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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Midtown Arts District

    Mission Statement

    To create an official Arts District in Midtown Kingston to be used as a platform for revitalization, economic investment, and community enrichment. The Arts District will bring a unifying focus and pride to the neighborhood by fostering greater communication between the business and residential neighborhoods, become a magnet for tourism and investment, and help to unite Kingston into one long thriving community from Uptown to Kingston Point.

    Problem statement

    There are a significant number of arts-related businesses and artists in the Kingston Midtown area that are not being leveraged effectively to improve the economic vitality of that area and the city as a whole.

    • Most people are not aware that there are significant employers in that area
    • Most people are not aware of the growing artist population of studios and residences

    Giving an Arts identity to Midtown

    • Improved visibility and the designation of an Arts District would benefit draw more arts/crafts-related businesses, galleries, restaurants, and Arts center/museum
    • Galleries in the area would benefit from improved visibility
    • UPAC would benefit from the improved visibility, which would enhance its role as an anchor for Midtown cultural events.
    • An Arts District in Midtown would help to unite the Rondout and Uptown business districts, helping to build a commercial counterweight to the malls in Town of Ulster.
    • An Arts District would also give a focus to the fact that Kingston is the central to a significant population of world-renowned artists and performers who reside full or part time in the area.
    • Kingston through its Arts businesses and Arts population has a ready-made base that few other cities with Arts Districts had when they began.

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