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

    1/31/2019 - CDBG Public Hearing rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13

    UPDATE:   Due to the severe weather forecast, the City of Kingston Community Development’s Public Hearing is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm. The new location will be at Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU), 94 Mary’s Ave., Room # 104. For further assistance, please contact Amee Peterson, [email protected] or 845-334-3960.



    January 31, 2019

    Fair Housing Plan Public Hearing to be held on February 12, 2019

    KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, as a part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, to identify fair and affordable housing and community development needs in the City. All citizens, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comment on community needs and concerns regarding our CDBG funding, housing, homelessness, gentrification, employment, or other social issues.

    Annually, Kingston’s Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) receives a CDBG Entitlement Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City anticipates receiving approximately $670,000 in CDBG Program funds for 2019. The funds are intended to assist in providing a suitable living environment, decent housing, and expanding economic opportunities for low to moderate income persons in our community.

    The public hearing comments should address public facilities improvements, programs and services that are needed to support Kingston residents, including whether citizens are experiencing segregation or discrimination in housing or employment; difficulties in finding decent, safe and affordable housing in the City and, if so, any recommendations for addressing these issues.

    As a condition of receiving the grant, HUD requires the City of Kingston OECD to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan describing the City's community and housing needs, along with a Strategic Plan for addressing those needs. The City’s new Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will include a Fair Housing Plan, will cover the next five years, from 2019 to 2023. HUD also requires the City to prepare an Annual Action Plan describing how each year's expected funding will be used toward the goals laid out in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The 2019 Action Plan must outline proposed activities that the City and its sub-recipients will carry out during the City’s 2019 Program Year, which begins July 1, 2019.

    At the public hearing, consultants from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin will give a presentation to describe the process for the development of our 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The presentation will detail how the plan is used, and the importance of public input on how to spend our CDBG funds to best address the needs of City residents.

    Comments can also be submitted by phone, in person, mail or email to Amee Peterson (845-334-3960, [email protected]). Spanish language translation services will be available upon request by calling the OECD at 845-334-3924, at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

    February 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Kingston City Hall Council Chambers

    420 Broadway, Kingston, NY