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

    Welcome to the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs 

    The Department of Art & Cultural Affairs was established in 2018 by Mayor Steve Noble, through partnership with the Kingston Arts Commission. Our mission is to provide the creative community of Kingston with a resource at the local level of government. The Department of Art & Cultural Affairs facilitates exhibitions for the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall. We also work to connect creatives with funding resources, and can offer assistance in planning for events, festivals, and programs in Kingston. 

    For more information, please contact our office at City Hall. 

    Interested in displaying your work in Kingston? Please visit our Tourism section for a complete list of galleries in the City of Kingston.

    "Earthday Everyday" traveling mural comes to City Hall! 

    A new piece of artwork is on display at City Hall! Local interdisciplinary artist Star Nigro has developed a traveling, temporary mural project with help from the talented youth of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County's Relatives As Parents Program and the local 4-H Youth Program. The participating artists created the mural concept, and a quote to represent their gift to the community; "No matter our differences, we always have something in common."

    Image of "Earthday Everyday" Traveling Eco Mural

    "Earthday Everyday" was created using everyday objects and recycled materials. Each artist was given a panel made of recycled pallet wood to decorate in their own style. When placed together, the individual panels create a unified image. "Earthday Everyday" won first place at the Ulster County Fair, along with a ribbon for outstanding exhibit at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The mural was displayed as a part of the O+ Festival in 2018, and before coming to City Hall was housed at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper, NY. 

    This community minded art piece inspired local business‘ to support this project, including Herzog’s of Kingston and their generous donation of building materials. RAW Makers of Kingston provided the use of their facilities, and amazing staff, including professional carpenter John Sauve. John worked together with Star to create the 32 tiles made from recycled palettes in addition to the 5’x 9’ wooden frame and easels.

    To learn more about this exciting project, please visit the following links:

    Relative As Parents Program

    4-H Youth Group

    Star Nigro's Artist Website

    Contact Information

    Director: Adrielle Farr 

    Phone: (845) 334-3929 

    The Art in Public Policy

    The Department of Art & Cultural Affairs and the Kingston Arts Commission has developed a draft of a "Art in Public" policy. The policy addresses community concern regarding the lack of procedure for public art projects in the City of Kingston. To download a PDF of the Art in Public Policy, please click here.

    Our Director of Art & Cultural Affairs, Adrielle Farr, presented a presentation on the policy on May 21st, which you can download and view here. The City of Kingston is accepting written, phone, and in-person comments on the draft until June 15th. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment for in-person meetings.