07/25/14 10:30am


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 Brian Wolfe.

‘The Newburgh Sting,’ on HBO, About Bronx Bomb Plot [NYT]
Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings [WVRO News]
Two More Homesteaders Begin Rehabbing Their House in Hamlin Park [Views of Buffalo]
“Main Street has been right from the start” [National Main Street Center]
Building’s rebirth will boost Howell [LivingstonDaily.com]
GNP Partners With Local Organizations To Clean City Streets [HV Press]
For sale (again!), Newburgh [Door 16]

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07/25/14 7:30am

86 Beacon St Newburgh NY

This house has been on the market for a while, and now is back with a reduced price. If you like the idea of living in the Heights neighborhood, but perhaps not in a rowhome, this might be a nice compromise. While the house is small, there is a proper driveway and garage for those of you that want a more suburban touch to your home. The listing also mentions the low taxes, and although the price of the house is attractive there are no photos of the kitchen so be prepared. For more details see below.

86 Beacon St Newburgh NY (George Koudounas, RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group)
Asking Price: $80,000
Year Built: 1919
Size: 1,346 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights
Taxes: $5,000
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
Google Map



07/24/14 12:14pm

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The Land Bank is moving right along with plans to develop 13 & 15 Chambers Street. Their main offices at 15 Chambers are almost done, and now they are seeking a developer to complete 13. Here is the official announcement which can be seen in its entirety on the website:

The Renovation of 13 Chambers Street comprises the second phase of the renovation of 13-15 Chambers Street. The Phase Two project comprises the renovation of the former Brutus Hodge Funeral Home, which is a 4-story wood and masonry apartment building, into renovated apartments over the ground floor commercial apace.



Bids shall be submitted in a sealed, opaque envelope clearly marked with the name of the Bidder, the name of the project bid upon, and shall be addressed to:

Newburgh Community Land Bank
Attn: Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director
P.O. Box 152 Newburgh, NY 12550

Bids shall be delivered to the above address or sent via email

To: mfletcher@newburghcommunitylandbank.org no later than:

12:00 noon, August 13, 2013


Copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from:

178 Main Street.
Beacon, NY 12508
Ph: 845-838-9763

Copies of the Bid Documents can be obtained at a cost of $75 per set or upon request by the potential Bidder may be sent free of charge via e-mail. All queries and questions shall be directed to the office of the Architect, Jeff Wilkinson, R.A., 178 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508, Ph: 845-838-9763 Email: jawil@earthlink.net

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07/23/14 11:49am

Joan SHapiro

Mayor Joan Muriel Shapiro

Joan Muriel Shapiro, 89, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, died peacefully in Florida. She was the only child of Michael and Essie Strawgate of Kingston, NY where Joan spent her childhood.

Joan married, The Silver Fox, her beloved husband Jerry Shapiro on 3/31/1946. They are survived by their loving children, Fern and Howard Ingber, Bruce and Barbara Shapiro, and Michael Shapiro. She is further survived by her adoring grandchildren, Melissa and Bradley Zimmerman, Noah and Angela Shapiro, Mathew and Michelle Ingber, great-grandchildren: Connor, Gabrielle, Emersen and Jakob Shapiro; Sophie and Jordana Ingber; Jillian Zimmerman. And her constant companions, her dogs, Sam and Fluffy.

As a young woman, Joan devoted herself to raising her family. A very high next priority was to make a difference in her community. She was a diligent fundraiser and volunteer for organizations too numerous to list. Joannie had a love affair with her cherished City of Newburgh. No one could have loved the City more than she. Joannie served so proudly as Mayor from 1980-1988. She was unstoppable in her support of police and firefighters. Joan gave every ounce of her being to improving the City and its citizens’ quality of life. Joannie squeezed out every drop of life every day. Her example will continue to be an inspiration to her family. Joannie always said she would rather wear out than rust out.

Joan loved her friends and all became extended family. Her family will be eternally grateful to Emily and Wilbert Sanchez, who cared so lovingly for her until her final moment.

There will be a graveside service for family and friends at 11 am at Congregation Agudas Israel Cemetery, 140 Erie Avenue, New Windsor, NY, followed by a gathering at The Plum Point Condominium Clubhouse approximately 1 mile away.

Shiva will be held at: Howard & Fern Ingber , 20 Green Ct., Middletown, NY
Sunday: 2-4 pm & 7-9pm, Monday: 7-9 pm

Donations in Joannie’s name can be made to Hospice of O.C., Kaplan Family Hospice Center, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550

Arrangements by Doulin’s Funeral Home, 845-562-0068

07/23/14 7:30am

New City manager

Thanks to Arianna Koudounas who organized the 4th community conversation that was attended by the new city manager, Michael Ciaravino. Over 70 were in attendance for this conversation. Here’s a recap of everything that happened:

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino spoke to a large group of Newburgh residents at Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, July 20, as part of the Newburgh Community Conversation series.

Ciaravino’s topic was “Newburgh: A Report Back on Economic Development.”  The event was hosted and sponsored by the Mount in the newly renovated Dominican Center, formerly Mount Saint Mary Academy. Lisa Gallina, director of admissions for Mount graduate and adult degree programs, introduced Conversation Facilitator Arianna Koudounas and Ciaravino.

Ciaravino has been Newburgh’s city manager for six weeks, since moving his family here from the Cleveland, Ohio area. He’s covered quite a lot of ground in Newburgh already, both figuratively and literally. He’s ridden along on police patrols, observed city employees at work, responded with fire fighters to a call, and “cleaned” the windows of City Hall.

Ciaravino described his early experiences in Newburgh, and spoke about his vision for revitalizing Newburgh as a post-Industrial American city. “Newburgh can be an example. How will the urban centers in post-industrial America recreate themselves in ways that are meaningful and sustainable? We can help to set the bar.”

Attendees were also pleased to hear that Ciaravino plans to move this family from Ohio to Newburgh very soon. If you would like more information about Newburgh Community Conversations, contact Arianna  arianna.koudounas(at)gmail.com.