Pine Bush, New York

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Pine Bush is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in the Town of Crawford, in Orange County, New York, U.S., roughly coterminous with the 12566 ZIP code and 744 telephone exchange in the 845 area code (both of which spill over into adjacent regions of the Town of Shawangunk in Ulster County (Another regional identifier, the Pine Bush Central School District, takes in part of the Town of Mamakating in Sullivan County as well). The population was 1,539 at the 2000 census.

Pine Bush is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.



The community was one of the four early nineteenth century settlements in the town. It has previously been known as "Shawangunk," "Crawford," and "Bloomfield." Currently, there is another community called "Crawford," located to the northwest in bordering Ulster County.

A growing town

Pine Bush businesses and population has nearly tripled in the last 10 years. Many city dwellers have moved, and continue to move, to Orange County since 9/11/01. There are currently six gas stations 2.1-mile (3.4 km), three pizzerias, three banks, a bed and breakfast and a hotel named The Harvest Inn. The town has installed a new diner, stoplight, and chain franchises. Also, every year in July, Pine Bush Hook and Ladder Company, hosts a fair with small rides and attractions. At one time, there was a business, probably a general merchandise or grocery store, called Little & Wiseman, located there. Of that firm, partner James Wiseman, probably the widower of Isabella Nutt of Newburgh, NY (she died in 1848) married Jane Jamison there while it was still called the Town of Crawford.

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