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

    3/23/2023 - Mayor Noble’s Statement on New York State Budget Process


    March 23, 2023


    Mayor Noble’s Statement on New York State Budget Process

    I am proud of the recent actions we have taken here in the City of Kingston in response to our housing crisis. With our Kingston Forward project, we are the cusp of historic, comprehensive zoning reform. Last year, we were the first municipality to opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. Through our collaborations with the Land Bank, RUPCO, and others, we are ensuring that vacant city-owned properties are redeveloped into much-needed housing. However, I recognize that lasting solutions require coordination with other levels of government.

    I urge the State Legislature and Governor Hochul to adopt the following measures as part of the budget negotiations:

    Pass and fund the Housing Access Voucher Program (S568/A4021):

    By many measures, New York State is in midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression. HAVP will offer immediate rental assistance to New Yorkers, both helping people secure permanent housing and preventing others from losing it in the first place. HAVP would provide financial stability to building owners, ensuring a steady stream of rental income from low-income tenants.

    Pass Good Cause Eviction: We passed Good Cause Eviction in January 2022 to give every Kingston tenant the right to a lease renewal and to protect tenants against predatory rent increases and unfair evictions. Since we passed our legislation, a series of courts decisions have struck down similar laws in Newburgh, Albany, and Poughkeepsie. It is now clear that State legislative action is needed to ensure these commonsense protections are upheld.

    Pass the New York State Housing Compact: Governor Hochul has announced a goal to build 800,000 new homes In New York. The proposal calls for an increase of 3% in the downstate housing supply and 1% for upstate communities. New York needs more housing and especially affordable housing. The goals of the Housing Compact are reasonable and will ensure that New York will create enough homes to support a growing population.

    In particular, I urge the State to pass a version of the proposal that will require all municipalities throughout the state to do their part to address our housing crisis. Decades of data and research have shown that incentives-based housing programs, though often well-intentioned, do not produce enough housing, nor do they reduce exclusionary housing practices.