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]

    Special Events in Kingston

    The City of Kingston is the proud host to variety of dynamic and engaging events. Special Events are processed through the Mayor's Office, who can assist event organizers in securing city services for their events. 

    Important Updates from Governor Cuomo's Office:

    Effective immediately, indoor and outdoor events with less than 5,000 attendees are no longer required to adhere to previous COVID-19 protective measures. Indoor events with over 5,000 attendees will still be required to conform with COVID-19 regulations, for the safety of their guests.

    Click here to be directed to information on the new regulations. 

    Special Events Application

    We encourage applicants to submit their Special Event applications as early as possible to ensure that we are able to accommodate your requests. Submission of an application is not a guarantee. Our Special Event Application covers the following:

    -Road/Sidewalk Closures

    -Vendor Permits 

    -Trash Removal and Other City Services

    -Noise Permits 

    If your application is approved, a $25 application fee will be required to be paid, via check or cash. Any city services requested will incur a cost, which will be determined based on the most recent City of Kingston fee schedule.

    Please submit your application via email to the Mayor's Confidential Secretary, Roy Verspoor at [email protected]

    COVID-19 Guidelines

    Although we continue to see decreases in COVID-19 infections, gatherings come with a set of risks to consider. The City of Kingston is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community members, and suggests any event organizers continue to stay up to date on the New York State Guidelines for gatherings. Private event organizers are still allowed to require COVID-19 restrictions that they deem important, please be sure to review any requirements before attending an event. 


    Application Tips

    -Include as much detailed information as possible.
    -If you plan to utilize a City owned park or facility, please reach out to Parks & Recreation for availability. 
    -Consider including a COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

    Click Here to Download the Special Event Application