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

    4/18/2017 - Kingston Earth Fair and Expo to be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00am-3:00 at Forsyth Park

    April 17, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department announces 2017 Earth Fair and Expo


    Program: Kingston Earth Fair and Expo 2017

    Location: Forsyth Park, 157 Lucas Ave Kingston NY 12401

    When:     April 22nd, 2017



    The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled an Earth Fair and Expo to be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00am-3:00pm at Forsyth Park and the Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston. This event, now the fourth consecutive celebration of Earth Day in Kingston, will include a staff-led green infrastructure tour of the Forsyth Nature Center, highlighting some of the Nature Center’s most impressive sustainable features, such as its rain garden and solar arrays.


    Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City noted…“The City of Kingston is a leader in sustainability for a small city in our region. The Earth Fair and Expo is an opportunity to spotlight the great work the city is doing, how government can lead by example while also inviting the community to come and learn, be inspired and take action for our earth. This type of community engagement is perfectly aligned with the goals and principles of the City’s Climate Action Plan.”


    The event will feature great local businesses and organizations which will be showcasing their commitment to sustainability. Businesses and residents alike will take away great ideas and resources. Additionally, there will be music featuring local artists such as Vince Fisher, Deb Martin, Annie DiRusso and Ami Madeleine along with live demonstrations from Innate Parkour Movement and Energy Dance Company. Come sit in the Mayor’s electric vehicle, learn about how to go solar, peruse used books, participate in a Yoga class or just come to be inspired.


    The Earth Expo will also host a Repair Café where instead of throwing away those broken items the public can bring in a broken but beloved item and repairers will teach you how to repair. This year will also be the first Earth Day Exchange where attendees can swap used clothes, toys, books, or household goods. All un-swapped items will be donated to People’s Place of Kingston. And there will be lots of fun for the kids, including a Children’s book reading by local artist Jerrice Baptiste, an interactive reading of The Lorax, and a great family sing-along as well as tons of games and activities for children. This event is free and open to everyone. Giveaways, demonstrations, and simple solutions will be sure to make this an event not to miss.


    This event is supported by the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.


    Parking is available at the Nature Center’s Dietz Stadium Entrance and/or the Lucas Avenue Entrance to Forsyth Park. Additional parking is also available at Edson Elementary School.


    For more information about this event, including exhibitor registration or volunteering, contact Kingston Parks and Recreation Department at (845)481-7339 or on

    Earth Fair and Expo Schedule


    Family Sing Along


    Vince Fisher

    11-11:30 am

    Vince Fisher

    11:30 am-12pm

    Jerrice Baptise Reading “Weird, Wonderful, Water Birds”


    Welcome & Tree planting


    Innate Movement Parkour Demo


    Ami Madeleine


    DXF Demo/ Energy Dance Troop


    Annie DiRusso

    2:30-3 pm

    Deb Martin