07/31/15 11:30am

119 William St Newburgh NY

William Street is rough, really rough. Rough like most of the buildings on this block are vacant, burned out, or on the brink of collapse. It also happens to be one of my most favorite blocks. It is characterized by smaller buildings that often have commercial shops on the first floor (although many have been converted) and living quarters upstairs. It’s the perfect set up for small business owners, studios, and other endeavors. Newburgh’s large mansions are great, but William Street has the character of a small European town with its original red brick roads.

It’s a lot of imagination, but it’s what this area originally was, and what it has the potential to be. That said, I often get emails about people looking for garages and other fun spaces. This listing is for the garage only and it is a commercial space. The house to the right is for sale, and is probably a gut job. It looks like the owner is trying to sell them together, possibly with other properties. You could create a live/work set up here.

This is the kind of space for someone wanting to make change, not be where change has already happened. See it in person to see if you are up for this level of urban pioneering.

119 William St Newburgh NY (Michelle Spinelli)
Asking Price: $20,000
Year Built: N/A
Size: 784 sq ft
Taxes:  N/A
Neighborhood: SoBro
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map

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07/31/15 9:30am

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Photo by NR flickr userJohn Leighton. 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.

Where to go for pizza in Newburgh? [Newburgh Food Journal]
Millennials Will Live In Cities Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before [Gizmodo]
Why Wal-Mart, an icon of suburbia, had to urbanize its hometown [WSJ]
Buffalo, NY: Where the Cool Kids Want to Live [Free Enterprise]
The Many Benefits of Making One-Way Streets Two-Way [City Lab]
How does public transportation concentration influence neighbourhood median household income? [Sage]

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07/31/15 7:30am

54 Henry Ave Newburgh NY

This is a house that was on the market a few years back. Someone bought it, painted it and probably made some repairs. It’s being listed as a 2 family house, although it would probably do much better as a 1 family owner-occupied home (not to mention parking). Overall, this house is on Henry Avenue where many young families and young adults are moving in and fixing homes. It would be a great addition to see this home build up on the work being done, like the makeover of the Wedding Cake House just a few door down. A young couple right across the street are doing a bunch of renovations. It’s a simple Victorian that could really shine one day. Historic tax credits would be available.

54 Henry Ave Newburgh NY (Marilyn Hagemann)
Asking Price: $79,900
Year Built: 1890
Size: 2,648 sq ft
Taxes:  $7,594
Neighborhood: The Heights
Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
Google Map

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Visconti Diner Newburgh NY

A tipster sent in these images of the original façade of the old Visconti Diner, located at the corner of S. Robinson and Dickson Street that was recently revealed. It is pretty impressive to see that this existed underneath all that brick work, and that all the ornamental (steel?) is still intact. The tipster said the owner is planning to restore, and I certainly hope so. City records say the property was built c. 1940. It’s wonderful to see the progression of development in the city through its architecture.

The future of this property could surely help improve Newburgh’s image, as it is located on one of the gateway entry streets into the city.

Does anyone know for sure what the plans are? A new restaurant perhaps?

Visconti Diner Newburgh

Some before pictures below from Google and city records.

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07/24/15 9:30am

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“Christina” 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.

Newburgh violent crime is down 15 percent: police [THR]
Newburgh Habitat gets $100k grant for live/work project [THR]
Section of Balmville Tree in danger of collapsing [Mid Hudson News]
$200 million plan for old Psych Center site [PJ]
Downtown is Looking Up in Cincinnati [This Old House]
Tactical urbanism in Caracas – rebuilding the city with art and culture [Positive News]
Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts [Georgia Council for Arts]
Heritage Tourism Lessons from Jurassic World [NY History Blog]

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