12/24/14 7:30am

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This is a nice example of Tudor architecture in the City of Newburgh north of Broadway. I am not entirely sure the address is #413 but it was as close as I could get. It’s quite shocking this property is still vacant, perhaps there was a fire. There is a nice 2-car garage and driveway and the neighboring homes are nicely kept.

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. 413 Carpenter Ave Newburgh NY Google Map

12/23/14 7:30am

It’s official, the Monell Mansion (288 Grand) has finally sold! The last time we looked at it was one year ago and it was full of mold and decay. This will be a serious renovation job that is not for the faint hearted. It is a major achievement to find someone willing to take on the task. There certainly was not a shortage of people interested in buying it. The new owners are a couple from NYC. Hopefully they’ll be willing to share their renovation journey. For historical photos click here and here.

12/22/14 7:30am

2014 Collage

I still can’t believe Newburgh Restoration is still going strong 6 years later! It’s been quite an exciting year, perhaps the most exciting since I started blogging. Like every year, I’ll share all the progress Newburgh has made in 2014. Change may seem slow but it’s definitely happening.

  • Plans for an art constellation project on Bannerman Island go into place.
  • The Newburgh CSA came back for 2014.
  • APG Pilates officially moved to the City of Newburgh on Liberty Street.
  • New collaborative workspace, Space Create opens on Broadway, becoming a hub for 12 new business residents including an architect, life coach, seamstress, and non-profit organization.
  • A new bakery/cafe called Martha (after Martha Washington) opens on Liberty Street.
  • A new venue, Hudson Valley Arts Live is created. Their opening is still pending zoning approval.
  • 1 Edward (a warehouse with a collapsed roof) is purchased. Renovation work is still ongoing.
  • 2 Newburgh citizens file a lawsuit to prevent the Mid-Broadway lot from being developed into over-crowded, low income housing.
  • Aribella’s Children’s Boutique opens on Liberty Street
  • Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Housing Blitz completes the East Parmenter Neighborhood revitalization.
  • Atlas Industries prepares studio spaces to be rented and a new art gallery coming soon. They also purchased the former site of the planned Folk Music Hall of Fame Museum at 67 Liberty. They plan to use the lot to connect their building to Liberty Street.
  • The Newburgh Land Bank initiates the rent-to-own program. They also announce a plan to work with RUPCO to create 40+ housing units on streets north of Broadway as part of a neighborhood revitalization plan.
  • Newburgh tries its hand at working with Start-Up NY, a plan to bring businesses to Newburgh.
  • Newburgh becomes the focus study area for students from Parsons and Columbia University. (A huge deal!)
  • A new chess club comes to Newburgh on Liberty Street.
  • Work has finally begun on Tyrone Crabb Park.
  • The superfund site on the Newburgh waterfront underwent a 5-year review. Now we just have to wait for plans to see how it will be developed.
  • Last Saturdays (an effort to boost local businesses and tourism) has been revived. Huge thanks to Lisa Gervais.
  • The Newburgh Illuminated Festival was held another year, attracting visitors from other countries to the city.
  • The city continues to offer unique cultural events, especially catering to the large Latino population.
  • Plans for a Newburgh skate park are revealed.
  • I gave a try at creating a flea market in the City of Newburgh, the Newburgh Urban Market.
  • The film industry is paying attention to Newburgh, with various films using the city as a backdrop. And Newburgh is home to one of the only airplane sets north of Manhattan.
  • Universal Pre-K comes to Newburgh.
  • 45 Henry is purchased, and the owners start a cool new blog.
  • The Ritz Theater installs a fabulous Hollywood-worthy marquee.
  • Newburgh Open Studios (a self-guided art studio tour open to the public) was a total hit. It was hosted by Newburgh Art Supply and they have some new and exciting projects coming for 2015! Thanks Michael and Gerardo!
  • A new pop-up shop comes to 75 Broadway called the Newburgh Mercantile. They sell local goods.
  • Newburgh also got a new coffee lounge, 2 Alices, from the much loved 2 Alices of Cornwall. They plan to be a hub and hangout spot for the community with longer hours soon to come.
  • URVE opens on Broadway (Urban Retro Vintage Exchange)
  • Newburgh is on HGTV’s “Who’s lived in my house?”!!
  • Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen finally opens their doors! I hear it’s the BEST Indian food around, affordable and vegan-friendly.
  • Local citizens continue to invest in Newburgh fixing local infrastructure like the beautiful 100 year old bluestone sidewalks.
  • Habitat for Humanity announces a new Live/Work program for business owners who would like to live above their business.
  • The much-loved purple house at 29 Courtney finally sells!
  • The Newburgh Brewing Company now offers cans, spreading Newburgh’s good name far and wide.

There’s much more in store for 2015! I can’t wait to share it with you when it happens! Thank you to all of you with your tips and photos who help make this blog possible! Did I miss anything? If so, please share it in the comments? What was your favorite moment?

 

12/19/14 9:30am

20141214_104849 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 Bernstein

Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy [Yahoo]
Orange officials lick wounds after casino snub [THR]
Newburgh area park and ride cuts travel time in half [Mid-Hudson News]
Neuhaus wants to inventory vacant county properties for future use [Mid-Hudson News]
NYC grad students pitch 12 plans to boost Newburgh [THR]
Mid-Hudson projects land $82.8 million [THR]
The Outdoor Classroom: The Historic Preservation Training [Preservation Nation Blog]
Multimodal station and plan spur town’s revival [Better! Cities & Towns]

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12/19/14 7:30am

22 Bush Ave Newburgh NY

Here’s a quaint home in Colonial Terraces that could be a nice starter home for someone that is handy. From photos it appears it needs a new bathroom and kitchen. It also looks like someone has tried installing new windows. You’ll need to do a lot of patchwork. And if we have a winter like last year, you’ll fully appreciate the driveway on the left.  Colonial Terraces, a garden filled little neighborhood in Newburgh, was constructed in 1917/1918 for workers employed by the Newburgh Ship Yards, constructing ships for WWI.

22 Bush Ave Newburgh NY (E Jeffrey Dolfinger, 24/7 Realty Inc)
Asking Price: $59,900
Year Built: 1918
Size: 1,053 sq ft
Neighborhood: Colonial Terraces
Taxes: $6,573
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map

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