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

    3/4/2024 - City of Kingston Hosts Second Annual Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals Concert


    March 4, 2024



    City of Kingston Hosts Second Annual

    Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals Concert



    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the second annual presentation of Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals at Old Dutch Church, a free, family-friendly event, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at 3:00pm.

    The program will feature award-winning storyteller David Gonzalez and classical piano virtuoso Frederick Chiu. Peter and the Wolf, a lyrical symphonic fairy tale for children composed by Sergei Prokofiev, will be narrated by David Gonzalez with Frederick Chiu accompanying on piano. A performance of composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals will follow, a musical suite of fourteen movements, each for various animals, including The Tortoise, The Swan, and Wild Horses.

    “Back by popular demand, this wonderful family event will once again be free and open to the public,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and our partners at Old Dutch Church for hosting this community program again.” 

    “We are so excited to present this afternoon of family fun, funky family-friendly storytelling by David Gonzalez that gives this humorous musical suite a new twist,” said Kitt Potter, City of Kingston’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “We are expecting a full house, so families are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy coloring a sketch of Peter and the Wolf created by Kingston Arts Commissioner Isabel Cotarelo.”

    David Gonzalez is of Cuban/Puerto Rican heritage and is an unusual combination of musician, composer, storyteller, producer, poet, actor, showman and impresario. A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Gonzalez holds a doctorate in Music Therapy from NYU and has performed for thousands of schools throughout the US during his long and joyous career. 

    Frederick Chiu plays major venues on five continents: Lincoln Center in New York, Le Châtelet in Paris, the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires, and extensive tours in smaller and unusual venues. Frederic Chiu recorded the most extensive complete piano works of Prokofiev, and his personal relationship with the Prokofiev family makes him a world-recognized advocate of the composer. With his wife, Jeanine Esposito, he co-created the arts non-profit, Beechwood Arts & Innovation to explore collaboration across art genres and the integration of arts and technology to foster community. Frederic teaches at both Carnegie Mellon University and The Hartt School.

    For more of the City of Kingston’s Arts & Cultural Affairs programming, please visit