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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.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

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    2/24/2020 - City of Kingston Announces Second Distinguished Artist Award

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    February 24, 2020

    City of Kingston Announces Second Distinguished Artist Award

    Local Musician Lara Hope to Be Honored

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and the Kingston Arts Commission are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award, local musician Lara Hope. An award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 5:30pm at City Hall. 

    Lara Hope is a celebrated local musician, known for her work with Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones, and The Gold Hope Duo. Hope is the recipient of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist. Hope has performed at many local events and is a worldwide touring musician. Hope succeeds the 2018 inaugural awardees, Julie Hedrick and Peter Wetzler.

    “I am delighted to see the Distinguished Artist Award presented to such a vibrant member of our community,” said Mayor Noble. “This award offers a chance to highlight amazing artists who live in our community and do so much contribute to our quality of life. We’re excited to continue the Distinguished Artist Awards for a second time, and I congratulate Lara on being our newest honoree.”

    “I am so honored and thrilled to be chosen for the Kingston’s Distinguished Artist Award! I’ve seen how much the city has grown and blossomed over the past decade, and I look forward to doing my part to help this continue,” said Lara Hope. “After traveling the country extensively, there’s no doubt in my mind that there’s a special kind of magic here. I am proud to call Kingston my home, and plan to see the arts thrive here for years to come.”

    The Distinguished Artist Award was established by the Kingston Arts Commission in 2018 to honor the contributions of local artists. Awardees are selected every two years, and are expected to conduct one community event during their tenure. Artists in any discipline are eligible to be nominated: music, theatre, dance, literary, visual, or media arts. The recipients are 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. Nominees must be a resident of the City of Kingston for at least two years.

    The panel for the Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Executive Director, Center for Creative Education; Brian Mahoney, Editor, Chronogram Magazine; Julio Nazario, professional artist and former Assistant Dean at Rutgers University; Aaron Rezny, food and still-life photographer; and Virginia Walsh, Director and Curator of Exhibitions at Ann Street Gallery. 

    For more information about the award ceremony on April 23, please call 845-334-3929 or e-mail kingstonarts@kingston-ny.gov

    To learn more about the Distinguished Artist Awards, contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs or visit: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/distinguishedartists