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
    Email:
    [email protected]

    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 has transitioned into a space for exhibitions. The Ground Floor Gallery has been developed through the collaboration of prominent local arts organizations, including Arts Mid-Hudson and the Midtown Arts District.

     

     

     SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    This call for Art is now closed. 

    Artist Selected for the Kingston Revealed Art Exhibition will be announced soon.

    We hope to see you at the October 1st Opening Reception at the Ground Floor of City Hall 3pm-5pm. 

    More details to follow!

     

    ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR UPCOMING

    HISTORIC CITY HALL EXHIBITION

    Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs will be accepting submissions of artwork for the 2022 City Hall exhibition entitled, Kingston Revealed. For this exhibition, artists are invited to submit work that celebrates and visually represents the significant contributions made by Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, and Women to the City of Kingston through the years. 

    Kingston has a people steeped in history with the likes of Professor Benjamin Wigfall, migrant farm workers, Mexican laborers, Sojourner Truth, Catherine Nelson - the woman who helped build the Wurts Bridge, the unknown heroes buried at the Pine Street African Burial Ground, and more. "Truly, there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering and appreciating a past as a worthy legacy, which helped to inspire cultural pride in a contemporary world," said Majority Leader Rita Worthington who is co-leading this call with Kitt Potter, Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

    Selected works will be displayed on the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall from September through December, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2022. As the City of Kingston has several available spaces in municipal buildings, the City of Kingston will use American Rescue Plan Act funding from the Arts & Tourism category to compensate select artists at $750 for each piece of artwork that will be chosen for permanent display. Artists who submit work for this exhibition must indicate on the application form if they would like to be considered for permanent display to be considered.

    Artists are invited to submit up to three pre-existing or new artworks in response to the theme and title Kingston Revealed via the online application  at https://bit.ly/3OA4ZUu or in person/by mail to the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY, 12401 by September 1, 2022 at 4:30pm. Selected Artists will be notified by September 14th. Accepted work should be delivered to the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs no later than September 19th.

    Submissions should include the following to be considered:

    • Image of the work
    • A short bio and contact information
    • A brief description of the work and how the theme Kingston Revealed inspired it
    • Further details on specs are included in the online application

    For further information or questions, please contact Kitt Potter, Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs at [email protected] or call 845.331.0800 ext.3929