02/08/13 9:15am
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Newburghers hang out outside The Wherehouse Bar & Restaurant for Newburgh Brewing Company’s Launch party

Interesting, accessible people are rarely found in the heart of a city. Rents are high, much has already been done; there are too many barriers to entry. So where do we see them? Williamsburg, Astoria, South Philly, Fishtown.

Sure, in some cases it takes a good hour to commute to the center of the action (for work or play), but these communities develop their own independent and innovative character. They have creative businesses, bars, restaurants, concert venues, art galleries, food markets, coffee shops, parks and of course, the residents themselves.

As you walk down the street in Williamsburg or South Philly, you pass an entirely different kind of person than in Manhattan. They are the risk takers, the innovators, the critical thinkers, and the creators. They are the students of the arts waiting tables to fund their project; they are the young professionals that would rather have a loft apartment for half the cost it would be to live 10 minutes from work, and drink a good beer in a bar that’s rough around the edges but you always meet someone…well, worth meeting.

They are  interested in the status quo only to the extent that it needs to be periodically reevaluated.  And these communities are where that reevaluation–that redefinition–happens.

That’s Newburgh. The City Away From The City.

50 minutes from Manhattan–a great commute for doing work on the train or catching some extra Z’s–Newburgh is where the artists see the next Renaissance, the historians reacquaint with Washington, musicians see the new wave, and investors see the new opportunities for restoration. Newburgh is where a young professional can forgo the cookie-cutter condo or 3-bed/2-bath suburban sprawl, and instead steal a historic home in need of repair, and spend less buying and repairing it than any typical first home purchase. Not to mention the greater potential for it to appreciate in value.

Newburgh is the citygoer’s refuge from the hustle and bustle. For a fraction of the cost of any Manhattan real estate, in Newburgh you can live like a king. And with 2 months’ worth of the money you’ve saved on your mortgage, you can buy a seaworthy sailboat off of Craiglist to take out on the Newburgh Bay of the Hudson on the weekends.

Newburgh is the New Brooklyn, the New Astoria, the New South Philly or New Fishtown. Where these communities were once up and coming, they’ve up and came. And Newburgh is next.

01/31/13 10:40am

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SUNY Orange celebrates Black History Month with a a conversation about the Black Migration on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4pm in the Great Room with Dr. Jo-Ann Graham. (Snow date/location: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4pm in Kaplan 201)

The African American great migration is often considered to be a Black experience, but it was an American experience, as well. It changed the lives of those migrating and changed the worlds they joined. Currently there is a national conversation taking place, overtly and covertly, about change, race, color, immigration and what constitutes the American Identity. It is appropriate and perhaps helpful to explore a past change to the sociological landscape of America: its myths, its realities, and its significance to the America of today. This conversation will use artists’ exploration of the Black migration: the 1941 Jacob Lawrence paintings, The Migration of The Negro (Series) and the 2010 Isabel Wilkerson book, The Warmth of Other Suns to engage into evolving questions of American identity.
Jo-Ann Graham earned a Ph.D. from New York University. She was a professor at The City University of New York, where she was a department chairperson and head of humanities. Dr. Graham has served on the board of the Hammond Museum. She has also served with the Cinque Art Gallery, founded by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow and Norman Lewis.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

10/15/12 8:00am

On Saturday, October 20 at 8 PM, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will perform at the Ritz Theater. One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Elliott is considered a living legend. From Bob Dylan to Bonnie Raitt to Bruce Springsteen, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack. See below for a special packaging deal.

A Newburgh Day of Culture Package for $55 Saturday, October 20th

  • includes one (1) ticket for the Railroad Playhouse 2 pm matinee performance of America’s Brightest Star
  • one (1) ticket to the Ritz Theater 8 pm performance by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (a savings of 20% on your theater tickets)

For this special package deal please click HERE to purchase tickets.

05/24/12 7:45am

HMS Bounty Newburgh

The HMS Bounty will be docking in Newburgh June 2-3, and it will be a weekend full with activity. There will be tours on the boat, a steel band, and the Downing Film Center will be showing pirate themed movies.

http://www.tallshipbounty.org/index.php

02/27/12 7:00am

As part of SUNY Orange’s celebration of Black History Month, in conjunction with The New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program, we are proud to present “Fugitive Art and Fugitive Testimony: Slave Narratives Then and Now,” a lecture by Dr. Janet Neary on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 4pm in the Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101.

This lecture brings together contemporary “visual slave narratives” and classic slave narratives from the 19th century to examine the way black artists and writers respond to institutional constraints placed on their cultural production and examines the “fugitive” meanings within slave narratives which remain uncontained or challenge editorial constraints.
In the 1990s a number of visual artists (including Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon and Ellen Driscoll) created art that used literary slave narratives as templates for their work. Slave narratives of the 19th century told the story of enslavement and escape from the perspective of those who had been enslaved themselves. Often the contemporary artists place themselves or viewers in the position of the ex-slave narrator.  Slave narratives, called a “black message in a white envelope” by one critic, were constrained by the goals and directives of white editors. However, ex-slave narrators found creative ways to circumvent this narrative containment.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus and is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

For further information, please call the Cultural Affairs office at the Newburgh Campus of SUNY Orange at (845) 341-9386.

02/21/12 10:00am

Wednesday, March 7th: 8PM Buy tickets here!

Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret is a spectacular showcase of Irish entertainment at its very best, captivating audiences with a unique blend of music, song, laugher and dance.

This spectacular show is produced by one of Ireland’s foremost producers Stuart O’Connor.  Stuart is well established as a dynamic and highly successful producer of Irish musical theatre and cabaret under the auspices of Spotlight Productions.  Inventively choreographed by national dance star Ciarán Keating, the show will feature dazzling dance routines performed by Ireland’s most talented dancers.  The dancers will thrill audiences as they tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uilleann pipes and piano.

Every heart will be touched by the stunning renditions of Irish songs by the unforgettable voices of soprano Emer Hartnett and Irish tenor Paul Hennessy.  You will have musical memories to cherish, long after the lights have gone down.  Irish ballad singer Andrew McCarthy captures the true spirit of Ireland with his lively renditions of traditional Irish songs such as Rocky Road to Dublin and Whiskey in the Jar.  The musical ensemble is led by Musical Director Pat Marnane with accordion player Ailbe Grace and uilleann pipes played by renowned piper Tommy Keane.

The prestigious Irish cabaret has entertained audiences from every corner of the globe for the past 35 years and continues to go from strength to strength.

Buy tickets here!