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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    11/19/2018 - 12/4: "The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office" Closing Reception

    The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office

    Public Exhibition at City Hall Open Through December 4th

     

    KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to host “The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office”, a free public exhibition located on the ground floor of City Hall, through December 4th.  The exhibition, which launched with an opening reception on October 12th, was curated by Stephen Blauweiss of Blauweiss Media and documents the history behind one of Kingston’s lost architectural monuments, the Kingston Post Office. Blauweiss debuted the original show at Dutton Architecture in October 2017. Since then, Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz have transformed the exhibition into a book of the same name, due to be released in mid-December 2018.

    “We feel it’s really fitting to have this particular subject matter displayed in City Hall, which almost met the same fate as the post office, but was thankfully saved,” said Blauweiss. “For this reason, we created two additional displays highlighting City Hall’s history and beautiful renovation.”

    The public is encouraged to attend a Closing Reception at City Hall on Tuesday, December 4th from 5:30-7:00pm, with a talk by Blauweiss at 6:00pm.

    “Blauweiss Media has once again brought the past alive with this amazing exhibition,” said Mayor Noble. “Each day, visitors of City Hall are absolutely stunned with these incredible images. In addition to the collection’s vividness and beauty, it is a stark reminder that our community must continue to protect our historic assets or suffer the consequences of their loss.”

    The exhibition is one of the largest curated for the ground floor of City Hall. With support from the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, this location will host a selection of exciting and engaging exhibitions in 2019. To learn more about exhibitions at City Hall, contact Adrielle Farr, Director of Art & Cultural Affairs, at 845-334-3929 or afarr@kingston-ny.gov. 

    For more information about the exhibitor, visit BlauweissMedia.com.

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