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

    8/14/2023 - Kingston Hosts International Visitor Leadership Program


    August 14, 2023


    Kingston Hosts International Visitor Leadership Program

    Partnership with State Department Brings Artists from 23 Countries


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs were pleased to host participants of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

    The City of Kingston welcomed 23 artists and thought leaders from countries around the world, including Angola, Belarus, Colombia, the Republic of Korea, Ghana, Nigeria, and many more. This all-day visit marked the first time the IVLP, in its 82-year history, has brought its emerging leaders to Kingston. 

    At City Hall, Mayor Noble spoke to the group about the importance of art in creating and sustaining community. A panel with local arts leaders (Lara Giordano from D.R.A.W, Ward Mintz from the Kingston Arts Commission, Greer Smith from TRANSART, and Rob Sweeney from the Old Dutch Church), led to a lively discussion. After lunch at City Hall provided by Tilda’s Kitchen, the group toured the Center for Creative Education, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, and met with Ulster County officials at the Matthewis Persen House Museum. 

    The collaboration with the U.S. Department of State highlights Mayor Noble’s vision to nurture the Kingston arts community and support the arts as both a local economic driver and a catalyst for social cohesion and inclusion. 

    “This was a wonderful and unique opportunity to welcome all of these incredibly talented artists from around the world,” said Mayor Noble. “As we who live in Kingston know, we are a special community, and much is owed to our thriving arts scene and the working artists who contribute to the culture and personality of our great City. We were proud to show these 23 international visitors our community. I want to thank Dina Suggs of the U.S. Department of State and Kitt Potter, the City of Kingston’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, for orchestrating this special event and giving us the ability to showcase our City, and the opportunity to have a rich cultural exchange.”

    International visitors included:

    Angola: Ms. Imanni da Silva Loureiro, Founder and General Coordinator, I am Trans Movement

    Australia: Mr. Jay Masih, CEO & Artistic Director, Encounter Theatre

    Belarus: Ms. Tatsiana Shteinbuk, Event & Project Manager, Individual Entrepreneur

    Colombia: Mr. Fabio Andres Arboleda Mendoza, NEGRO FEST Founder and Director 

    Egypt: Ms. Siza Mohamed Abdelhakam Zayed, Marketing Director, RAW Entertainment

    Eritrea: Mr. Afewerki Zemicheal Fissehaye, Art and Design Teacher, Genfelom Educational Enterprise

    France: Mr. Mossi Traore, Fashion Designer, Zhen & Mossi

    Germany: Ms. Joana Julia Friederike Tischkau, Choreographer, Independent

    Ghana: Mr. Nathaniel Nii Armah Attoh, Editor Joy Sports/Events and Thought Leadership, Multimedia Group

    India: Mr. Sudarsan Pattnaik, Sand Artist, Sand Art India

    Lithuania: Mr. Darius Vaicekauskas, Head, Lithuanian Photographer’s Association Klaipeda Dept.

    Mexico: Mr. Roberto Eliud Nava Gonzalez, Director, Adolfo Prieto School of Art of the Council for Culture and the Arts of Nuevo Leon (CONARTE)

    Nepal: Mr. Kailash Kumar Shrestha, Founder, Artudio

    Netherlands: Ms. Stephanie Archangel, Curator History Department, Rijksmuseum

    Nigeria: Dr. Josephine Ebiuwa Abbe, Associate Professor, University of Benin

    Republic of Korea: Mr. Heezy Yang, Freelance Artist

    Republic of Turkiye: Ms. Ezgi Yalinalp, Co-founder and Manager, Puruli Culture & Art

    Slovenia: Mr. Sandi Abram, Director of Ljubljana Street Art Festival, Institute for Urban Questions

    Tanzania: Ms. Safina Said Kimbokota, Artist in Residence, College of Humanities, Univ. of Dar Es Salaam

    Trinidad and Tobago: Ms. Anika Natasha Plowden, Director, Chosen Hands Foundation

    Tunisia: Ms. Hazar Hichri, Program and Operational Manager, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

    Uganda: Mr. Philip Balimunsi, Curator/Manager, Uganda National Cultural Center


    Special thanks to Ulster Savings Bank, Ulster County Tourism, Ulster County Clerk’s Office, and Radio Kingston for their support of this historic event.