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]


    Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Kingston Arts Commission are now accepting nominations for the fourth City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award.

    The Distinguished Artist Award, established in 2018 through a partnership with Mayor Steve Noble and the Kingston Arts Commission, is a bi-annual recognition of a Kingstonian’s creative excellence, artistic accomplishments and involvement in the community. NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARDS MUST BE A RESIDENT OF KINGSTON FOR A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS AND RECOGNIZED BY PEERS AND EXPERTS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AS AMONG THE MOST HIGHLY CELEBRATED IN THEIR FIELD. 

     We encourage nominations for creatives from all cultural backgrounds who may work in any artistic discipline including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, theater, film and music. The awardee will be chosen based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community, and recognition in the field locally, nationally or internationally.

    Nominations must include the submission form and a one-page narrative that illustrate the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be submitted by 430PM, FRIDAY, March 22, 2024 to City of Kingston’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs: via THIS ONLINE FORM; VIA THIS PDF FORM BY email TO [email protected], or mailed/dropped off at City Hall at 420 Broadway.

    The awardee will be selected by a panel comprised of peers and professionals in the field. Note that the awardee is not chosen by the quantity of nominations received, but by the QUALITY of the nomination, of their work and by their commitment to the community. The awardee will be recognized by Mayor Steve Noble, the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission at an award ceremony and reception held at City Hall on May 23, 2024. As Distinguished Artist of the City of Kingston, the awardee will hold the distinction for two years and will be extended a standing invitation as a special guest to City of Kingston events and recognized as such when present.

    The Distinguished Artist Award was presented to artists Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick in 2018, to musician Lara Hope in 2020 and to performance artist Jaguar Mary X.


    The Distinguished Artist Awards 2022

    Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston Arts Commission are pleased to announce the 2022 City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award will be presented to performance artist Jaguar Mary X.

    Jaguar Mary X (they/them) is a performance artist, glossolalia vocalist, filmmaker, and hoop dancer. Their specific concerns, and the directives that have driven their art practice, engage black feminist discourse, questions of history, and ritual performance and practice in art. Jaguar Mary has shown and performed internationally at the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art, KARST Gallery in the UK and Dietch Projects in New York. In 2020, they were commissioned to make work for the Public Art Fund and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. They also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Jaguar Mary is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute for the Arts, and received a full scholarship from Pratt Institute and completed an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies in May 2019. Jaguar Mary X is a Kingston resident.

    The panel for the 2022 Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: Dominick Hiddo, painter; Brian Mahoney, editor; Kai Navarette, visual artist; Sarah Reiter, writer/director; and Laura Victoria Ward, choreographer/dancer. 

    The Distinguished Artist Award ceremony, free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. A reception immediately follows.

    About the Distinguished Artist Award

    The Distinguished Artist Award was established in 2018 through partnership with Mayor Steve Noble 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.

    The Distinguished Artist Award was presented to artists Peter Wetzler and Julie Hedrick in 2018 and to musician Lara Hope in 2020.