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

    5/3/2023 - Mayor Noble Launches ARPA Affordable Housing Fund


    May 3, 2023


    Mayor Noble Launches ARPA Affordable Housing Fund

    Grant Applications Open June 1, 2023


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the launch of the ARPA Affordable Housing Fund to incentivize the creation of new affordable housing units in the City of Kingston.

    The City of Kingston has allocated $1,000,000 of its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the Affordable Housing Fund, with the goal of prioritizing development or renovation projects that result in the creation of housing rented at no more than 60% Area Median Income for a period of 20 years. The fund will offer grant awards of up to $60,000 per affordable housing unit.

    “I am thrilled to launch the ARPA Affordable Housing Fund and to offer this incentive for the creation of additional much-needed affordable housing in the community,” said Mayor Noble. “We set aside $5,000,000 from the City of Kingston’s American Rescue Plan Act to help us launch housing programs and get money directly into the community for housing initiatives, and it’s very exciting to see these projects beginning to launch. We are using every available tool to combat our housing crisis, and I look forward to seeing what new development this may bring to Kingston.”

    The ARPA Affordable Housing Fund grant program is managed by the City of Kingston’s Office of Housing Initiatives. One application is needed for each property. Non-profit and for-profit developers are invited to apply. No more than $180,000 will be made available to any building no matter how many units are in the building. Owners may use funding to construct new housing, to rehabilitate currently vacant properties, or for adaptive reuse of nonresidential buildings.  

    “This sizable investment represents the importance the City of Kingston places on helping our residents find affordable housing,” said Director of Housing Initiatives Bartek Starodaj.

    Grant funds may be used for essential construction or rehabilitation activities including but not limited to roof repair/replacement, upgrade of electrical systems, environmental remediation, windows, accessibility ramps, plumbing, and heating systems. Depending on the total cost of the repair, a certain number of units will be subject to the affordability restrictions for the full 20-year period.

    This is a reimbursement program; award payments will be made following execution of a City/Grantee contract and the City’s receipt, review, and acceptance of expense documentation. Following execution of a City/Grantee contract, a certificate of occupancy for the units must be received by March 31, 2025. 

    Application opens June 1, 2023. Awards will be made on a rolling basis until the program funds are exhausted.

    For further information, eligible fund uses, application and more, please visit:  

    For questions about the application, eligibility, or another concern, please contact Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives at [email protected] or 845-334-3928. The City of Kingston strongly suggests that each applicant contact the Office of Housing Initiatives for a preliminary review of a project’s eligibility.

    In line with the goals of the City’s ARPA Economic Recovery Plan, this program responds to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency, focusing on the need to grow the housing supply and support housing affordability and security.

    Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include city-wide rezoning efforts, the Tiny Homes Project, short-term rental guidelines and many more. Visit