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12/02/16  3 busted in heroin sting
11/29/16  Health-insurance hikes cause headaches for muncipal budgets
11/28/16  Port Jervis, NY settles U.S. lawsuit over worship zoning law
11/28/16  Port Jervis school district criticized for financial planning decisions
11/24/16  Delaware River Basin Commission approves drought management special permit
11/22/16  Port Jervis, Deerpark Agree on Contract to Save PJ Ambulance Corps
11/19/16  Port Jervis Ambulance Corps Shuts Down. Revival Deadline Dec. 8
11/19/16  Port Jervis Group Delivers Thanksgiving Dinners
11/15/16  NY State Tourism Features Great Fall Photo Of The Hawk's Nest
Popular Upper Delaware River Valley spot also scored role in hit 3D movie "Dr. Strange."
11/09/16  Stephen Crane's Port Jervis on display
Photo exhibit highlights famous author’s local connections
11/04/16  Korean War soldier's remains make long journey home to his Port Jervis family
10/25/16  Taxes up almost eight percent in Port Jervis budget
10/25/16  Two arrested on drug charges in Port Jervis
10/24/16  Orange County Red Ribbon Week kicks off in Port Jervis
Remains of MIA soldier from Korean War to be buried in Port Jervis
10/17/16  Port Jervis theater group set to perform kid friendly scary plays Oct. 21-23
10/15/16  Trial continues for local man charged with killing fugitive alleged sex offender
10/12/16  Buildings Demolished in Port Jervis Fire, Community Helping Displaced Families
10/11/16  Major fire in Port Jervis 
10/10/16  Port Jervis offers early retirement package to ease budget burden
10/07/16  New Jersey lawmakers approve 23-cent increase in gas tax

10/06/16  St. Joseph's Place wins Port Jervis scarecrow contest
10/06/16  Arts Council hosts exhibits around Port Jervis through Nov. 30

10/06/16  Port Jervis receives $100K revitalizaton grant
10/05/16  Orange County Artistic Projects Supporting Tourism Eligible for Grants
09/28/16   Free Narcan Training in Port Jervis on Oct. 4
09/27/16  Kolmar expands with new warehouse
09/27/16  Port Jervis facing budget challenges

09/26/16  West Point Military Academy Set to Host Oct. 1 Bike Races in Port Jervis
09/26/16  Photo Gallery: The 24th Annual Fall Foliage Festival in Port Jervis
09/26/16  Port Jervis Tennis Courts Named After Resident, Tennis Coach
09/23/16  Port Jervis awarded over $300 Thousand for ADA Compliant Pedestrian Mall
09/19/16  Port Jervis School District Loses Lawsuit Aimed At Increasing State Funding
09/14/16  New Interfaith Group to Host Port Jervis Warming Center  
09/14/16  Port Jervis Fire Dept. Disbands Fowler Rescue & Salvage Company No. 3
09/14/16  Port Residents Give Input on ‘Complete Streets’ Design
09/13/16  Port Jervis to hold Fall Foliage Festival on September 25th
09/12/16  Pedestrian killed in Otisville when struck by commuter train
09/11/16  Public Input Requested on Port Jervis’s Complete Streets Design
09/09/16  One Arrested in No Knock Search Warrant
09/08/16  Port Jervis Cobbler's Murder Spurs County-Wide Video Surveillance Program
$40 million+ Bon Secours Community Hospital Project to Begin in Spring 2017

View a 7 minute video of the announcement ceremony here.
09/06/16  Civil Service Exam for Port Jervis PD.  Last Filing Date Oct. 13 
09/03/16  Four arrested on drug charges in Port Jervis warrant search
09/02/16  Bon Secours to build $40+ million ‘medical village’ in Port Jervis
08/29/16  Shots Fired in Dunkin Donuts Parking Lot
08/28/16  Brooklyn man, 18, drowns in Delaware river in Sullivan County, police say
08/22/16  Former Orange County Legislator Dennis Simmons dies
08/22/16  Art on display around Port Jervis
08/17/16  Port Jervis Councilman Robert Ritchie dies at 60
08/14/16  Live Music "Woof*Stock" Event to Benefit Local Humane Society
08/03/16  Photo Gallery: 18 Port Jervis Houses from the 1800s
Delaware River cleanest it's been in three decades

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D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and other silent movie notables pioneered 
the  film industry in the Port Jervis area

Renowned author, Stephen Crane, lived and wrote in Port Jervis. Crane's  most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, was likely influenced by Civil War veterans of the
 124th NYS
 Infantry "Orange
Blossoms" Regiment

Fascinating, highly detailed 1958 study  by the National Research Council analyzing the effects a 1955 Hurricane Diane flood rumor had on Port Jervis

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August 2008    Budget Travel named 
Port Jervis 1# of 10 Coolest Small Towns

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Port Jervis, NY, 12771


Port Jervis, New York, is located on the scenic upper Delaware river where the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey meet (see maps here ).

