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

    2/16/2024 - City of Kingston Seeks Member of the Public to Serve on Rent Guidelines Board


    February 16, 2024



    City of Kingston Seeks Member of the Public to Serve on Rent Guidelines Board


    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston is seeking residents to serve on Kingston’s Rent Guidelines Board.

    On July 28, 2022, the City of Kingston declared a housing emergency and formally opted into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA), and in doing so, is required to maintain a Rent Guidelines Board. The Rent Guidelines Board is made up of two tenant representatives, two property owner representatives, and five members of the public. There is currently one vacancy for a member of the public.

    The Rent Guidelines Board meets annually and as needed to set guidelines for rent adjustments. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal assists the Board in making its annual determination.

    Applicants must have at least five years of experience in finance, economics, or housing. Board members must be residents of the City of Kingston. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8, 2024.

    The application can be found here:

    For more information on the eligibility requirements for the Rent Guidelines Board, click here. 

    Interested applicants with questions can contact the City Housing Director, Bartek Starodaj at 845-334-3928 or [email protected].

    Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include implementing city-wide rezoning efforts, short-term rental guidelines and many more. Visit