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

    11/9/2022 - Board of Water Commissioners Ends the Drought Emergency for the City of Kingston


    November 9, 2022


    Board of Water Commissioners Ends the Drought Emergency for the City of Kingston


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston Water Department are pleased to announce that the Board of Water Commissioners has ended the Drought Emergency.

    At the Board of Water Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, November 9, the Board voted to end the Drought Emergency and downgrade to a Drought Alert. The elevation at the Cooper Lake Reservoir will be low for the duration of the remaining construction, and therefore the Drought Alert, which means voluntary water conservation, will remain in effect until further notice.

    “We appreciate our residents’ cooperation in conserving water, and to the Kingston Water Department for keeping our clean water running for the duration of this emergency,” said Mayor Noble. “When the DEC mandated the work at Cooper Lake, we had no idea that our area would suffer such a severe drought combined with extreme temperatures. However, we had a plan in place, and thanks to the hard work of the Kingston Water Department and help from our neighbors, we were able to keep the water turned on for our residents with no service interruptions. We appreciate your continued voluntary conservation until the project is completed.”

    Matthew Dysard, Kingston Water Department Superintendent said, “I would like to thank the Water Board for their support during the emergency. I would also like to thank Water Department staff who worked tirelessly throughout the emergency to locate leaks, communicate the situation to our customers, and ensure Reservoir #4 was brought online and remained activated to supply nearly 37 million gallons of water to the City over two months at the worst of the drought condition.”

    To accommodate New York State-mandated construction work for the Cooper Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project, the level at Cooper Lake Reservoir was lowered 10 feet below maximum capacity in July 2021. This level must be maintained for the duration of the dam construction, which is expected to be completed by late summer 2023. 

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