11/27/15 11:30am

24 Courtney Avenue Newburgh NY

The Heights in Newburgh is seeing a nice uptick in new residents that are moving in and restoring homes. A good example of this concentration can be seen on the streets between Liberty Street and Bay View Terrace. These are the homes with river views and easy access to the bluff which, overlooks the Hudson River. This house is located in this exact area. The listing says that this is a 2-family home, which could easily be converted back to 1 family. Bathroom and kitchen photos are exempt, a tell tale sign you will probably have to renovate them and more.  Two new neighbors have moved to this block (here and here). There is still work to be done to other homes, but there is nice momentum here. New neighbors should all know about the Newburgh Heights Association, one of the benefits of living in the Heights.

24 Courtney Avenue Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $109,900
Year Built: 1895
Size: 1,500 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: n/a
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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11/27/15 9:30am


Photo by NR Flickr user Jaime Fernandez. 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.

Making the Cut: Decora [Chronogram]
How We Design Inequality [Metropolis]
Long-neglected Newburgh streets getting repaved [THR]
Warning: No illegal dumping in Newburgh [Mid Hudson News]
Volunteerism at the Crawford House: Leveling the Bluestone Path [NHS]
Social Media Does Not Belong at Our History Organizations? [HV Blogs]
New Audi team drives forward cooperation with cities [Audi]

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11/27/15 7:30am

120 1st Street Newburgh NY

I am very excited to see this house on the market. This house is a Quality Row house, 1 of 5 homes in between Liberty and Grand Street on the north side. Cut up into 4 apartments, this house has taken the longest to receive any restoration work like the neighboring houses have. Looking at an original photo you can see that the top floor is an extension. Interior listing photos reveal that a lot of details have been removed, but still, many remain. Being that this is a side lot you get a carriage house (that had major structural work done recently) and a garage, as well as a 2-level porch. If you are a history buff and preservationist, this is a wonderful block to consider restoring a home, as all the other homes on this side of the street are owner occupied and are well-maintained. Dutch artist, Paulien Lethen, just moved here. I’ve heard she has some exciting plans. To see inside the other Quality Row homes, click on the neighborhood tab, Quality Row.

In 1883 Thomas Edison stayed in one of these homes as a guest while establishing the Edison Illuminating Company.  And, according to Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens, this is how Quality Row got its name:

At the time of their erection these house were considered much above the average in cost and elegance, and for this reason, combined with the high social standing of the original occupants, the buildings were known throughout the village as “Quality Row,” a designation which still lingers among our old families.”

120 1st Street at far left

120 1st St Newburgh NY (Sierra Properties)
Asking Price: $159,000
Year Built: 1836
Size: 4,992 sq ft
Taxes:  $9,190
Neighborhood: Quality Row
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
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11/26/15 2:43pm


Newburgh Last Saturdays are back for the month of November with a special event happening. This month READ LOCAL: Readings & Book Signings by area Authors is happening in 3 locations around the city: Space Create, Newburgh Mercantile, and the Ritz Theater. It’s a great way to support local talent.

Also, Newburgh Last Saturdays is looking for ambassadors to keep this event going strong. The more people involved, the more successful and diverse it will be. Last Saturdays is a day when businesses stay open later and special events happen to encourage tourism and economic development of downtown Newburgh. For more information and the full list of events, check out the Facebook fanpage and on social media: #NBLS, #NewburghLastSaturdays, #NBNYARTS, #NBNYMUSIC.

11/20/15 11:30am

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY

This house is being listed as a 2-family home with a huge side yard/driveway that can hold up to 6 cars, a commodity in the city. Everything looks well maintained and there are a few fireplaces still in place that could possibly be opened up. You could move right in and make any changes you wanted over time. According to the listing the owner is “motivated to sell”. If you aren’t sure about this side of Newburgh, check out these news neighbors that aren’t that far away.

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY (Martha Elena Carbajal, John J Lease Realtors)
Asking Price: $169,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 1,762 sq ft
Neighborhood: SoBro, Heights
Taxes: $3,740
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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