Claiming a population shown by the 2010 U.S. Census as slightly less than 9,000, this small city is further situated on the western border of Orange County, one of New York's original counties and whose founding dates to 1683. 

The current city of Port Jervis was once part of the still surrounding Town of Deerpark which was itself established in 1798.   After incorporating as a village in 1853, and later being legally separated from the Town of Deerpark, in 1907 Port Jervis became a city.

On its New Jersey side, Port Jervis abuts Sussex County's Montague Township while its Pike County, Pennsylvania, neighbor across the Delaware River is Westfall Township.

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It is said that prior to the arrival of the first Europeans at the start of the 18th century, Port Jervis was known as "Magagkamack," which is a Lenni-Lenape (Delaware Indian) phrase that has been interpreted as "pumpkin field" or "land covered in grass."  It was in the general vicinity of Port Jervis that a sub-group of the Lenape, the Munsee, made their traditional seat of government while the larger region in which today's Port Jervis is located was "Minisink."

Because of its location and waterways, which also includes the mouth of the Neversink river, Port Jervis has long been a transportation hub.

Begun in 1825, the Delaware and Hudson Canal was among the nation's first million dollar private ventures and it crossed Port Jervis as did what is sometimes described as the oldest 100 mile commercial road in America.  It is after John B. Jervis, one of the D & H Canal's principal engineers, that the city is named.    

Because the mining and transportation of coal was a core reason why the D & H Canal was built, researching and ordering the first steam engine locomotive to run on commercial railroad tracks in the United States was likewise among the many lifelong engineering accomplishments of the city's namesake.

Consistent with its geography and prominence in early 19th century transportation, the coming of the Erie Railroad in 1848 led Port Jervis to become an  important railroad center where one of region's few remaining steam engine turntables can still be found.  

Perhaps the most famous of Port Jervis citizens is the acclaimed author of the Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, who in 1878 took his first school lessons here.  The inspiration for that novel and other of his works held associations to Port Jervis where he stayed with his brother William, wrote articles in the local newspaper, and would return for much of his adult life. 


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Public Transportation

Today commuter rail service to points east and south, - including New York City - is provided by New Jersey Transit.  Additional connections can be made by Amtrak in Manhattan's Penn Station and through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which Metro-North Railroad is part.   The following link provides the location of and directions to the Port Jervis train station.   Also see: Walking Directions from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform to Front Street, Sussex Street, and the Delaware River.

Transportation by CoachUSA|Shortline Bus  service is available with connections at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.   

Interstate Route 84 and New Jersey's Route 23 are found at the city's southeastern border.  

Likewise, both Stewart International Airport and the New York State Thruway (I-87) can be reached by a convenient 45 minute drive via Interstate Route 84.   

New York Route 17 (future I-86) also connects with the Interstate and lies approximately 30 minutes from Port Jervis.      


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Photos of Some Port Jervis Area Attractions and
Map with Locations and Descriptions

About a one and three-quarter hour drive from New York City,  and within a day's ride of Philadelphia, PA, Atlantic City, NJWashington, D.C., Boston, MA,  and Montreal, Canada, Port Jervis retains its rural quality.  

Attracted by the area's natural beauty, including the scenic "Hawk's Nest" section of New York Route 97, every year hundreds of thousands of visitors canoe and raft down the Delaware river.  This same region is a popular fishing spot and is graced with American Bald Eagles that can be observed from public viewing areas, particularly during the winter months. 
    Because National Geograhic recognized "the world-class natural and cultural attractions of the middle and upper Delaware River region" of which Port Jervis is part, it partnered with local oranizations to create a useful geotourism guide map that highlights the area's many interesting features, activities, and points of interest.   Visit the The National Geographic's Scenic, Wild Delaware River resource for more.

Walking Directions from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform to Front Street, Sussex Street, and the Delaware River.  

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Additional Information

The following additional Wikipedia.org information about Port Jervis and related areas is made available  under the terms and conditions of Creative Commons.

Port Jervis is a city in Orange County, New York. The population was 8,860 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.

