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

    9/13/2023 - City of Kingston Receives U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Energy Award


    September 13, 2023


    City of Kingston Receives U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Energy Award


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has received a Bronze designation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program for encouraging the growth of clean, affordable solar energy at the local level.

    Local governments achieve SolSmart designation by meeting established criteria that are based on national best practices for building solar-friendly communities. Those that meet the criteria are designated SolSmart Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze. To achieve SolSmart Bronze designation, Kingston has posted an online checklist detailing the permitting process for residential rooftop solar and has reviewed local zoning requirements and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar energy development. These and other actions will make it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to install solar in this community. 

    “We are pleased to receive this designation from the SolSmart team, which recognizes our commitment to sustainable energy,” said Mayor Noble. “As we move our City fleet to electric, and modernize our municipal facilities with energy efficient systems, we know we need to be doing all we can to advance alternative energy sources to compliment this work and are proud to be recognized for our contributions on the City level.”

    “In order for us to truly transition off fossil fuels in a meaningful way, we need to walk the walk with our municipal operations but also make the transition as seamless as possible by removing barriers for the community wherever we can as city government. This award demonstrates that we are a leader in doing just that,” said Julie Noble, City of Kingston Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator.

    A cornerstone of the SolSmart program is to provide equitable opportunities for underserved communities to access the benefits of solar energy, advancing the goals of the federal Justice40 initiative. In 2022, the City of Kingston established Kingston Community Energy (KCE), a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program in partnership with Mid-Hudson Energy Transition. A key part of Kingston’s CCA is making renewable energy more accessible to all demographics of Kingston, including the underserved communities. KCE is currently working to establish community solar opportunities, in partnership with PowerMarket, at reduced rates, so that the City can facilitate the transition off fossil fuels without increasing the energy burdens of constituents.

    In 2019, the City of Kingston hired Cadmus and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a long-term roadmap for the City to achieve 100% renewable and resilient community-wide electricity supply, and main tenets of this roadmap include scaling solar generation. The City also participates in two local Community Solar Projects for a portion of our municipal accounts, the Pointe Kingston Community Solar and the Community Solar Array at 241 Albany Avenue through Radio Kingston. Further, the City has three municipal solar arrays installed on municipal facilities: two at the Forsyth Nature Center, and a 49kW system at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center, with additional municipal installations planned for Fall of 2023.           

    Find out more about Kingston’s solar initiatives at  More information about Kingston’s commitment to clean energy can be found at

    SolSmart is led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Nearly 500 cities, towns, counties, and regional organizations have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.

    The City of Kingston is a leader in efforts to create a more energy-efficient and sustainable community. Kingston has taken a comprehensive approach to building a city that is equipped to meet modern challenges and embrace 21st century opportunities. The Sustainability Office manages the City’s environmental projects, initiatives, and programming, including energy, land use, climate adaptation and resiliency, transportation, recycling and environmental education. Current projects include Community Choice Aggregation, Organics Diversion, Community Preservation Planning, Waterfront Flooding Resiliency, Building Decarbonization and more. More information about the City of Kingston’s sustainability efforts at