08/17/16 7:30am


The new hardware store in Newburgh is probably the most talked about and mentioned new business in the city. Hales Hardware is located at 199 Broadway in between City Terrace and William Street. All over social media everyone is saying “finally I don’t have to drive all the way to Home Depot!”

In a city with the second largest historic district in NY State, these buildings need a lot of repairs. Hales carries everything for the weekend warrior or contractor. And, they carry plenty that is not in the store. On their soon to be launched website, you’ll be able to order things online and pick them up from the store.


Uncle and niece, Mel and Tracey. They are new to Newburgh having moved two years ago from Harlem and Brooklyn respectively. Tracey loves living in Newburgh, and her witty uncle seems to fit right in.

Support local businesses because they support Newburgh. Keep your dollars local! We are so excited for Hales Hardware!




08/16/16 11:07am

Mid Broadway Project

Apologies for the short notice, but the Newburgh Planning Board will be reviewing an application by Mill Street Partners to build on the Mid-Broadway Lot. The application is 264 pages long and addresses:

  • traffic and parking concerns- they affirm that there is more than sufficient parking during peak operating times in the vicinity of the Site, also considering pedestrian and non-vehicular travel opportunities
  • preserving historic building 14 Johnston Street- they affirm a review in accordance with the Nation Historic Preservation Act, preserving the building is not feasible, given highly deteriorated conditions. They suggest reusing materials from the building that can be salvaged
  • bioswales and pervious pavers have been introduced into the design per CAC comments
  • updates to stormwater control and management

Many residents are against this in plan. Two residents filed a lawsuit in 2014 to stop the lot from being developed. If you would like your voice to be heard, for or against the project, or simply want to be informed of what is going on, attend the planning board meeting tonight: 7:30pm at 401 Washington Street

Mid Broadway Project 1

Mid Broadway Project 1

08/12/16 11:30am

18 City Terrace Newburgh NY

This property is located just one block up from Broadway. It’s a very rough area. Most of the surrounding buildings are vacant, abandoned, or boarded up. Although it looks scary, I like the potential these quirky buildings have. If neighborhood revitalization can reach this area, there are mixed use possibilities with these buildings. You could wonder off Broadway to find small shops off the beaten path – something that makes cities feel quaint and unpredictable. It’s a quality that draws us to many major cities, and it’s here in Newburgh. It’ll happen, it’s just going to take time.

18 City Terrace Newburgh NY (Brian Smith, River Realty)
Asking Price: $32,900 (Foreclosure)
Year Built: 1905
Size: 4,033 sq ft
Neighborhood: NoBro
Taxes: $6,661
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
Google Map

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08/12/16 9:30am


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 NR Flickr user shutteredmomentsphotography.

Art project lights up Newburgh [THR]
Newburgh’s Loop site up for sale [THR]
Fire guts vacant City of Newburgh house [THR]
Foot patrols ‘backbone’ of community policing in Newburgh [Mid Hudson News]
Newburgh councilwoman wants satellite TV dishes out of sight [Mid Hudson News]
America’s New Small Towns: Housing Developments That Recreate Village Life [WSJ]
Newburgh waterfront revitalization is disturbing cross-river neighbor Beacon [Daily Freeman]
Newburgh school board considers architecture, construction, engineering mentor program [THR]

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08/12/16 7:30am

300 Liberty Street Newburgh NY

Here’s a property that has been in a repeated cycle of poor fix-ups just to get the next tenant. Fortunately, it seems that a lot of original details and character remain, enough for someone to come along and restore it. This would be a nice choice for someone looking to live in a property along with tenants. If your aim is just to do the bare minimum to rent out the apartments, not much will change for this northern section of Liberty Street. Although many of these homes are in disrepair, this section of Liberty Street is often photographed for its beautiful architecture. One of the best examples of how these properties can be turned around can be seen in 292 Liberty, the next door neighbor. Other interesting neighboring properties to keep your eye on are The Girdle Factory and Weigand’s Tavern.

300 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (Jo-Ann Merla, BHG Rand Realty)
Asking Price: $99,900
Year Built: 1900
Size: 3,840 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: $9,000
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

South Street Postcard NewburghEarly 1900’s vintage postcard showing the side of 300 Liberty at the corner of South Street





08/08/16 11:30am


There’s new retail on Liberty Street, a letterpress shop from Newburgh’s own RagHaus by Markus Hartel. It is located at 133 Liberty Street, right in the middle of all the development happening by Washington’s Headquarters. Right across the street is the Juice Headquarters which, recently announced they will be open 7 days a week, 10am-8pm. Markus creates cheeky cards and apparel. You can find his coasters at the Liberty Street Bistro and burlap totes at Newburgh Mercantile. But to see everything he creates, come check out his shop. This is very exciting as newcomers bring their talents and skills to Newburgh, opening new businesses.

Markus is also in the midst of creating a Newburgh zine and is looking for contributors. If interested, contact him 42@raghaus.com.

-Photo by Markus Hartel, RagHaus