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

    6/14/2019 - City of Kingston Launches Second Participatory Budgeting Project


    June 14, 2019



    City of Kingston Launches Second Participatory Budgeting Project

    Public Meetings Scheduled in Each Business District


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to launch the City of Kingston’s second Participatory Budgeting project, which will kick off with conversations at three public meetings. Mayor Noble introduced Participatory Budgeting in 2018 as a pilot project, wherein each of the three business districts (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown) voted on how to allocate $15,000 in funds, for a city-wide total of $45,000. In the 2019 budget, Mayor Noble set aside $20,000 for each district, for a total of $60,000.


    “We are so excited to launch the second Participatory Budgeting Project. We had a wonderful response from the pilot and some beneficial programs were funded. The B.A.R.K. students have been beautifying the Uptown and Midtown neighborhoods and soon Downtown will have several new youth programs,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage all residents, business owners, workers, and other interested parties to submit new ideas. The funded projects should reflect the wishes and needs of the community.”


    The goal of the Participatory Budgeting Project is to be open for input from the public and to gather a wide range of suggestions. Projects must impact a business district and must be able to be obligated or paid for by December 31, 2019. In some cases, implementation may take place in 2020. It is possible that multiple projects could be selected in a single district if the total of those projects does not exceed $20,000.


    Three community visioning sessions have been scheduled:



    Wednesday, July 17, 2019


    LGBTQ Community Center at 300 Wall St.



    Monday, July 29, 2019


    Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing)



    Wednesday, July 31


    Kingston Library (55 Franklin St.) 


    Comments can also be submitted by mail to City Hall, 420 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 or via email to [email protected] with “Participatory Budgeting submission” in the subject line.  


    Prior to submitting a project idea, please consider four criteria:

    a. Will the project positively impact one of the business districts?

    b. Can the proposed project be paid for or obligated by 12/31/19?

    c. Can the proposed project be completed for under $20,000?

    d. Does the proposed project conflict with any current or upcoming projects in the same area?


    Once the submissions have been gathered, a public poll will be launched for final voting and tallying. The public poll is expected to be conducted in August. Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts and initiatives.