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

    10/28/2020 - Second Distinguished Artist Award Ceremony Announced


    October 28, 2020 

    Second Distinguished Artist Award Ceremony Announced

    Lara Hope to Receive Award on November 12, 2020


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the City of Kingston Arts Commission are pleased to announce the award ceremony for the second recipient of the bi-annual Distinguished Artist Award will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm. The award will be presented to local musician Lara Hope at the ceremony, which will be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of City of Kingston, Arts Commission, Lara Hope and event sponsor Radio Kingston

    We are proud to celebrate Kingston’s own Lara Hope for this much-deserved award,” said Mayor Noble.  “I would like to thank the Arts Commission for organizing the wonderful Distinguished Artist Award and for all their support of arts and culture in the City of Kingston. Awards like this help our creative community thrive.”  

    Susan Linn, Chair of the Arts Commission said, “The Kingston Arts Commission is proud to have initiated the Distinguished Artist Award and congratulates Lara who combines her commitment to her art form with a commitment to the City's cultural life.”

    Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, Hope is the front woman for the Northeast's premier Roots, Rock n’ Roll, and Rockabilly Twang outfit, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. She has spent much of the past few years on the road, both in Europe and in the U.S., and has had the pleasure of touring with some of her musical heroes, including The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Blasters, and Reverend Horton Heat. She and her band were invited to perform at the original site of the Woodstock Festival, Bethel Woods, for the 50th anniversary celebration. Lara also plays with her husband Matt Goldpaugh as a duo, “The Gold Hope Duo,” and self-released a very topical album called Songs in the Key of Quarantine. Lara is also dedicated to the City of Kingston and its many not-for-profit organizations for which she donates much of her time, performing at fundraisers and other events in support of their causes.

    The panel for the Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Center for Creative Education Executive Director; Brian Mahoney, Chronogram Magazine Editor; Julio Nazario, photographer and former Assistant Dean for Outreach, Special Initiatives and Assessment in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program at Rutgers University; Aaron Rezney, food and still life photographer; and Virginia Walsh, Director and Curator of Exhibitions at Ann Street Gallery.

    For more information about the event, please contact 845-334-3929 or [email protected]

    About the Arts Commission

    The City of Kingston Arts Commission’s mission is to strengthen the local economy by attracting and promoting artists, arts venues, and arts entrepreneurs; encouraging cultural tourism; creating opportunities for training and employment in a range of creative fields; and enhancing quality of life amenities that make Kingston a more attractive city in which to live. By so doing, the City of Kingston gains greater regional and national recognition.