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

    2/23/2024 - City of Kingston Grants Office Accepting Restore NY Grant Proposals


    February 23, 2024


    City of Kingston Grants Office Accepting Restore NY Grant Proposals


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the Office of Grants Management is gathering proposals for possible submission to the Empire State Development (ESD) Restore NY grant program.

    The Office of Grants Management will accept proposals and as required by ESD, will submit the two strongest concepts in an initial Intent to Apply pre-screening phase.

    The Restore NY grant program provides municipalities with financial assistance for the revitalization of commercial and residential properties for projects involving the demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.

    “The City of Kingston has had great success with the Restore NY grant. With this funding, we have been able to move some incredible projects forward—like Energy Square with the demolition of the former Mid-City lanes; the St. Joseph’s Lofts Project, which will provide housing, offices, and performance space in Uptown; and the Center for Photography’s adaptive reuse of the former Van Slyke & Horton Cigar factory in Midtown.,” said Mayor Noble. “The Restore NY grant is a great opportunity to reimagine what some of our abandoned and vacant structures could be – these transformations revitalize the neighborhood, encourage economic and community development, and create new business and housing opportunities. I encourage all of our community groups, organizations, and developers with ideas to submit a proposal.”

    Once submitted by the City of Kingston, applications are scored against specific ESD guidelines and how strongly they meet the program goals to encourage commercial investment and improve the local housing stock. Priority will be given to projects in Empire Zones and Brownfield Opportunity Areas and those that leverage other state or federal redevelopment, remediation, or planning programs. Priority will be given to projects from economically distressed communities. A minimum 10% match from the organization is required. Before submitting a potential project to the City, interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the program guidelines posted on the ESD website:

    Interested organizations should complete the City's short project form with the following information by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2024:

    • Name of Development Company/Organization
    • Name of Project
    • Property Address(es)
    • Estimated Project Cost
    • Brief Project Description (approximately 300 words)

    Questions regarding proposal concepts can be directed to Grants Director Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank at [email protected] or 845-334-3962.

    Past City of Kingston Restore NY Grant awards include $1.15 million to support the St. Joseph’s Lofts project in Uptown Kingston, an adaptive reuse project to a former schoolhouse into three floors of office space and an event center. In 2022, $1.5 million was awarded for The Center for Photography at Woodstock to adaptively reuse and rehabilitate the 40,000 sf former cigar factory in Midtown Kingston, and $840,000 for the Barrel Factory Lofts Project, an adaptive reuse of a 120-year-old warehouse in Midtown into a mix of live-work spaces for artists, commercial flex spaces, and amenities spaces. In 2017, a Restore New York grant assisted with the cost of demolition of the former Mid-City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar Street, the now-home of RUPCO’s Energy Square, a mixed-use residential, commercial, and nonprofit space.


    Read Governor Hochul’s announcement here: