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

    4/29/2016 - City of Kingston Launches "Growing Neighborhoods" Tree Planting

    April 29, 2016



    Mayor Steve Noble and City of Kingston Tree Commission Launch “Growing Neighborhoods” Tree Planting Contest



    At John F. Kennedy Elementary School’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration this afternoon, Mayor Steve Noble is set to share a special announcement with students- Kingston is going to help a lucky few neighborhoods plant new trees.

    “Celebrating Arbor Day with some of our youngest citizens, I’m reminded that the seeds we sow today will grow our city tomorrow,” Mayor Noble stated. “As with any investment we make in our community, we evaluate how we can be most effective, how we can efficiently use our limited resources, and how we can ensure the community is best served.”

    In honor of Arbor Day, the City of Kingston Tree Commission and Mayor Noble are pleased to announce Kingston’s first “Growing Neighborhoods” Tree Planting Contest. The contest tasks neighbors throughout Kingston to submit joint applications for free trees, including installation, to benefit their neighborhoods. In order to be considered, a group of neighbors must complete a short application and provide a summary, either in writing or by presentation in person to the Tree Commission. Highest consideration will be given to neighborhoods who have little to no trees, applicants who are creative in their proposals, and groups who demonstrate a significant desire to improve their neighborhoods.

    Applications and summaries are due by July 31st.

    Winners of the first “Growing Neighborhoods” Tree Planting Contest will be selected by the Tree Commission and Mayor in August, with a community-wide tree planting to take place in the Fall. Individuals interested in volunteering with tree planting should contact the Planning Department at 334-3957.

    In addition to the “Growing Neighborhoods” Tree Planting Contest, the City of Kingston Tree Commission is also accepting applications for individual homeowners to purchase trees at a reduced cost.

    Applications for both programs can be picked up at City Hall in the Planning Department or found online at



    Growing Neighborhoods Application

    Growing Neighborhoods Supplemental Application