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

    3/5/2024 - Kingston Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Artist Award


    March 6, 2024


    Kingston Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for

    Distinguished Artist Award



    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Kingston Arts Commission are now accepting nominations for the fourth City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award.

    The Distinguished Artist Award, established in 2018 through a partnership with Mayor Noble and the Kingston Arts Commission, is a biennial recognition of a Kingstonian’s creative excellence, artistic accomplishments, and involvement in the community.

    “We have an incredible artistic community, with truly incredible artists creating their work right here in Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “I am pleased to work with the Arts Commission to honor the fourth Distinguished Artist Award, as we continue to foster and support our creative community. I encourage everyone to nominate your favorite local artists.”

    Nominees for the Distinguished Artist Awards must be a resident of Kingston for a minimum of two years and recognized by peers and experts throughout the community as among the most highly celebrated in their field. We encourage nominations for creatives from all cultural backgrounds who may work in any artistic discipline including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, theater, film, and music. The awardee will be chosen based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community, and recognition in the field locally, nationally, or internationally.

    “There are so many excellent and innovative artists in our city who deserve to be celebrated,” said Kingston Arts Commission Chair Marielena Ferrer. “We invite the community to nominate outstanding Kingston artists who contribute significantly to their disciplines, garner recognition from their peers, and enrich Kingston’s vibrant cultural landscape.”

    Submission forms can be found at

    Nominations must include the submission form and a one-page narrative that illustrates the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be submitted by 4:30pm on Friday, March 22, 2024, either online via the form, or via email to [email protected] or mailed/dropped off in-person to City of Kingston’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs at City Hall at 420 Broadway during business hours.

    The awardee will be selected by a panel comprised of peers and professionals in the field. The awardee is not chosen by the quantity of nominations received, but by the quality of the nomination, of their work and by their commitment to the community. The awardee will be recognized at an award ceremony and reception held at City Hall on May 23, 2024, and hold the distinction for two years.

     The Distinguished Artist Award was presented to musician/composer Peter Wetzler and artist/poet Julie Hedrick in 2018, to musician Lara Hope in 2020, and to performance artist Jaguar Mary X in 2022.

    For any questions, please contact Kitt Potter, Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 845-334-3929.