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

    7/19/2013 - Half Moon arrival in the City of Kingston

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    With flags flying, cannon blazing and fanfare, the full-scale replica of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon sailing ship will arrive for a ceremony with Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo at the Hudson River Maritime Museum Friday, July 19 at 4 PM. Mayor Gallo will be escorted to the mouth of the Hudson River via a private boat from Rondout Creek to meet the replica ship HALF MOON and join the ship’s crew members for an arrival ceremony at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

    The arrival of the ship is in preparation for the River Day Festival on Saturday, July 20, which will run from 11AM to 6 PM.  The Half Moon, with its unique appearance and history, will present quite a distinctive sight on the Rondout Creek waterfront. Tours of the Half Moon will cost $7; no charge for children 16 and younger accompanied by parents.  Historical crew will demonstrate ship crafts, historical navigation and re-enactments including musket and cannon salutes, family friendly games and hands-on activities. Admission to the festival and grounds of the Hudson River Maritime Museum is free. However, there will be an admission fee to the Hudson River Maritime Museum galleries.