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

    8/1/2022 - Rent Guidelines Board Applications Now Open


    August 1, 2022


    Rent Guidelines Board Applications Now Open

    Board Will Determine Annual Allowable Rental Increases


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, after signing the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) legislation into law on July 29, 2022, a Rent Guidelines Board will now be established.

    The City’s Department of Housing Initiatives will oversee the implementation of ETPA in coordination with New York State’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal. According to the State’s guidelines, the City of Kingston must establish a Rent Guidelines Board to determine the annual allowable rental increases.

    The Rent Guidelines Board will be made up of two tenant representatives, two property owner representatives, and five members of the public, and will meet annually to set guidelines for rent adjustments. Each of the members of the public must have at least five years of experience in finance, economics or housing. Board members must be residents of the City of Kingston. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal will assist the Board in making its annual determination.

    “Citizen participation is critical for so many of our boards and commissions. This board in particular will hold a tremendous amount of responsibility and will be vital for the implementation of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act,” said Mayor Noble. “We are looking for a diverse range of Kingston residents while still complying with the rules and regulations set for us by this State Law. I encourage all how are eligible to apply.”

    Council President Andrea Shaut said, “The Rent Guidelines Board is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and to be a part of the solutions. We hope for applicants who will bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to the table. All voices that fit the qualifications are welcome and encouraged to apply. The Common Council looks forward to reviewing and recommending nine of our fellow community members to serve in this important capacity.”

    The application for the Rent Guidelines Board is due August 15, 2022 at 5:00pm and can be found here:

    The Rent Guidelines Board is expected to hold its first meeting in September 2022. More information on the eligibility requirements can be found here. Interested applicants with questions can contact the City Housing Director, Bartek Starodaj at 845-334-3928 or [email protected].

    Earlier this year, the City of Kingston surveyed properties built before 1974 with six or more rental units to determine how many apartments are vacant, how many are occupied, and how many are vacant but not available to rent. According to the survey data, Kingston has a net vacancy rate of 1.57% for this class of rental properties. Based on the results, Kingston was eligible to declare a housing emergency and opt into the New York State ETPA. The rental protections under ETPA can only be applied to buildings constructed prior to 1974 with six or more units. The full vacancy report and methodology can be found here.

    Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include city-wide rezoning efforts, the Tiny Homes Project, Good Cause Eviction, short-term rental guidelines and more. Visit