09/08/16 7:30am


In April 2016, the City of Newburgh was awarded a TD Green Streets grant from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation. The $20,000 grant provides for twenty-seven trees on Liberty Street, in historic Washington Heights, supports community education on the importance and care of trees, and provides a new water truck that can be used throughout the city for tree and plant care. The grant was submitted by the Conservation Advisory Council, CAC, of the City of Newburgh.

The project, known as TREES ON LIBERTY, was submitted by CAC members Kippy Boyle and Deborah Dresser. The project is partnering with Newburgh Heights Association, NHA, a not-for-profit organization.  “There was no question,” states Hannah Brooks, Heights resident and President of the NHA. “This project reflects our commitment to Newburgh and the forward-thinking community in the Heights.”  Originally planned to be executed in the spring of this year, the tree planting was delayed to late September due to major gas line repairs in the Heights and a city water restriction. “The delay actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” says CAC member, urban gardener, and recently retired Episcopal pastor, Deborah Dresser. “Fall is really the good time for tree planting—there is enough time for the tree roots to become established, and the cooler temperatures are much less stressful on the trees.”

Devitt’s Nursery and Supply, N.W. will be planting and mulching five tall shade trees and twenty-two low growing ornamental flowering trees that will not be compromised by utility wires, thus reducing the need for major trimming, which has severely damaged over ten trees on Liberty Street. Those trees have been removed making way for the new, healthier trees.

The trees are essential for healthy neighborhoods as they absorb overflow of rainwater, provide beauty and clean the air. Statistics also show that tree-lined streets reduce crime.

October 15th the residents of Washington Heights and friends city-wide will celebrate the successful conclusion of TREES ON LIBERTY with a street party to include: food, fun for kids, demonstrations on the care of trees and bulbs, and much more.  Representatives from TD Bank as well as from our city government will be on hand to help plant the last two trees on Liberty Street.

“Applying for and obtaining the TD Bank grant, and bringing the TREES ON LIBERTY Street project to fruition, exemplifies Newburgh’s citizens’ continuing efforts to celebrate and improve sustainability through real, grassroots civic action,” said City Manager Michael Ciaravino. “I cannot thank the CAC, the NHA and all the Heights neighbors enough. Through this project, they will engage residents, especially children, to create local environmental and educational change that is, above all, an enduring change for Newburgh.”

The TD Bank awards Green Streets Grants to help municipalities enhance green spaces with urban forestry.  It is a component of TD Forests, the bank’s North American initiative to help protect critical forest habitats equal to the amount of paper the bank uses each year.

The Trees on Liberty highlights:

  • Sept 22 the Newburgh Heights Association will hold a SPECIAL meeting at Congregational Church on the corner of Liberty and Courtney Streets at 7pm to review the project. ALL Interested Heights residents are welcome!
  • Oct 15, 2-4pm the Newburgh Heights Association members will sponsor a BLOCK PARTY to celebrate the planting of the last two trees! Everyone welcome for food, fun, workshops!

Contact:  Deborah Dresser,  845 568 5995,  deborahdresser@gmail.com

07/29/16 9:47am

24 Courtney Avenue Newburgh NY

This is a beautiful remodel done by Newburgh City Living. Although the sale is pending, it’s worth showing what the rehab housing market looks like in the City of Newburgh. The quick sale of this property shows that there is demand for rehabilitated properties. Not everyone wants to be a weekend warrior. Some people want move-in ready properties. I featured this home before the rehab last November. The upgrades look fresh, modern and true to the home’s character. It’s a true testament the potential these houses hold when shown a little love. I also appreciate how they thoughtfully converted it back to a one family property.

I have a feeling this won’t be the last rehab we will see from Newburgh City Living. Their choice of location was spot on. Their next project is 44 Carson. Stay tuned for when that is completed. For more photographs and details about this property, go to Newburgh City Living.

Photography: Ann Stratton





02/26/16 12:30pm

74 South Lander St Newburgh NY

This house was a Rescue Me home featured in 2014. Very little has changed, if anything. The listing includes interior photos, so we can see just how bad this property is. It is being listed as a 2-family home, for less than $20,000. I realize this might look attractive to investors or potential landlords, but this block is in dire need of homeowners for reasons exhaustively discussed here on NR. This property is not in a great location so it’s hard to figure out the future of properties like this.

74 South Lander St Newburgh NY (Igor Krasnoperov)
Asking Price: $19,900
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,200 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights/SoBro
Taxes: $4,017
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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02/12/16 7:30am

44 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY

This is a wonderful house to consider preserving if you are interested in house restoration or rehabilitation. Just off Liberty Street there is a set of 3 row houses with an angular facade that is quite unique. Number 44 has had a beating, but there are many original details remaining. There are original fireplaces mantles and base moldings – something that is often torn out to install baseboard heating. For some of the houses in the Heights, these fireplaces are purely ornamental, but it is wonderful to have them there none the less.

Other features I like about this house, the driveway appears to belong to the property. A luxury when there is a ton of snow in the winter. Also, paying some attention to the exterior would be very rewarding. I would remove the concrete front lawn and chain link fence for something more inviting, and I would also restore the front double entrance and the small porch that remarkably is in tact as can be seen on the house at the left.  Check out some interior photos of neighboring house 48 Carson. It would be wonderful to see all three of these homes rehabilitated.

44 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY (Donald Maher, BHHS Hudson Valley)
Asking Price: $32,900 – Foreclosure
Year Built: 1890
Size: 1,364 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: $5,619
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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02/05/16 11:30am

66 Carson Ave Cropped

The City of Newburgh’s Planning and Development Department plans to highlight one city-owned property for sale each month.

“It is a 2-story house, single-family, brick attached row house in the Washington Heights section of Newburgh.  Some renovation work had begun on the house – new kitchen, newer bath, new windows – but some roof work and interior finish work need to be completed.”

66 Carson Ave Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $24,680*
Neighborhood: The Heights
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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)-569-7387 or (845)-569-9400.

66 Carson Stairs

66 Carson Int 1st

66 Carson Bath

66 Carson Kitchen Cropped

01/29/16 11:30am

52 Overlook Place Newburgh NY

This house in the Heights section of Newburgh is up for auction. Looking at it here in the chosen palette of colors, it looks like a slice of San Francisco right in Newburgh. Auction details are void of condition details and any interior photos. There is also no mention on starting bid price. However, it is a brick structure that looks pretty solid. Most likely it will have your usually old home issues. It is just down the block from the bluff, and neighboring homes are well kept. If interested, you must be present at the Orange County Court House when the auction takes place.

52 Overlook Place Newburgh NY (Auction)
When: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016, Auction starts at 9:30 am
Where: Orange County Supreme Court- 3rd Floor Lobby/Foreclosure Sales Area
285 Main St., Goshen, NY 10924
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