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

    11/30/2023 - City of Kingston Street Tree Program Plants 38 Trees in 2023


    November 30, 2023


    City of Kingston Street Tree Program Plants 38 Trees in 2023

    Applications Open for Spring Planting Requests


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, in 2023, the City of Kingston’s Street Tree Planting program has installed 38 street trees with funds from the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Grant program and the annual City of Kingston Shade Tree budget.

    In 2023, the street trees were planted across the City of Kingston in various locations, including four cherry trees in Academy Green to replace trees that suffered storm damage, four at Rondout Gardens Apartments, three at St. Mary’s Cemetery, three at Community Action on Lindsley Ave, two at Kingston Point Beach, one at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center, one at the former Visitor’s Center at 20 Broadway, and 20 residences throughout Kingston, with a concentration in Midtown.

    “The City of Kingston takes great pride in our trees and I am pleased to continue this important program to plant street trees throughout the City,” said Mayor Noble. “As we all well know, trees have multiple positive benefits for everything from health to environment to beautification. I encourage residents who are interested in participating in the City’s Street Tree Planting program to contact the Planning Office.” 

    “Since establishing the Kingston Tree Commission in 1995, the City of Kingston has maintained a strong commitment to the preservation and care for our urban landscape”, says Suzanne Cahill, Planning Director. “Our green cityscape provides our community with both ecological and economic benefits. With regular investment in the care for and planting of new street trees, we serve to promote neighborhood stability, enhanced well-being and pay homage to our original Dutch name ‘Wiltwyck’ meaning wild woods.”    

    The street tree application is open to City of Kingston residents and business owners with the agreement that the care and maintenance will be the property owner’s responsibility. Species are chosen by the Tree Commission, which identifies types of trees that will have a positive impact on biodiversity and will be the appropriate size for the planting locations.  

    In addition, as part of the Henry Street Safe Routes to School project, six trees were planted in 2023, with 22 more being planted in spring 2024 at the project’s completion. As part of the Midtown parking lots green infrastructure project, 12 trees were planted. For Arbor Day, a Sweetgum tree was planted at Rondout Neighborhood Center and an Eastern Redbud Tree of Peace was planted at City Hall during a Native American ceremony.

    In May 2018, the City of Kingston completed a tree inventory and management plan of street and park trees. The tree inventory identified 3,937 total trees within the street right-of-way and maintained parkland areas.

     The inventory also identified 1,198 vacant sites appropriate for new tree plantings. The Midtown area has been identified as the most highly trafficked area that is underserved for street trees.

    According to the report, the most common species in the City of Kingston are Norway maple (13.1%), honey locust (10.1%), ornamental pear (8.3%), sugar maple (7.6%), and red maple (5.6%) with a total of 116 different species recorded. Almost 90% of recorded trees were in fair or better condition. Currently, Kingston’s trees provide $541,095 in annual environmental benefits.

    For more information, visit or contact the Planning Office at 845-334-3954 or [email protected] for an application.

    Earlier this year, the City of Kingston received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to hire a full-time Urban Forester for long-term tree protection and maintenance. With this funding, the City of Kingston will establish an Urban Forester position to manage the City’s urban forest holistically, taking a comprehensive approach.

    The Urban Forester will analyze the City’s existing programs, policies, and conditions, engage the public in decision-making, and use that information to develop and implement a plan to increase canopy cover and resilience, decrease invasive species, address environmental sustainability, and more.

    The City of Kingston has been a Tree City USA for 27 years.