11/16/18 7:30am

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 HB.

An Unexpected Meal in Downing Park [C]
Debate over fate of Newburgh church [THR]
Newburgh Officials Share Good News on Budget Talks [SN]
Maloney envisions aerial gondola between Beacon, Newburgh [THR]
Habitat for Humanity sets sights on Newburgh’s William Street [THR]
Developer of Foundry condos in Newburgh files for bankruptcy [THR]
Town of Newburgh Planning Board approves controversial retail project [THR]
Newburgh Heights hopes to attract new homeowners by paying off student loans [CN] Cleveland, not NY

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AME Zion Church will presenting at the architectural review commission tomorrow for plans to demolish their church located at 111 Washington Street. The plan is to create housing on site. The church has said in a previous news article that the layout no longer accommodates their elderly patrons.

Interestingly the agenda says the are looking to demolish the church but the rendering shows the church in tact with the side lots built up to 6 stories. The house to the left is being shown as demolished.

If you would like to attend the meeting where this rendering will be presented, the meeting will be held at the Activity Center, 401 Washing Street, 6:30pm.

11/09/18 7:30am

You are cordially invited to attend the first even shopping crawl in the City of Newburgh!

Shop small, shop unique, shop downtown Newburgh all day long! Spend the day strolling between shops and restaurants all while enjoying the unique experience the city has to offer. Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying sales, specials, and more as you shop small!

What: Small Business Saturday
Where: Downtown City of Newburgh. Register at Newburgh Mercantile or APG Pilates
When: November 24, 2018, 12-5pm, raffle begins at 4pm

Small Business Saturday Passports:

  • Register and sign up for your Shop Small Passport in Newburgh Mercantile (75 Broadway) or APG Pilates (87 Liberty Street) starting at 12pm.
  • Get your passport stamped by 3 listed businesses, drop it off at Newburgh Mercantile at 4pm for your chance to win a grand prize basket.
10/31/18 7:30am

The Tower roof complete thanks to the Palisades Park Conservancy’s efforts

Open for 63 years, closed for 68. The Tower of Victory is open once again thanks to the efforts of the Palisades Park Conservancy to raise 1.8 million dollars through private philanthropy and public grants. The tower is not open to the public yet but will reopen very soon. Article by Johanna Yaun, Orange County Historian. 

In 1883, Newburgh was the site of a weeklong gala celebration to commemorate centennial of the end of the Revolutionary War. Over a hundred thousand people descended on the city from around the world to take part in festivities that included parades, military demonstrations, and patriotic speeches. Abraham Lincoln’s son, Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln, announced plans to erect a monument at Newburgh to commemorate “the events which took place there a century ago.” Four years later, this monument would be unveiled as the Tower of Victory.

A spiral staircase looming over a statue of General Washington leads to the top of the Tower.

When planning began for the centennial monument, it was originally envisioned as a statue of Washington that would “awaken increased interest and regard for the picturesque stone house now consecrated by so many memories of the past.” By 1886, plans had expanded to enclose the statue in a stone tower that would “typify the rugged simplicity of the times and personages.” Architects Maurice J. Power and John H. Duncan, who would later become known for their work on the 1892 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Grant’s Tomb in Manhattan, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, were commissioned to design the tower. By the end of 1887, the monument was complete and the idea for a simple statue had grown into an imposing structure that visitors could climb for a view of the vistas of the Hudson River at Newburgh Bay.

In 1950 a severe storm damaged the roof of the Tower of Victory and it was removed to prevent further damage to the base. For 68 years it was closed to the public.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (center) with Deputy County Executive Harold Porr, County Historian Johanna Yaun, County Tourism Director Amanda Dana, County Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan, Architect Lisa Easton and County Legislator Joseph Minuta (l to r) at the top of the Tower on Sept. 6th.

10/29/18 11:30am

If you noticed a slow down of real estate posts on the blog, it is intentional. From here on out real estate posts will be paid listings. Real Estate is posted once a week Friday mornings at 7:30 am. There is only one slot available per week. If you are interested, please email me at newburghrestoration(at)gmail to reserve your spot.

You can imagine the requests I receive. The blog is way more of an expense than it is a profit. Thank you in advance for understanding and supporting NR!

Photo by Newburgh photographer Cher Vick. 

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