08/17/17 7:30am

This is a relatively simple house in comparison to its extravagant neighbors on Grand Street. It has been vacant and neglected for a long time. The makeshift tarp roof will only hold so long. Hopefully, the current owners will let the house go and put it on the market so that someone can save it before it’s too late. For detailed information on the property, check the Orange County tax records.

There are over 700 abandoned or vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. Habitation of these properties is vital to the revitalization of the city. 302 Grand Street Newburgh NY Google Map

08/16/17 7:30am

Atlas Studios in Newburgh is quickly growing as a center for art, lectures, live music and other creative endeavors. It is so exciting to have Think Olio present their first ever talk in Newburgh next Saturday titled: 1950’s and Nostalgia, In Search of Greatness in the “Golden Age”.

Think Olio organizes pop-up classes with professors across all disciplines at unique venues, so that people can continue learning in a casual setting without having to sign up for official college classes. They have held over 250 of these in NYC. To reserve your seat, click here.

08/15/17 11:30am

This past Saturday was the second annual Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. The stormy forecast fortunately cleared up, and a bright sunny day made the perfect back drop for the festival. Something very obvious to another local and myself was that all the faces we saw were new. Meaning that the vegan festival was creating a new kind of tourism for the City of Newburgh that has not existed before. Cinnamon Snail from NYC was a huge hit with a consistent line of 30+ people throughout the day. There were vegan meatballs, ribs, chicken salad, plus all of the available smoothies, desserts, vegetable based meals and more. Families of all shapes and sizes were present and many children! The tents were much needed for shade and a place to enjoy your meal with live entertainment. Hardly a seat was ever available and all of the parking in the immediate area was packed.

Even if you aren’t a vegan, support next years event. There’s something for everyone and it is so special to be happening in Newburgh!

08/15/17 7:30am

The Newburgh Palatine Dog Society is accepting signatures for an online petition to create a dog park in the City of Newburgh. Their message below:

Newburgh is a dog city. It isn’t possible to take a walk or a drive without encountering families out with their dogs. Unfortunately, Newburgh is also a city that doesn’t have an animal shelter, which means that stray dogs are an extra burden on the community. The Newburgh Palatine Dog Society is looking for ways to strengthen the dog owning community in the City of Newburgh, and one piece that is missing is the presence of a dog park.

Research has shown, in cities across the country, that the presence of dog parks reduces crime, increases compliance with dog regulations and leash laws, and builds community among the pet-owning population. Once established, dog parks are often maintained by the people who use them. What a perfect fit for Newburgh–a city with ample vacant lots and the need for increased community-building opportunities.

This past spring we presented the city with an opportunity to apply for a grant that would fund the building of a dog park. The one requirement: verbal support from the city and a location to build on. Their response: silence.

We’re hoping to build a list of Newburgh residents who support the idea of a dog park (in fact, the city is large enough for more than one.) We’ll be presenting this support to the new council that will be elected this fall, and if the response is still silence, we will begin to work toward doing what is so often required in Newburgh: doing it on our own.

If you live in the Newburgh Community and support this project, please join us by signing below.

Photo by Stephen Sinnott. Community members enjoying the new programs at Downing Park. Pictured is Yoga Saturdays, happening till September 16, 9-10:00 am.

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08/11/17 11:30am

The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by Cher Vick.

Shrimp Grow in the Hudson Valley, Too [EM]
Feds target feuding gangs in Newburgh [THR]
How houses were cooled before air conditioning [Curbed]
Developer talks up Newburgh vacant property ideas [THR]
Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh buys ex-KeyBank building [THR]
Forget The Urban Stereotypes: Where Millennials Are Really Moving [Forbes]

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