10/17/14 11:30am

403-405 Liberty St Newburgh NY

It’s insane that this house for auction has a starting bid of $1,000. That’s pretty close to less than one months rent, depending where you live. Granted, this is a tough section of Liberty on the north end, not to be confused with the south end near Washington’s HQ. The house needs a gut renovation and neighboring homes are of equal condition, but if no one else bids, you could have a home for $1,000. That’s a story to tell. The auction will be held October 31, 2014 and there will be an open house this Saturday and Sunday.

403-405 Liberty St Newburgh NY (www.auction.com)
Asking Price: $1,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,100 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: n/a
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


10/17/14 9:30am


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 NR flick pool user Steven Rosas

N’burgh unveils $43.3M spending plan [THR]
America’s newest hipster hot spot: the suburbs? [WP]
Recycling Land for Solar Energy Development [APA]
How to Find Contractors and Architects for Your Historic Home Renovation [PN]
Everyone Wants to Copy This Pedestrian Bridge (It’s Not the High Line) [Next City]
1940s America – The Start of Small Town Decline? [New Localization]
All the Places The New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn [Atlantic]
How a Small Portland Factory Is Leading a New Makers Movement [Metropolis]
Newburgh to help cover shortfall for Hudson Valley Lighting project [HV Blogs]
Second Empire Style in the Hudson Valley [Design Sponge]
The Tour de Neglect: a cycle ride through Buffalo’s deprived East Side [Guardian]

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10/17/14 7:30am

11 Sylvia St Newburgh NY

This blog focuses on real estate in the City of Newburgh and from the turn of the century, but every once in a while there are some amazing homes that break my own rules that must be shared. This home dates to 1956, and it almost seems frozen in time except for a room or two. Even the kitchen seems to retain original fixtures and woodwork. As a preservationist at heart, I hope the right person finds this home who will appreciate all the the unique details.

11 Sylvia St Newburgh NY (Kimberlee Markarian, BHHS)
Asking Price: $399,978
Year Built: 1956
Size: 4,300 sq ft
Neighborhood: North of I-84, Town
Taxes: n/a
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







10/16/14 7:30am

Live:Work Washington St

Habitat for Humanity is known for their work of creating housing for low-income families. So far, in Newburgh, they have constructed or rehabilitated 75 homes in the city. The Newburgh affiliate is now taking on a new challenge, creating live/work opportunities for qualifying families who would also like to open up their own business. This is a major achievement for Newburgh as only 3 grants were awarded to Habitat affiliates across the United States. The other two grants for the live/work program went to Seattle and Austin.

The target area for this new program is Washington Street, more specifically the empty lot next to the old Habitat headquarters. This project is for new construction. Habitat owns 3 of the 5 vacant lots on that site, and will start the live/work program with just one property and eventually complete the remaining 2. Construction for the first building is planned to begin in the Spring of 2015, per the regulations of a $100,000 implementation grant. Habitat already owned these vacant lots and felt this location will flow with the Liberty Street corridor that is already seeing momentum. This site is also in close proximity to their other projects.

The live/work model harks back to the old days over 100 years ago when a business owner ran his business on the first floor of a building, and raised his family on the second floor. This is the exact reason we can see structures like this all over Newburgh on Liberty, William, Washington, Mill and South Street. A live/work space could provide commercial space for professional or community services, retail businesses, food services, light industrial, or creative spaces. Interested parties must qualify for Habitat’s housing program falling within their income brackets, and have a business plan.

Habitat is excited for this project to begin and is already envisioning how this live/work model can be used for historical buildings. In the future they would concentrate their efforts on specific areas and are open to working with other developers. Families can already begin to apply if interested. To apply, contact Clinton McNair, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator 845-569-5632 x 104,  cmcnair@habitatnewburgh.org

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10/15/14 12:03pm

Urban design students from Columbia are almost at the mid-way mark of their semester. Here are some videos, images, and information they have been collecting. You’ll notice they address local and regional issues such as: education, politics, human capital, and the power of the arts. I can’t possibly post it all here and not all of the students have uploaded their work. For full details go to their website. Click on each image to see a video or study associated with the group presenting the work. The videos are short, all under 2 mins so take out a bit of time to see the great work they have been doing.

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10/15/14 7:30am


If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know about my obsession of carriage houses. They are my favorite structures along with small cottages and rowhomes. Newburgh’s mansions are magnificent, but neighborhoods with smaller buildings have more soul.

It was my delight to be able to tour this carriage house on Dubois Street during Newburgh Open Studios. It is used as an art studio for Richard Harper. He and his wife Paula were searching for the perfect home. Richard said that this home was the right one for them because of the carriage house and Downing Park right across the street. They did a lot of work on the building; some on their own, and some contracted out. The wavy glass of the original windows and beams in the roof just make this a great place to be. It’s still standing over 100 years later. There are many structures like this in Newburgh, one of the many great draws of the city. If you dream of your own carriage house or cottage, keep searching. There are many in need of restoration.


First floor.


Staircase to second floor.


Second floor. Richard installed a skylight that allows the top floor to be flooded with light. His ideal place to paint.