06/29/17 7:30am

Touring the historic homes on Grand and Montgomery, I spotted this home on Clinton Street. It suffered a fire last year and appears to be vacant. Records say it was home to Newburgh’s late former mayor, Mary Crabb. Mary served in place of her husband Tyrone, who was originally elected mayor but died of a heart attack before he could take his oath. Hopefully, the property will be repaired before further damage takes place. For detailed information on the property, check the Orange County tax records.

There are over 700 abandoned or vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. Habitation of these properties is vital to the revitalization of the city. 70 Clinton Street Newburgh NY Google Map

06/28/17 11:30am

Healthier food options are returning to Liberty Street thanks to Caffe Macchiato owner, Chef Jodi Cummings, and her new juice bar The Daily Beet. Many of us enjoyed and missed the previous juice bar that existed in the same location, 118 Liberty Street. Talking to her neighbors and customers at the cafe, Jodi realized the community still wanted a place to grab quick and healthy food. A juice bar would give her the opportunity to apply her chef background in a new way towards juices and smoothies. It was a concept she would spend nine months working on before the doors finally opened in mid-June.

Chef Jodi has big plans for her juice bar. With her grab and go menu, she sees it as an option for people who don’t have the luxury to sit down at her cafe. There will be seasonal soups, salads, and sandwiches ready for pick up. She also plans to start prepaid juicing programs where fresh juices can be picked up every day for customers looking to detox or jump start a healthy regimen.

As someone who lives local to the area, she relates to those who don’t want to get into their car every time they want to buy something. That is why she will be expanding the juice bar to also become a small marketplace where customers can purchase locally sourced granola, jam, honey, syrup and more. Grass and Grit Farm will make monthly drops offs for members of their meat and egg share programs. Jodi says Newburgh has the highest amount of shares for Grass and Grit, than any of their other locations.

Jodi is also committed to making the Daily Beet be certified in zero impact waste. All of the materials are biodegradable, yes even the cups and utensils are made out of 73% less plastic. And all of that leftover juice pulp? It will be given away to be used in gardens or farms.

The Daily Beet will be open 7 days a week, hours 9-4, subject to change. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or their website.

The Daily Beet name is a nod to cops walking the “beat” and the unfair reputation placed on Newburgh. Jodi wanted to place a positive spin on the name.

Check out the entire menu of juices and smoothies. The names for the drinks were named after crayons. Rewards cards and protein booster options will be coming soon.

This mural is an 1800’s botanical print recreated for the juice bar by Ricardo Ramirez.

The countertops came from an old high school science lab. Pennies were used to fill in the gaps were poles used to run through it.

The Grass and Grit egg share. You can sign up for at www.grassgritfarm.com/csa. The will be at the Daily Beet once a month for their drop off where you can also purchase eggs for the day.

Seven years ago, I took the photo above, hoping that one day we would see a drastic difference. Seven years later the 290 Liberty was still abandoned and in worse shape than it had ever been. With a renovation bill into the million range, no one had stepped up to reverse 30 years of neglect. The Newburgh Community Land Bank came to the tough decision of demolishing the building because of the potential danger it caused to pedestrians, as well as the two neighboring properties. They wrote a very poignant piece on the history of the home, commemorating the lives and the history of the people who once lived there.

Many people are enraged when a building has to be demolished. Some people think it’s just “one more building.” Unfortunately, dozens of other buildings will meet the same fate if not taken care of soon. We lost 290 Liberty, but there are plenty of other buildings screaming out Rescue Me.

06/23/17 11:30am

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 NR flickr user Steven Rosas

Newburgh does not need another mall [THR]
Newburgh saves 200 million gallons of water [TCP]
Newburgh to almost double number of street cameras [MHN]
Newburgh doesn’t want parolees from other communities [DF]
Newburgh school district 10 years to repay $12.7M penalty [THR]

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06/23/17 7:30am

This is one of the newest houses to come on the market in the city. It probably won’t last long either. Overall, from the photos the house to appears to be in good condition with room for upgrades and needed improvements. It is in a very desirable location, with neighbors such as the Fullerton Mansion and the Monell Mansion.

318 Grand Street Newburgh NY (Shernette Hall)
Asking Price: $139,900 (foreclosure)
Year Built: 1870
Size: 3,074 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: $17,273
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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