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

    1/23/2024 - Consultant to Create Municipal Public Art Policy


    January 23, 2024


    Consultant to Create Municipal Public Art Policy


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs has contracted with McGregor Consulting to create a Municipal Public Art Policy.

    The Municipal Public Art Policy, which is fully grant funded, will apply to all forms of art on city property and will provide guidelines for the City when presenting or commissioning new work in the future. This policy focuses on public art on city property and does not address public art on private property.

    After an RFP process, McGregor Consulting has been contracted to create a Municipal Public Art Policy to:

    • provide collection management guidelines for existing works of art owned by the City and currently displayed in municipally owned spaces and municipal buildings
    • provide guidelines for the acquiring, commissioning of public works of art, and for sponsoring temporary and/or permanent art forms on City property;
    • offer ways for community to participate, promoting public art projects and activities while protecting the rights of artists
    • develop a plan for implementing the Municipal public art policy

     “We are thrilled to have McGregor Consulting on board to help us understand the extent of our existing art collection– from what hangs on the walls at City Hall, to the sculptures in our parks and public spaces,” said Mayor Noble. “One of the key elements of this municipal art plan will be how we, as a City, accept artwork going forward and to create a guide for maintaining our existing assets. This was a priority set forth in the Arts & Culture Master Plan, and with the support of the Common Council, I think is a good first step in the City of Kingston becoming a better steward for public art.”

    Jennifer McGregor of McGregor Consulting is an Arts Planner with over 40 years of expertise in the areas of art, public engagement, and placement. She was the first director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program where she wrote the operating guidelines and initiated the first 60 projects.

    The process will include public meetings to share the final draft before the Municipal Public Art Policy is approved by the Common Council.

    “The process of writing the policy is helping us to gain a better understanding of the needs of the City of Kingston’s existing Municipal Art Collection,” said Kitt Potter, Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs. “The final policy will position us to provide good stewardship the City’s collection and initiate and respond to opportunities to present public art that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts on city property.”

    The Public Art Policy Committee is reviewing each section of the Municipal Public Art Policy and advising on how the document will work best for Kingston’s specific needs. The Public Art Policy Committee comprises Kingston Arts Commissioners Ward Mintz, D.J. Brumfield, Isabel Cotarelo, Cicily Wilson; KAC Advisors Richard Frumess, Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank, Maggie Inge; City of Kingston Planner Suzanne Cahill, SUNY New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum’s Executive Director Anna Conlan, and Isabel Nazario, past founding director of Rutgers University’s Center for Latino Arts and Culture.

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