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

    10/1/2013 - October Events in Kingston

    The Forsyth Nature Center presents BOO AT THE ZOO!  The Kiwanis Club of Kingston presents the Kiwanis Kapers starring local dignitaries as you've never seen them before. The Trolley Museum of Kingston presents the Fright Train. And the Catskill Ballet Theatre Company presents the Third Annual Nutcracker Open Mini-Golf Event throughout the Rondout Waterfront District. All this and sooo much more this week in Kingston.

    The City of Kingston is nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains less than 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Albany.  Located along the banks of the majestic Hudson River, Kingston boasts amazing boutiques, cafes, antique shops, restaurants, historical attractions & an amazing performing arts center. Kingston’s events vary this month as much as the colors of the leaves. Miss October in Kingston and you miss a lot!

    “Kingston, Where History Meets the Hudson”

    Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway

    To download this document, please click here.

    The Friends of Historic Kingston present Greetings from Kingston: A Story in Postcards.  The exhibition will be available for viewing every Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., May-October in the FHK Gallery. This exhibition is free. While here visit the Fred J. Johnston House. Tour the interior of the c. 1812 Federal style house, the former home and showroom of nationally noted antiques dealer Fred J. Johnston who saved the historic house from demolition in 1938. View his private collection of 18th and early 19th century antique furnishings and decorative arts, mostly American, in eight elegant room settings he designed. Tour fee: $5 adult, $2 child under 16. The Friends of Historic Kingston is located on the corner of Wall & Main Streets in the Historic Stockade District. For more information please call (845) 339-0720 or visit:

    The Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum located at 265 Fair Street in the Historic Stockade District, is open for the season. The hours of operation are through October - Fridays 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. June through August - also open Wednesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. For more information call (845) 331-0866. For group and school tours call (845) 338-1247.

    Highlights of upcoming events are as follows:

    The Kingston Library is located at 55 Franklin Street in the B.E.A.T. District of Midtown. For more information please call the Kingston Library at: (845)331-0507 or 

    Ongoing Events at the Kingston Library:


    Thursdays at 3:30-5 PM, September through June

    Open to students ages 13-18

    No registration required

    Come explore the arts: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts and more with local artist and SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Poser.

    No prior experience necessary. FREE


    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM, September through May

    Bard College will be offering free college credit humanities courses at the Kingston Library. All tuition, books and child-care expenses will be covered. To apply for this course, please pick up an application at the library's circulation desk.


    Second Saturday of the month at 1:00 PM, September through June

    Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving and a hands-on math project. This gentle and encouraging mathematical environment is led by Bard math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome.


    Third Saturday of every month 2:00-3:30 p.m. September through June

    Open to teens and adults

    Children under 12 with parental supervision please

    Learn how to start collecting and searching pocket change for valuable mint errors! No prior experience necessary. FREE


    Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

    Toddler Time Tuesday (18 mos. to 3 years) and

    Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.


    Thursday mornings 10:30 a.m.

    A great way to find inner balance and deep relaxation. This program is free and all are welcome. Call Ann at 339-8567 with any questions.


    Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

    This informal group welcomes all skill level knitters. For more information, please contact Stephanie at [email protected] and reference "knitting" in the subject.


    Second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

    Explore the art of Japanese paper folding with Anita Barbour. Ages five and up; teens and adults may attend as well.

    The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit:

    Sundays - The Artists Way Cluster, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Mondays - Swing Dance Classes taught by Linda and Chester Freedman,

    6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Thursdays - Figure Drawing with Live Model led by James Martin,

    6:00 – 9:00 p.m., $20/session or $50/3 sessions

    Fridays - ASK for Music, 8:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Please check website for up-to-date information, $6

    Saturdays- First Saturday Reception, Free, every first Saturday of the month, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


    October 31st - The Old Dutch Church is pleased to present the Fine Arts Recitals. This week’s guest is Jay Shulman on cello. The Series begins at 12:15. The Old Dutch Church is located in the Historic Stockade District at 272 Wall Street. For more information please call (845)338-6759 or email [email protected]

    Join historic walking tours. Kayak on the majestic Hudson River and enjoy the fall colors. At the Kingston Farmers’ Market shop local and fresh.  Dine in our intimate cafes and family-friendly restaurants. Live performances, an abundance of galleries and out-of-the-box events, all combine to make Kingston a not-to-miss destination or a forever home.