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

    8/12/2013 - Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for Uptown Kingston Parking Garage Site ADDENDUM

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 12, 2013

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    Mayor Shayne Gallo announced today that there has been an addendum to the original Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to design, construct and operate a mixed-use development at the former site of the Uptown Municipal Parking Garage located at 21 North Front Street.  

    The City of Kingston will be accepting written questions regarding the RFQ until Thursday, October 10; the bid proposals based on development concept, development objectives, guidelines and requirements set forth in the RFQ has been extended to Friday, November 1 at 11 am and the review of the submitted RFQ applications will take place on Thursday, November 7.

    Interested applicants should send their original submission to City of Kingston Purchasing Agent Brian Woltman, City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401. Under no circumstances will e-mailed or faxed documents be accepted.

    Interested parties should also be aware that New York State adopted RPTL 485-a legislation (Residential-Commercial Urban Exemption Program) which allows the option of property owners who convert a non-residential property into a mixed residential/commercial use to be rewarded with a 12-year partial real property tax exemption.  The successful bidder on the development of the uptown parking garage site for mixed residential/commercial use would be eligible for this real property tax abatement/exemption

    Further information on Real Property Tax Law 485-a can be obtained from City of Kingston Assessor Dan Baker at 334 3910 or e-mail [email protected].

    Mayor Gallo offered, “I continue to be very optimistic that a qualified developer will come forward during this RFQ process.  My office has been contacted by numerous individuals who have expressed an interest in this property and this will be an opportunity for developers to offer their vision of a project which will enhance the uptown business district.”