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.


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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    3/15/2023 - City of Kingston, RUPCO & Ulster County Receive $1.75M for Creation of Affordable Accessory Dwelling Units


    March 15, 2023


    City of Kingston, RUPCO & Ulster County Receive $1.75M for Creation of Affordable Accessory Dwelling Units


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that Ulster County, in partnership with RUPCO and the City of Kingston, has been awarded $1.75 million from the New York State Housing and Community Renewal to help implement the Plus One Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program, adapted locally as the Ulster County Plus One Home Program.

    The Plus One Home Program provides funding to create new code-compliant Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Homeowners that meet the low- and moderate-income threshold (earning 100% or less of Ulster County Area Media Income) can apply to receive up to $125,000 dollars for the construction or rehabilitation of an ADU. In exchange, the property owner will agree to rent the apartment at an affordable rate for a minimum of 10 years. The program will also provide a one-stop hub for assisting interested homeowners in the financing, designing, and permitting of an ADU. The Ulster County Plus One Home Program will be launched and accepting applications in the summer of 2023.

    Mayor Noble said, “Kingston welcomes the development of new accessory dwelling units. The Plus One Home Program has big potential to fill a gap in our housing stock and provide much-needed housing choices for Kingston residents. The small properties that will be supported by this grant program could be life-changing for our residents. We look forward to working with the County and RUPCO on implementing this important program.”

    The term Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) refers to all forms of additional units on residential properties and may be either attached to the primary residence, such as a basement apartment, or detached from the primary residence such as a garage conversion or cottage. Among many other benefits, ADUs can provide rental income to homeowners and offer an affordable way for renters to live in residential neighborhoods or can help older residents age in place.

    The program is part of the City of Kingston’s other initiatives to encourage the creation of ADUs in the City. The proposed Form-Based Code legalizes attached and detached ADUs citywide and clarifies ADU approval rules, including setbacks and parking requirements. In addition, the City of Kingston Common Council recently passed Local Law 1 to adopt the 421-F Property Tax Exemption for the creation of new attached ADUs. This will allow property owners to exempt a portion of the value of new ADUs from their assessment.

    “I am thrilled about this new County initiative to support the construction of accessory dwellings in communities with ADU-friendly zoning,” says Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger. “It's truly a double-win, helping to expand the supply of housing people can afford while providing homeowners living on fixed and modest incomes an additional source of income. These are the innovative kinds of solutions we need to address the housing crisis our County faces while expanding opportunities for our residents.”

    “This program is an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of ADUs in helping address our housing crisis while working to meet our climate goals,” says Chair of the County Legislature Tracey Bartels. “We look forward to working closely with the City of Kingston and RUPCO to demonstrate the power of government and non-profit partnerships. We hope this program will serve as a catalyst for the development of affordable ADUs across our county for years to come.”

    “We are pleased to be at the forefront of this new initiative to create accessory dwelling units along with our partners. Hopefully, we will demonstrate the success that ADUs can have for both homeowners and tenants,” says Kevin O’Connor, RUPCO Chief Executive Officer.

    Benefits of ADUs

    As part of the project team’s continued work to address the housing crisis, this program will increase the supply of workforce and affordable housing in Ulster County. In recognition of the nation’s historically unjust and discriminatory housing practices and the ongoing negative correlations between race, ethnicity, wealth, and homeownership, the Plus One Home Program will also focus on expanding access to equity-building tools (i.e., secondary rental apartments) for low- and moderate-income homeowners with an emphasis on supporting historically disadvantaged communities and in locations with existing water and sewer infrastructure.

    The Plus One Home Program will support the County and State’s goal of reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Secondary apartment units generally use less building materials, energy, and land compared to traditional home construction. When built in or near towns and village centers, ADUs can also provide more opportunities for walking, biking, and access to public transit services when compared to traditional single-family homes.

    Plus One Home Design Competition

    As part of the program launch, a Design Competition will be held to develop low-cost and sustainable ADU building plans that homeowners can use and create interest among community members. The Design Competition will be a community-led design effort in partnership with community organizations, local architecture firms, and the building trades community. The design competition will be funded in part by the City of Kingston’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

    Program Timeline

    The Ulster County Plus One Home Program will be launched and begin accepting applications summer 2023. The program is expected to run for approximately two years with the initial State funding. Ulster County will continue to seek funding for the development of a permanent countywide ADU Program to serve residents over the long term.

    For more information on the City of Kingston’s proposed Form-Based Code, please visit