10/28/14 7:30am

Bad Sidewalk

Newburgh has amazing century-old architecture. It also has other great features like the century-old bluestone sidewalks. Unfortunately in many locations they have been removed or are in poor condition. Architect, Drew Kartiganer, just finished repairing and restoring the sidewalk in front of 238 and 240 Liberty Street. The project was possible through the sidewalk replacement grant through the City of Newburgh. Mr. Kartiganer says the sidewalk repair cost over $12,000 and would not have been possible without the grant.

They replaced about 40% of the bluestones and reset about 90% of the front walk on the street by removing the stones and old base. Afterwards, a 3″ to 4″ sand base was compacted and stones were cut to fit as required. They then reset the stones. Cobblestones details were added to define planters near the trees. Mr. Kartiganer says, “The sidewalk was uneven before we started, to say the least, with a lot of dips, cracks and grass growing up in the cracks.  You can now walk on it without looking down, which is unusual where the bluestones are located in the historic district.”

Thank you for helping to maintain the character that makes Newburgh special. For the full scope of the work that was done, see the photos below.  

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Before and after side walk repair final

Bluestone Sidewalk

10/27/14 11:30am

What a day is was in Newburgh on Saturday! Forty nine students and faculty from Columbia University disbursed throughout 12 sites in the city. I personally could not make it, but I wish I did! The students paid attention to ideas and areas that are dire need of help in the city; everything from the empty waterfront lot to Quassaick Creek, vacant storefronts to urban farms. They thoroughly enjoyed interacting with residents of the city and will now use the conversations they had to create videos and further develop their individual projects for their final presentations. I am sure many of us wish the semester would never end! You have no idea the hope you give!

Here are a few pictures I was sent, but to see even more just check out #CUinNewburgh on social media.

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10/24/14 11:30am

377 Broadway Newburgh NY

Now that the YMCA is no longer in Newburgh, their building located on Broadway and Lake Street is for sale. It is a massive building west of 9W. It was being used as an office building, gym and health club. The current listing is saying that this would be perfect for a public service industry. What do you think could be done with the building?

377 Broadway Newburgh NY (John Lavelle, RJ Smith Realty)
Asking Price: $499,000
Year Built: 1950
Size: 10,000 sq ft
Neighborhood: Broadway
Taxes: $31,456
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
Google Map

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10/24/14 9:30am

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The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. “ Photo by Brian Wolfe

Orange reverses course on DMV closure plan[THR]
Stewart Airport eyed as regional cargo center to NYC [Daily Freeman]
Newburgh to install pay stations at 3 city parking lots[THR]
Before & After Photos: Pretty Philly Storefront Makeovers [Next City]
Newburgh Land Bank gets $1.9 million in new funding[THR]
Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live [NYT]
NY On Track For Billion-Dollar Baby Boomer Flight Problem [WAMC]
Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Is Picking Up Steam [Next City]
When Cities Are Only Getting Younger [Strong Towns]

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10/24/14 7:30am

354 Third St Newburgh NY

We are back in Colonial Terraces looking at this nice side lot home that appears to be in very nice condition. Everything seems to be well maintained and it looks move in ready. You’d probably just need to make cosmetic repairs. On a sad note, this home was owned by the Newburgh resident that passed in last year’s Metro North derailment crash.

354 Third St Newburgh NY (Rita Levine Real Estate)
Asking Price: $95,900
Year Built: 1915
Size: 1,120 sq ft
Neighborhood: Colonial Terraces
Taxes: $5,779
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
Google Map

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