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

    12/22/2022 - Flood Advisory for 12/23, Multi-hazard Storm May Cause Dangerous Travel Conditions


    December 22, 2022


    City of Kingston Flood Advisory for Friday, December 23

    Multi-hazard Storm May Cause Dangerous Travel Conditions


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble wishes to inform residents of the potential for a tidal flooding event on Friday, December 23, 2022.

    The flooding event is expected to impact businesses and residences near the Hudson River and Rondout Creek areas. Road closures in these areas may be necessary due to flooding.

    City officials have reached out to businesses to assist in preparations, and the Kingston Fire Department is working to fill and distribute sandbags to what is expected to be the most impacted areas. The Department of Public Works has been working to clear catch basins and storm drains in advance of the weather event. Flood barriers are being installed at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    “We encourage all City of Kingston residents who live near the Hudson River or the Rondout Creek to carefully watch the National Weather Service advisories and be prepared for possible flooding,” said Mayor Noble. “Some forecasts are predicting this will be the largest storm surge since Sandy, though will be significantly less impactful than Sandy. Still, we do anticipate flooding, so please be prepared.”

    At this point, the water level rise is predicted to begin at around 6:00am on Friday, December 23, and is expected to rise above flood stage by 12:00pm.

    In addition to the possibility of tidal flooding, the National Weather Service is forecasting that Ulster County, starting today and lasting into Saturday, December 24, will be impacted by a major multi-hazard storm with snow, heavy rain leading to flash freezing, and high winds. Wind speeds may be 35-55mph across Ulster County. The multi-hazard storm has the potential to cause power outages, flying debris and/or loose objects, and hazardous travel conditions.

    A warming center operated by Catholic Charities located at the 2nda Iglesia La Mision Church (80 Elmendorf Street, Kingston) will be open 24 hours a day. The center can be contacted directly at 845-481-4549.