02/12/16 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.

School district plans for NFA West [Times]
Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed [The Atlantic]
Eating On Broadway, A Cultural Awakening [The Sentinel]
Newburgh develops property tax policy [Mid Hudson News]
Britain’s heritage renovations revive demand for old skills [FT]
Why Historic Preservation Districts Are Crucial to Cities [City Lab]

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02/12/16 7:30am

44 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY

This is a wonderful house to consider preserving if you are interested in house restoration or rehabilitation. Just off Liberty Street there is a set of 3 row houses with an angular facade that is quite unique. Number 44 has had a beating, but there are many original details remaining. There are original fireplaces mantles and base moldings – something that is often torn out to install baseboard heating. For some of the houses in the Heights, these fireplaces are purely ornamental, but it is wonderful to have them there none the less.

Other features I like about this house, the driveway appears to belong to the property. A luxury when there is a ton of snow in the winter. Also, paying some attention to the exterior would be very rewarding. I would remove the concrete front lawn and chain link fence for something more inviting, and I would also restore the front double entrance and the small porch that remarkably is in tact as can be seen on the house at the left.  Check out some interior photos of neighboring house 48 Carson. It would be wonderful to see all three of these homes rehabilitated.

44 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY (Donald Maher, BHHS Hudson Valley)
Asking Price: $32,900 – Foreclosure
Year Built: 1890
Size: 1,364 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: $5,619
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
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02/11/16 7:30am

274 Washington St Newburgh

Has anyone else noticed the developments of this building located at the corner of Washington and Mill Street? This is one building I definitely thought would be demolished. The east side of the building had a crack from foundation to roof which made the building look like it was breaking in 2. Just last week though, I spotted this construction work happening.

One of the great things about Newburgh is that it is an actual city. Broadway, Liberty Street, and the waterfront are not the only commercial thoroughfares. In 1895 this building and its owner were mentioned:

THOMAS LITTLETON formerly one of the Almshouse Commissioners owns a good business location at No 274 Washington Street Newburgh and enjoys a large retail trade in staple and fancy groceries and liquors…In 1862 he went to New York and served as coachman for Mrs Lawrence on Fifth Avenue remaining there for two years after which he ran as conductor on the old horse car line for three years. Returning to Newburgh he started in business for himself and conducted a store in New Windsor for two years. In 1870 he opened an establishment in the building which he owns at the corner of Mill and Washington Streets.

We know the building, most likely dates back to circa 1870. Hopefully one day it can enjoy the large retail trade it did under Mr. Littleton.

Washington 1

Washington 2

02/09/16 7:30am

115 Liberty St Newburgh NY

A newly renovated building on Liberty Street is a fine example of the potential of Newburgh’s historic district. Two years ago this building was up for sale. Since then new business, Palate Wine and Spirits, has moved in, raising the bar of the Liberty Street corridor. The fake stone facade and aluminum siding was removed and replaced with historically accurate details and color scheme. Job well done, it looks beautiful!

Imagine if all the buildings on Liberty Street were restored the same way? One building at a time …






Photo by Matthew Colon, Director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.  “I like it because the contours of the foreground (buildings and wires) mimic the mountain range in the background – nature and city, complimented. The colors are great, too!”

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02/05/16 11:30am

66 Carson Ave Cropped

The City of Newburgh’s Planning and Development Department plans to highlight one city-owned property for sale each month.

“It is a 2-story house, single-family, brick attached row house in the Washington Heights section of Newburgh.  Some renovation work had begun on the house – new kitchen, newer bath, new windows – but some roof work and interior finish work need to be completed.”

66 Carson Ave Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $24,680*
Neighborhood: The Heights
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* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY.   For additional information call: (845)-569-7387 or (845)-569-9400.

66 Carson Stairs

66 Carson Int 1st

66 Carson Bath

66 Carson Kitchen Cropped