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

    5/5/2020 - Kingston Distinguished Artist Lara Hope to Hold Live Concert


    May 5, 2020


    Kingston Distinguished Artist to Hold Live Concert


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs, and the Kingston Art Commission are pleased to announce that the 2020 Distinguished Artist Award recipient, musician Lara Hope, will perform live online to celebrate the start of her tenure. 

    On Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:30pm Lara Hope, accompanied by her life and musical partner, bass player Matt Goldpaugh, will perform a live-streamed concert via the City of Kingston’s Facebook. 

    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. She has performed at many local events and is a worldwide touring musician. 

    “Lara Hope is an integral part of our local artist community here in Kingston, and we appreciate that she will be giving us a performance so we can enjoy her live music from home,” said Mayor Noble. “I hope everyone will tune in and congratulate Lara on winning the 2020 Kingston Distinguished Artist Award!” 

    With everything going on right now, I think it’s more important than ever to stay connected with each other virtually, and music is a great way to keep our spirits lifted, and find a sense of normalcy,” said Hope. “It’s physical distance that we need to avoid, not social. I am so happy to be able to play a mini-concert, from my home to yours, and I look forward to being able to serenade you in person as soon as it’s safe to do so!” 

    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 inaugural awardees were visual artist Julie Hedrick and musician Peter Wetzler.

    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. 

    To learn more about the Distinguished Artist Awards, contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs or visit: