYS to include Ulster County, which offers the City of Kingston an opportunity to protect open spaces and natural resources, our environment and community character. The law allows communities to develop a reliable, ongoing source of funding without increasing annual property taxes for residents which will support parks, trails, lands conservation, and historic preservation.

    “We are thrilled to begin the process of creating a Community Preservation Plan, and are encouraging the community to participate and provide input, which will help us establish the plan’s priorities,” said Mayor Noble. “Community feedback is an integral part of the planning process and we look forward to engaging with as many residents as possible.”

    The City of Kingston will be kicking off the CPP process with a public meeting on June 14, 2022 at 6:30pm. Representatives will provide an overview of the planning process and will review preliminary ideas about prioritization areas. To further establish the community’s needs and priorities, the City has also launched a survey at Engage Kingston, which will be open until July 15, 2022.

    “This is the next logical step for the City of Kingston, now that we have completed our Natural Resources Inventory and Open Space Plan,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator. “This plan will outline the specific resources and methods for protection.”

    This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A Project Advisory Committee is providing guidance on the project in collaboration with City staff and a consulting team led by Behan Planning and Design with Upstate GIS.

    Community Preservation Plan Public Meeting

    Tuesday, June 14, 2022


    Location: City Hall

    More information can be found at