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]

    Kingston News

    5/29/2024 - City of Kingston Announces Juneteenth Events with Partners


    May 29, 2024


    City of Kingston Announces Juneteenth Events


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, along with partners Harambee Kingston, Old Dutch Church, and Radio Kingston, will celebrate Juneteenth with two special events.

    On Friday, June 14, the City of Kingston’s Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs will host a concert at Old Dutch Church, featuring Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society, a 10-piece afro-funk ensemble, with a pre-concert talk by drummer and master teacher Ubaka Hill, who also serves as the Program Coordinator at Harambee Kingston. On Saturday, June 15, an all-day event starting at the Pine Street African Burial Ground and moving to Harambee’s African Cultural Headquarters, will feature live music, theatrical performances, children’s activities and more. Artists include Maxwell Kofi Donker and the Sankofa Dancers & Drummers, Grammy-nominated blues great Slam Allen, Oliver King portraying Frederick Douglass, Debra Zuill portraying Sojourner Truth, the Bard Jazz Band, Saints of Swing with Rene Bailey, the Women’s Drumsong Orchestra, and more.

    “I am so pleased to collaborate with our community groups for two wonderful Juneteenth events in Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “We were proud to make Juneteenth a holiday in Kingston in 2022 and are proud to honor and commemorate the day with these events. I want to thank our partners, Harambee Kingston, Old Dutch Church, and Radio Kingston, and our Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Kitt Potter, for their ongoing work to bring the community together.”

    “Juneteenth is a time to honor freedom, celebrate unity, and embrace the power of progress together,” said Tyrone Wilson, Harambee Kingston Founder and Executive Director.


    Friday, June 14, 2024


    Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society concert

    Old Dutch Church

    272 Wall Street


    Saturday, June 15, 2024


    Pine Street African Burial Ground


    Harambee’s African Cultural Headquarters

    231 Clinton Street

    Live music, theatrical performances, children’s activities and more

    Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs


    All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full line-up, visit

    Juneteenth commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, the date that emancipation was declared in Texas two and a half years after the official signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It became of Federal holiday in 2021, an official state holiday in 2020, and a City of Kingston holiday in 2022.