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


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Contact: Chris Silva

    June 4, 2013                                                                                                 845.473.5288, x101



    The Bardavon’s 4 Seasons of the Hudson Valley Festival Continues with Summer and a




    In Collaboration with the Waterfront Restaurant Association,

    Ulster County Tourism and the City of Kingston


    Highlights Include Fireworks and

    Free Hudson Valley Philharmonic Outdoor Performance



    Kingston, NY – The Bardavon, The Waterfront Business Association, Ulster County Tourism and the City of Kingston are pleased to present a Kingston Independence Celebration on July 4, 5 and 6 in the city’s Rondout and Uptown neighborhoods. The Independence Celebration is the second installment of the Bardavon’s 4 Seasons of the Hudson Valley Festival, and will include a full schedule of free events for the whole family:


    THURSDAY, JULY 4TH on the Rondout


    5:00 to 9:00 pm:  Special children’s activities, craft vendors, and The Cagneys and other musical guests plus discounts at local restaurants and shops

    9:00 pm:  Patriotic Celebration & Fireworks. No coolers permitted, but food and beverages will be available on-site. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.


    FRIDAY, JULY 5TH on the Rondout


    Enter lawn seating area at Abeel Street right off Broadway, next to Mahoney’s.


    6:00 pm: Lawn Opens


    7:30 to 9:30 pm:  Hudson Valley Philharmonic Pops and Classical Concert featuring conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, the 50-piece orchestra, plus Broadway & Pop Vocalist Rob Evan (Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde and lead singer for the platinum-selling TSO- Trans Siberian Orchestra). This will be the first-ever free outdoor performance of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Kingston. No coolers permitted, but, food and beverages will be available on-site for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.


    SATURDAY, JULY 6TH  on the Rondout and Uptown


    1:00 to 4:00 pm: Rich Hines & the Hillbilly Drifters at the Senate House in Uptown and Dixieland at the Maritime Museum on the Rondout


    5:00 to 9:00 pm: Raya Brass Band and other musicians will perform outside the participating Rondout restaurants as a well as galleries opening new shows for First Night.


    A Kingston’s Independence Celebration is the Summer installment of the Bardavon’s 4 Seasons of the Hudson Valley Festival, a celebration of the arts and culture of the Mid-Hudson Valley, made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Legislature.?


    Additional support for this three day festival is provided by The Waterfront Business Association, The City of Kingston, Ulster County Tourism, Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C, Rondout Savings Bank, The Reis Group, Sav-On Party Central, The Daily Freeman, The Poughkeepsie Journal, WBPM, WPDH, MIX 97, WKNY, WRRV, WDST, WKZE, WRWD, ROCK 93.3, and WMHT.


    Created and produced by the Bardavon, the 4 Seasons is a partnership between a host of community organizations. It is designed to help revitalize the two urban centers and waterfronts of Poughkeepsie and Kingston, where the Bardavon’s two theaters are economic anchors. The selected timeframes coincide with each season, beginning with spring and summer 2013 in Kingston, and continuing with fall and winter in Poughkeepsie. Each season will take on a specific theme as Serious Laughs demonstrated with comedy and spring, and the Independence Celebration will for summer.


    Additional information about 4 Seasons and the Independence Celebration is available by calling Chris Silva at the Bardavon: 845-473-5288, Ext 101 or at,



    Randall Craig Fleischer (HVP Music Director): [email protected], 818-216-7210

    Rob Evan (HVP soloist from TSO): [email protected], 914-912-3998

    Stephen Savona (Savona’s): [email protected], 646-201-6844

    Samir Hrichi (Ship to Shore) 845-334-8887

    Dermot Mahoney (Mahoneys’) 845-532-5344


    The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1510-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (the HVP). It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with area schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy. Please visit



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