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Overview

Introduction to Newburgh, New York

Newburgh is situated along the west bank of the Hudson River in Orange County. The municipality is known for its numerous historical and architectural landmarks.

History

In 1609 Henry Hudson and his party were the first Europeans to explore the region. The first settlement was established in 1709 by a group of German Lutherans, however, by 1750 the community was primarily filled with people of English and Scottish ancestry. In 1752 the community took the name Parish of Newburgh in tribute to Newburgh, Scotland. For a short time, the town had been the headquarters for the Continental Army. Several of the local army officers were involved in the "Newburgh Conspiracy." Their goal was to overthrow the government, however, George Washington was able to convince his army officers to stay dedicated to him.

The city was chartered in 1865. Newburgh became wealthy during the "Gilded Age." It became a major transportation and industrial center due to being well positioned between New York City and Albany. The first Edison power plant in the country was constructed in Newburgh. It was the first city in the nation to be electrified. The significant economic decline during the late 20th Century was primarily due to the industrial companies relocating to other cities.

Historic Sites

  • The Dutch Reformed Church features Greek Revival architecture.
  • East End Historic District is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark.
  • The Montgomery-Grand-Liberty Streets Historic District includes a large number of historic structures.
  • Crawford House includes a noteworthy maritime exhibit.
  • The New Windsor Cantonment was the location of a Continental Army camp.
  • Mount Gulina Historic Site is a Revolutionary War homestead.

Attractions

  • Downing Park is located on a high plateau and offers scenic views of the city and the countryside.
  • Algonquin Park is situated in a naturally beautiful environment.
  • The Gallery is a notable venue which showcases the work of regional artists.
  • The Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art features a variety of exhibits.
  • Karpeles Manuscript Museum offers exhibits of original manuscripts and documents from one of the largest private collections in the world.

Activities and Nightlife

Nearby Orange Lake is well known for ice yachting and ice skating races. Chadwick Lake provides opportunities for fishing and ice skating. The Hudson River waterfront offers scenic views. Visitors enjoy the sightseeing cruises along the Hudson River. For nightlife, Monk's House of Jazz features national and local musicians. The popular Pineapple Larry's provides live music in a unique atmosphere.

Transportation

The city is served by the Stewart International Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,406
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens8.4%
Employed Population 16+10,988
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married32.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.8%
Median Earnings25+$27,844
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,236
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,382

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,162
% Above Poverty Level67%
% Below Poverty Level33%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,094
Median House Value$165,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.4%
Italian6.3%
Irish5.9%
West Indian4.9%
Jamaican3.2%
English1.8%
Polish1.4%
Haitian1.3%
African0.9%
French Except Basque0.7%
Greek0.6%
Liberian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Brazilian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
German0.2%
Arab0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Newburgh Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes12550, 12553
P.O. Box Zip Codes12551, 12552, 12555
Phone Area Codes845,914
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.5
Approximate Longitude-74.02

Newburgh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationGLENHAM
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationWEST POINT
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationWALDEN 1 ESE
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Balmville2,954$84,821
Beacon14,289$79,521

Newburgh Public Libraries

Newburgh Free Library
124 GRAND STREET
Newburgh, New York
(845) 563-3600

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Newburgh Hospitals

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital - Newburgh Campus
(Non-profit)
70 Dubois St
(845) 458-4925
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Newburgh Public Schools

Fostertown Etc Magnet School
364 Fostertown Rd
(845) 568-6425
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Gardnertown Fundamental Magnet School
6 Plattekill Turnpike
(845) 568-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magnet School
124 Meadow Hill Rd
(845) 568-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 1081
Horizon On The Hudson Magnet School
137 Montgomery St
(845) 563-3725
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Prekindergarten At Washington St
191 Washington St
(845) 563-8575
Middle Hope Elementary School
62 Overlook Dr
(845) 565-9623
Primary
Total Enrollment 116
East Coldenham Elementary School
286route 17k
(845) 457-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Balmville School
5144route 9w
(845) 563-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Gams High Tech Magnet School
300 Gidney Ave
(845) 563-8450
Primary
Total Enrollment 719
Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus
201 Fullerton Ave
(845) 563-5400
High
Total Enrollment 3379
Newburgh Free Academy North Campus
301 Robinson Ave
(845) 563-8400
South Middle School
33 63 Monument St
(845) 563-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 864
West Street Elementary School
39 West St

Newburgh Private Schools

Sacred Heart School
24 S Robinson Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 155
Leptondale Christian Academy
1771 Route 300
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
Nora Cronin Presentation Academy
69 Bay View Ter
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
San Miguel Academy Of Newburgh
241 Liberty St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Bishop Dunn Memorial
50 Gidney Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 259
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Historic Newburgh

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Court House c1906.

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Court House c1906.

Palatine Hotel and Grant St. c1906.

Post Office and Second St. c1906.

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