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01/27/21  Mayor: Port Jervis is ‘shining gem’ on banks of Delaware River
12/28/20  Port Jervis, Wallkill get OK to impose room tax
12/15/20  Port Jervis hospital first in Orange County to receive COVID-19 vaccine
12/09/20  Montague school board accuses High Point HS officials of interference in lawsuit
12/03/20  Orange County grand jury clears Port Jervis cops in fatal shooting
11/30/20  Metro-North considering doomsday cutbacks as commuter rail ridership plummets during coronavirus pandemic; Connecticut ridership down more than 75%
11/20/20  Work continues on upgrades to Port Jervis railroad station
11/23/20  Port Jervis community steps up to the plate for holidays
11/13/20  Port Jervis among Hudson Valley, Catskills locations where invasive Spotted Lanternfly has been found
11/05/20  COVID-19 spike in Port Jervis leads to limited state of emergency
11/05/20  Homeless woman found dead in Port Jervis
10/21/20  Port Jervis man arrested on rape charge
10/08/20  Port Jervis man arrested with drugs, cash, stolen property
09/24/20  Port Jervis may have to exceed tax cap or make job cuts, says mayor
21 year-old Middletown man arrested and charged in Sept. 21 shooting of two PortJervis teens
09/23/20 Two teenage boys shot in Port Jervis
09/19/20  Rape victim advocates, police and officials announce Start By Believing campaign in Port Jervis
09/18/20  Several pieces of abandoned railroad equipment destined for planned Port Jervis train museum
09/17/20  NYS Senator, Residents Call On Mobile Park Owner To Fix Issues, Stop Rent Increase
09/17/20  Port Jervis parents: School-provided home lunches include slimy bologna, discolored veggies, moldy bread
09/17/20  Port Jervis man and woman among dozens of Orange County residents indicted on drug charges  
09/11/20  Port Jervis mom says remote learning plan is failing her son with Down syndrome
08/28/20  Arrest made in stabbing of three brothers in Port Jervis
08/28/20  Port Jervis gets substantial influx of state money
08/26/20  MTA could eliminate Port Jervis, Pascack Valley lines if federal bailout doesn't come through
08/21/20  Port Jervis parents look back on struggle for accessibility
08/21/20  Artist preparing work for new Port Jervis train station
08/21/20  Port Jervis train station rolls ahead with modernization
08/06/20  Famous Hawk's Nest scenic vista area near Port Jervis degraded by graffiti, litter, loitering and speeders
07/31/20  Port Jervis common council minority blocks tax cap override
07/31/20  Port Jervis sewer project becomes DPW defense
07/31/20  Young eagle dies on live utility wire in Port Jervis
07/28/20  Port Jervis, Wallkill seek room tax
07/19/20  Bon Secours Commuity Hospital among facilities receiving second round of federal COVID-19 related funds
07/11/20  Two arrested following armed robbery in Port Jervis
07/10/20  Police Committee ponders need to reduce speed
06/27/20  Port Jervis hospital secures federal �safety net� funding to help offset COVID-19 related financial difficulties
06/24/20  Victim of motorcycle crash on popular Hawks Nest outside Port Jervis airlifted to hospital
06/22/20  New Jersey man drowns in Delaware River
06/11/20  Historic first draws hundreds to Port Jervis Black Lives Matter march
05/31/20  Teen drowns in Delaware River off Port Jervis
05/28/20  Continuing Work On New Substation Will
Extended Section Of West Main Street Closure Through July 2
05/05/20  Completion of significant improvements to Port Jervis train station expected by year's end
05/05/20  Road test of Rolls-Royce model goes through Port Jervis, tells of area's history
04/29/20  Port Jervis mayor tests positive for COVID-19, reports he feels fine
04/27/20  River Valley Artists Guild of Port Jervis presents 'It�s Summertime!' exhibit online.  Public exhibit set to open July 1
04/23/20  W. Main St. From Grand View to Park Ave. to Close April 27 for Month-Long New O&R Substation Construction
04/18/20  �Heroes� at Bon Secours Community hospital in Port Jervis saluted by county and city highway/public works employees
04/14/20  American Rivers selects the Delaware as 2020 river of the year
04/12/20  Police, firefighters take Easter meals to hospital workers
04/06/20  Port Jervis police investigate gunshots

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Interesting facts About Port Jervis

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

Renowned author, Stephen Crane, lived in Port Jervis. His  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 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 State's twelve 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, the smallest of the three found in Orange County.

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

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Prior to the arrival of the first Europeans near the start of the 18th century, the fertile Neversink River bottomland running through today's Port Jervis was known as "Magagkamack," a Lenape (Delaware Indian) phrase that has been interpreted as "pumpkin field" or "red lands."  It was in the 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 Port Jervis is located was "Minisink,"  a word still used today as a regional geographic identifier. 

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 leading 1800s American civil engineer, John B. Jervis, who became the D & H Canal's principal engineer, that the city is named.    

Owing to the mining and transportation of coal being 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 relative 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.  

Among 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, camped in Pike County with Port Jervis friends, spent time in Sullivan County, and returned for much of his 28 year 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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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.

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 are mainly found gift stores, antique dealers, barber shops, 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 congregation and rectory associated with 1890s American writer, poet, and correspondent, Stephen Crane.

Directions and Map

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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