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]

    Kingston News

    12/12/2023 - City of Kingston to Co-Host New Year’s Eve Concert Event

    December 12, 2023

    City of Kingston to Co-Host New Year’s Eve Concert Event
    ‘Let Our Love Be Heard’ at Old Dutch Church on December 31, 2023

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, in collaboration with Ars Choralis and Old Dutch Church, will once again co-host a special New Year’s Eve concert event at Old Dutch Church.
    Let Our Love Be Heard, a classical chorale concert performance, with narrations by Ulster County Poet Laureate Kate Hymes, City of Kingston Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Kitt Potter, and more, has a theme of peace, respect for one another, and inclusiveness. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages.
    Mayor Steve Noble said, “I look forward to another wonderful New Years Eve concert event, which is the perfect way to kick off the night’s festivities. This year’s concert, centered on themes of love and peace for all, is a beautiful sentiment for a time of both reflection and focus on the future.”

    Barbara Pickhardt, Director of Ars Choralis said, “On the eve of the New Year 2024, people throughout the world are hurting and frightened. In war-torn countries they are desperately seeking shelter and safety, trying to keep their loved ones alive while close to home. In an environment of discord and division, communities reeling from mass shootings are burying their loved ones, overwhelmed by grief and disbelief. Amid global heartbreak, Ars Choralis sings for the people - songs to offer comfort, hope, and courage; to remember the truth that love is stronger than evil, and that goodness will prevail. May our love be heard.”

    At the event, donations of warm clothing are being accepted to benefit the People’s Place in Kingston. New blankets, new/gently used warm coats, hats, gloves, and socks for youth and adults will be greatly appreciated.

    Let Our Love Be Heard concert
    December 31, 2023
    Old Dutch Church
    272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY
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