12/11/17 7:30am

  • Graft Cidery opens up in Newburgh on Ann Street with pop-up tasting events during the summer
  • Weigant’s Tavern is on the road to be rehabilitated by RipRap, we got to see inside prior to renovations
  • 159-167 Washington Street was once an abandoned row of apartments. It is now an updated and modernized bright spot on Washington
  • The Lank Bank rehabs two buildings on Farrington for homeownership
  • SodaCova Group starts rehabilitation work on 2 Liberty Street and opens Deja Brew Cafe & Art Gallery at 15 Liberty Street
  • Work finally begins on the Liberty Street School after almost 40 years of abandonment
  • 2016 is a record year for city-owned property sales
  • Owners who purchase their property through the Land Bank work diligently on rehabilitating their homes
  • The Downtown Newburgh map is back in circulation
  • Chef Jodi opens up juice bar, The Daily Beet on Liberty Street
  • The Newburgh Illuminated Festival was a sight to see with thousands of visitors descending upon Liberty Street and Broadway!
  • The Liberty Street Film Series started this summer on the lawn at Washington’s HQ
  • Pop-up art event at 10 Carpenter Avenue by Jackie Skrzynski, the first ever held here (that I’m aware of)
  • TV series, Big Dogs, is filming all around downtown Newburgh and beyond
  • The second annual Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival was held at Delano-Hitch Park with great success
  • Newburgh Open Studios is held for the 7th straight year
  • New boutiques Cream and Cream Kidz open on Liberty Street, adding a much needed retail component to the corridor
  • Blacc Vanilla Coffee Shop opens on South Street to much excitement, bringing the community together and becoming the place “where people meet”
  • The roof of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s HQ’s is underway and should be completed very soon
  • M. Lewis is a new menswear boutique set to open up on Liberty Street
  • 2 Courtney is purchased and being rehabbed, a major victory for the Heights neighborhood and the bluff
  • The Newburgh Chess Club is back on upper Liberty
  • Facade work begins at 109 Liberty Street, the future home of the Velocipede Museum
  • The City begins accepting RFP’s for 109 South William Street, a warehouse near the Flats
  • The long awaited Newburgh skatepark is finally taking shape and construction is moving along
  • Newburgh readies dozens of affordable apartments in $15.2M project
  • Vuff dog collar successfully completes its Kickstarter campaign

There has been a lot of other great things to happen in the city. Feel free to leave anything I might have left out in the comments!

12/08/17 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 Michael Lebron. 

DIY Storm Windows [CB]
Where Evictions Hurt the Most [CL]
Newburgh school district unveils $198M plan [THR]
How Parking Minimums Hinder Small-Scale Developers [ST]
The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs [TA]
Transforming a Neglected Parking Lot in Metuchen, New Jersey [MSB]
Newburgh readies dozens of affordable apartments in $15.2M project [THR]
Newburgh BBQ Joint Was Voted “Best BBQ” at Food Network’s NYC Wine and Food Festival [HVM]

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12/08/17 7:30am

39 Edward Street Newburgh NY

This is an interesting property close to the waterfront, on the edge of the Heights neighborhood. This is a quieter street, just a block away from Washington’s HQ, the Newburgh Brewery, and other potential projects. The fire damaged house across the street is being renovated by a couple, and The Foundry next door might be completed one day  (do your research on that).  Also, the empty lot diagonal to this property was supposed to be developed a few years ago. Those plans fell through, but the possibility is always still there. If everything came through for the 3 corners it might be worth it to put back the storefront that was probably here at one time.

39 Edward Street Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $139,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 3,144 sq ft
Neighborhood: Waterfront/Heights
Taxes: $6,047
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map
Listing by: Rosemary Lee, Apple2Orange Realty

12/07/17 7:30am

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) in The Fourth Plan just released their vision for Newburgh in 2040. The city is envisioned to be a healthy and equitable city that is a gateway to the Hudson Valley. Here are some key points of their plan:

  • Partnership with St. Luke’s and MSMC for a buy local initiative, workforce development, and reciprocal capital and economic investments
  • Bus rapid transit will ease congestion on I-84 and connect the downtown to an expanded Stewart Airport and Metro North Station at Beacon
  • Anti-displacement measures and legal counsel for low-income residents.
  • Apartment buildings are created into affordable cooperatives or creation of community land trusts
  • Through inclusive planning and agreements, Newburgh will be home to people from many races, ethnic groups, and income levels
  • A network of open green spaces that include Snake Hill and Quassaick Creek
  • Green infrastructure technologies to reduce dependence on the city’s sewer system and protect the region’s water quality

Read the entire report here.

12/05/17 7:30am

The beauty of Newburgh homes is in the details. But what do you do when those details have been damaged? Sometimes homeowners choose not to repair or replace, and other times they go to great lengths to bring their houses back as close as they can. Erika Norton Urie had this exact situation when her original etched glass windowpane was smashed out in the house she is repairing.

“Our double front doors had one amazing etched glass windowpane and the other was smashed out. By luck, I was able to find an incredibly skilled glass craftsman who replicates these etched glass panes using the same wheel-cut and pulley method as was used to make the original panes. ReHo studios in Red Hook Brooklyn has been creating these works of art for all the historic homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The Studio works with architectural and interior designers on original designs, reproduction and restoration of historic wheel-cut glass and lighting fixtures, as well as with individuals.”

ReHo Industries, LLC
499 Van Brunt Street 10B Brooklyn
New York 11231
(718) 643-9028