10/13/15 4:42pm

Liberty Stone 2

I’ve dedicated a few posts to the importance of restoring and preserving Newburgh’s bluestone sidewalks. It’s a shame to then find out that bluestone on Liberty Street is being torn out, only to replaced with concrete – an incomparable replacement. There’s no need to break it apart when this 100 year old stone can be set back in place. This was the following tip I received:

Newburgh peeps – Central Hudson is replacing the gas lines on Liberty Street, which is wonderful & necessary, but at the same time they are tearing up the blue stone and carelessly replace it with concrete… Anyone who cares about our beautiful city, please call the city manager with your concerns 845-569-7301. It can also be brought up at tonight’s city council meeting.

-Photos are by Oren Cohen

Liberty Stone 1

10/13/15 7:30am

Downing Park Shelter House Newburgh NY

In celebration of the bicentennial of Downing’s birth, the Downing Park Planning Committee invites the public to an autumn in the park wine tasting which will feature seasonal appetizers along with a selection of wines from Newburgh’s Palate Wines & Spirits.

This festive event will be held on Sunday, October 18th at the Downing Park Shelter House from 3:00p.m. till 6:00p.m. Attendees are kindly asked to donate $30.00 for support of Downing Park.

The City of Newburgh is proud to be a participant in the ongoing renewal of the park. With the recent hiring of staff, the City looks forward to the upcoming development of community gardens and green houses in the park. So, come and enjoy the magnificent autumn color in the park and help support one of Newburgh’s greatest and most historic institutions.

Newburgh is proud to include among its native sons, Andrew Jackson Downing, who is considered the chief inspiration for the American conservationist movement. He served as mentor to the two greatest conservationists of the late 19th century, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and it was they who named Newburgh’s largest public park after Downing.

-Photo of Shelter House by John Leighton

10/12/15 7:30am


Revived mixed use plans for the Regal Bag building were presented at the city council meeting last Thursday according to the Mid Hudson News. The plans call for 108 rental units as well as commercial and retail space, as well as the development of 2 lots. Plans had first surfaced in 2010 with the project promising approximately $2 million dollars to the city’s tax base. However, hard economic times pushed plans back and it almost seemed the project was forgotten – until now. The building is part of Newburgh’s industrial past:

“Regal Bag was built in the 1830’s as Newburgh Steam Mills, manufacturing cloth. Later the building housed Coldwell Lawnmower Co., and and a pocketbook factory. It is listed in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as the only building that has its main entrance on the 6th floor.”

Quite a few artists have spaces in the building. I have no knowledge of whether or not they will be able to stay. Many view this project as an opportunity to develop the north end of Newburgh’s waterfront. What remains to be seen is how eastern and western sides of Water Street can be united.

-Photo  of Regal Bag Building by John Leighton

10/09/15 9:30am


Photo by NR Flickr user New York World. 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.

How to create a thriving Main Street? [Mid Hudson Times]
Celebrating the Written Word at Thornwillow Press [Huffington Post]
‘Photographers for Hope’ creates Newburgh’s portrait [THR]
LOT Expo Looking to Tackle Problem of Vacant Properties Throughout City [UrbanCincy]
Coming Soon: $69 Flights From U.S. To Europe [Refinery 29]

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10/09/15 7:30am

97 Liberty Street Newburgh NY

The antiques shop next to Caffe Macchiato had a good run. It occupied a storefront with attractive things, although unfortunately they didn’t really service the public. It was used more for storage than anything else. The space has now been emptied, awaiting the next game-changer for Liberty Street who will hopefully engage the community.

This is the perfect location for a new venture in the City of Newburgh. It’s right across the street from Washington’s Headquarters, right next to Caffe Macchiato (which has a new owner with new plans-longer hours!), and down the street from Jenny’s Florist. Now that there are a few dining options on Liberty Street, it would be nice to see some retail introduced to diversify shopping opportunities. 97-99 Liberty was completely rehabilitated from the crumbling shell it used to be. Further proving the priceless value of historic buildings in Newburgh’s east end.

97 Liberty Street Newburgh NY [Brian, VBK Realty]
Asking Price: $1,650/month
Size: 1,980 sq. ft.
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97 Liberty St Collage