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

    10/20/2022 - Stockade Business District Small Grants Program Awardees Announced


    October 20, 2022


    Stockade Business District Small Grants Program

    Awardees Announced


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Ulster County Department of Economic Development are pleased to announce the recipients of the Stockade Business District Micro-Enterprise Grant Program, a program funded by the City of Kingston’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.

    The Stockade Business District Micro-Enterprise Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 each to the following 12 small businesses to create, improve or expand their business:

    Cacao Lab

    Chic’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

    Chops Grille

    First Capital Poke Bar

    Headstone Gallery

    Hill Valley Candles

    Kingston Bread + Bar

    Maria Vera Skincare

    Rough Draft Bar and Books

    Utility Bicycle Works

    World’s End Comics

    Stockade Tavern

    “We are so pleased to announce the award winners today, and to help these businesses in the Stockade District to make upgrades that will hopefully help to increase their overall economic performance,” said Mayor Noble. “We know that our local businesses have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, and now with rising energy costs and inflation. We hope that by helping these businesses with eligible improvement expenses, it will not only help the business itself, but the entire economic fabric of the Uptown area.”

    “I congratulate Mayor Noble and our Department of Economic Development on today’s announcement. These DRI-funded micro-enterprise grants will help strengthen small businesses in one of the County’s most important business districts,” said Acting County Executive Johanna Contreras. “As the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic continue to put significant stress on our local economy, we need to do all we can to support the small businesses that create jobs, attract visitor spending and invest in ways that strengthen our communities’ quality of life.”

    Eligible uses of funds include purchase of permanent machinery and equipment, interior renovations, soft costs and purchase and installation of signage.

    The City of Kingston was awarded the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant in 2017. Funds for the Stockade Business District Small Grants Program come from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative, headed by NYS Department of State and administered by NYS Homes & Community Renewal. This is the City of Kingston’s first project undertaken in partnership with the Ulster County Office of Economic Development under a new Shared Services Agreement.

    Additional Stockade Business District Small Grants program initiatives will be announced for the Business Façade Improvement Grant Program and the Residential Rehabilitation Improvement Program.

    More information about the program can be found at:


    About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative:

    The Downtown Revitalization Initiative launched in 2016 to accelerate and expand the revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods to serve as centers of activity and catalysts for investment in all ten regions of the state. The initiative represents an unprecedented and innovative plan-to-act strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation. 

    Participating communities are nominated by the state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils based on the downtown's potential for transformation. Each community is awarded up to $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community's vision for revitalization. 

    The initiative is headed by New York Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez. Communities receive support from private sector experts and a team of state agency staff led by the Department of State in close partnership with Empire State Development, and state Homes and Community Renewal.