Warwick, New York

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Warwick, New York
Town
Warwick Village
Warwick Village
Warwick, New York is located in New York
Warwick, New York
Warwick, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°15′40″N 74°21′19″W / 41.26111°N 74.35528°W / 41.26111; -74.35528Coordinates: 41°15′40″N 74°21′19″W / 41.26111°N 74.35528°W / 41.26111; -74.35528
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyOrange
Government
 • Town SupervisorMichael P. Sweeton
Area
 • Total104.9 sq mi (271.6 km2)
 • Land101.7 sq mi (263.3 km2)
 • Water3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
Elevation538 ft (164 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total32,065
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10990
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-78366[1]
GNIS feature ID0979600[2]
Websitehttp://www.townofwarwick.org
 
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Warwick, New York
Town
Warwick Village
Warwick Village
Warwick, New York is located in New York
Warwick, New York
Warwick, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°15′40″N 74°21′19″W / 41.26111°N 74.35528°W / 41.26111; -74.35528Coordinates: 41°15′40″N 74°21′19″W / 41.26111°N 74.35528°W / 41.26111; -74.35528
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyOrange
Government
 • Town SupervisorMichael P. Sweeton
Area
 • Total104.9 sq mi (271.6 km2)
 • Land101.7 sq mi (263.3 km2)
 • Water3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
Elevation538 ft (164 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total32,065
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10990
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-78366[1]
GNIS feature ID0979600[2]
Websitehttp://www.townofwarwick.org

Warwick is a town in the southwest part of Orange County, New York, in the United States. Its population was 32,065 at the 2010 census. The town contains a village also named Warwick, as well as other villages. Warwick is the home of the annual Applefest, as well as the international headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who are currently moving their headquarters to the town from Brooklyn Heights.

History[edit]

The region has been referred to as Warwick since the early eighteenth century; the town of Warwick was officially created in 1788. During the American War for Independence, Warwick was the site of a Continental Army encampment. The Hudson River Chain was forged at Stirling Iron Works in Warwick, preventing the British Navy from sailing up the Hudson River. In 1783, George Washington traveled through Warwick, stopping at Baird's Tavern and spending the night in the home of John Hathorn.

Warwick is situated along a freight rail line, which, along with many other towns in Orange County (Goshen, Middletown, Newburgh), contributed to the growth of the area. The nineteenth-century writer and naturalist Henry William Herbert, writing as Frank Forrester, popularized the area with his 1845 book, "The Warwick Woodlands."[3] Today the town of Warwick is a rural community with many agricultural pursuits that stimulate its economy.

Notable citizens[edit]

Geography[edit]

The town of Warwick comprises the southern tip of Orange County. It borders the townships of Vernon and West Milford to the south, both in the state of New Jersey. To its north, Warwick is bordered by Chester via Sugar Loaf, Orange County's oldest hamlet, predating both Warwick and Chester, and part of Warwick until the mid-nineteenth century. To its east, Warwick is bordered by the town of Tuxedo, home of the New York Renaissance Faire and the hamlet of Tuxedo Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town is the second largest township in New York State and has a total area of 104.9 square miles (271.6 km²), of which, 101.7 square miles (263.3 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²) of it (3.04%) is water. Greenwood Lake is Orange County's largest lake, and is bisected by the border between New Jersey (to the south) and New York (on its north). Glenmere Lake, an extremely critical endangered species habitat, is bisected by Warwick and Chester.

Warwick is served by Warwick Municipal Airport and two regional state highways, New York State Route 17A (NY 17A) and NY 94. The Appalachian Trail passes through Warwick, which has been designated an Appalachian Trail Community.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 30,764 people, 10,868 households, and 7,955 families residing in the town. The population density was 302.6 people per square mile (116.8/km²). There were 11,818 housing units at an average density of 116.2 per square mile (44.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.06% White, 4.51% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.47% of the population.

There were 10,868 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

Education[edit]

The Warwick Valley Central School District (WVCSD) serves as the public school system for Warwick residents and residents of the southern portion of the town of Chester. It does not serve all of the residents in the town of Warwick; the Village of Greenwood Lake, and the Village of Florida have their own school districts.

The WVCSD consists of three elementary schools (Kings Elementary, Park Avenue Elementary, Sanfordville Elementary), a middle school, and Warwick Valley High School. Warwick Valley High School is a relatively large school. The elementary school Pine Island Elementary was recently closed down. The elementary school Kings Elementary was recently voted to be closed by a vote of 6 to 3 by the current board of education. The New York State Department of Education has been petitioned to review the potential closing of Kings Elementary.

In recent years, multiple grass roots efforts have started to review the option for charter schools in Warwick. The most recent is the Dirt charter school, focused on an education closely linked with agriculture and nature.

Festivals and local media[edit]

Since its first appearance in 1989, Applefest has been selected as one of the top ten festivals in the "Top 100 Events in North America" by the American Bus Association attracting up to 35,000 people each year. It features food and artisan vendors, games and rides, and live music. Each year, Applefest is held on the first Sunday in October; in 2012, however, the festival was pushed back a week, to October 14, to avoid conflicting with Columbus Day weekend.[4]

In addition to Applefest, Warwick is the Summer Arts Festival, held in local agricultural settings. There are regular smaller events such as Art on The Green, the Village Concert Series, and Music in the Courtyard on Railroad Avenue, which features live music.

"Ladies Night Out" first held in August 1997, started with a few local merchants offering some in store specials, promotions over wine and cheese, has now become a village wide, merchant guild sponsored event that draws thousands of women (and men) into the village at the end of August every year. Besides late night shopping, there are dozens of street vendors, music and dance demonstrations and the crowning of the "Queen for a Day" winner.

In 2012 the Warwick Merchants Guild teamed up with Bon Secours Charity Health System to host their first "Pink Friday" which will be held in October each year in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Following the very successful format of their Annual Ladies Night Out celebration... This event raises money and awareness for Breast Cancer and for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation of the Hudson Valley.

The Warwick Valley Jazz Festival, first held in August 2010, has become a regular part of the Warwick's artistic landscape.[5] In 2012, the festival was renamed the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, expanded to include other areas in Orange County and the greater Hudson Valley. Coverage has been seen into New York City and beyond.[6]

The annual “Warwick Valley Bridal Trail”, an event that includes wedding-themed vendors and held in the downtown business and historical district, has also become popular.

WTBQ[edit]

One of the few remaining independent radio stations in the Hudson Valley (and the only one in Orange County), is WTBQ, which has broadcast from the Town of Warwick since 1969. WTBQ's studios were originally in the village of Warwick, then moved to the village of Florida in 1984 when polka king Jimmy Sturr purchased the station. WTBQ now broadcasts from "The Old Barn" at 179 Sanfordville Road, just south of the village of Warwick.

Transportation[edit]

Warwick is served by the #196 & #197 buses to NYC (operated by New Jersey Transit). It is also served by the Warwick Inter-Municipal bus.[7][8]

Communities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Hamlets[edit]

Other locations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Merritt, Jim (December 1996). "The Exile". Field & Stream. 
  4. ^ "Celebrate annual Applefest in Warwick next week". Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY). October 1, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sparks, Leonard (August 29, 2010). "Warwick hosts its 1st jazz festival". Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY). Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Press". Hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  7. ^ http://www.transitorange.info/pdf/Countywide_map.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.townofwarwick.org/prevsite/Residents/Town_Services/Bus_Schedules/

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