04/28/15 7:30am


Need a party or an vent in Newburgh? Are you a DIY party expert looking for a simple space to host a party yourself? Here’s a list of some great spaces that are available that are off the beaten track from your usual restaurant or hotel venue. If anything is missing, please add it to the comments section.

Newburgh Brewing Company – They have started to allow private events to be held here, including weddings. There are river views and it’s a nice big and open space. From what I know they allow outside catering. Email events@newburghbrewing.com. Photo © Justin Soudant Photography.


Green Room – located under the Ritz Theater, the Green Room was the place to have your wedding many years ago.  It has a full kitchen and can fit 250 people.


Ritz Theater Lobby – An open space that can be transformed for just about anything. They have a baby grand piano that you can rent and there is a gorgeous new marquee that has just been installed in the entrance to impress your guests.


Ann Street Gallery- A nice and open space with an industrial feel that has concrete floors. You might have to deal with whatever artwork is up at the time, but definitely contact them to find out your options. Generally I think they prefer calmer events like tea parties, conferences etc.


Motorcyclepedia Museum – A huge space that can hold anything from a conference to movie premier party. For more information on rates call 845-569-9065. You can also contact them about renting Umbra Sound Stage out in the Town of Newburgh.

Hudson Valley Arts Live

Hudson Valley Arts Live – They are having some issues with zoning to be officially open, but if that issue can be resolved this would be one of the coolest venues in the city. It’s a 4,000 square foot loft space that has exposed brick walls, floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the room, beautiful wood floors, and state of the art sound and lighting systems. Email for information: hudsonvalleyartslive@gmail.com or call 845-764-0735


Atlas Building – This is another chic venue little might know about in Newburgh. They have a photo studio that they are willing to rent out on a case by case basis. They are also willing to rent out smaller studios that have not been occupied. The large windows and brick walls are pretty amazing.


Newburgh Armory Gymnasium – This is a full court, capable of housing basketball, and many other sports, such as Karate, Wrestling, and Boxing; as well as various events , job fairs, and conferences. For further questions you can contact LMartinez@newburgharmory.org


Don Fernando’s – This a beautiful banquet room in the back of Don Fernando’s Restaurant that you would never know was there. Obviously you’d have to have the restaurant cater the food, but it’s a classy room that is a hidden gem on Broadway. (845) 565-2909

Venues that don’t officially offer anything but it can’t hurt to try:


Yellow Bird Building – The is home to the Downing Film Center. However, the lobby is also used for art shows, and a little known fact is an amazing green roof above that has been known to host private events. It could be a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony or party. They don’t officially rent it out, but it can’t hurt to ask. You should contact the Downing Film Center for more details. The film center also rents out the theater for private events. Photo © Safe Harbors of the Hudson


Space Create – this is a collaborative workspace that hosts everything from art shows to conferences to fundraisers. They have hosted some fun parties. Capacity isn’t that large, but it’s a cool space that might be willing to hose private events.

Downing Park Visitors Center

Downing Park Visitors Center – Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted are perhaps better known for their contributions to Central Park and Prospect Park. But they also collaborated to create Downing Park. If you have ever visited you all three you will see similarities in Newburgh. The park is beautiful and with a little more maintenance, it could be magnificent. The visitors center/shelter house could be a venue for a smaller event. It has been used for different events in the past. Photo © John Leighton (845) 565-5559


West Shore Train Station/Just off Broadway – Back when this was run by the Railroad Playhouse, renting the space was an option. Now it is run by Just of Broadway, who at any given time might have elaborate sets in place, but it can’t hurt to try to see if the new owners are willing to rent the space as an event venue. It’s close to the water and has nice views all around. 845-565-3791

Great Room, SUNY Orange -This is a beautiful open room that is ideally used for conferences. There is a patio area that opens out to views of the Hudson River. You will probably need to speak to the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs if you are interesting in renting it for a private event.  (845) 341-4891 cultural@sunyorange.edu

04/27/15 7:30am


Living in a home while renovations are underway is a reality for a lot of homeowners. This is definitely the case for the owners at 45 Henry. Practically no part of their home in the Heights has been left untouched. Jon and Nadéne are quite talented in their trades and together stripped their kitchen down to the studs before building it all back together. All photos © Jon Beer



As the living room/kitchen combo was slowly put back together, the couple also painted their own kitchen cabinets and refinished the hardwood floors. As Jon said at this stage, “Lots of hard dirty work but it’s finally paying off!!”



After “two long long lonnnnnnggg months” they finally got a kitchen. Just in time for Jon to make his famous Pad See Yew.


As if all the work they did wasn’t amazing enough, they also designed and built a carrera marble island. It seems their cat approves.



Next on the list is creating custom cabinet and molds that will go under the eave storage space in their kitchen.


Here Jon is testing the fit of the bottom molding without the euro glides. The door will open outwards.


You’ve come such a far way! I can’t wait see what the kitchen and living room look like when they are completely done. Bravo Jon and Nadéne! All photos (c) Jon Beer.

Have your own home renovation adventures in the City of Newburgh that you would like to share? Your own before and after? Email me!

04/24/15 11:35am

138 Chambers St Newburgh NY

This is a house in foreclosure in between Farrington and South Street. This is a tough block with many vacant and abandoned houses and a lot of disinvestment. According to the listing, this place is huge with 9 bedrooms. The house itself is pretty trashed and will need a lot of money to fix it. Make sure to click through to the listing to see more interior photos.

138 Chambers St Newburgh NY (Brian Smith, River Realty)
Asking Price: $25,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 3,360 sq ft
Taxes: $5,742
Neighborhood: NoBro
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map




04/24/15 9:30am

17159017562_60d0e38599_zThe 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 flick pool user Steven Rosas

Why Do Old Places Matter? Economics [Preservation Forum]
West Point Cadets Assist in Cleanup at Historic Newburgh Cemetery [HV Blogs]
Anchor a revitalization with an arts plaza [Better! Cities & Towns]
Fake windows hide blight of vacant homes [Star Tribune]
Detroit program pairs new businesses with vacant spaces [DFP]
88,000 Applicants and Counting for 55 Units in ‘Poor Door’ Building [NYT]
Viva Gentrification! [NYT]
Gentrification as the appropriation of therapeutic ‘diversity’: A model and case study of the multicultural amenity of contemporary urban renewal [UofT]

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04/24/15 7:30am

73 Bay View Terrace Newburgh NY

This is a pretty single-family home right on the Bluff in the Heights. The interior looks tastefully updated, but still preserved. The views speak for themselves. There is a lot that could be done here to spruce up the exterior with landscaping etc, and there is a surprise in the back – a very large garage that could fit at least 3 cars, if not more. Houses on the Bluff are quite desirable, so it will be interesting to see how long this one lasts.

73 Bay View Terrace Newburgh NY (Rosemary Lee, BHG)
Asking Price: $205,900
Year Built: 1920
Size: 1,822 sq ft
Taxes: $6,573 – probably higher
Neighborhood: The Heights
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map