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

    5/14/2019 - City of Kingston Releases ‘Art in Public’ Policy Draft - Public Meeting on May 21

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    May 14, 2019

     

    City of Kingston Releases ‘Art in Public’ Policy Draft

    Community Presentation and Workshop on May 21

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble, the City of Kingston’s Department of Art & Cultural Affairs, and the Kingston Arts Commission announce today, the ‘Art in Public’ policy draft. This city-wide policy establishes protocol and procedure for publicly displayed works of art in Kingston. A community presentation and workshop to introduce the policy and answer any questions will be held on May 21 at 5:30pm at City Hall. The Director of Art & Cultural Affairs, Adrielle Farr, will make a brief presentation on the policy, followed by a roundtable discussion. 

    “The City of Kingston encourages artists to continue to develop and create artwork that engages with the public,” said Mayor Noble. “I created the office of Arts and Cultural Affairs with the intention of the director being a valuable resource to our community of artists. With this policy, she will assist those wanting to produce public art and help them through the process.” 

    “We know that public art displays have become part of Kingston’s identity and provide our community members the opportunity to engage with art every day,” said Adrielle Farr. “The Arts Commission and I have thoroughly researched existing policies, while also taking into consideration the needs of our particular community, and have created a policy that we believe will benefit artists, the City’s historic assets, and everyone who enjoys the artwork itself.” 

    A working draft of the policy is available on the City’s website, and copies will be provided at the workshop. After addressing feedback  and concerns from the public, the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission will present the policy to the Common Council for adoption into the City Code. Once the policy is in place, a Community Art Panel will be formed and an application process will be instated for art in public. 

    “This policy is not to restrict art or artists in any way. We want to say yes to more projects, and to involve more people from the community in the process,” said Susie Linn, chairperson of the Arts Commission. “The Art in Public policy protects artists’ work as outlined in the Visual Artists Rights Act, and we believe will be an asset to local artists.”

    Public input regarding the policy will be accepted until June 15. Comments can be submitted to kingstonarts@kingston-ny.gov.