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

    About 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 seeks to reward the achievements of local artists and creative thinkers. Nominees for the Distinguished Artist Awards 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. This year, the 2018 Distinguished Artist Award was awarded to local couple, Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick.

    The panel for the 2018 Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Executive Director, Center for Creative Education; Ione, author, playwright/director and poet; Brian Mahoney, Editor, Chronogram Magazine; Isabel Nazario, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Rutgers University; and Aaron Rezney, food and still life photographer

     

    About the Artists

     

     

    Filmmaker & Author Nick Hand's short film about the 2018 Distinguished Artists, Julie Hedrick and Peter Wetzler. Hedrick & Wetzler are also featured in Hand's book Conversations on the Hudson.

     

    Julie Hedrick has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Europe. She is a graduate of the Painting Studio Program at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Born in 1958 in Toronto, Hedrick is now based in Kingston, New York. She is also a poet and has participated to great acclaim in readings, performances, set designs and discussion panels. Hedrick was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012 and was recently honored with the Kingston Distinguished Artist Award alongside her composer husband. Hedrick has been represented by Nohra Haime Gallery since 1998.

    Julie Hedrick’s new body of work titled ‘Persephone Rising’ is an oasis in these troubled times. Hedrick responds with her current palette of pink and peach hues, the sacred colors of rebirth. Functioning as a personification of feminine energy, power, and creativity, these works explore and honor Great Mother Earth. The differing qualities of light and color glowing within these paintings represent femininity as multidimensional and everlasting. The paintings move from serenely soft and dreamy, to abundantly joyous. Some are etched with gold, some flushed with breaths of yellow, while others deepen into cherry with patches of bright white light.

    Varying in scale, rhythm, and character, this series basks us in a renewal of pink, awakening us. The formation of these paintings into diptychs and triptychs are representative of reconciliation, a reminder of the energies that exist within and between us. The light filled canvases reflect the nuances of identity and leave us feeling open to hope. The lion’s roar of pink called Hedrick and this new series is the result.

    Upcoming exhibition ‘ Hedrick & Hedrick ‘ An exhibition of paintings by Julie and her father Robert Hedrick at One Mile Gallery Saturday, November 3rd 2019 6-8pm.

     

    To view Hedrick's decades long explorations of color in painting and poetry, please visit the links below. 

    Julie Hedrick's Webpage //Julie Hedrick @ Nohra Haime Gallery

     

    Peter Wetzler is classically trained in piano and was guest soloist with symphonies at an early age. He studied piano and conducting at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and continued piano with Robert Helps and composition at Princeton University.From Princeton Peter migrated to New York City and moved into jazz and non-Western music playing in gamelan and avant-garde ensembles while writing music for celebrated modern dance choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, David Dorfman and Susan Marshall and touring Europe and North America with Laura Dean.

     

    The strong rhythmic drive of his music, blended with the raw experimental influence of the downtown New York City music scene, had made him much sought after as a composer of film and television and multi-media scores including PBS’s “Great Performances” series, the Museum of Modern Art Experimental Filmmakers series, ABC and CBC documentaries as well as dark comedy and cartoon scoring.

     

    Wetzler’s recent live events include conducting the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a live performance of his score to Anezka Sebek’s film, “Landfill,” at the Hudson Valley Film Festival and the screening of Isabel Barton’s film “Julie of the Spirits” at the Woodstock Film Festival and performing with his ensemble The Repeatos @ Kingston’s O Positive Festival, The Rosendale Rail Trail Cafe and with Future Bossa 350 and the singer Eleni Reyes at the Artbar and Midtown Arts District (MAD) Kingston’s Festival of the Arts.

     

    After 20 years of exploring and composing on the bleeding edge of electronic music  in 2010 Peter returned to the solo acoustic piano and released the CD Falling Awake followed by Green in 2011. These explorations are a culmination of his years as a theater and film composer combined with his classical, jazz and world music influences. Wetzler recently curated the 4th Annual Celebration for the Arts, and continues to discover ways to bring music to the local community including his upcoming podcast Conversations with Composers where he interviewed and featured the music of local masters for WGXC radio which he will be continuing at Radio Kingston WKNY

     

    To learn more about Wetzler's creative achievements, please visit the links below.

     

    Peter Wetzler's Webpage // Peter Wetzler on Radio Kingston's Speak Out