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

    1/28/2022 - Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award


    January 28, 2022 

    Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for

    City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Kingston Arts Commission are now accepting nominations for the third City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award. 

    The Distinguished Artist Award was established in 2018 to acknowledge the achievements of local artists and creative thinkers across all disciplines, including music, theatre, dance, literary, visual, or media arts. Nominees for the Distinguished Artist Awards must be a resident of Kingston for a minimum of two years and have demonstrated a commitment to the local creative community. 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. 

    Awardees are selected by a panel of their peers, and will be honored in a ceremony held at City Hall this spring. The award recipient should be willing to serve for two years and perform two public community projects such as a performance, lecture, exhibition, reading, or workshop. A small stipend will be provided to the awardee.

    “We are proud to open up nominations for the third Distinguished Artist Award and celebrate our wonderful local artists,” said Mayor Noble. “We know that the pandemic has been challenging for creatives, so we hope this award will demonstrate the City’s commitment to fostering Kingston’s unique artistic community, and our ongoing support of the arts in this community. I encourage everyone to submit a worthy Kingston artist for this award, and look forward to honoring the recipient this spring.”

    “We encourage nominations of artists whose work fosters engagement in innovative ways that are sensitive to our multicultural community context,” said Marielena Ferrer-Harrington, Chair of the Kingston Arts Commission. “It is our hope that this engagement will turn citizens into advocates who help shape Kingston’s artistic and cultural vibrancy.” 

    The online nomination form is available here. Paper copies of the form can be downloaded here, and can be returned to [email protected] or delivered to the Arts & Cultural Affairs Office at City Hall, 420 Broadway. All nominations must be submitted by Sunday, February 27, 2022.

    The Distinguished Artist Award was presented to artists Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick in 2018 and to musician Lara Hope in 2020.