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Pine Bush, New York

This article is about the hamlet in Orange County. For the nature preserve in the city of Albany, see Albany Pine Bush.
Pine Bush, New York
Location in Orange County and the state of New York.
Location in Orange County and the state of New York.
Location within the state of New York

Coordinates: 41°36′32″N 74°17′55″W / 41.60889°N 74.29861°W / 41.60889; -74.29861Coordinates: 41°36′32″N 74°17′55″W / 41.60889°N 74.29861°W / 41.60889; -74.29861{{#coordinates:41|36|32|N|74|17|55|W|region:US_type:city |primary |name=

Country United States
State New York
County Orange, Ulster
 • Total 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 387 ft (118 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,780
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12566
Area code(s) 845 Exchange: 744
FIPS code 36-57980
GNIS feature ID 0960421

Pine Bush is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in the Towns of Crawford and Shawangunk, New York, within Orange and Ulster counties in the U.S.. It is roughly coterminous with the 12566 ZIP code and 744 telephone exchange in the 845 area code. These both extend into adjacent regions of the Town of Shawangunk in Ulster County. (The Pine Bush Central School District takes in part of the Town of Mamakating in Sullivan County as well). The population was 1,780 at the 2010 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 jurisdiction of the town. It has previously been known as "Shawangunk," "Crawford," and "Bloomfield." Another community named "Crawford" is located to the northwest in bordering Ulster County. This hamlet was an early terminus for a short line railroad, the Middletown & Crawford Railroad. This line was bought by the Erie railroad, which served the town until the 1970s.

As a result of reported unusual sightings during the mid-1980s, Pine Bush developed a reputation as the UFO capital of New York. This characterization was supported by Ellen Crystall's book, Silent Invasion: The Shocking Discoveries of a UFO Researcher.[1]


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Pine Bush, NY 12566

Pine Bush is located at 41°36′32″N 74°17′55″W / 41.60889°N 74.29861°W / 41.60889; -74.29861{{#coordinates:41|36|32|N|74|17|55|W|type:city | |name= }} (41.608823, -74.298726).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., all land.

Pine Bush is on the border of Ulster and Orange counties. The Shawangunk Kill, a small river, marks this boundary. New York State Route 52 and New York State Route 302 intersect at this hamlet, which predates the highways.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 612 households, and 411 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 734.4 per square mile (283.0/km²). There were 654 housing units at an average density of 312.1/sq mi (120.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.74% White, 0.78% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.09% of the population.

There were 612 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,679, and the median income for a family was $55,815. Males had a median income of $38,203 versus $30,577 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,626. About 4.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Pine Bush Central School District

The Pine Bush Central School District serves portions of seven townships located in Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties. The system, one of the largest in the area, includes four elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school.

Elementary schools include Circleville Elementary School, Pakanasink Elementary School, Pine Bush Elementary School, and E.J. Russell Elementary School. Middle Schools include Circleville Middle School and Crispell Middle School. The high school is Pine Bush High School.

The school district has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in March 2012 by three families alleging inaction following accusations of antisemitism and a hostile learning environment. The school denies any wrongdoing and the case had not gone to trial by November 2013.[4][5]

On March 18, 2015, the Pledge of Allegiance was read in Arabic at Pine Bush High School as part of a plan to recognize National Foreign Language Week by reading the Pledge in a different language each day. This event outraged some students and members of the local community, prompting the school to issue an apology.[6]

See also


  1. "Pine Bush", Weird US, accessed 3 January 2015
  2. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. Yakin, Heather (December 12, 2012). "PB bullying lawsuit can name school officials". Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY). Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  5. Weiser, Benjamin (November 7, 2013). "Swastikas, Slurs and Torment in Town's Schools". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  6. Horrigan, Jeremiah (March 18, 2015). "Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor". Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY). Retrieved March 19, 2015. 

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