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Port Jervis, New York  12771
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Three photo montage of The Hawks Nest on New York Route 97 outside of Port Jervis, NY.



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03/18/18  Port Jervis Police remember one of their own
03/14/18  Bon Secours Community Hospital Receives State Approval for Transformative Project
03/14/18  Manager of Pike County "hometown utility company" defends storm response
03/12/18  Matamoras and Greeley men arrested for posession of 510 bags of heroin
03/06/18  State Comptrollerís Office gives Port Jervis good grades
03/04/18  Sussex and Warren Counties face up to 3 more days without power; more snow possible
03/01/18  Port Jervis parents concerned about safety of their children in school
02/25/18  Police Investigate Unattended Death in Port Jervis
02/23/18  Cornerstone Healthcare discusses possible methadone clinic with Port Jervis residents
02/22/18  Two In Custody For Social Media School Death Threat In Port Jervis
02/22/18  Bullets, threatening note found at Port Jervis High School
02/21/18  School threats in north New Jersey area towns bring charges
02/20/18  Local church to hold four-day celebration of assault rifles
02/20/18  White House infrastructure plan trashes Gateway project that would feature direct commuter trains from Port Jervis to Manhattan
02/17/18  Port Jervis man sentenced to PA jail for making terroristic threat
02/16/18  Port Jervis bank robbed, suspect nabbed
02/14/18  Port Jervis to receive $164k county sales tax windfall
02/13/18  SUNY Orange bringing classes to Port Jervis
02/10/18  Port Jervis train station to be made handicap accessible
02/09/18  Upper Delaware Council federal funding reinstated
02/05/18  U.S. Dept. of the Interior threatens survival of Upper Delaware Council
01/29/18  Dingman's Ferry woman charged in 2016 methadone sale OD death of 22 year-old man
01/26/18  Parolee armed with knife caught after foot pursuit in Port Jervis
01/25/18  Port Jervis man charged with sex assault of Montague girl
01/24/18  Construction of a new firehouse in Montague hampered by citizens' group petition
01/23/18  Port Jervis mayor's Facebook post offers update on proposed methadone clinic
01/22/18  Port Jervis and Pascack lines ridership declines as Metro-North sets 4th year of record of increases
01/22/18  4 Alarm fire destroys Minisink Lanes bowling alley in Huguenot
01/22/18  Youths Charged with Vandalism in Port Jervis
01/13/18  Port Jervis mayor urges opposition to methadone/suboxone clinic
01/13/18  Ice jam flooding causes evacuations and highway closure north of Port Jervis
01/12/18  Port Jervis bound train strikes and critically injures headphone wearing man
01/12/18  Proposed Methadone Clinic in Port Jervis Prompts Mayor To Respond In A Facebook Post
01/09/18  Car hits fire hydrant, floods Port Jervis storage facility
01/09/18  Multi-agency narcotics investigation leads to arrest of Port Jervis man
12/28/17  Port Jervis budget passes on second try
12/25/17  Montague firehouse proposal set for hearing again Tuesday
12/23/17  Man Arrested Following a Vehicle Pursuit in Port Jervis
12/21/17  Common Council rejects 2018 budget. Mayor's proposed 100% salary increase causes problem.
12/14/17  County legislator criticizes Port Jervis mayor over pay raises recommendation
12/04/17  Dozens rally for handicapped accessibility at Port Jervis Metro North train station
12/01/17  Prominent urban planning group's ideas include direct Port Jervis to Manhattan rail line

Fishing and the Outdoors

Shad run is strong this year

Upper Delaware fishing news
Delaware River keeps emergency crews busy this summer with rescues and recoveries
Snapping Turtles
Tractors and trout; Who could ask for anything more?
Didymo in Our Streams: It's Worse Than You Think

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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 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, one 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.    

Because the mining and transportation of coal were 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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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

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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