Port Ewen, New York

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Port Ewen, New York
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 41°54′25″N 73°58′43″W / 41.90694°N 73.97861°W / 41.90694; -73.97861Coordinates: 41°54′25″N 73°58′43″W / 41.90694°N 73.97861°W / 41.90694; -73.97861
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyUlster
Area
 • Total2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation
184 ft (56 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total3,546
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
12466
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-59311
GNIS feature ID0960965

Port Ewen is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 3,546 at the 2010 census.

Port Ewen is in the Town of Esopus, south of Kingston, New York, along U.S. Route 9W.

History[edit]

Church of the Presentation

The prospect of finding work with the Pennsylvania Coal Company attracted many to Port Ewen. Port Ewen was served by the West Shore Railroad, which shipped, among other freight, high explosives produced by the Nitro Powder Company in Kingston.[1]

Before the opening of the Kingston–Port Ewen Suspension Bridge in 1921, those wishing to cross Rondout Creek would have to take the Skillypot, a chain ferry that ran to Sleightsburgh, and was noted for its sporadic service.

Church of the Presentation[edit]

A mission of St. Mary's in Rondout had been established in Port Ewen for the large number of boatmen who lived on the other side of Rondout Creek. In 1873 the mission was split off as a separate parish and placed in the charge of Rev. Michael Phelan. The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was dedicated by Archbishop John McCloskey on June 14, 1874.[2] Besides attending to missions in Eddyville and Esopus, Phelan also traveled to southern Ulster, where he formed the nucleus of a parish in Milton. Rev. Thomas O'Hanlon became pastor in 1877. O'Hanlon built the Church of the Sacred Heart in Eddyville. He died in 1883 and was buried at the entrance of the church.[3]

Geography[edit]

Port Ewen is on the west bank of the Hudson River at the mouth of Rondout Creek.

Port Ewen is located at 41°54′25″N 73°58′43″W / 41.90694°N 73.97861°W / 41.90694; -73.97861 (41.906980, -73.978599).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (26.97%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,650 people, 1,475 households, and 982 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,867.3 per square mile (722.7/km²). There were 1,564 housing units at an average density of 800.1/sq mi (309.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.40% White, 2.68% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.

There were 1,475 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,949, and the median income for a family was $50,208. Males had a median income of $37,043 versus $27,583 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,040. About 5.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Famous residents[edit]

Sojourner Truth was a slave in Port Ewen living on River Road and working at the tavern in town. She was owned by Martinus Schryver from 1808-1810 until he sold her. A statue of her now stands at the corner of Broadway and Salem Street.

Luann de Lesseps ,former countess and current star of Real Housewives of New York City, purchased a home along the Hudson River in 2018. It has even been featured on the television show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Explosives", The Traffic World, vol. XVI, no.6, Traffic Service Bureau, 1915, p. 286 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Burtsell, Richard Lalor. "The Roman Catholic Church", Clearwater, Alphonso Trumpbour. The History of Ulster County, New York, W. J. Van Deusen, 1907 - Ulster County (N.Y.)
  3. ^ Laforte, Remigius. The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.425.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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