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

    9/21/2017 - City of Kingston to host public forum on proposed zoning updates on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm

    September 21, 2017



    City of Kingston to host public forum on proposed zoning updates on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm


    Kingston, N.Y. Mayor Steve Noble and the Comprehensive Plan Zoning Sub-Committee are pleased to announce an upcoming public forum to be held on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway. This will be one in a series of forums regarding the ongoing effort to update the City of Kingston’s zoning.


    The theme for this month’s public forum will be “Consolidation and Reformatting of Residential Districts and Bulk Standards.” There will be a presentation at the beginning of the session that discusses the current code, why this topic is important and what has been discussed by the Zoning Sub-Committee so far regarding potential changes. Participants will then be invited to break up into smaller groups where citizens can provide comments and ask questions. Each group will be facilitated by a City staff member.


    The next forum in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00pm. The focus of that forum will be on the roles of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Heritage Area Commission, and the Planning Board. A third forum will be scheduled in November and will focus on Form Based Codes and Overlay Districts.


    Starting in early 2018, a series of meetings will be held by the Mayor in order to more thoroughly discuss topics of interest, many of which may require additional educational presentations, case studies from other places, etc. These would include but are not limited to: affordable housing; urban agriculture; parking requirements/waiver; etc.


    For more information, contact Suzanne Cahill, Planning Director, at [email protected] or at 845-334- 3957.