03/17/17 8:24am

166 Montgomery St Newburgh NY

This is a very special home for sale. It is likely part of the original five bricks saved by Libby Lyon, Newburgh’s own Jane Jacobs. She saved this home and another four (or six depending who you talk to) from destruction from urban renewal. It’s a remarkable story that you can read more in depth here and here.

Besides the history, this home has great Hudson River views and a few original details that remain. If you love old homes, there are still plenty of restoration opportunities here. This is a foreclosure.

166 Montgomery Street Newburgh NY (Dean Nugent, Mary Jane Pastor Realty)
Asking Price: $289,000
Year Built: 1870
Size: 2,015 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: $16,491
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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The two homes to the right were also saved by Libby Lyon and restored by Tom Porfidio.

03/16/17 7:30am

17 William Street Newburgh NY

This has the potential to be a quaint house, but the inside might be a can of worms. The red box with the “X” means first responders should proceed with caution when entering. Surprisingly the exterior looks to be in good condition despite the apparent neglect. The cornice detail is lovely but the porch might not hold up much longer. This is a privately owned home. For detailed information, check the Orange County tax records.

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. 17 William Street Newburgh NY Google Map

03/14/17 7:30am

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By now most of you probably have heard about the recent train derailment in Newburgh last week. Thankfully no one was killed or seriously injured. The major concern isn’t just about the danger of the derailment itself, but of the harmful materials these trains can carry, and their proximity to a proposed pipeline. Many people feel this is a literal bomb waiting to happen. There are plenty of news articles that covered this event like this one from NBC.

Huge shout out to Brian Wolfe who takes the most amazing photographs of Newburgh! Thanks a million! 

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03/13/17 11:45am

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A little over two weeks ago SodaCova Group announced that we would be seeing a new roof over at 2 Liberty Street. The installation work has begun. They have also begun securing the east wall to rebuild the missing brick wall. It is very encouraging to see this building on the brink of demolishing being rehabilitated.

The storefront will eventually be restored as commercial space and the upper floors will become apartments. A grand opening is planned when the work has been completed. Stay tuned for updates.

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03/09/17 7:30am

87 William Street Newburgh NY

If we have spoken lately, you know I love William Street. It’s scary, but it is a great commercial corridor that has adapted to be more residential over the years. Many storefronts have been converted into apartments, buildings are vacant and crumbling, and overall you probably wouldn’t feel very safe. If you can see past the broken glass and graffiti, there is potential and value here. And those original windows? Keep them!

This particular property is for sale by the City of Newburgh for $11,900. For detailed information, check the Orange County tax records.

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. 87 William Street Newburgh NY Google Map