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?


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


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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09/12/14 7:30am


Here’s an attention grabber. This listing is selling a cluster of 11 buildings for $1.7 million, which equals out to about $159,000 per property. The majority of these properties are located on Benkard, just one or two blocks west of Liberty Street. This is a highly promising area being just steps away from Liberty Street, and just one block south of the warehouses on Liberty and South William that are being bought and converted to artist studio space. Benkard has long scared people away because of its blight. Such a large concentration of buildings in a 2 block area owned by one entity can swing a block either way. Hopefully things can start swinging in a better direction depending on who purchases this 11 building package and what they do with them.

One thing I have not seen in a real estate listing in a long time is an explanation of what has been happening in Newburgh, and yes Beacon. Looking at all the information contextually should put the neighborhood into a bit of perspective. However, I still believe the renter-to-owner ratio in Newburgh is still too high. Benkard could benefit from having more residents who feel committed and responsible for their homes. Either way, it’s definitely an area to keep your eye on! Now what do you think of the price? See the real estate listing and details below:

This is a portfolio consisting out of 11 buildings (2,3 and 4 families) that are all brick, row houses built around 1890-1900. 10 of the 11 buildings are in the same street and on is 2 blocks away. Great location concentration from a property management perspective.Each building is in good condition and renovated. All apartments are occupied an each apartment has separate utilities with individual electric meter and as meter. All tenants pay their own electric, gas and cable.This makes a great investment at a 15% CAP rate plus the upside potential of of the upcoming area,Gross Operating Income is $349,500, expenses (taxes, water, sewer, garbage and insurance) is $90,265 giving you a Net Operating Income of $259,235 a year.Located 60 miles north of Manhattan on the East bank of the Hudson River lies Newburgh City. Newburgh is not just any city for those looking to invest time and money. It is a gem! It has the largest historic district in the state. It has beautifully designed planned neighborhoods like Washington Heights and Colonial Terraces. It has a great scenic park in Downing and a great recreational park in Delano Hitch.With a growing arts community to feed the imagination and a remarkably rich collective of civic improvement organizations in which citizen volunteers keep the city moving ahead.Neighborhood associations have formed in recent years, and block parties are popular. Habitat for Humanity and their partner families have rebuilt 18 houses, with five more every year. The local hospital and community college have announced expansion plans, and new businesses are starting to relocate here. It seems this small city has turned a corner.In 1999, Newburgh’s waterfront consisted largely of broken slabs of concrete with grass growing between them. Today, the waterfront is a bustling destination, featuring several restaurants and other businesses, drawing thousands of customers every weekend.Straight across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge lies the town of Beacon which has gone through a major gentrification over the last few years. Walk through Main Street and you will see tons of restaurants, art galleries, real estate offices and renovated buildings. As a result, property prices and rents have risen substantially in Beacon.Newburgh feels like old Brooklyn, before its gentrification.

11 building cluster, Newburgh NY (Edward Kalisvaart, Keller Williams)
Asking Price: $1,750,000
Year Built: 1890-1900
Neighborhood: SoBro/Benkard





09/11/14 4:00pm


This press release was just received and it’s too good not to share. You must be part of a garden organization. Get your free bulbs to make Newburgh beautiful!

We at Hudson Valley Garden Association love spring bulbs for being a low maintenance, cost effective way to add early flowers to the garden that return year after year. Our two newest programs – the Bulb Donation Project and Bonus Bulbs – provide an opportunity for garden organizations and civic groups who perform public planting in our communities to receive free bulbs donated by HVGA. These programs coincide with our second annual Bulb Sale fundraiser and free bulb classes.

We’re excited to make these donations, and wanted to make sure your organization and community did not miss out on this opportunity! Links are provided to all relevant forms and information, but please email info@hvga.org if you have further questions.

Bulb Donation Project
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate bulbs to one Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organization per county (Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam) for public planting and civic beautification purposes. Bulb packages include:
- 25 Allium “Purple Sensation” – Showstopping, 4” violet-purple globes bloom in May.
- 600 Daffodil “Dutch Master” – The best classic yellow daffodil available.
- 250 Grape Hyacinths – Blue, low-growing favorite is great with daffodils or along paths.
This program is co-sponsored by ADR Bulbs, one of the nation’s biggest importers of flower bulbs located in Chester, NY.

Bonus Bulbs
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate an additional 100 daffodil bulbs to up to five Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organizations that place bulb fundraiser orders of $75 or more for public planting purposes. Orders can be placed online or by mail.

Applications must be received before October 3, 2014.
Download Bulb Donation Project application
Download Bonus Bulbs application

Spring Blooming Bulbs Class – FREE!
Learn how to select, plant and care for spring bulbs. This class will introduce gardeners to the wide variety of bulbs that thrive in Hudson Valley gardens and offer design tips on where and how to incorporate bulbs into your existing garden for greatest effect. Presentation is for both experienced and beginner gardeners. Pre-registration required, space is limited.
- Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10am: Montgomery Place, Red Hook, NY. Register here.
- Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10am: Chester Public Library, Chester, NY. Register here.

Photo by NR flickr pool user Steven Rosas