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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09/28/16 4:27pm

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Last week there was a workshop at City Hall to discuss the complete streets design for Lake Street, Lake Drive and enhancing the Muchattoes Lake area. The Newburgh Complete Streets project aims to increase connectivity between recreational opportunities, improve access to multiple modes of transportation for all ages and abilities, and foster healthy lifestyles.

Alta Planning and Design was hired to create the design and they have used the feedback from the workshop to create a draft report. They would like feedback on the report by September 28th (sorry I am sharing this late). Feedback can be sent to planning@orangecountygov.com. The full report can be accessed here.

09/13/16 7:30am

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The Newburgh Complete Streets project aims to increase connectivity between recreational opportunities, especially the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, improve access to multiple modes of transportation for all ages and abilities, and foster healthy lifestyles. The project focuses on Lake Street and Lake Drive.

On Wednesday, September 14, there will be two opportunities for public participation: The design workshop will be open to the public from 11AM-12PM and from 2PM-3PM. The public is invited to review and provide feedback on streetscape design alternatives from 6PM-7PM.