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

    5/28/2019 - City of Kingston Composting Survey Now Open


    May 28, 2019


    City of Kingston Composting Survey Now Open 


    KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston is undertaking a feasibility study for diverting food waste produced at municipal buildings, facilities, small businesses and residences by creating compost collecting options. The study will explore how removing food scraps and food waste from the waste stream could potentially keep municipal costs down while providing a beneficial service to the City’s residents and businesses. Reducing food waste sent to landfills can save hundreds of thousands of dollars, and decreasing the number of dump truck trips to landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A city-wide survey will help determine if the financial benefits from implementing a public composting program would exceed the start-up and operating costs, and if so, the City will seek to move forward. Undertaking this work puts Kingston at the forefront of innovative efforts that save municipalities money while helping the environment.

    The Composting Survey will gauge the current levels of food waste diversion already in practice and will measure the interest and willingness of the community to implement city-scale food waste composting. The City currently collects yard waste, diverting it from landfills. 

    The Composting Survey is online at Survey Monkey. Residents and businesses, whether currently composting or not, are encouraged to complete the survey. The online survey will be open until June 15, 2019 and paper copies are available to complete the survey in person. To take the survey in person, contact Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator, at 467 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-481-7339 or [email protected]. Survey participants will be entered to win a free backyard composter. Questions about the survey can be sent to [email protected].  

    This survey is one piece of a two-year study evaluating the use of many composting methods and the feasibility.  Once the study is complete, the Kingston Organics Diversion Plan will propose a methodology for rolling out food waste diversion. 

    The Kingston Organics Diversion Plan project is funded by the NYS DEC, and involves multiple partners including the City of Kingston Office of Sustainability; Kingston's Conservation Advisory Council, the Climate Smart Kingston Commission, UCRRA, the Ulster County Department of the Environment, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council.