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

    3/19/2019 - Local Composer Honored with City Hall Exhibition


    March 19, 2019


    Local Composer Honored with City Hall Exhibition

    Opening Reception for “Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston” on April 6

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – The City of Kingston’s Department of Art and Cultural Affairs is continuing its collaboration with local arts organizations to produce compelling art exhibitions for the ground floor of City Hall with Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston. The exhibition will feature 23 artists, whose works are visual representations of music inspired by composer and artist Pauline Oliveros. The opening reception, which will feature sonic art and performances throughout, will be held at City Hall on April 6, from 3:00-5:00pm. 

    “Having works inspired by one of Kingston’s most treasured artists, and giving visitors to City Hall the chance to learn more about Pauline, is a wonderful use of our ground floor gallery space,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “I am pleased to have an opportunity to further honor her legacy, and am excited to see what inspirations we’ll see in these artists’ works.”

    Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) was a groundbreaking composer, performer, and humanitarian. Her work spanned many disciplines, with a focus on unearthing our complex relationship to sound. Oliveros founded the Deep Listening Institute in Kingston, and was a vital member of Kingston’s creative community. Her lifelong devotion to the arts was celebrated in a tribute concert at Kingston City Hall in 2017. In 2018, Oliveros was honored with the dedication of the Deep Listening Plaza, formerly the Broadway Commons. 

    Oliveros’ legacy continues to inspire artists around the world. The work featured in Still Listening in Kingston was selected from a larger exhibition produced by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at McGill University. The "Text Scores" chosen for display at Kingston City Hall were curated by Oliveros’ spouse and creative partner, IONE, and the artist Lisa B. Kelley. IONE and Kelley continue to champion Oliveros' life and work through The Pauline Oliveros Trust and the Ministry of Maat, Inc, a Kingston-based spiritual and educational nonprofit organization that nurtures world-wide harmony and balance.

    Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston will be on display from April 6-June 28, 2019 during regular City Hall hours (8:30am-4:30pm). The next exhibition in July will feature a collection of photographic work from local artist Alekz Pacheco. 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.

    Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston Exhibition

    Opening Reception

    Saturday, April 6, 2019


    Ground floor of City Hall

    420 Broadway, Kingston NY