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

    4/17/2019 - Common Council to Hold Seven Hearings on Housing Issues


    February 20, 2019

    Update: The May 1 Housing Hearing for Homeless and Housing Insecure will be held at the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church at 122 Clinton Ave in Kingston. 



    First of Seven Hearings to be Held on February 28 at 6:00pm


    KINGSTON, NY -- Majority Leader Reynolds Scott-Childress announces a series of Housing Hearings to take place over seven sessions at City Hall in Council Chambers. The meetings will serve to inform the Common Council of the community’s housing needs and issues so the Council can consider for policy change or resolution.


    February 28   Open forum: Council to introduce housing hearing concept, ask for community input, at 6:00pm

    March 6          Homeowners, at 6:30pm

    March 11        Tenants, at 6:30pm

    April 8            Landlords, at 6:30pm

    April 29          Developers, at 6:30pm

    May 1             Homeless and housing insecure, at 6:30pm at the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church

    May 29           Policy advocates, at 6:30pm


    The first meeting of the series will be a forum, during which the floor will be open for all residents to speak about housing issues. The subsequent hearings will each address different stakeholders, and the Council will invite speakers to give testimony and represent their interests.  Residents who would like to provide insight in one of the six areas by giving testimony, should contact their Alderman or the Majority Leader. The goal of these hearings is to have all groups and interests fairly represented.


    “There are as many varied housing needs in Kingston as there are residents.  We recognize that different constituencies have different concerns,” said Reynolds Scott-Childress, (W-3). “The Common Council seeks to develop policy that addresses real problems through integrated solutions.  We hope to build on innovative approaches to provide decent affordable housing for all our residents.” 


    The Housing Hearings fall in line with the Mayor’s 2019 agenda for tackling housing solutions. “I want to thank Majority Leader Scott-Childress for his leadership in advancing our shared housing agenda,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “I look forward to working with the Common Council to ensure that our City’s practices and policies are improving housing opportunities for all residents.”


    The February 28 hearing will also inform the development of the City’s Fair Housing Plan. Public comment regarding programs and services that are needed to support Kingston residents, including whether citizens are experiencing difficulties in finding decent, safe and affordable housing will be taken into account.


    The Common Council further invites all residents to provide stories, solutions, and expertise beyond the open forum. Please address comments to City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401 or [email protected].


    Additional information about the meetings and speakers will be posted at