03/08/12 11:00am

Mr. & Mrs. Endres and Seth Soloway in future dressing room

The Railroad Playhouse has begun construction on the Dr. Seymore Levine Dressing Room. Sandra and Thomas J. Endres, President and COO of Continental Organics, donated the $5,000 for the structure. In addition to the Endres generous donation, the playhouse has received a $2,500 grant from St. Lukes Cornwall and reached their initial goal of $20,000 in donations, which guaranteed the matching grant from their generous landlord, Ray Yanonne bringing the total to $40,000.

Mr. Endres, who is overseeing the construction of a 900,000 square foot organic farm in Newburgh, states, “The farm is fully green and continues to ensure sustainable living in Newburgh.” He feels strongly that,”Newburgh’s evolution is dependent on sustainable living, and the arts are a critical part of that. I believe that the Railroad Playhouse is building something unique and important to Newburgh and to the theater industry, and I know that the completion of the dressing room is critical to the realization of their vision.”

01/31/11 11:02am

©Heather Wojahowski

Friday January 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm marked the official grand opening of the Westshore Trainstation and it’s two new occupants: the Railroad Playhouse and the Pizza Shop. Many Newburghers can remember when the train station was just a shell, ready to collapse on itself. Friday, the train station was full of life, and full of memories- the first time in over 50 years! Many photos adorn the train station that pay tribute to it’s past as well as the City of Newburgh.

The Railroad Playhouse is already operating in full swing, and the official date that the Pizza Shop will be open is February 3rd. Check back soon, as the story of the restoration of the Westshore Train Station will be appearing in a major publication.

11/08/10 9:30am

The completion of the rehab of the Westshore Train Station is just about finished. I have been interested in this building since it was a shell with no roof, so it was really exciting to take a tour of the nearly completed space. (Click here for gallery of photos before the station was restored). In just a few weeks the Railroad Playhouse (open house will be Nov 20 & 21) and the Pizza Shop (opening mid-December) will be open and you will be able to see for yourself how amazing the transformation is. Click here for grand opening pictures.

The story of the Westshore Train Station is a common story in Newburgh. This post shows the potential of all the treasures Newburgh holds. It could be as simple as restoring a small cottage, restoring the Liberty Street School, or the City Club. Each building has history and,  the more buildings that are saved, the closer Newburgh comes to its renaissance. Hopefully others will be inspired to join in.

**Oh and an update about parking (a question many of you have had), 60 parking spaces have been painted on Water Street right in front of the train station. Click here to receive email updates from Newburgh Restoration. Click here to follow us on Facebook.

The Pizza Shop’s counter space looking into the kitchen

Old Newburgh and Westshore Train Station photos for the walls

Entrance into the Pizza Shop seating area

WiFi area for laptops and workspace

Doorway for outside terrace

Exterior view of outside terrace

Entryway ceiling

View of SUNY Orange Community College directly in front of the station. The Pizza Shop is meant to be a more affordable venue to attract a diverse range of people

Double doorway on the right for entrance into the Railroad Playhouse. The middle doorway leads to the second level below the station.

The Railroad Playhouse. It is painted in black so that it can be a versatile venue that can change with each performance. It’s gorgeous!

The train station has about 4 floors, 2 of which are underground and connect to a tunnel. In the future there might be a possible use for these spaces. Only time will tell!

11/02/10 10:30am

This seems to be a train station day! There is some nice news for the Westshore Train Station. Owner Ray Yannone and architect Giovanni Palladino will be receiving an Architecture Award from the Orange County Arts Council. It is awarded for a building, either commercial or residential, that has been restored or new construction within the past three years. Recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee appointed by the Arts Council. The Awards will be presented at a cocktail reception to honor these individuals and organizations on Friday, November 12 at 5:30pm to be held at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen.

Hopefully more Newburgh buildings and homes can be restored and recognized as well!

11/02/10 9:00am

Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St. Newburgh, 7 p.m. Nov. 3rd

Dr. Andrew Smith looks at the largely forgotten and overlooked institution of the local train depot. While many train stations have been since demolished, a few still remain. Included will be a presentation by The Railroad Playhouse dedicated to the preservation of Newburgh’s historic West Shore Railroad Station by providing space for performing arts experiences.

09/21/10 7:30am

This Sunday, September 26th at 1pm will be a special benefit screening at the Railroad Playhouse. They will be presenting Sherlock Holmes’ “Terror by Night.” It is a fitting movie to present since the story revolves around the theft of a famous diamond aboard a train.

For all of you that have been dying to see some of the progress happening at the playhouse, a tour will be offered. There will also be Q & A with Jen and Seth Soloway,Co-Founders and a raffle.

Tickets are $20.00 to benefit the Railroad Playhouse!
Reservations Suggested! Telephone 845-561-3686 to reserve tickets -seating is limited!