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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

    Film Friendly Kingston

    The City of Kingston and the Mayor’s Office help your production company to:

    • Access civic services
    • Get film activity permits and other related permits suited to your production's specific needs
    • Approve location requests to film on streets, parks, or other City properties in ways that respect our residents and businesses
    If you have any questions about filming in the City of Kingston, please contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs by email: afarr@kingston-ny.gov.

    COVID-19 Guidelines

    In an effort to ensure the safety of our community, any applications submitted for a Film Permit must include a completed Safety Plan for review. Applications without a completed COVID safety plan will not be considered. Please note that due to limited capacity & increased regulations, film applications may take more time to process. We appreciate your patience at this time. 

    Click here for a free Safety Plan Template.

    Click here to learn more about safety guidelines for Film/Media Production.

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    To apply to film within the City of Kingston, please download our Application Form. Once completed, please upload the form below.