09/17/14 11:38am

Kite at WHQSoaring, swirling, kites of all kinds will bob and weave as they dance in the wind at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site during Kites Over the Hudson, on Saturday, September 20th, 2 PM to 4 PM.

Free kites will be given to the first 150 children 15 and under during this Hudson River Ramble event. Prizes will be awarded in various kite categories, and refreshments will be served to all who attend.   And there will be a Kite Hospital, staffed by members of Chapter 1782 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, to repair most kite catastrophes!

More events can be found on the Newburgh Event Calender.

09/16/14 7:30am

75 Broadway Newburgh NY

Just as soon as 75 Broadway was available for rent, a new pop-up shop has moved in. They are looking to collaborate with other vendors to offer a variety of items. If interested contact, Eric Jarmann eric.jarmann@gmail.com. The official request says the following:

We are set in a beautiful retail location in Newburgh’s Historic District, and are looking for Artisans and Makers to consign items made in the Hudson Valley such as:

  • art
  • home decor
  • furniture
  • personal accessories
  • food items
  • and soft goods.

We also have floor and/or wall space available to rent if interested in becoming a vendor.

This is a pop up store that will be open thru January 2015.

Please reply with links or photos of your work. You may also provide a description of your work.

** Space will feature a sales counter for a custom picture framer. **

09/15/14 7:30am

2 Alices Coffee Lounge Newburgh

Some big news for lower Broadway! After a long search for the right business 2 Alices Coffee Lounge is coming to Newburgh in the last available ground floor space of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 117 Broadway. Partners, Mikey Jackson and Aurelia Winborn just signed their lease last Thursday, and by the look on their faces, they seem excited! 2 Alices is well known for their Cornwall location that specializes in high quality coffee and espresso drinks as well as light food such as pastries, bagels, soup and mac and cheese. They are also known for their live music, karaoke, and game nights. So what can we expect from the Newburgh location? And even more important, when will they open?

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Mikey says that over the years they have learned what it takes to run a coffee shop. One of the most important factors is that it should be a part of the community. Their Cornwall location attracts all age groups and they hope their Newburgh location will do the same. They will be offering free WiFi and areas for parents to bring their toddlers as well as study space for college students. The occupancy for the space is for approximately 45 people with flexibility to adjust seating to accommodate large groups who would like to use their space. There is no set opening date but they are aiming towards the end of 2014. Business hours will be 7am to 7pm and will be extended once they receive their liquor license. Once they obtain that license they can then look into offering trivia and karaoke nights in Newburgh. 2 Alices will also be hiring 8-10 people for their Newburgh location. They are not interviewing as of yet however, Mikey has learned with his Cornwall location that it is optimal when his employees live walking distance to the coffee shop.

Mikey grew up in Rockland County and Aurelia in Texas. Before moving to the Hudson Valley they both lived in NYC. They spent many years looking for a second location for their coffee shop that had all of the right elements. Newburgh kept coming up over the years. It’s close to where they live and something felt right for them at the right time to open up the coffee shop in Newburgh. It is very exciting to see a new business coming to the city that has community involvement in their business model.

This new lounge will give locals more choices and be a nice addition to lower Broadway. Already we have seen improvements in the Ritz Theater with the new marquee, the new collaborative workspace called Space Create and the popular Teran Studio just next door. There are also some preliminary projects being planned for properties directly across the street on Broadway. Stay tuned.

09/12/14 11:30am

242 1st St Newburgh NY

This property is just a block away from St. Luke’s Hospital. There are no interior photos but this is a nice example of the architecture that abounds in Newburgh. Keep in mind this is a rough block that suffers a lot of blight and vacant homes. The listing says the building is owned by a contractor. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any of their handy work.

242 1st St Newburgh NY (Timothy J Countryman, Countryman Real Estate)
Asking Price: $150,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 3,362 sq ft
Neighborhood: NoBro
Taxes: $6,576
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

09/12/14 9:30am

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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, “Just another day in the City of Newburgh, NY” by NR flickr pool user New York World

Seeking economic renewal, Newburgh, NY, rolls the dice on gambling [Al Jazeera America]
Mock airplane set in Newburgh [THR]
Town of Newburgh casino developers stress benefits for city, region to siting commission [THR]
Atlantic City facing unprecedented economic collapse [Philly.com]
How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District? [Next City]
America’s Fastest-Growing Small Cities [Forbes]
How Cities Build Vibrant Tech Scenes [Next City]

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