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

    5/7/2024 - Mayor Noble & Family of Woodstock Release Survey Results for Kingston Home Sharing Program


    May 7, 2024


    Mayor Noble & Family of Woodstock Release Survey Results for Kingston Home Sharing Program


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, Family of Woodstock, and the Kingston Housing Task Force are pleased to release the results of a public survey that gauged interest in expanding the HomeShare Woodstock program to Kingston.

    Last year, Family of Woodstock launched HomeShare Woodstock, a program that connects home providers and home seekers, allowing each to remain in their communities while offering a mutually beneficial, affordable housing solution. After an intensive matching process, HomeShare helps home providers gain extra income and receive help with tasks while providing home seekers an affordable rental for someone in the community.

    HomeShare Woodstock is the state’s first free home sharing program outside New York City. The program currently has six successful matches benefitting fourteen people. The HomeShare Woodstock staff work hard to make successful matches and follow the homesharers throughout the match, helping with any issues that may come up. HomeShare Woodstock has consulted with dozens of the more than sixty programs in the United States to create its model and is now helping other communities explore home sharing.

    Results of the recent public interest survey, which can be found here, indicate a positive response to bringing a homesharing program to the City of Kingston. The survey was distributed through various nonprofit organizations, community groups, and faith organizations. Respondents totaled 131 with 100 expressing support of a home sharing program as a solution for Kingston’s housing emergency.

    Mayor Noble said, “Here in Kingston, we are always looking for creative ways to provide enough affordable housing to keep up with demand. We believe the HomeShare program could provide much-needed housing. The recent public interest survey showed local residents felt that a home sharing program would also be beneficial in helping seniors to age in place while receiving much-needed additional income. Other advantages of this program could be alleviating loneliness, providing security, and improving overall mental health. I want to thank everyone who participated in the survey and look forward to working with Family of Woodstock to continue to explore bringing this program to our community.”

    Janice La Motta, Program Director of HomeShare Woodstock said, “While most responses were positive, the concerns expressed by some will be addressed as we begin to tailor a home sharing program for Kingston. As we did when creating HomeShare Woodstock, we will create procedures and policies that aim to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and mutually beneficial experience for all involved.”

    Bartek Starodaj, City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives, said, “As we work to increase housing affordability in Kingston, the survey results affirmed there is local enthusiasm for the program and that there is plenty of appetite for participation from home sharers and home seekers.”  

    A steering committee will be formed to determine next steps. Kingston residents interested in serving on the steering committee to launch the program should fill out this interest form by May 19. Residents may also contact [email protected].