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

    4/2/2018 - Mayor Steve Noble Launches Citywide ‘Paint the Town Yellow’ Tuesday, April 3rd

    Mayor Steve Noble Launches Citywide

    ‘Paint the Town Yellow’ Tuesday, April 3rd

    KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston’s first citywide “Paint the Town Yellow” campaign to shine a light on mental health.

    The campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, with an “Optimism in Action” celebration at City Hall, at 420 Broadway. The event will feature remarks from Mayor Noble, HealthAlliance President and CEO David Scarpino, Mental Health Association in Ulster County CEO Ellen Pendegar, Kingston Arts Commissioner and Arts Mid-Hudson Executive Director Linda Marston-Reid, Business Alliance of Kingston cofounder Pat Courtney-Strong, Kingston Midtown Arts District President Anne Bailey, Ward 9 Alderwoman and musician Andrea Shaut, and City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award recipient Julie Hedrick. Kingston Arts Commissioner Micah Blumenthal will serve as emcee for the evening.

    In addition to a mayoral proclamation in honor of the Paint the Town Yellow campaign, Tuesday’s event will feature a yellow “ribbon-tying ceremony” -- an action of Optimism and unity to brighten the world through collaboration -- as well as the official opening of an INT-O Yellow art exhibit on the City Hall ground floor.

    “We are proud to be the first city in New York to Paint the Town Yellow,” said Mayor Noble. “This is an opportunity to show the world what Kingston Optimism is all about! We are a caring city filled with neighbors working together to build a strong, resilient community in which every resident is supported and empowered. I can’t think of a more appropriate celebration of the direction our community is going. As our state motto says, “Excelsior!” meaning, “Ever Upward!”

    Kingston’s Paint the Town Yellow campaign -- with International Optimism Yellow-inspired art shows, speakers’ series, fundraisers and other events -- will run through May, Mental Health Awareness Month. Campaign partners include the City of Kingston, HealthAlliance, the Mental Health Association in Ulster County, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, and UMEWE (you-me-we).

    “HealthAlliance is happy to support this two-month celebration of Optimism,” Scarpino said. “We look forward to taking action with many other groups and individuals to enhance the movement of Optimism in this city, which is expected to create social and economic benefits. This is also important to HealthAlliance as a healthcare institution because Optimism has also been shown to improve one’s health -- not just one’s mental health but rather how one functions and flourishes on many levels, creating a greater overall sense of well-being and life fulfillment.”

    Paint the Town Yellow is a concept of G. Riley Johndonnell, a Kingston artist, activist and Optimist who creates works of art intended to generate positive energy. He cofounded as a social-benefit art and design collaborative that creates public works and new opportunities for collaboration among artists, communities, companies and civic organizations.

    International Optimism Yellow, or INT-O Yellow, is a specific version of yellow developed by Johndonnell and UMEWE in collaboration with the Pantone Color Institute, a worldwide color authority known for standardizing colors.

    “It’s a color with a cause, a platform for participation and a tool to inspire a brighter reality,” Johndonnell said. “It’s also a way to convert blight into light, turn void to value and positively change reality.”

    Mayor Noble concluded, “I hope all of our community members consider coming up with creative new ways of showing their Optimism at home, at work and in daily living throughout this inspiring Paint the Town Yellow celebration.”

    For a full calendar of events and updates, visit the “Paint the Town Yellow Kingston” Facebook page at