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

    3/22/2024 - Mayor Noble Launches Tree Planting Counter to Reach Goal of Planting 1,000 Trees by 2030


    March 22, 2024


    Mayor Noble Launches Tree Planting Counter to Reach Goal of Planting 1,000 Trees by 2030


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, in order to track progress toward meeting his goal of planting 1,000 trees by 2030 as set in the City’s Open Space Plan, a tree counter has been created to record the number of new street and park trees planted in the City of Kingston.

    “Trees are increasingly vital to the well-being not just of humans, but of cities. We are so lucky here in Kingston to have such a wealth of trees, but we need to ensure that we are protecting our trees and increasing our tree count for future generations,” said Mayor Noble. “When working on new projects, we sometimes need to remove dead or diseased trees to proceed, but we try to preserve every healthy tree possible when planning infrastructure improvements. With this tree counter, we are keeping the public informed of our progress.”

    In addition to trees planted for City-sponsored projects like Henry Street Safe Routes to School, Franklin Street Complete Streets, Midtown Parking Lots Improvements and many more, the City of Kingston’s Street Tree Planting program installed 38 street trees in 2023. With funds from the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Grant program and the annual City of Kingston Shade Tree budget, four cherry trees were planted in Academy Green, four trees at Rondout Gardens Apartments, three at St. Mary’s Cemetery, three at Community Action on Lindsley Ave, two at Kingston Point Beach, one at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center, one at the former Visitor’s Center at 20 Broadway, and at 20 residences throughout Kingston, with a concentration in Midtown.

    The Street Tree Planting program application is open to City of Kingston residents and business owners with the agreement that the care and maintenance will be the property owner’s responsibility. Species are chosen by the Tree Commission, which identifies types of trees that will have a positive impact on biodiversity and will be the appropriate size for the planting locations. At least 20 street trees are expected to be planted this year.  

    In 2024, 125 new trees will be planted as part of the Dietz Stadium Improvements Project, 28 will be planted at the new Post Office Park, and eight will be planted as part of the Clinton Avenue Improvements Project.

    With a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the City of Kingston will soon be hiring a full-time Urban Forester for long-term tree protection and maintenance. The Urban Forester will analyze the City’s existing programs, policies, and conditions, engage the public, and use that information to develop and implement a plan to increase canopy cover and resilience, decrease invasive species, address environmental sustainability, and more.

    At the 2024 Arbor Day Ceremony on April 26 at George Washington Elementary, a sugar maple will be planted courtesy of the Kingston Memorial Tree Fund. The City of Kingston has been a Tree City USA for 28 years.

    The City of Kingston’s tree counter can be found at

    For more information about the City’s tree programs, visit or contact the Planning Office at 845-334-3954 or [email protected].