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

    10/2/2017 - 15th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival Scheduled for Sunday, October 8th

    October 2, 2017



    15th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival Scheduled for

    Sunday, October 8th


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival, which will take place on Sunday, October 8th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Forsyth Nature Center and Forsyth Park. 


    “Fifteen years later and the Forsyth Nature Center is bigger and better than ever thanks to the continued support of the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and the countless community volunteers who donate their time and resources to this educational institution in Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “I am so proud to have been involved with the Nature Center all of these years and look forward to continuing to support the Nature Center’s efforts for many years to come!”


    There will be a variety of games and crafts for children including Peacock Pop, Funny Farm Hunt, Udder Putter, Sand Art, Spin Art, Pumpkin Painting and many more. Hayrides, bouncy houses, Homespun Merry-Go-Round, Little Brays of Sunshine miniature donkeys, and Wild Mountain Birds of Prey will also be present. 


    The event and all entertainment is free, but tickets for games and crafts are available for purchase. Free activities include face painting, corn maze, leaf crowns, and pine cone bird feeders. 


    A great entertainment lineup is planned for this year's event, including:



    10am-10:15am            Welcome: Mayor, Chair Charles Seymour, MCee Jimmy Buff

    10:15-10:45am            Jerry Mitnick

    11:00-11:40am            Payne's Grey Sky

    Noon-1:00pm              Arm of the Sea Theater

    1:00pm-1:40pm           The Fabulous Fiddlers

    2:00pm-2:40pm           The Fabulous Hackers

    3:00pm-3:40pm           Deb Martin

    3:40pm-4:00pm           Raffle and 50/50 Drawings



    11:000am-12:00pm      Karen Pillsworth Story Telling

    Noon-12:30pm             MHVFCU Bernstein Bears

    12:30pm - 1:00pm        Hudson Valley Youth Chorale

    1:00pm - 2:00pm          Stephanie Morgan Story Telling

    2:00pm - 2:40pm          Bruce Wistance bluegrass music                                   



    Joe Beez will be offering delicious food items including burgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, french fries and the famous "Prodigy" sandwich, as well as vegetarian options. La Ruta Del Sol will also be serving Latin American favorites including rice and beans and empanadas.


    The fall festival will also host the annual bake sale booth with cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, candies, breads and many more tasty treats.  Anyone willing to donate a bake sale item can bring them the day of the festival or contact the FNC at [email protected]  or 845-339-3053 to arrange for pickup or drop off. 


    “We are very appreciative of the community in their attendance and volunteerism at the festival,” said Mark DeDea, Forsyth Nature Center Caretaker. “This is a day the community can help us to continue improvements at the facility, better the visitor’s experience, and enhance the animals’ conditions.”


    The fall festival is the primary fundraiser of the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and all money raised directly benefits the facility and programming.  Over the past 15 years, the annual fall festivals have raised over $125,000.  This money has been used for many of the facility upgrades including fencing, buildings for the animals, a permeable paver walkway to replace the blacktop, an expansion of the facility including a pond, gazebo, greenhouse, and turtle exhibit, signage, landscaping, and many energy efficient upgrades including solar panels and new windows. The event is sponsored by the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.