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

    10/3/2023 - 2023 Burning of Kingston Finale to Feature Bard Conservatory Ensemble


    October 3, 2023


    2023 Burning of Kingston Finale to Feature

    Bard Conservatory Ensemble

    Chamber Music Concert to Close Out Festival


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, with Ulster County, will host a special Burning of Kingston finale Chamber Music of the Revolutionary War Period presented by the Bard Conservatory Ensemble on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at 3:00pm at Old Dutch Church.

    “We are thrilled to host the Bard Conservatory Ensemble for the first time as a part of the Burning of Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank Bard for providing us with such am exciting finale, the Old Dutch Church for the beautiful venue, and the planning committee, including the City of Kingston’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs Kitt Potter, for helping to including profound and moving new programming to the Burning of Kingston. I love that we can honor the past and view it through a new lens.”

    The Bard Conservatory Ensemble will perform String Quartet Opus 1 number 3 in G minor, by Joseph Bologne ‘Chevalier Saint Georges’: String Quartet Opus 76 number 3 in C major, by Franz Joseph Haydn, and Piano Sonata in D major, K. 381, for four-hands by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a pre-concert talk featuring Classical Music Master Leslie Gerber.  

    “The music of this program represents what might have been heard in informal music gatherings on either side of the Atlantic at the time of the American Revolution,” said Classical Music Master Leslie Gerber. “We even know that Thomas Jefferson, an accomplished musician, was particularly fond of the music of Haydn. Moreover, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Sainte Georges was a revolutionary of his own type-- a descendant of a slave owner and an African slave who was a master musician and swordsman and who gained prominent recognition in an otherwise all-white classical world.”

    Musicians from the Bard Conservatory Chamber Music Program String Quartet include Chris Nelson, violin; Joas Erasmus, violin; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Chris Van Zyl, cello. The Piano Duo comprises Yilin Li and Francis Huang.

    “The Bard Conservatory musicians are delighted to participate in this year’s Burning of Kingston observances,” said Marka Gustavsson, Associate Director of the Bard Collect Conservatory of Music. “The opportunity to connect our concert program to significant historical events with local roots is very inspiring.”

    The concert is free and open to the public. For the full schedule, visit