10/02/15 11:30am

23 Gardner Front

The City of Newburgh’s Planning and Development Department plans to highlight one city-owned property for sale each month. This property is located in the northwestern corner of Newburgh. It looks like it would make a nice starter home. The bathroom has been updated and the kitchen has been renovated. Strong preference will be given to an owner-occupant purchaser.

* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY.   For additional information call: (845)-569-7387 or (845)-569-9400.

23 Gardner St Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $49,410
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23 Gardner Bath

23 Gardner Kitchen

23 Gardner Living

10/02/15 9:30am


Photo 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.
Artists tour shines a bright light on Newburgh [THR]
Video about Newburgh artists and creative scene [Phan Media]
A Little Shellfish [Chronogram]
Sidewalk cafes: Silver bullets of walkable places [Better! Cities & Towns]

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10/02/15 7:30am

179 Liberty St Newburgh NY

If you have the cash, this is a nice opportunity to get a house on Liberty Street north of Broadway. It needs to be gutted and there are little to no historic details. However, I suspect this section of Liberty between Broadway and First will be one of the first sections of northern Liberty to turn around. I’ve documented the reasons why many times but to mention them again: the Broadway/Liberty Street intersection will be seeing major changes in the next year with a community park and rehabilitation of 96 Broadway. Across the street is 188 Liberte and around the corner is Quality Row. The homes there are consistently owner-occupied by progressive residents. Dutch artist, Paulien Lethen, just moved there. I’ve heard she has some exciting plans.

179 Liberty St Newburgh NY (C21 Alliance Realty Group)
Asking Price: $39,900
Year Built: 1900
Size: 1,536 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: $4,667
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
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10/01/15 7:30am


©Katarina Premfors/Photographers for Hope 2015

You might have seen some out-of-towners running around Newburgh for the past week with cameras and a hunger for stories. They are now coming to the end of their photo project, Newburgh Revival, and would like to invite you to join them for the opening of their photo exhibition.

When: Saturday, October 3rd; 5-8pm

Where: Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William Street, Newburgh NY, 12550

What is this all about?

Newburgh, one of the country’s most important cities, historically and architecturally. However that proud history, dating back to George Washington and the Revolutionary War, has been overshadowed by economic decline and decay. In the past 40 years, the community has fallen on hard times and struggled repeatedly to pick itself up.

This photo project will tell the stories of ordinary but extraordinary people and organizations that are determined to build a better future for their families and community. They might not know it, but they are already part of a movement to resurrect a great city, a city that is on its way to regaining its past grandeur. These photographs will bring to life stories of entrepreneurship, struggle, resilience and it will give voice to a community that really believes they can change the trajectory of history. Indeed Newburgh’s grandeur, and the heart to this photo project, is not the mansions or the broad streets; its greatness is the spirit of the people who are building and rebuilding their lives.

Their hope is that these photos, taken by 9 photographers from all corners of the world, will inspire people to play a positive role in their own community and for the government and businesses to applaud and support these efforts.

For more information see the Photographers for Hope website.

09/30/15 7:30am

Ms.Fairfax Newburgh 2

Over the weekend Ms. Fairfax opened just in time for the Newburgh Open Studios weekend. This new business was up and running very quickly considering they only announced their opening a few days before. The name was carefully thought out, as it replaces the former Martha. Ms. Fairfax was actually George Washington’s lover.

Some of the changes I love about Ms. Fairfax are #1, they’ll be opened later! Closing time will be 10-11pm, which gives Liberty Street a new late night dinning option. The new extended bar with attached seating is my #2 favorite change. While we were there, I noticed the bar seats were the most preferred for hanging out and chatting. They’ll be offering different beers on tap which will be rotated. Change #3 is the new to-go section. You can pick up beer, deli items, or tasty snacks for a picnic at Washington’s HQ.

Ms. Fairfax is run by the same folks from Palate Wine & Spirits.





Ms.Fairfax Newburgh

09/29/15 7:30am


If you had the opportunity to visit Newburgh this weekend, you picked the perfect moment. There were numerous events happening city-wide which, were all samples of future things to come. To begin, Friday night was the reception and exhibition of Ruedi Hofmann‘s Pivotal: Faces of Change project. We estimated over 200 attendees came out to Thornwillow Institute at 7 South Lander Street. Mr. Hofmann interviewed and photographed over 50 participants who are creating positive change in Newburgh. That’s not to say there aren’t many more people doing so, but this was just a small sample.


Normally, you probably wouldn’t want to wander alone at night in this grassy field on South Lander Street. But here we were, taking over a “new” urban space that felt safe, exciting, and hopeful all at the same time. Most of us in attendance were also part of the short film that was displayed, edited by filmmaker Merle Becker. If you missed it, you can still watch it on the Pivotal Newburgh website. As Mr. Hofmann said on the website, “a new energy can be felt in Newburgh.” There was no better place to experience it than this night!






The inside of the future Thornwillow Institute was transformed into an art gallery where all of the portraits were displayed. The exhibit will be available to view till October 25th. See the website for more details. Before visiting, you should download the Live Portrait app which will make the photographs come to life.





Pivotal was just the kickoff for the annual Newburgh Open Studios weekend. City sidewalks were busy, full of visitors with maps in hand walking to the 21 art venues and studios on tour. Between touring, chatting, and checking out Ms. Fairfax, we only actually made it to one art venue. I appreciated seeing families with their children excited to discover each new studio. I appreciated seeing artists in every studio getting the opportunity to explain their work, and I appreciated seeing their raw work space, which looked like they were ready to pick up a brush at a moments notice.

Each year Newburgh Open Studios is growing, which solidifies the city’s maturing role in the Hudson Valley art scene. Bravo to Michael, Gerardo, and everyone else who works so hard to make it possible for us to enjoy this wonderful event. Don’t miss Newburgh Open Studios 2016!