01/06/17 10:29am

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Here is a cozy home with a cottage feel in Colonial Terraces, a neighborhood built in 1917 to house workers of the Newburgh ship yards during Word War I. It was constructed during the winter from October to April at the height of the Spanish Flu epidemic. You can see historic photos of the construction phase here.

14 Norton Street Newburgh NY (Jeanette Santory)
Asking Price: $94,900
Year Built: 1918
Size: 1,056 sq ft
Neighborhood: Colonial Terraces
Taxes: $3,638
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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12/23/16 12:15pm

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There are two 91 Liberty Streets. This property is 91 Liberty Street WH – WH standing for Washington Heights. It is located at the very end of Liberty Street near the bluff. It’s being listed as move in ready, so long weekends doing renovations shouldn’t be in your future. More details here:

In the desirable Heights section of Newburgh. Lovely Bowfront 1890’s all brick and stone single family with garage/carriage house. The very best of the old blends with the new in this generously sized three bedroom, 1.5 bath detached home!  Outside, the spacious, breezy, front sitting porch features brand new hardwood decking, rebuilt stairs, and new roofing front and back. Inside, find lovingly preserved Mahogany woodwork and refinished oak  floors throughout. The gracious foyer spills into a large living room that flows into a separate, spacious dining room featuring original stained glass, and all windows in the home are master-restored originals with new storms. There’s a delightfully fresh newly-redone eat-in kitchen with butcher block countertops, new high-end stainless steel appliances, an on-trend enamel white Kohler sink and fixtures, and a separate storage pantry! In the basement you’ll find a new Maytag w/d set, a brand-new, high efficiency European boiler, and electric service, new panel, with wiring all updated in 2016.* The upstairs tiled full bath has pristine new fixtures. On the main floor there’s a convenient newly created half bath with exposed brick.  It’s all here, the off street parking, large private fenced-in backyard, a full-height, full-length basement ready for finishing,  and a 20×15 stone and brick carriage house with 4 windows (potential shop, office, studio, or tiny house!) Don’t let this one get away! The non sexy work is done, so you get to design and decorate! *all plumbing and electrical by licensed, local contractors.

91 Liberty St WH Newburgh NY (Stacey Laskin)
Asking Price: $285,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 1,822 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: $6,000
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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12/02/16 11:45am

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Channel your inner Nicole Curtis and consider rehabbing one of the saddest houses in the Heights neighborhood. It might seem like a crazy idea to take on a project like this, but we have already had at least one successful purchase and rehabilitation begin on a previous “untouchable” home like this one from showcasing it on the blog. This is a great location and great neighborhood to consider.

Neglected beauty on the crest of Washington Heights. This one even boasts views of the Hudson River! Unbelievably, much of the original interior finish remains: beautiful wood trim, wood doors, solid staircase and even a wood mantelpiece. Unleash the river views. Enjoy them from the entire north side of the house – including the walk-up attic. Needs considerable (emphasis on considerable) work to bring this one back to life…but could be oh so rewarding.

9 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $1,190*
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* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. For additional information call: 845-569-7400.

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11/24/16 7:30am

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The City of Newburgh is accepting requests for proposals for the purchase and rehabilitation of 257 Liberty Street. All proposals are due by December 7th. You can find the entire file for the RFP here. This building is historically significant, estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. Fortunately the city has given extensive details of the building, hoping they will entice the right developer.

The City of Newburgh is seeking a developer to repurpose this building for a public use that will serve the community and incorporate the use and maintenance of the adjacent public park into its programming.

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The building at 257 Liberty Street is estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. It was first used as a parsonage for Calvary Presbyterian Church. Calvary Presbyterian Church originally stood next to the parsonage, on the lot of the present-day playground of Audrey Carey Park. The congregation of Calvary Presbyterian Church had separated from First Presbyterian Church (then located at the corner of First and Montgomery Streets) and built their own church at the location known today as 251 Liberty Street. In the 1940s, Calvary Church once again merged with the First Presbyterian Church. The reunited congregations occupied – and continue to occupy – the Frederick Clarke Withers’ Calvary Presbyterian Church that stands today at the corner of Grand and South Streets. During the 1940s, the vacated Liberty Street Calvary Church was acquired by the City of Newburgh. The City briefly considered using the church as a firehouse but instead, shortly after World War II, decided to demolish it and create a park. The parsonage, though, remained. Beginning in the 1950s, 257 Liberty housed the City’s Building Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Surrogate Court Office and Civil Defense Office. Through much of the 1960s the Red Cross and the Orange County Heart Association had offices in the building. By 1968, most of the municipal departments and the health organizations had left the building. The Newburgh Youth Corp moved into the building in the late 1960s, followed shortly thereafter by the Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC). The NCAC had offices at 257 Liberty Street for nearly 20 years until they also left the building. The building and playground subsequently fell into disrepair. In 2004, the playground was rehabilitated and dedicated to a former Newburgh Mayor Audrey Carey. The building remains unoccupied and continues to deteriorate.

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11/10/16 7:30am

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Lander Street has some of the best, intact row homes in Newburgh. Directly across the street are 3 owner occupied buildings. This could possibly be a good spot to consider owning your own home to continue the momentum. I hear there’s a small garden across the street where the neighbors share their produce.

There are over 700 abandoned or vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. Habitation of these properties is vital to the revitalization of the city. 150 Lander Street Newburgh NY Google Map

11/09/16 7:30am

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When you think of open industrial spaces in Newburgh, Liberty Street, Broadway or the waterfront come to mind. The truth is there are open spaces all over the city. Jefferey Link is taking a bet on Clark Street, just off Broadway. He has bought a conglomeration of 3 warehouses located at 4-6 Clark that he calls the Newburgh Artist Colony.

As they open up the walls that combine the spaces, they are finding layers upon layers of decades past – murals, bricked up windows and doorways. None of these details match, but Jefferey says that is exactly what people love. Two of the units can only be accessed by a small alleyway off Broadway. It adds an element of discovery and curiosity that his tenants find attractive, so much so that all of the units are now filled even though construction has yet to be completed. Tenants include 2 art galleries, an ecommerce company called Eggplant Mail, a furniture restorer who transports his work up from Brooklyn, and a photographer.

On the same block Rip Rap bought 45 Clark Street, a 7,000 square foot warehouse that is now available for rent. It is empty for now, but is being advertised as a “storage or a distribution facility for the right tenant”.

Jeffrey says he is getting phone calls everyday. Instead of turning prospective tenants away, he has come up with a new idea – help his fellow landlords fill their empty storefronts to develop a creative nucleus on Mid-Broadway. Recently he helped show 170 Broadway to a prospective tenant from Manhattan. The person works for a popular vintage furniture company. They were attracted to Newburgh because of its location, and the cheap rent. They were very familiar with distressed cities, and Newburgh’s past or present didn’t really seem to deter them.

Jefferey has a lot of plans and visions for the empty spaces of Mid-Broadway. His ability to attract tenants to an otherwise overlooked block has boosted his confidence. A web series has already filmed at the colony and it has participated in an art showing as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays. Let’s hope the success continues.

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Eggplant Mail owners, Biagio and Brandyn. They occupy 2 units at the Newburgh Artist Colony. The location was perfect for them because Newburgh was a middle point between both Poughkeepsie  and Walden where they both reside. Their unit isn’t completed yet, but they have already moved in, anxious to take their business outside their homes.

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