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]

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       Lynn Woods
     Maria Elena Ferrer    Susie Linn
       Ward Mintz
     Linda Marston-Reid
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    The purpose of the Kingston Arts Commission is to strengthen the local economy by attracting and promoting artists, arts venues, and arts entrepreneurs; encouraging cultural tourism; creating opportunities for training and employment in a range of creative fields; and enhancing quality of life amenities that will make Kingston a more attractive City in
    which to live. By so doing, the City of Kingston will gain greater regional and national recognition.

     To contact the Kingston Arts Commission, or to make a request to be included on their agenda, please email [email protected] 

    The Kingston Arts Commission meets at 4:30 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Meetings are held at City Hall, and are open to the public. 


    Join the Kingston Arts Commission

    There is currently 1 open position on the Kingston Arts Commission. The City of Kingston is seeking artists, musicians, creatives, or anyone interested in advocating for the arts to consider applying. Commissioners serve a term of three years.

    To apply, please submit an application online

    Click here to submit an application.


    The Distinguished Artist Awards 

    The Distinguished Artist Award was established in 2018 through partnership with Mayor Steve Nobel and the Kingston Arts Commission. The Distinguished Artist Award is a biennial award, which seeks to reward the achievements of local artists and creative thinkers. Nominees for the Distinguished Artist Award must have been a resident of Kingston for a minimum of two years. Nominees will have demonstrated a commitment to the local creative community. Awardees are selected by a panel of their peers, and are honored in a ceremony held at City Hall. The 2018 Distinguished Artist Award was presented to local artists Peter Wetzler and Julie HedrickThe 2020 Distinguished Artist Award was presented to local musician Lara Hope


    The Arts & Culture Master Plan 

    In 2020, the City of Kingston embarked on the Arts & Culture Master Plan, the first city-wide cultural assessment for our community. Through the RFP process, Lord Cultural Resources was selected from numerous applicants to assist in the development of the Arts & Culture Master Plan. Along with the Project Advisory Committee, the Kingston Arts Commission serves as advisors to the project, which is managed by the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs. 

    To learn more about the Arts & Culture Master Plan, please visit Engage Kingston


    Meeting Minutes & Meeting Agendas

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