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

    11/20/2019 - Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Artist Award


    November 20, 2019


    City of Kingston Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for
    Distinguished Artist Award


    KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston Department of Art & Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission are requesting nominations for the second Distinguished Artist Award. 

    Nominees must be Kingston residents for at least two years. Artists in any discipline may be nominated: music, theatre, dance, literary, visual, or media arts. Finalists and recipients will be chosen based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community, and recognition in the field locally, nationally or internationally. The award recipient should be willing to serve for two years and perform two public community projects such as a performance, lecture, exhibition, reading, workshop, etc. A small stipend will be provided to the awardee and additional funding may be available for a programming budget.

    Submission forms can be found at and must include a one-page narrative that highlights the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations, along with the form and narrative, must be submitted to the Arts Commission at [email protected] by 12 noon on Monday, December 23, 2019. Recipients will be selected by an awards panel comprised of professionals in the field. Please note, recipients are not chosen by the quantity of nominations received, but by the quality of their work and by their commitment to the community.

    Award winners will be recognized by Mayor Steve Noble and arts, cultural, civic and business leaders at a reception on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at City Hall.

    "It has been a pleasure to work with our current Distinguished Artists Julie & Peter. We're excited to see who will be nominated next, and encourage our community to participate in the process,” said Adrielle Farr, Director of Art and Cultural Affairs. “The Distinguished Artist Awards is a new tradition for Kingston, and we're delighted to see it continue." 

    In April 2017, Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick were presented with the inaugural City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award. Peter Wetzler is an award-winning composer-musician-music director scoring for film, theatre and television. Julie Hedrick is a painter and poet. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and is represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery in New York. Julie and Peter, who often collaborate on various art projects, have lived and worked in a converted church in the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston since 1986. As Distinguished Artists, Julie and Peter have curated the Midtown Arts District 2018 Celebration of the Arts and the current exhibition at City Hall, Sanctuary.

    Please contact Adrielle Farr, Director of Art and Cultural Affairs with any questions: 845-334-3929 or [email protected]