Many people are quite excited about the new land banks that have been instituted in New York State. Across the map land banks have been able to focus on rehabilitating and acquiring abandoned and vacant properties that municipalities do not have the power to manage. Newburgh’s own land bank has had such success with a red brick apartment building on Lander and an old church on Grand Street
Newburgh’s own land bank director, Madeline Fletcher was featured by Center for Community Progress. She mentions the challenge land banks face in the future is to become sustainable and finding funding for day to day operations.
For more information regarding accomplishments and challenges land banks in NY face, read the following article: Two and a half years in, land banking takes shape in New York State
Have you seen the paper up in the windows of 87 Ann Street? It used to be Newburgh Artisans, but thankfully the shop will not remain empty. A new business is going to be opening very soon: Rue du Temple, or in English, Road to Temple. It is the brainchild of Paul Huber, who was inspired by the double dome synagogue on William Street. He saw it as he rode down Washington St on his way to his new storefront. The journey reminded him of the famous Jewish and arts quarter of Rue du Temple in Marais, Fance. He interprets the name of his business to mean the “road to the mind and creativity.”
Paul’s shop will have art, books, antiques and more. He even has some future ambitions he would like to bring to Newburgh. Perhaps the most inspiring part of Paul’s story is that he moved to Newburgh when he realized he wanted to open up a business here. He stumbled upon the city on a drive from Connecticut to NYC. Now, Paul not only is helping the burgeoning businesses opening on the Liberty Street corridor, but he is also joining the ranks of professionals who realize living and working in the City of Newburgh is a great idea.
We will keep you updated on his soft/grand opening.
Rue du Temple is one of 5 new businesses/ventures coming to this area! Hooray for Newburgh!
The Lightbulb Project seeks Artists to create works using 4-ft high plywood forms shaped like a lightbulb for outdoor display for a period of 2 weeks. Materials used should suitable for extended outdoor display. Some lightbulbs will be able to be brought in indoors during rain/wind-speak to Gerardo Castro for suggestions. Both sides of lightbulbs MUST be painted. The Lightbulb Project encourages entry in all mediums of art including the use of paint, sculptural elements and non-conventional materials. Lightbulbs will be displayed in front of businesses, at Festival locations and key street corners throughout the City of Newburgh. Lightbulbs will be displayed beginning June 7th Lightbulbs are required to remain installed for the entire duration of the Festival. Lightbulb_Project2014 Application
Pick up Plywood Forms beginning April 5th
At Newburgh Art Supply 5 Grand Street 845-561-5552. Please call or email us a few days before your anticipated pick up time.
Finished art deadline Saturday May 31st
Artwork can be delivered before deadline date /as soon as they are finished. For more information contact Gerardo Castro (cell) 845-926-7676 (store) 845-561-5552 or email@example.com or sign up online at www.newburghartsupply.com.
Form also available on facebook: “Gerardo Castro” event page “The Lightbulb Project 2014 June 22”
The Lightbulb Project Auction date is Sunday June 22 at Liberty Street/Broadway lot where ALL lightbulbs will be displayed as an event to end the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. Proceeds from each light bulb will be split evenly between the artist and the Newburgh Illuminated Festival to help fund next year’s project. Specific details available by June 7th
To see examples of last years lightbulbs click here.
Liberty Street is going to be one business more today with the grand opening of APG Pilates! The party will start today 5:30-8:30pm. Location is at 87 Liberty Street!
Refreshments and light food will be provided. There will be an open house on Saturday afternoon, March 8th to provide more information and details on the method, prices, and benefits.
Angela, a native of France is also a member of the Newburgh/Hudson Valley Francophone Connection. The open house on March 8th will explain their group and the new French book collection at the Newburgh Library.
Yay for Liberty Street!
Washington’s HQ photo © Martin Duus.
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