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

    5/1/2013 - May Events in Kingston

    Upcoming Events in Kingston

    The City of Kingston is nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains less than 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Albany. Located along the banks of the Hudson River, Kingston boasts amazing boutiques, cafes, antique shops, restaurants, historical attractions & an amazing performing arts center. Come to Kingston this spring and come back to life! “Kingston, Where History Meets the Hudson” Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway.

    Highlights of upcoming events are as follows:

    The Kingston Library is located at 55 Franklin Street in Midtown. For more information please call the Kingston Library at: (845)331-0507 or

    Ongoing Events at the Kingston Library:
    Bard Clemente Courses:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. through May 2013
    Bard College will be offering free college credit humanities courses at the Kingston Library. All tuition, books and child-care expenses will be covered. To apply for this course, please pick up an application at the library's circulation desk.
    Bard Math Circle:
    Second Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m. through June 2013
    Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving and a hands-on math project. This gentle and encouraging mathematical environment is led by Bard College math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome.
    Bookmark Club:
    Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Go on a book reading journey for elementary age students with Sasha Finlay. Short stories and chapter books by various authors, drawing, bookmaking, films, printmaking, comics, cartooning, bookmark making!
    Teen Art Lab: Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. After school art program with local artist and SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Poser. Explore the arts: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts and more! No prior experience necessary. Open to all students aged 13-18 No registration required, FREE!
    Children’s Story Hours:
    Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time Tuesday (18 months. to 3 years) and Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.
    Stress Reduction through Meditation:
    Thursday mornings 10:30 a.m. This is a great way to find inner balance and deep relaxation. This program is free and all are welcome. Call Ann at 339-8567 with any questions.
    Knitting Club:
    Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. This informal group welcomes all skill level knitters. For more information, please contact Stephanie at [email protected] and reference "knitting" in the subject.
    Origami Kingston:
    Second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Explore the art of Japanese paper folding with Anita Barbour. Ages five and up may attend.

    The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit:
    Sundays - The Artists Way Cluster, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Mondays - Swing Dance Classes taught by Linda and Chester Freedman,
    6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Thursdays - Figure Drawing with Live Model led by James Martin,
    6:00 – 9:00 p.m., $20/session or $50/3 sessions
    Fridays - ASK for Music, 8:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Please check website for up-to-date information, $6
    Saturdays- First Saturday Reception, Free, every first Saturday of the month, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    An exhibit of 100 vintage Kingston postcards is featured in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. “Greetings From Kingston: A Story in Postcards” shows the growth of Kingston and the character it developed since its founding over three and a half centuries ago. The streetscapes, buildings and parks shown on the postcards reveal the architectural and historical richness of the city while serving to remind viewers of how much of value has been preserved, but also as a warning of how much has been lost. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, may be viewed on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 26th. The exhibit is organized in conjunction with a 126-page book featuring 215 vintage postcards of Kingston. The book is available in the FHK Gallery gift shop.

    Guided tours of the circa 1812 Fred J. Johnston House will also resume for the season on Friday, May 3. A visual landmark on the corner of Main and Wall Streets, the Federal style house features a collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts in eight elegant room settings designed by its former owner, noted antiques dealer and preservationist Fred J. Johnston. Tours are offered Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last start time at 3:30 p.m. The tour price is $5 per adult; $2 for children under 16. The Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery and the Fred J. Johnston Museum are located on the corner of Wall and Main Streets in the Stockade District of Uptown. For more information, call (845) 339-0720 or visit

    The Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum located at 265 Fair Street in the Historic Stockade District, is open for the season. The hours of operation are through October - Fridays 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. June through August - also open Wednesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. For more information call (845) 331-0866. For group and school tours call (845) 338-1247.

    May – June - Cornell Street Studios presents the "Making Waves" Nautical Art Show". Over 40 artists showcasing pastels, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, mosaics, wearable art (jewelry, handbags, hair, accessories) and more. Regular gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information please Cornell St. Studios at (845) 331-0191 or visit them online at:

    May 28th - Adult Nature Walks sponsored by the Forsyth Nature Center. Meet at the Forsyth Nature Center located at 157 Lucas Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. Transportation provided to unique walking/hiking trails in the area. For more information please visit:

    May 28th – The Kingston Farmers’ Midtown Market celebrates its Opening Day from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th. The Market’s Broadway location between Henry Street and the Ulster Performing Arts Center makes it a perfect venue for the Center for Creative Education’s “Let’s Move Ulster!” The event begins at 5:00 p.m. Then join Mayor Shayne Gallo, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, and Congressman Chris Gibson at the Midtown Market’s “Vine-Cutting Ceremony” beginning at 5:30. Shop the Midtown Market’s farm-to-table vendors and pick-up your dinner to go or eat onsite in the new San Severia. The Market continues every Tuesday, rain-or-shine, through September 24th. The Kingston Farmers’ Midtown Market welcomes WIC, FMNP, & EBT. Check the website for weekly events:

    May 28th - The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to present the Historic 9/11 Fireboat, the John J. Harvey at H.R.M.M. The museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. For more info: (845) 338.0071,

    May 29th – The Free Music in the Parks Series will be held in Academy Green Park, located on Albany Avenue in the Historic Stockade District from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. This week welcome the band Our Mountain Home. All music booked by BWS Entertainment. For more information on the series and the bands please visit the City of Kingston website at:

    May 30th - The Old Dutch Church is pleased to present the Fine Arts Recitals. This week’s guest is Justan Foster, playing organ. The Series begins at 12:15. The Old Dutch Church is located in the Historic Stockade District at 272 Wall Street. For more information please call (845)338-6759 or email [email protected]

    May 31st - The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to present the Kingston High School Rowing Regatta and HVRL Sculling Championship at 3:00 p.m. on the Rondout Creek at the H.R.M.M. The museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. For more info: (845) 338.0071,

    Join historic walking tours. Listen to music in the parks. Enjoy kayaking on the majestic Hudson River. Shop locally and fresh in two locations at the Kingston Farmers’ Market. Dine in our intimate cafes and family-friendly restaurants. Live performances, an abundance of galleries and out-of-the-box events, all combine to make Kingston a not-to-miss destination.

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