Map | Kingston

Among “America’s best places for artists,” the City of Kingston, NY, has long been an Upstate epicenter for the arts, culture and commerce. Today, the former State capital at the foot of the Catskill Mountains is a popular getaway for urbanites looking for natural beauty, history and entertainment less than two hours from New York City.

A Dutch trading post in the early 1600s, Kingston was named New York’s first capital in 1777 and was incorporated in 1805. Later in the 19th century, natural cement was discovered, and the village on the west bank of the Hudson River became a critical transport hub with railroad and canal connections.  

Designated a Heritage Area by the State of New York, Kingston is divided into three historic districts: Uptown, the walkable, Brooklynesque Stockade District lined with highly rated restaurants, music venues, bars and boutiques; Midtown, known as the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, featuring the area arts center and an award-winning brewery; and Downtown, the Rondout-West Strand District, formerly the village of Rondout, with its thriving artist community and a newly redesigned waterfront.

In its less developed areas, Kingston is known for its numerous bike paths, walking tours, hiking trails, Hudson River cruises, fishing, kayak/canoe rentals and sailboat charters.


During the Revolutionary War, in 1777, the same year Kingston was named New York State’s first capital city, Kingston was burned down by British troops sailing up the Hudson River from New York City. After the War, the City rebuilt, becoming an important transport hub for coal, bluestone, bricks, ice, cement and more. To commemorate Kingston’s ‘great conflagration,’ and its rebirth, the City now hosts a Revolutionary War reenactment every two years in October.


Established: 1805
Total Area: 8.6 square miles
Elevation: 476 feet
Zip Codes: 12401, 12402
Population (2010): 23,893


Artists’ Soapbox Derby
Arts Society of Kingston Gallery
Backstage Productions
Broadway Arts
BSP Kingston
The Burning of Kingston
Catskill Ballet Theatre Company
Coach House Players
Donskoj Gallery
Esopus Meadows Lighthouse
Green Kill
Hooley on The Hudson Irish Festival
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Hudson Valley Mall
Keegan Ales
Kingston Greek Festival
Kingston Jazz Festival
Kayak Festival
Kingston Farmers Market
Kingston Point Beach
O+ Festival
Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park
Rondout Lighthouse
The Storefront Gallery
Trolley Museum of New York
Ulster County Italian Festival
Ulster Performing Arts Center
Zaborski Emporium

Photos (L-R): Kovo Restaurant | Wall Street – Joe Schulz | Street Mural – Joe Schulz | The Burning of Kingston – Steve Brooks