07/20/17 7:30am

In New York City you can usually see a sign like the one pictured above. It usually provides a rendering, contact information, and an estimated date of completion. It seems we will now start seeing them in the City of Newburgh. On Council member, Karen Mejia’s Facebook page she announced that she has been pushing for the signs to be placed on new projects to update the public.

The Newburgh Landing Dock is closed and the timeline is pending funding. At the last city council meeting a resolution was discussed to authorize the City Manager to apply for and accept if awarded, a New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant through the 2017 Consolidated Funding Application in an amount not to exceed $270,000.00. It would have a fifteen percent match for the final design and permitting for the reconstruction of the Newburgh Landing Dock.

The days are numbered for 68 Campbell (map). At the recent city council meeting, it was announced that this building will be demolished as soon as the city receives a variance and has chosen a contractor.

This really does not come as much of a surprise. I photographed the building in 2010 as a Rescue Me property. Then in 2012, I found it on eBay listed at $15,000. Fast forward to today, 2017 it appears there was a fire that was started possibly from 4th of July fireworks. Upon further inspection, the city found that most of the bluestone lintels on the building had been stolen. Their removal compromises the building as it holds floor joists and supporting elements of the building together. DPW, the fire department, and the city engineer all determined that the building must be demolished to protect the public. Till then, the sidewalks of Campbell and Johnston have been blocked off to pedestrians.  The City of Newburgh is the property owner.

07/17/17 7:30am

Photo of the week by Brian Wolfe. “The turnout was fabulous for the Orange Alert III exhibition! Jackie Skrzynski estimates around 150 people attended, traveling from as far away as New York City and New Jersey. If you missed the opening, you can text 845-304-3142 before July 22 to set up an appointment to see the show. Thanks to the artists, Orange County Tourism and everyone else who made this exhibition a success!”

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07/14/17 11:35am

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 NR Flickr pool user Brian Wolfe.

Should I Buy This Old House? [HOB]
Caffee Macchiato still Newburgh’s best little cafe [PJ]
Home sales up on west side of Hudson, down on east side [MHN]
Old Korean Industrial Neighborhood Makes a Comeback [GBS] (Video)
Craft beer’s big impact on small towns and forgotten neighborhoods [Curbed]

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07/12/17 7:30am

The storefront at 15 Liberty Street has finally shed its former life as an apartment, now looking like a proper storefront waiting for a fresh coat of paint. The eventual plan is to create a coffee shop. Peeking inside you can see the preparations of a counter top and artwork on the wall. This work is being done by the SodaCova Group who is also working on 2 Liberty. You won’t see rapid change overnight on South Liberty, but this is complementing other projects such as the Liberty Street School, Simple Gifts & Goodies, and other properties along this corridor.