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.


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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    12/13/2022 - Mayor to Host First Native American Ceremony at City Hall


    December 13, 2022



    Mayor to Host First Native American Ceremony at City Hall

    ‘Wiping of Tears’ to be held December 21, 2022


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley, and members of the Munsee, Esopus, and Ramapough Lenape nations will host the first Wiping of Tears-Winter Solstice ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 12:30pm.

    This traditional Native American ceremony will take place outdoors in front of City Hall and is intended to represent clearing past hurts, connecting to the land, and making way to enter a new, positive relationship with one another.

    “To my knowledge, this is the first time a Mayor has formally invited Native American representatives to gather in peace with us at Kingston’s City Hall. It’s important for me to acknowledge that the European colonization of North America had a devastating effect on our Indigenous population. Within a short period of time, their way of life was changed forever,” said Mayor Noble. “I thank my Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for initiating this relationship and look forward to participating in this ceremony, which I hope will demonstrate the City’s commitment to building bridges with the Native American community in a positive and connected way.” 

    Paul (Coyote Song) Tobin, of the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley said, “As we move into the longest night, let’s bring and share our light and love so that together we can look towards a future where we can shed the tears, sorrows, and burdens of the past and move forward with clear eyes and open hearts.”

    The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear warm clothing. Radio Kingston will livestream the outdoor ceremony on the City of Kingston’s YouTube channel and the public may also watch the livestream from the Council Chambers at City Hall. A reception inside City Hall will follow the outdoor portion of the event.

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