The moment I saw 420 Grand Street I knew it could be a contender for John Foreman’s Big Old Houses column in the New York Social Diary. Thankfully, he agreed and took a trip to Newburgh to further discover the home. His tour has way more details, photos, and historical background than the real estate listing. If you loved what you saw the last time, definitely check out John’s tour! I particularly love the photo he was able to get below. Thanks John for coming to Newburgh!
It seems like every week a new Hudson Valley town is being touted the “next Brooklyn.” Many voice disagreement in using Brooklyn as an adjective to describe places that have little in common with the popular NYC borough. Today Brooklyn is known as being “cool, hip, or creative” while just two decades ago it was famous for race riots and depopulation. One could assume that when a neighborhood is being compared to Brooklyn, it is being compared for its qualities and characteristics.
Newburgh is not Brooklyn, it’s 60 miles away with mountain views and a 132 foot wide Main Street. But we can appreciate the comparison. Both are in New York State, both are urban dense municipalities, both have waterfronts, both suffered from deindustrialization and suburbanization, and both have amazing historic housing stock. And yes, Newburgh has a lot of ex-New Yorkers (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and beyond). Brooklyn has been successful at reinventing itself and is now a very desirable place to be. Chris Hanson, a realtor sited in the Are we really the next Brooklyn? article seems to think Newburgh is on its way:
“I think Liberty Street is the most important street in Newburgh, both commercially and residentially. You’ve got nice pedestrian traffic, Washingston’s Headquarters, storefronts with apartments above them — lots of them with river views. The fact that it isn’t a thriving commercial district right now is sort of mind-boggling. I think it will happen, and it will happen soon; it has real momentum. The clock is ticking on Liberty Street. That window is going to close in one year to 18 months… In the last six months, Brooklyn people account for at least 50 percent of my showings. They used to go to Beacon and find what they were looking for and stop there. Now they’re either coming directly from Brooklyn to Beacon to Newburgh or from Brooklyn to Newburgh.”
So what do you think? Is Newburgh on its way to sharing some of the characteristics that make Brooklyn desirable?
Many people are quite excited about the new land banks that have been instituted in New York State. Across the map land banks have been able to focus on rehabilitating and acquiring abandoned and vacant properties that municipalities do not have the power to manage. Newburgh’s own land bank has had such success with a red brick apartment building on Lander and an old church on Grand Street.
Newburgh’s own land bank director, Madeline Fletcher was featured by Center for Community Progress. She mentions the challenge land banks face in the future is to become sustainable and finding funding for day to day operations.
“People who’ve never been to the city think there’s bullets flying everywhere, but we’ve never had a single incident of crime or violence in or near the brewery,” said Paul Halayko, the chief operating officer. He and his business partner, Christopher Basso, chose to relocate here from the city for the cost as well as the cause. “We put the name Newburgh in 500 restaurants across the state, and it’s now associated with good beer, not violence,” Mr. Basso said. “We’re helping to re-brand the city.”
I am really pleased to share with you all an interview I did with Circa Houses, a beautiful website and online magazine that specializes in historic properties. Of course, with the thousands of historic houses Newburgh has, we fit right in with Circa. They say “Newburgh is the next big thing – we can just feel it!” It’s so great to see positive press about Newburgh, I hope you can feel it too! Check out the article here.