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

    7/19/2019 - City of Kingston Receives 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant for Chess Playground




    July 19, 2019


    The City of Kingston Receives 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant for Chess Playground

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and the Office of Health and Wellness are pleased to announce the City of Kingston has been awarded $11,000 from the AARP Community Challenge to build a “chess playground.” The outdoor chess playground will consist of two chess tables, four benches, possibly a shade structure, and a monthly chess meetup, and will be built in a park or public space. This quick-action project will be completed and installed by November 4, 2019.

    The site of the chess playground has not yet been determined, and the City is asking for feedback from the community for the best location. A public poll can be taken here, with the understanding that not all suggested locations may be feasible. The public poll will be open until July 31, 2019 at 4:00pm.  

    “We are so excited about this wonderful grant which will add a new and interesting asset to our community,” said Mayor Noble. “We don’t currently have anything like a chess playground in our parks, and the fast turnaround means it can be enjoyed very soon.” 

    The City of Kingston is one of 159 winners out of 1,660 applicants to the AARP Community Challenge. The Play Well and Age Well focus teams of the Live Well Kingston Commission collaborated with the City of Kingston’s Grants Management department to apply for the AARP grant. 

    “The chess playground will create an opportunity for community connection and intergenerational play,” said Emily Flynn, Director of Health and Wellness. “We hope to bring people together in our parks because time spent outdoors, and with others, fosters a culture of health. We are very thankful to the AARP for their support.”


    Chess Playground Public Poll:

    From the AARP website:

    The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages.

    About the Live Well Kingston Commission:

    The Live Well Kingston Commission promotes the advancement of a healthy and active community by bringing partners and residents together to facilitate policy, environmental and systems changes. This is done with the five Focus Teams or subcommittees: Eat Well, Play Well, Travel Well, Heal Well, and Age Well.