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]

    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. If you are interested in filming in Kingston, please click here to learn more. To see a map of Kingston's cultural assets, please click here to view our Cultural Asset Inventory. 



    Contact Information

    Director: Kitt Potter

    [email protected] 




    The City of Kingston's Arts & Culture Master Plan

    In 2020, the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs, and the Kingston Arts Commission announced the start of work on the Arts & Culture Master Planning Project. The City of Kingston contracted with Lord Cultural Resources to complete the study, with Director of Art & Cultural Affairs Adrielle Farr serving as Project Manager. The community-driven project was guided by a Project Advisory Committee, and the Kingston Arts Commission. 

    We are delighted to be able to share the Arts & Culture Master Plan, please click here to view

    The cultural planning process is a dynamic one, and we want to ensure we hear from community members before we formally adopt the Cultural Master Plan. Please submit your feedback by September 22nd, 2021. Feedback can be submitted on Engage Kingston, or via email. Send your comments to [email protected] 

    Please visit Engage Kingston to learn more, and keep up to date on the Arts & Culture Master Plan.