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

    6/7/2023 - City Hall to Host Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting


    June 8, 2023


    Mayor Noble to Host Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting at City Hall


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce that the City of Kingston will host a Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting event at City Hall on Wednesday, June 21, from 4:30pm-7:00pm.

    The Tree of Peace Planting symbolizes people of all backgrounds coming together in peace, throwing aside feelings of hatred, prejudice, and judgment. There will be singing, dancing, drumming, sharing of food, and words of thanksgiving.

    The Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting ceremony is in partnership with:

    Grandfather Paul Tobin (Coyote Song), spokesperson for the Caretakers Society and founder of the Two Row Wampum Unity Pipe Carriers Circle;

    Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Munsee Lunaape Nation;

    Bear Clan Chief Kawasente of the Kahnawake Mohawk Community;

    Rev. NickMiles (Tecumseh Red Cloud), co-founder/Leader of the Drum for the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley and the Cloud Breakers;

    and Nettop Keetop.

    “We are proud to host the Summer Solstice event and plant a Peace Tree here at City Hall. This event marks our willingness to acknowledge this land’s original habitants and pay respect, and to work together toward peace,” said Mayor Noble. “I am hopeful this ceremony and the tree we plant will serve as an inspiration of to all visitors to City Hall in the years to come. I want to thank Kitt Potter, the Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for her ongoing efforts to bring these wonderful relationship-building ceremonies to the City of Kingston.”

    Kitt Potter, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs said, “Out of a deep respect for all the Native American Chiefs and leaders coming to Kingston to lead this special event, I am proud of the unprecedented work we are doing to grow the relationship between the City and Indigenous communities far and wide. I extend my deepest gratitude to event coordinator Jeanne Edwards and Radio Kingston for all their support.”

    As Kawisente, Bear Clan Chief from the Kahnawake Mohawk (Kanien’kehá:ka) Reserve has said, “If any nation outside of the original Five Nations wishes to uphold the natural laws of The Great Law of Peace, then they may retrace their roots to the Tree, and they will live in harmony with the Earth.”

    The Summer Solstice/Peace Tree Planting event will take place outside in front of City Hall. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or cushions and water.

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