Bloomingburg, New York

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Bloomingburg
Village
Intersection of Main, North and South streets downtown.
Intersection of Main, North and South streets downtown.
Location of Bloomingburg within Sullivan County, New York
Location of Bloomingburg within Sullivan County, New York
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 41°33′15″N 74°26′22″W / 41.55417°N 74.43944°W / 41.55417; -74.43944Coordinates: 41°33′15″N 74°26′22″W / 41.55417°N 74.43944°W / 41.55417; -74.43944
Country United States
State New York
County Sullivan
Founded 1833
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 515 ft (157 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 420
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 408
 • Density 1,113.7/sq mi (430.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 12721
Area code(s) 845 Exchange: 733
FIPS code 36-06959
GNIS feature ID 0975768

Bloomingburg, previously Bloomingburgh, is a village in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census.

The Village of Bloomingburg is in the Town of Mamakating.

History[edit]

Bloomingburg's accepted incorporation date is 1833. It was the first county seat of Sullivan County, being located in the original county town of Mamakating. It prospered, first, as a center of commerce along the Newburgh–Cochecton Turnpike, then as a railway town serving vacationers in the mountains. Many guesthouses in the village were not rebuilt after the devastating fire of February 1922, and the village has been primarily an agricultural center ever since.

Camp Na-Sho-Pa, a summer sleep-away camp from 1937–2009, was located in Bloomingburg. Camp Echo has also been located in Bloomingburg for almost 90 years.

The Bloomingburg Reformed Protestant Dutch Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[2]

Chestnut Ridge Controversy[edit]

The planning for the 396-home Chestnut Ridge development began in 2006 under the pretenses of building a 125-house upscale golf course community.[3] The development was sponsored by a company run by Shalom Lamm. Many then current residents of Bloomingburg perceived this as leading to destroying the rural atmosphere of the Village and replacing it with high density low income housing. This led to various attempts by the community to stop the high density housing, that was based on lies by the developers and various municipal leaders who stood to profit. The opposition organized in 2012 according to the leader of the anti-development coalition, Holly Roche, because it was not until that time that people realized the developers were not being truthful about the development and that it would not be a low density golfing community as originally pitched, but a high density apartment block with different utility needs. In 2014 the FBI came into the Village in the wee hours of March shortly before the Village election. Lamm claimed at the time voter discrimination against Hasidic Jews in order to further his agenda, as it turned out Lamm, and partners were all arrested in December of 2016 and indicted for a voter fraud scheme where they all later pled guilty and are waiting for sentencing which will occur in September of 2017. FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. stated: “Today’s charges allege the defendants corruptly advanced their own personal real estate projects in Bloomingburg, New York, at the expense of honest citizens who expect and deserve a fair election system. In their scheme to promote their own real estate development projects, the defendants violated federal law as they schemed to put themselves first. [4]

Geography[edit]

Bloomingburg is located at 41°33′22″N 74°26′28″W / 41.55611°N 74.44111°W / 41.55611; -74.44111 (41.556159, -74.441060).[5] The village's eastern boundary is the Shawangunk Kill, Dutch for "Shawangunk River", also the Orange County line at that point, with its western boundary a short distance up the Shawangunk Ridge. It is the only population center in Sullivan County entirely within the Hudson River watershed.

The northern and southern boundaries roughly parallel Main Street, also County Route 171, the former route of NY 17, which now bypasses the village to the north as an expressway. It is served by two exits on Route 17, one for Burlingham Road and the other, just over the county line, for NY 17K.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 215
1940 197 −8.4%
1950 263 33.5%
1960 303 15.2%
1970 323 6.6%
1980 338 4.6%
1990 316 −6.5%
2000 353 11.7%
2010 420 19.0%
Est. 2016 408 [1] −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 census Bloomingburg had a population of 420. 77.9% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 4.5% non-Hispanic African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 5.7% reporting two or more races and 13.3% Hispanic or Latino.[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 353 people, 146 households, and 94 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,113.7 people per square mile (425.9/km²). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 571.0 per square mile (218.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.92% White, 2.83% African American, 1.98% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% of the population.

There were 146 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,571, and the median income for a family was $41,111. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,441. About 17.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Israel, Steve (24 Nov 2013). "Controversial developer feels targeted in Bloomingburg". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Three Real Estate Developers Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Conspiracy To Corrupt The Electoral Process In Bloomingburg, New York". United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. United States Department of Justice. December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey: [1] Geographical Names Information System (GNIS). 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ 2010 census data for Bloomingburg Archived November 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau: [2] American FactFinder. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ 'Memoirs of Milwaukee County: From the Earliest Times to the Present,' Jerome Anthony Watrous, Western Historical Association: 1909, Biographical Sketch of Charles F. Hunter, 1011-1012, (This has information about Charles F. Hunter's father Edward M. Hunter)