01/31/17 7:30am

Navigating Newburgh

Sorry, this event has been canceled. The next meeting will be on March 2nd, 2017, at Caffe Macchiato.

Monthly community meetings in Newburgh have started back up again to discuss issues related to home and business ownership. The meetings are called Navigating Newburgh (Facebook and website) and are held on the first Thursday of every month at Caffe Macchiato 5-6pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet locals, share ideas and learn about some of the confusing and frustrating processes that are involved when dealing with the City of Newburgh (taxes anyone?). You can see the monthly meetings listed on the Newburgh Event Calendar.  See below for the recap of this Thursday’s meeting.

TOPIC FOR THIS MEETING

The number one goal of Navigating Newburgh is getting fabulous people into this city’s remarkable vacant homes.
I have invited some “regular people,” all of whom would love to own a historic home in Newburgh, to be guest speakers. I believe our discussion will reveal some very serious roadblocks that are keeping these hard-working people from their goal. I feel very strongly that home ownership is the best weapon against rapid gentrification. My family and I would not be where we are today if we had not been able to buy our home in Brooklyn when we did. Home ownership, and the major renovations that come with it, is not without a lot of risk. Hopefully together we can navigate and identify the challenges, and how to overcome them.

Let’s crowdsource solutions to home ownership and restoration.
I invite any and all individuals who are in a similar position (or can share their success or failures) attempting to build the dream in Newburgh to be a guest speaker. Please speak with me or contact my assistant Hazel at creative@brooklynfireproof.com

 

12/08/16 7:30am

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It might be somewhat of a mystery what the signs or placards mean on vacant buildings in Newburgh as we saw last week. This poster from the Newburgh department of planning clarifies things. They do NOT mean the building is slated for demolition, and they do NOT mean the building is city owned. They are codes for first responders in cases of emergency. So they either mean to proceed with caution, or only enter with approval from command.

If you’d like more information, click here.

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12/01/16 7:30am

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It has been installed for a few weeks now, but I would like to officially let everyone know that the Little Free Library has finally been installed at the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway. Its new home is in the Safe Harbors Green Park.

This whole project started when I contacted local carpenter, Stephen Sinnott, to see if he would be willing to build a simple small library for a fee. Stephen not only built it free of charge, but went above and beyond, creating something truly special and unique for Newburgh. All of the materials used to build the library were free of charge. The lumber came from Space Create, the copper roof from ABC Supply and Stephen reused 100 year old windows he found from a Balmville carriage house. Inside there is a rotating book shelf and a whimsical door knocker on the side.

Literally every time I have passed this corner someone is opening the library. There is a steward who looks after the library from Safe Harbors. But it will be a community effort to make sure it stays stocked and used. If you have books you would like to place in the library, please stop by every once and a while and drop off a book or two.

A special thanks again to Stephen Sinnott who built the library and Lisa Silverstone who helped give it a home!

11/01/16 7:30am

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The City of Newburgh downtown neighborhood map has been beautifully redone and simplified. It highlights places for food and drink, shops, services, art and design, health and wellness, entertainment, parks, sight seeing spots and municipal services. Get your copy at any of the local businesses on Broadway or Liberty Street.

If you wish to join the other businesses and organizations that appear on this map, or make a donation to help keep the map going, please email DowntownNewburgh@gmail.com.

They are accepting submissions from artists, graphic designers and photographers to be featured on the cover for a 4 month duration of each edition. If you would like to feature your work, please email a sample of your work to the email above.

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09/29/16 7:30am

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Book stores have always been a favorite pastime of mine. Every time I visit a new city I find myself making a stop in a local bookstore and buying something for the trip home. Nantucket, San Francisco, Santo Domingo, Paris, London, Barcelona, Buenos Aires – they are all places I have vacationed, and they are all places I have visited a local book store or stall.

Not every community can support a bookstore, and so about two years ago I found out about Little Free Libraries popping up around the entire world. You can find them in rural towns and major cities. I have mentioned many times my desire to see a bookstore in downtown Newburgh. And while that might still be premature, a Little Free Library is completely feasible. And soon one will be installed at Safe Harbors Green, at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street.

I contacted local carpenter, Stephen Sinnott, to see if he would be willing to build a simple small library for a fee. Stephen not only built it free of charge, but also built one of the most stately Little Free Libraries I have ever seen! All of the materials used to build the library were free of charge. The lumber came from Space Create, the copper roof from ABC Supply and Stephen reused 100 year old windows he found from a Balmville carriage house. Inside there is a rotating book shelf and a whimsical door knocker on the side.

The library will be installed when benches have finally been placed in the park, sometime mid-October. What is a Little Free Library anyway? They are kiosks that hold free books to promote literacy and a love for reading. You can take a book and leave a book, which I highly encourage you to do!

This library is something truly special and unique to Newburgh. I would like to send my heartfelt appreciation to Stephen for being so willing and available to build the library and to Safe Harbors of the Hudson for finding a place for it.

There are other active library projects in Newburgh at the Newburgh Free Library and the Fullerton Mansion. Newburgh is also home to many published writers, open mic nites, Thornwillow Press and a poetry reading is happening at Ms. Fairfax this Saturday. Who knows, perhaps a pop-up book shop is in Newburgh’s future?

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