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

    11/21/2013 - Movies Under the Stars to Continue in Summer of 2014

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    The City of Kingston is fully committed to continuing “Movies Under the Stars” for the 2014 summer season. The program has benefitted from the volunteer efforts of many people in the community and they deserve the gratitude of the City of Kingston residents.

    The City Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the support of anyone who wishes to volunteer to help continue this wonderful program.

    Some of the people who were instrumental in initiating and supporting this program have chosen to go on their own way and establish a separate entity in an effort to use the “Movies Under the Stars” program to raise monies for private charities of their own choosing.  Unfortunately, the City cannot be involved in these efforts.

    Many of the fine organizations that provide services to the people of the City are “faith-based” and the City cannot constitutionally sponsor or participate in fundraising activities for these entities.  It would simply not be fair for the City to participate in raising money for some charities and not others.

    The City’s inability to work with a private entity which wants to use the “Movies Under the Stars” program for its own goals, should not be taken to mean that the City is less than fully committed to continuing the program in 2014 and beyond.

    We are all very excited to continue to provide entertainment for young people and families during the summer months and welcome the efforts of volunteers who are interested in assisting during the 2014 “Movies Under the Stars” season.

    Please contact Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Gilfeather at 481 7333 or Mayor Shayne Gallo at 334 3902 to volunteer for the upcoming “Movies Under The Stars” program.