Murder Capital of New York?

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday we left Catskill and traveled to Newburgh. The entire way there was so scenic that I told Dad that I previously had absolutely no concept of how beautiful New York is. None whatsoever. For the record, it is immeasurably beautiful.

Newburgh was to be our final stop before reaching New York City the next day. It was a hopping spot, with tons of people at one of the big restaurants on the water and it looked like a good party. Upon a Google search of Newburgh, one of the articles to catch my eye first was: "Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York."
(This was an interesting read; it focuses on an FBI agent who was very involved in the community, and specifically as a basketball coach. The very last sentence is sad; when talking about the young kids he coaches and saying how incredibly sweet they are, he goes on to say however some of them will become murderers.)

Though after reading the article it sounds like in the past year they have improved the city, we still made a collective decision to stay right on the water by the marina with the locking gate and not venture into town to explore. It was surprising how such a beautiful, prosperous looking place on the water can be struggling so much economically. Definitely reminds one of the great city of Detroit, and all its problems.  

After docking we made sure to put more fenders on the port side where we were docked because the wake was very rocky and was shoving us into the dock hard. One power boat gave a huge wake, and the tiny speed boat docked behind us was literally being slammed over and on top of the dock. A couple of guys who happened to be walking by rushed to push it away. That is the craziest wake I have ever seen while in a marina. 
We ate at one of the smaller places on the water, a little Italian place with pizzas, paninis, and gelato. It was so good. We shared an appetizer of seared Ahi tuna, which was marinated in soy, ginger, and orange and it was phenomenal. The Quattro Formaggi pizza and the desserts we shared were all delicious as well.     

We fell asleep listening to the sounds of the live band and all the loud partying people, and in the morning it was on to NYC baby!
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Lorette Pawloske on

You all sound like you are haveing a great trip.This is a trip you will never forget being with your dad.have a safe trip. I am enjoying reading your trip.god speed love aunt lorette

Rick Butler on


Looks like a great trip, I'm still working in Saltillo, Mexico and will be here until the first of the year. Have a safe trip and I see later.

aepietro on

Thanks! Awesome, enjoy Mexico.

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