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

    12/9/2022 - City of Kingston Receives $1.4 Million for Washington Avenue Tunnel Settlement


    December 9, 2022


    City of Kingston Receives $1.4 Million for Washington Avenue Tunnel Settlement


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has settled the Washington Avenue Tunnel construction litigation for $1.4 million.

    On Tuesday night, the City of Kingston Common Council approved a settlement with GEA Engineering, Geo-Solutions, Inc., and Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in the amount of $1,400,000. The payment ends litigation the City started in 2018 concerning repairs performed on Washington Avenue between 2012 and 2016.

    “This settlement saves Kingston’s taxpayers the cost of litigating a complex trial and is a huge win for us,” said Mayor Noble. “The Washington Avenue sinkhole had been an issue for years before I came into office, and much has been spent to clean up the mess. I am pleased the litigation that I initiated has come to a positive result and allowed the City to recoup taxpayer dollars.”

    A tunnel under Washington Avenue was constructed by the New York City Board of Water Supply in 1911. One hundred years later, in April 2011, a sinkhole opened up on Washington Avenue near Linderman Avenue.

    Problems that arose during the repair process resulted in raw sewage accumulating and exploding into the tunnel before damaging property and discharging unabated into the Twaalfskill Creek. Excess grout and other materials were removed in April 2018, and the tunnel was relined in June 2018.

    At the time, the City of Kingston borrowed approximately $2.5 million to pay for the repair and related expenses.

    Mayor Noble initiated lawsuits against six construction companies involved in the repairs in 2018, seeking to recoup more than $2 million in damages related to the sewer line blockage and shoddy repair work. The City of Kingston previously settled with three of the six companies named as defendants in the lawsuit for $75,000 in 2021.