05/27/15 7:30am

1 Edward Progress

Excitingly, things are moving along at 1 Edward. The family is doing tons of painting. They estimate that by the time they are done it will be close to 30,000 sq ft of space they have painted! Work is moving along so fast they hope to move in 2 weeks from now, or by the end of June. See below for more progress.



Below is a look at the studio and office that has been created on the 1st floor.



And if you are new to the blog and don’t understand why this renovation is such a big deal, click here or just look at the image below:

Follow the progress at 1 Edward below or the tag 1 Edward:

1 Edward Warehouse with Collapsed Roof has SOLD
Home Renovation Adventures: Removing a Collapsed Mega-Roof by Hand
Home Renovation Adventures: Debris Cleared at 1 Edward
Home Renovation Adventures: 1 Edward Update, Building New Walls
Home Renovation Adventures: Tilted Wall
Home Renovation Adventures: Starting from Scratch at 1 Edward
Home Renovation Adventures: A New Wall for 1 Edward
Home Renovation Adventures: A New Roof for 1 Edward!
Home Renovation Adventures: Drywall and Paint at 1 Edward
Home Renovation Adventures: Framing New Rooms

Have your own home renovation adventures in the City of Newburgh that you would like to share? Your own before and after? Email me!

05/26/15 7:30am


After 4 years of being vacant and going on the market in March, a new family is moving into 164 Grand! This house has amazing historic details that the new owners plan to maintain. Yes, they are from Brooklyn, but Julie is French Canadian and her husband is Danish. They have been gracious enough to share the details of their home and the work they are planning to do. You can see a cherry picker above fixing their original slate roof.

“The roof needed fixing (that’s actually already done) and the 2-story porch in the back needs to be re-done. Inside, it’s mostly minor cosmetic work. Everything that is original to the house and not broken will stay as is. Later additions (we believe some of the wallpaper was put up in the 90’s and we will be replacing some of it). And there are a few broken windows which need replacing, including 2 of the round windows in the bay window.”

Enjoy the photos and remember, there are plenty of other homes like this in Newburgh waiting to be preserved (large and small). Restoring a house and want to share your journey? Email me, newburghrestoration@gmail.com

11350615_10153312930638745_2636682198378808689_n One of 3 sets of original pocket doors

164 Collage 1 Built-ins galore. Marble sink and original built-ins adjacent to bedroom and Butler’s pantry seen from dining room.

19389_10153312930838745_3148300247376356973_nBeautiful and amazingly sturdy staircase. In incredible condition given that the house has been vacant for 4 years.

164 Collage 2 1877 flush toilet, possibly one of the earliest in the US, found in a small room in the basement and was presumably used by the servants.

22300_10153312930543745_5221863460194155267_n One of the many original gas lamps. This one, however, is the only one that still has its shade.

11225447_10153312930703745_98911655357661236_n Old thermostat.

10411115_10153316881253745_5792006003755372005_n Copper sink in butler’s pantry.

11209363_10153316616008745_1307130407666279687_n Pocket door key.

164 Collage 3 Detail of one of 4 wood burning fireplaces. Each fireplace has a different design and different tiles around.

11067767_10153312996143745_4057217746255851266_n More fireplace details.

164 Collage 4

11051216_10153316615778745_3468294134275075110_n Those floors and tiles!

164 Collage 5 Back of the house with a 2 story porch that will eventually need to be redone.

11165266_10153312930973745_1739928530877592273_n 19th century walk-in closet with built-ins.

10245295_10153312996058745_6886304251970770315_n Wainscoting details.

05/22/15 11:30am

261 Grand St Newburgh NY

This home has seen a major makeover since 2012. I ran into this listing on LoopNet that was updated on 3/26/15. You won’t really find any current details on other sites, so I suggest you contact the listing agent to make sure it’s still on the market. This is a huge property (7 units) that also seems to be making income from the 10 cars parked in the rear. This property is part of a set of 3 row homes that still maintain beautiful cast iron work details and slate mansard roofs popular of the Second Empire style. Search the internet for different interior and exterior views.

261 Grand St Newburgh NY (Peter Malone, (845) 522-5900)
Asking Price: $439,000
Year Built: 1890?
Size: 4,139 sq ft
Taxes:  N/A
Neighborhood: MGL
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



261 Grand St Newburgh NY BEFORE

05/22/15 9:30am


“Antlers. Found these in the woods.” 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 Brian Wolfe

Newburgh aims to reduce crime [THR]
Companies agree to maintain ‘zombies’ [THR]
Newburgh Habitat raises walls on second Veterans Build house [Mid Hudson News]
Metro-North takes over ferry dock payments [THR]
Newburgh police mobilize against crime with van + Video [THR]
A Start-Up That Makes Loans Based on Loyalty When Banks Will Not [NYT]
Why Children Are Abandoning Baseball (Newburgh Feature) [WSJ]
‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord [NY Mag]

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05/22/15 7:30am

121 Montgomery St Newburgh NY

If you have $45,000 in cash laying around this cash-only offer has some of the best river views Newburgh has to offer. This is a large property that will likely need an immense amount of work. Neighboring properties have seen some restoration work on the left and right of this home like 109 Montgomery. It might not look like much, but these houses are a pretty big deal, as they barely survived the destruction of urban renewal. You can read all about Libby Lyon and Newburgh’s first urban pioneers that saved seven buildings north of here. The 2nd oldest home in Newburgh, the Selah Reeve House, is just a few houses down at the corner. It would be great to see a preservation minded person buy this property who is willing to live in it. There’s a lot of history on this block. No interior photos but there is a driveway that may or may  not belong to the property.

121 Montgomery St Newburgh NY (Valeria Rios, John J. Lease)
Asking Price: $45,000 – cash only
Year Built: 1850
Size: 4,124 sq ft
Taxes:  $8,852.00
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


(Urban renewal destroyed the properties directly in front. You can see the turned up earth here)