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

    5/8/2023 - Mayor Noble Announces DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Finalists


    May 8, 2023


    Mayor Noble Announces DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Finalists


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, in partnership with Ulster County Office of Economic Development, is pleased to announce the finalists for the DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Program.

    The DRI Business Façade Improvement Program will provide grants of up to $20,000 each to property or business owners to make improvements to the façade of a commercial building in Kingston’s Uptown Stockade Business District. The grantees are:


    Halter Associates Realty at 89 North Front Street

    Lucas Pet Supply at 30 Joys Lane

    Schneider’s Jewelers at 290 Wall Street

    Ulster Publishing Co. at 322 Wall Street

    316 Wall Street

    Multiple businesses at 318 Wall Street

    Multiple businesses at 224 Fair Street

    89 John Street

    Multiple businesses at 48 Main Street


    “We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Stockade District Business Façade Improvement Grant, funding which will help with the repair costs for projects that improve the façade of our Uptown businesses” said Mayor Noble. “One of our goals in applying for the DRI grant was to help preserve Uptown Kingston and restore the beautiful architecture and historic character that makes Kingston unique. I look forward to seeing these projects get underway, and hope that, in addition to other recent business grant opportunities, this helps our local businesses thrive well into the future.” 

    The Business Façade Improvements Program was made available with funds from the City of Kingston’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. The program’s goal is to aid with the renovation 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 must be approved by the Kingston Planning Board and Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission/Heritage Area Commission and undergo an environmental review before being officially approved.

    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.

    The applications for the DRI Business Façade Improvement Grant Program opened in February. More information about the program, guidelines, and more can be found at: