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!
Street life on Liberty Street is about to get livelier, thanks to a new film series coming to the lawn at Washington’s Headquarters this summer. The Liberty Street Film Series will be held last Saturdays in Newburgh from June till September. This event is FREE and open to all ages. The first film to kick off the series will be Back to the Future, starting at 8:30 pm.
Washington’s Headquarters is located at 84 Liberty Street, between Washington Street and Lafayette Street. Additional dates for this summer’s first run are:
Saturday, July 29
Saturday, August 26
Saturday, September 30
Sponsorship makes these kinds of events possible! Parties interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Michael Kelly at Michael@amkrg.com. For further press inquiries, please contact Alex Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s nice to get confirmation that the work I do showcasing some of these abandoned properties has produced positive results. Last year I blogged about city-owned property, 28 Courtney. Shortly after, a serious buyer contacted me. I put her in touch with David Kohl, the city’s economic developer, and a sale was completed. You can read more about it in the article above. If it’s too small, you can see the PDF version here.
Yesterday, December 11th was the 8 year anniversary of when I started writing Newburgh Restoration. I started writing the anniversary blog posts every year to show that throughout the year, there are many small and large victories of revitalization happening despite what you might read in the news.
Honestly, 2016 was a hard year for me, as you might have noticed there was a lack of blog posts earlier in the year. A house deal we had been anxiously waiting for fell through and I kind of lost my steam. Other life events have happened and the quest to be Newburgh full time has just been very difficult. However, I am very optimistic that will change in 2017.
Overall, I continue to have very high ambitions for Newburgh despite tragedies that might happen. Local artist and gallery owner,Will Teran, said it best, “although tragedy can happen anywhere, this should Not define all that is the progress that our city has been achieving.” My list below is by no means a complete list of achievements in the past year, but it is representative of positive change. Feel free to add anything I have left out in the comments.
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Here’s our look back at the past year:
Restoration work has begun on the Tower of Victory at Washington’s HQ. Visit and you can see scaffolding up.
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!