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.

07/22/14 7:30am


After much deliberation, the graduate urban design program at Columbia University has chosen the City of Newburgh for their fall 2014 semester urban design studio! There will be approximately 45 students from 20+ countries and 6-8 faculty all focusing their attention on the city. Professor Justin Garrett Moore and his fellow faculty felt that Newburgh and its larger Hudson River Valley context would be a rich place for their students to investigate and hopefully contribute to generating new ideas for the city’s potential. Although Newburgh has its challenges, they felt the energy, engagement and momentum that seem to be building here has made them feel that it will be a good choice. It will be the smallest city ever studied for an urban design studio by the program at Columbia.

All of the 45 students in the program have architecture or landscape architecture professional degrees and are doing graduate/advanced study to learn urban design and its more interdisciplinary focus. Some studios focus on single issues such as architecture, historic preservation, or transportation. However, this studio will be focusing on issues of a more larger scale including: housing and social dynamics, economic development, infrastructure, environmental quality, open space and mobility networks, etc. The fall semester of the program is also focused on the regional relationships of cities. So while students would work with a focus in Newburgh, their projects and responsibilities will expand to larger scales – environmental, social, economic, infrastructure, etc., of how Newburgh fits or operates within the Hudson Valley and NYC metro regions.

The results from the design studio will be presented at a final project review at Columbia University, and possibly in Newburgh. While there will not be any enforcement of the recommendations the students make, the city and its stakeholders will have the option to take into consideration any advice offered and carry it out.

Justin’s interest in the City of Newburgh came about from the recent New York Times article, as did the new City Manager. We can only hope that this new design studio will cause more people to discover Newburgh and bring new energy and creativity to the city. To learn more about how urban design studios work, you can check out the studio from last year done in New Rochelle.

Photo “116th Street Columbia University Station” by Youngking11Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.