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]

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    4/18/2014 - Announcing April in Paris Village Garden Culinary Salon

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    April in Paris Village Garden Culinary Salon

    April 18th, Friday, 7PM
    The Uptown Gallery
    296 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401



    Spring has finally sprung and there's no place in the world like April in Paris! Next best thing- join us at Kingston's most artful new event space for a taste of French cuisine, opera and song!

    Our Village Garden monthly culinary salons at the gallery are a winning combination of fine dining, music, art and conversation. Book early to assure your place. This is a fundraiser for Opera Theater of Kingston.

    Menu coming soon. Vegetarians please choose vegetarian option when booking.




    Tickets: $35
    available online
    or by calling 845 331 3261




    This month chanteuse Elaine Rachlin performs Jaques Brel and baritone Kerry Henderson is joined by friends (tba) in famous arias, songs and duets from and about France. Gallery pianist Peter Cody plays the gallery's 100 year old Knabe grande.

    Our Parisian banquet is courtesy of Chefs Curt Robair and Wendy Grossman. The fine art and sculpture at Uptown Gallery this month are by Sean Bowen, Roberta Sickler and Dave Channon

    Bon Appetit!



    About the artists:


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    Photo courtesy Cynthia Del Conte

    Kerry Henderson

    New Zealand born baritone Kerry Henderson is Executive Director and Founder of the Kingston Festival of the Arts and Opera Theater of Kingston. He has sung major operatic roles throughout the world including at the Sydney Opera House, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy and in concert several times at Carnegie Hall.

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    Elaine Rachlin- chanteuse

    International Chanteuse - Elaine Rachlin, a multi-lingual vocalist. Ms Rachlin performs American Jazz Standards as well as songs in French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and English. Elaine’s sultry voice and performance evokes the soul of Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday.



    Peter Cody-pianist

    Peter did his undergraduate work at Temple University, where he studied piano with George Sementovsky, and SUNY New Paltz, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Composition. Peter has studied classical piano with opera singer, pianist, and organist David Ancker, while focusing also on composition and studies in electronic music. He received his Masters in Composition at SUNY Binghamton in December 2013, with thesis works including a piano quartet and a suite for unaccompanied cello.

    Chef Curt Robair

    Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Curt Robair trained under Chef Steven Mungeon , who gained accolades and celebrity as the executive chef of the famous Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Chef Robair’s interest in the culinary arts was cultivated from childhood .Particularly enamored with gardening and obsessed with preparing dishes with homegrown ingredients, he maintains a greenhouse and farm of vegetables, herbs and fruits at home Curt is Executive Chef at the Menla Mountain Retreat.

    Chef Wendy Grossman

    Wendy Grossman is the assistant chef at Menla Mountain Retreat, cooking with Curt Robair. She has been cooking here in the Catskills at the Garden Cafe and sweet sues, along with a LONG list of restaurants in NYC including Angelica's Kitchen. She has done private cooking for Yoko Ono and Cindy Lauper and Angelica Page Torn among others.