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

    5/7/2019 - Common Council to Host Traffic Safety Forum May 13


    May 7, 2019



    To be Held at City Hall on May 13, 2019


    KINGSTON, NY -- The Common Council is hosting a city-wide Traffic Safety Forum on Monday, May 13 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. 

    In order for the Common Council to take a comprehensive approach to addressing ongoing transportation and traffic safety issues affecting the city, the Traffic Safety Forum will provide an opportunity for Kingston residents to ask questions pertaining to traffic safety, to hear about upcoming projects, and to learn how the City approaches residents’ concerns. Representatives from the City of Kingston’s Department of Public Works, Ulster County’s Transportation Council and the Kingston Police Department as well as members of the Common Council will be present to discuss traffic calming devices, street design, and other matters that affect traffic safety.  

    “Traffic safety is one of our top priorities.  For too long we have approached it in a piecemeal fashion,” said Alderman Reynolds Scott-Childress, W-3. “The Common Council is determined to develop clear and effective solutions to the particular concerns of our historic City.”

    “The Common Council regularly hears from constituents throughout the City about the safety of specific streets,” said Alderwoman Andrea Shaut, W-9. “Our thought with the Traffic Safety Forum is to look at the big picture, because fixes are not one-size-fits-all. For example, a stop sign may work in one location, but actually makes safety worse in another. By putting folks from various departments in one room to discuss, we believe we can start to tackle a comprehensive approach.”