The communities of Deerpark, Huguenot, Sparrowbush, and Greenville are adjacent to Port Jervis. The towns of Montague, New Jersey and Matamoras, Pennsylvania face the city across the respective state borders. Port Jervis is the home of the last stop on the 95-mile-long (151 km) Port Jervis Line, which is a commuter railroad line from Hoboken, New Jersey and New York City that is contracted to NJ Transit by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company—the line itself continues on to Binghamton and Buffalo, but passenger service beyond Port Jervis was discontinued in 1966.

On June 2, 1892, Robert Lewis, an African American, was lynched on Main Street in Port Jervis after being accused of participation in an assault on a white woman. A grand jury indicated nine people in connection with the lynching.  This event would serve as inspiration for one-time Port Jervis resident and author Stephen Crane's 1898 novella The Monster.

Port Jervis grew steadily into the 1900s. On July 26, 1907, it became a city.

In the mid 1920's the Ku Klux Klan was active in the area, burning crosses on Point Peter, the mountain peak that overlooks Port Jervis.

As of the 2010 census information available in March 2011 there were 8,828 people reported living in Port Jervis which represented a decrease of 32 individuals or -.04% compared to a decade earlier.  The 2010 data showed the ethnic composition of the community was 6,735 White, non-Hispanic, 1,054 Hispanic, 654 Black, 117 Asian, and 800 categorized as other with 6,596 of those individual listed as adults and 2,232 as children.   2010 census figures noted 3,957 housing units and 387 vacant housing.

South of the Laurel Grove Cemetery, under the viaduct for Interstate 84, are two monuments that symbolically mark the boundaries between the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

The Tri-State Monument is a replacement for the original monument erected in 1774 that was important in resolving the New York - New Jersey Line War.

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Port Jervis Walks from the New Jersey Transit Train Platform
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When arriving at the Port Jervis train platform a fast food restaurant is located nearby.  If facing toward the train and tracks the Delaware River and State of Pennsylvania lie a few blocks away.

Port Jervis like many other small communities has struggled under difficult economic conditions and all that comes with it.   Challenges continue to be met. Progress is shown by an expansion of the city's largest employer, improved quality of life, more recreation and hobbyist choices, broader public interest in Port Jervis, and commercial property renovation plans.                                               03 October  2013

 Front Street Sussex Street The Delaware River

Front Street runs the length of the downtown Port Jervis retail business area.  Along this route is a unique gift store, antique dealers, a genuine barber shop, and restaurants.  If walking the full distance of the downtown area - about one-quarter mile - the historic Erie Depot stands at its far end.  A short distance further on is an art gallery.

Directions and Map

1) After exiting the train turn your back to the tracks and walk to the concrete ramp that is at the left side of the cement fence.

2)  Walk up the ramp to the sidewalk.
3)  At your right by the Orange sculpture is Front Street which runs parallel with the train tracks.
4)  Pike Street meets Front near the sculpture and goes up the seen hill seen a few blocks away.

Sussex Street is the financial and governmental area of Port Jervis.  Banks, the post office, and the municipal building are found here.  A walk to the top of Sussex Street arrives at Orange Square Veterans' Memorial Park originally built to honor veterans of the American Civil War.  Across Sussex Street from the park is a Methodist church and rectory associated with writer, poet, and correspondent, Stephen Crane.

Directions and Map

1) Follow steps 1 through 3 to Front Street.  
2) Walk one block on right side of Front Street to Sussex Street and cross to the left.  At the corner there is a pillared building with a chime clock. The walk from this spot to the park at the top of the Sussex Street hill is about one-quarter mile.

The Delaware River serves as a dividing line between Port Jervis, NY, and Matamoras, PA.  The bridge crossing the river provides a scenic view of the valley and New Jersey where a stone monument can be seen on a mountain top.  Also in this area is an asphalt walking trail that follows the river to the city's West End Beach. 

Directions and Map

1) After exiting the train platform turn to the right, heading back in the direction the train came from.

2)  Walk the length of the platform and then about another 60 feet.
3)Pass through the opening on the left. An orange street sculpture is there.

4) Use steps on immediate left leading to the train underpass tunnel.

5) Turn left and emerge on the distant end of of the tunnel.  This is Pike Street.
6) Proceed forward.  Continuing in this direction on Pike Street the bridge crossing the Delaware River is found.  Pennsylvania is on the far side.
7) If  going to the walking trail or West End Beach carefully cross Pike Street at the King Street intersection traffic light.  
8) Walk three blocks on King Street to Avenue I and turn left.
9) Go to the end of Avenue I and cross Water Street.   The walking trail is at the top of the river bank.  For West End Beach, follow the trail to the right.


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