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

    1/18/2024 - City of Kingston Seeks Members for Zoning Code Working Group


    January 18, 2024


    City of Kingston Seeks Members for Zoning Code Working Group


    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston is seeking four members of the public to join a form-based zoning code working group.

    This working group will work with City staff to ensure that the newly-adopted zoning code meets its objectives in areas such as housing development, walkability, and small business development. As needed, the working group will also be involved in suggesting zoning amendments to the Common Council.

    “I am so proud that we were able to pass a new zoning code for Kingston that is designed to make our City more equitable, help with smart and sustainable development, and preserve our historic and natural resources. This working group will help us look at the new zoning code holistically to make sure we are meeting all of our goals.”

    City of Kingston Housing Director Bartek Starodaj said, “Last August, the City of Kingston completed the most important change to its land use laws since the 1960s. This working group will ensure that the City’s new zoning code continues to meet Kingston’s planning, housing, transportation, and design priorities and will play a key role in recommending any future code amendments to the Common Council.”

    Applications are due January 31, 2024. City of Kingston residents and anyone that can demonstrate a connection are eligible to the City to apply.

    The zoning code working group application can be found here:

    On August 2, 2023, the City of Kingston passed a new citywide form-based zoning code. The code is designed to make it easier to develop in Kingston while protecting what makes the City so unique. More recently, the City announced a goal to approve 1,000 new housing units by 2029.

    For more information about the zoning code: