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

    5/1/2019 - City of Kingston Hires Historic Preservation Administrator


    May 1, 2019




    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce Julie Edelson-Safford has been hired for the newly created position of Historic Preservation Administrator.  She will report to City Planner Suzanne Cahill, and will begin work on May 6, 2019. Edelson-Safford is uniquely qualified, as she has served on both the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Heritage Area Commission. 

    As the Historic Preservation Administrator, Edelson-Safford will support the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Heritage Area Commission and the Tree Commission, as well as provide assistance to owners of historic and architecturally significant properties in the City of Kingston. In her role as commissioner for both the HLPC and HAC committees, she has already initiated much of the work that the Administrator will be tasked with, including organizing, archiving and digitizing historic photographs and maps, taking inventory and organizing the City’s historical records. 

    “We are so thrilled to create this vital position, which we believe is an important step forward in preserving our treasured historic assets,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “Julie is passionate about preservation, and will be a huge asset in supporting the Commissions, as well as helping our residents in caring for their historic and architecturally significant properties.” 

    “As Planning Director, I am confident that the City has engaged an individual who has the talent, initiative and knowledge to recognize our historical, cultural and community issues to provide for the future of Kingston,” said Suzanne Cahill. 

    “I am thrilled and honored to be taking this position,” said Julie Edelson-Safford. “The passion for preservation of our city’s history is evident in the pride so many take in maintaining and restoring the landmark, and landmark-worthy buildings of Kingston. Preserving these special structures is of great collective benefit, and I’m really looking forward to assisting my fellow community members, all three committees, and the Planning Department with these efforts.”

    Julie Edelson-Safford has been a Commissioner on the Heritage Area Commission since 2018, a Commissioner on the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2017, and has held positions at SUNY Ulster, SUNY New Paltz, Parsons School of Design, and the Guggenheim Museum.