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

    Exhibitions at City Hall

    City Hall is proud to serve as both a municipal building, and a gateway to the City of Kingston. In an effort to bring art to our local public spaces, the ground floor of City Hall will transition into a space for the exhibition of art. In 2019, the Ground Floor Gallery will host four exciting displays of Kingston related artwork. Each show will run for three months, with opening receptions on First Saturday, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Ground Floor Gallery has been developed through the collaboration of prominent local arts organizations, including Arts Mid-Hudson and the Midtown Arts District.

    If you are interested in displaying your work at City Hall, please contact  

    The Department of Art & Cultural Affairs or The Kingston Arts Commission.




    Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston 

    On Display: April - June 2019

    Exhibits at City Hall are available for viewing from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

    To arrange a tour, please contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs.


    Please see below for a recording of Still Listening: A Concert for Pauline. The concert, produced by IONE and Lisa B. Kelley, offered attendees a chance to experience the sonic expressions of Pauline Oliveros, her contemporaries, and students of Deep Listening. A PDF of the concert program is available for download here.

    Live Stream was generously provided by Radio Kingston.



    Pauline Oliveros: Still Listening in Kingston 

    Still Listening in Kingston is an exhibition of Visual and Sonic Arts dedicated to the life’s work of Pauline Oliveros, a Kingston pioneer in the arts. The exhibit, encompassing video installations, and visual scores that can be performed, welcomes community participation from visitors of all ages and walks of life. This exhibition includes selected works from Still Listening-An Exhibit of Works in Honor of Pauline Oliveros presented by McGill University in Montréal Canada, 2017. Curated by Eric Lewis and Ellen Waterman. For the full catalog of the exhibit, please visit:

    The artwork exhibited is on loan from the collection of the Pauline Oliveros Trust and IONE.


    Pauline's Life & Legacy