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

    10/28/2022 - Mayor Noble Statement on the ETPA Lawsuit Filed by Local Property Owners


    October 28, 2022


    Mayor Noble Statement on the ETPA Lawsuit Filed by Local Property Owners


    Today, the City of Kingston’s Corporation Counsel had to appear in court to defend Kingston’s adoption of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA). We successfully opposed this attempt to halt progress. We believe that we will continue to prevail against these challenges of the City’s vacancy study and our declaration of a local housing emergency.

    When we opted into this law, we knew there would be challenges to the adoption, but I believe in this law and the protections it offers to Kingston tenants.

    As the Mayor, I have frequently heard from residents whose housing stability is in peril due to skyrocketing rents. Members of the Common Council, our Housing Director, local providers of affordable and supportive housing, and advocacy organizations can speak to the many members of our community with housing instability. Our housing vacancy study provided well-researched data to establish Kingston’s housing emergency. The data was further supported at a recent hearing of the City of Kingston Rent Guidelines Board, where many tenants testified to receiving double-digit rent increase and experiencing intimidation to pay the unreasonable increases or else vacate their home.

    I want to make it very clear that: Despite this ongoing lawsuit, the declaration of a housing emergency has not changed and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act is still in effect.

    The next Rent Guidelines Board public hearing is scheduled for November 5 at the Kingston Public Library at noon. The board will hear testimony from tenants, property owners, and members of the public to inform their determination for rates of rent adjustments.

    More information can be found at or by contacting the Director of Housing Initiatives.