09/23/14 7:30am


Yesterday, the Columbia University Urban Design Studio came to visit Newburgh for their very first site visit at the Railroad Playhouse / Just Off Broadway Theater located at the former West Shore Train Station. The Les Misérables theater set certainly created an interesting setting. During this visit 49 students and faculty attended a meeting with stakeholders in which introductions were made, presentations were given, and workshops were held. Students also embarked on a tour of the city by foot and by bus. As observer noted,

“We saw a bunch of students from a white bus and the next thing we knew they were taking pictures of our building. Well…. My husband was looking out of the building and saw them and invited them in. They were Columbia students. Urban planning class !They seems to be fascinated for the fact how anybody would come in here in this condition of the city.”

It really is such an honor to have Columbia in Newburgh for their Fall Urban Design Studio as Newburgh is the smallest city they have ever used for a studio. If you want to keep up with what students are doing check out  all over social media to see their posts. We are so excited to have you!





09/22/14 7:30am


It’s time for the 4th Annual Newburgh Open Studios 2014 taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 27th & 28th 11am to 5pm.  Kick-off party will be Friday, September 26th at 119 Broadway, 3rd floor. Don’t forget to tag your photos #newburghopenstudios

This year there will be 50 artists participating and along with the open studios and Alternative Spaces there will be a special event taking place- an outdoor site specific sculpture group show- GlenLily Grounds!

It is super exciting to see the energy that is centered around the arts in Newburgh! Experience it for yourself by attending the tour! Don’t forget to tag your social media photos #newburghopenstudios

09/19/14 11:30am

74 Grove St Newburgh NY

Here’s a property west of 9W just off of Broadway that is in foreclosure. Many houses on this street have this similar triangle detail above the windows and doors. This same detail is carried on inside the home as well. The street is pretty narrow and many homeowners have paved over their front garden spaces, but there is an elementary school on this street and you are walking distance to Broadway. No surprise that it is being marketed as its current use as a 2 unit home. Be prepared, this home needs a lot of work.

74 Grove St Newburgh NY (Brian T. Smith, River Realty)
Asking Price: $22,500
Year Built: 1900
Size: 1,598 sq ft
Neighborhood: West of 9W
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

09/19/14 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 flickr pool user Jillian Elder, Victory Designs.

In Pursuit of Casinos, It’s Worst Foot Forward [NYT]
Newburgh law firm to move into renovated Kingston building[Daily Freeman]
Potential $1 million Award for Wappingers Bleachery renewal [PJ]
31 Scary Houses Turned Into Spectacular Homes [TOH]
A Fleet of Life-Size Paper Boats Is Sailing Down the Hudson River to Protest Climate Change [Global Voices]
Auto oriented development is a huge experiment – Video [Strong Towns]
EPA deals a major blow to Gov. Cuomo’s plans to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge [NY Daily News]
How Companies Have Contributed to Community Building [This Big City]
Steam mill built Newburgh’s industrial age [PJ]

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