William Street has been seeing some small improvements. Recently the sidewalk in front of a stretch of empty space has been replaced. And for you bluestone purists out there, no this sidewalk wasn’t anything but crumbling concrete before. Hopefully, this will be the first of other improvements to come.
Have you ever had an idea for an awesome project in Newburgh that just needed a small boost in funds to make a reality? Now it might be possible with the newly founded Awesome Foundation. A Newburgh chapter has been launched and they are accepting applications from the community each month.
Awesome Newburgh seeks to boost and promote the city and to catalyze more community projects. Preferred projects are those that are open to the public and projects that forge (new) collaborations in Newburgh.
Each month, applicants have a chance to win $1,000 towards a project. The application deadline is the first Monday of the month. Board members meet later that week to review the previous month’s submissions and choose a winner. To learn more about submitting a project, read these guidelines.
“On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards were announced and Safe Harbors of the Hudson is delighted to have received a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This historic preservation grant will allow for the continued restoration of the Ritz Theater and its development into a center for performance, innovation, education and engagement in downtown Newburgh.
This award follows a $500,000 New York Main Street Stabilization grant awarded in late 2016 from New York State Homes and Community Renewal for the replacement of the Ritz Theater roof. The roof design has been completed and work on the structure is scheduled to begin in March 2018 with completion by late summer.
A new roof will stabilize the theater and pave the way for the next phase of the restoration which will include the removal of a late addition second story; the re-establishment of the original audience chamber and proscenium; and restoration of the original stage house.
Safe Harbors would like to thank the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and our stalwart supporters for investing in a strong, healthy and vibrant Newburgh!”
During this summer TV series, Big Dogs has been filming all over Newburgh, Beacon and beyond. You might have seen police barricades or orange and pink signs telling you where you can park for the day. Yesterday they were filming along Liberty Street with the crew packing out the municipal parking lot on Ann Street.
This project will span a couple of months, so you still have the chance to see them. They are still shopping for a network, but when it airs, you can be sure to spot many Newburgh sightings. For more information, read this interview here.
This past Saturday was the second annual Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. The stormy forecast fortunately cleared up, and a bright sunny day made the perfect back drop for the festival. Something very obvious to another local and myself was that all the faces we saw were new. Meaning that the vegan festival was creating a new kind of tourism for the City of Newburgh that has not existed before. Cinnamon Snail from NYC was a huge hit with a consistent line of 30+ people throughout the day. There were vegan meatballs, ribs, chicken salad, plus all of the available smoothies, desserts, vegetable based meals and more. Families of all shapes and sizes were present and many children! The tents were much needed for shade and a place to enjoy your meal with live entertainment. Hardly a seat was ever available and all of the parking in the immediate area was packed.
Even if you aren’t a vegan, support next years event. There’s something for everyone and it is so special to be happening in Newburgh!