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.


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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    12/27/2018 - PUGG Exhibition Opening Reception on January 5 at City Hall

    December 27, 2018

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    City Hall to Host Four Art Exhibitions in 2019

    Opening Reception for Pop-Up Gallery Group Exhibition on Saturday, January 5th

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – The City of Kingston’s Department of Art & Cultural Affairs is collaborating with local organizations, Arts Mid-Hudson, the Kingston Arts Commission, and the Midtown Arts District, to bring four exhibitions to City Hall in 2019. Each of the four art exhibitions will be on display at City Hall for three months, with the opening receptions aligning with other First Saturday events. The first exhibition will feature the artwork by talented professional artists who have participated in the Pop-Up Gallery Group, or PUGG. The opening reception for the PUGG Alumni Exhibition will be held on Saturday, January 5, from 3:00–5:00pm in the gallery space on the ground floor. The exhibition will be available to view during regular City Hall hours until March 31, 2019. 

    The PUGG program is an arts management program developed to support current and alumni artists of Kingston High School. The program was developed by Lara Giordano and JoAnna Ruisi of The Department of Regional Art Workers (The DRAW), and was originally funded through a grant from the Office of Economic & Community Development of the City of Kingston. The PUGG program connects Kingston High School Alumni with local exhibition & workshop opportunities, along with providing current Kingston High School students with valuable experience in arts management. The PUGG Alumni Exhibition will feature nine artists in a wide variety of mediums including photography, quilting, illustration, drawing, printmaking, painting, and more. 

    “I am excited to welcome works by Kingston High School alumni to City Hall and to celebrate these artists’ unique talents,” said Mayor Noble. “The PUGG program is an incredible resource in our community and we’re happy to be partnering with them to bring this exhibition to City Hall. We are committed to continuing to support our growing arts community. This exhibition, along with the exhibitions planned for later in 2019, will put the spotlight on some of our local artists who make Kingston such a special place to live, work and visit.”

    The ground floor of City Hall, which has previously been used to display work, is now managed by the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs. Director Adrielle Farr is thrilled to assist in developing and managing the space for future exhibitions. “Using public spaces for the display of art promotes inclusivity, and allows for artists to share their work with visitors to City Hall,” said Farr. “It is exciting to see a municipal building offer a space to celebrate the artistic community.”

    For more information, and to learn more about future exhibitions at City Hall, please visit or contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs at [email protected] or (845) 334-3929. 

    For more information on the exhibitors, please visit