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.


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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
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    Kingston News

    5/3/2024 - City of Kingston Announces 2024 Distinguished Artist Award Recipient


    May 3, 2024


    City of Kingston Announces 2024 Distinguished Artist Award Recipient


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston Arts Commission are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award will be visual artist and illustrator Matthew Pleva. The Distinguished Artist Award ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 5:30pm at City Hall.

    Mayor Steve Noble said, “I am so pleased that we are able to give this award to Matthew Pleva, a lifelong Kingston resident whose murals and other artwork throughout the city are a source of much community pride. Matt’s work engages with a wide swath of folks, including young folks, and so we are proud to name him the 2024 Distinguished Artist.”

    “We on the commission are proud to present this award to Matthew,” said Kingston Arts Commission Chair Marielena Ferrer. “He is a visionary who has made a lifelong commitment to creating incisive visual art that is locally significant and enhances our city’s cultural richness. Congratulations to him on achieving this honor.”

    Born and raised in Kingston, Matthew Pleva and his body of work have been heavily influenced by the history and architecture of the city and its surroundings. After graduating from Kingston High School in 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase in 1997. He returned to Kingston and became active in the arts community, beginning with entries in the early years of the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby, as a member of the artist co-op Upfront Art, and local gallery shows. For years he worked as a bench jeweler by day and an artist by night, honing his illustration style and technique. From 2012 to 2015, he and his wife Heidi Abrams-Pleva opened The Art Riot, a co-op retail store that focused on locally produced arts and crafts. In 2014, Pleva produced his first large-scale mural for the O+ Festival, and then a second in 2017. Matthew continues to be involved in the art community. He has a revolving display window at Half Moon Books and his work is available at World’s End Comics. More about Matthew Pleva at

    The selection panel for the Distinguished Artist Award was comprised of five Kingston residents: visual artist and educator Isabel Cotarelo; Executive Director of the Kingston Library, Margie Menard; photographer Sikena Khadija; actor/educator/COO of Boys and Girls Club Kingston, AnnChris Warren; and visual artist Kai Navarrete. Specials thanks to the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Award committee, Lisa B. Kelley, who is the Executive Director of the Midtown Arts District (MAD) and serves on the Kingston Arts Commission.

    The Distinguished Artist Award ceremony is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit 

    About the Kingston Arts Commission: the KAC’s mission is to strengthen the local economy by attracting and promoting artists, arts venues, and arts entrepreneurs; encouraging cultural tourism; creating opportunities for training and employment in a range of creative fields; and enhancing quality of life amenities that make Kingston a more attractive city in which to live. By so doing, the City of Kingston gains greater regional and national recognition.