11/26/15 2:43pm


Newburgh Last Saturdays are back for the month of November with a special event happening. This month READ LOCAL: Readings & Book Signings by area Authors is happening in 3 locations around the city: Space Create, Newburgh Mercantile, and the Ritz Theater. It’s a great way to support local talent.

Also, Newburgh Last Saturdays is looking for ambassadors to keep this event going strong. The more people involved, the more successful and diverse it will be. Last Saturdays is a day when businesses stay open later and special events happen to encourage tourism and economic development of downtown Newburgh. For more information and the full list of events, check out the Facebook fanpage and on social media: #NBLS, #NewburghLastSaturdays, #NBNYARTS, #NBNYMUSIC.

11/20/15 11:30am

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY

This house is being listed as a 2-family home with a huge side yard/driveway that can hold up to 6 cars, a commodity in the city. Everything looks well maintained and there are a few fireplaces still in place that could possibly be opened up. You could move right in and make any changes you wanted over time. According to the listing the owner is “motivated to sell”. If you aren’t sure about this side of Newburgh, check out these news neighbors that aren’t that far away.

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY (Martha Elena Carbajal, John J Lease Realtors)
Asking Price: $169,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 1,762 sq ft
Neighborhood: SoBro, Heights
Taxes: $3,740
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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11/20/15 9:30am


Photo by NR Flickr user Brian Wolfe. 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.

Land Banks and Historic Preservation [NTHP]
The Case for Creative Placemaking in Small Towns [NPQ]
Crowd-sourced financing meets urbanism [Better! Cities & Towns]
New Owners for Customized Habitat for Humanity Home [TWC]
Upstate Revitalization: Limited Inspiration from the Past [NY History Blog]
How One Couple Turned a “Toxic Corner” of Cleveland into a Development Hotbed [Vanity Fair]
Community Organizing Powers BIDs in Multiethnic Neighborhoods [Next City]

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11/20/15 7:30am

54 Leroy Place Newburgh NY

This is a stunning home with too many features to mention. It is located at the very northern tip of the City of Newburgh, close to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Leroy place merges into Water Street as you go south, so this home is on a main road with car access in the back. Many original details have been preserved like stained glass, pocket doors, fireplaces and more. And my favorite part is the carriage house in the backyard that has 2 levels. You can drive into the carriage house from the 2nd floor, which has street access. It looks like it could be a wonderful studio or guest house if you wished to convert it. There are many more details that do not appear online, so be sure to contact the listing agent for further details.

54 Leroy Place Newburgh NY (Stacie R. Laskin, 845-784-4332)
Asking Price: $310,000
Year Built: 1908
Size: 3,056 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL, Waterfront
Taxes: $9,100
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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54 Leroy Collage 1





11/19/15 7:30am

31 Clark St Newburgh NY

The City of Newburgh has published its November 2015 property list. Most properties are vacant or abandoned like this one above at 31 Clark Street. I picked this one to showcase because there has been development on this block. Habitat for Humanity just built 3 news homes on Clark Street that will go to owner occupants and another home has been rehabbed and is available for rent. It is also just around the corner from a huge development project yet to be announced. Washington Street is just at the corner and in walking distance is Liberty Street and Washington’s HQ. Overall, it is the mass rehabilitation of these smaller buildings that will change the Newburgh landscape. It’s a great simple rowhome that probably needs to be gut renovated. The minimum purchase price for this property is $9,300.

Buying a city-owned property comes with challenges. If you would like help, consult this guide made by city residents: Helpful Notes to buy Newburgh city owned property.