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

    2/24/2023 - DRI Stockade District Business Façade Improvement Grants Program Launched


    February 24, 2023


    City of Kingston Launches DRI Stockade District Business Façade Improvement Grants Program


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, in partnership with Ulster County Office of Economic Development, is pleased to announce the launch of the Business Façade Improvement Grant Program, the second of the DRI Stockade Business District Small Grants programs.

    The Business Façade Improvement Program will provide grants of up to $20,000 each to property or business owners seeking to make improvements to the façade of a commercial property building in Kingston’s Uptown Stockade Business District. A program boundary map can be found here.

    The Business Façade Improvements Program funds are available for the correction of blighting conditions such as peeling paint, boarded up windows or windows in poor condition; signage; replacement of missing historic elements; and modification or removal of inappropriate alterations. Projects and expenses are determined on an individual basis to ensure that they meet the goals of Business Façade Improvement Program and Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Program.

    “We are so pleased to open the application for the Stockade District Business Façade Improvement Grant,” said Mayor Noble. “One of our goals in applying for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding was to help preserve what makes Uptown Kingston so special and that includes our beautiful architecture. We hope this funding will help restore some of the unique historic character that may have faded or been altered over time.” 

    “Uptown Kingston is an unusual and unusually charming shopping and business district. It is also burdened by ongoing issues relative to facade maintenance. These small grants will help give this very special part of our great city the sparkle it deserves. I encourage all qualifying property and business owners to apply for these grants,” said Alderman Carl Frankel, Ward 2. 

    Don Tallerman, Vice President of the Kingston Uptown Business Association said, “KUBA applauds the City’s efforts to help make Uptown shine. This grant gives building owners the opportunity to enhance the beauty of our historic business district, while making Uptown more vibrant both for residents and visitors to our great city.”

    The Business Façade Improvement Grant Program application opens Friday, February 24, 2023 and will close on Friday, March 24, 2023. Awardees will be announced on Friday, May 12, 2023.

    Commercial property owners, small business owners, and non-profits within the Stockade District boundary are welcome to apply. Religious institutions, private membership-based organizations and municipalities are not eligible for this grant opportunity.

    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.

    More information about the program, guidelines and application can be found at: