The Middletown NY area of Orange County was originally settled in the mid 1700s, and was named “Middle”town because it was in between other settlements. The name changed to South Middletown, and then back to just Middletown in 1848 when it became a village. The village then grew and was incorporated as a city in 1888. Middletown became industrialized, providing industries such as furniture, lawnmower blades and shoes. Eventually many of these factories closed, but the area saw growth as commuting firefighters, police officers and other workers moved into the area. This residential development slowed when municipal employees were required to reside in the city, but retail and medical economies grew, ensuring Middletown remained a thriving place.
Middletown NY is home to 28,000 people, and is also home to many medical services. They include the Orange Regional Medical Center which specializes in emergency medicine, cardiology, birthing, outpatient services, cancer care and neurosciences and the Crystal Run medical facilities with five locations in the city. Residents of other towns in the area not only utilize Middletown’s medical services, but visit the retail and entertainment establishments which are plentiful. For example, the Galleria at Crystal Run is chock full of shopping and dining choices, and is also home to the AMC Loews Metroplex 16. If you want something, Middletown probably has it!