07/17/14 7:30am

242 Broadway Newburgh NY

Here is a corner building on Broadway that has a lot of potential. The building to the left has been really nicely restored and fixing 242 Broadway would really complete this block. It used to be home to a bodega, La Guadalupana and apparently before that it was home to Hudson Rug Co. just like 315-317 Broadway. Let’s hope this building doesn’t fall into such disrepair that it has to be torn down like thousands of other buildings in Newburgh. The current owners bought the building for $1 and the property is assessed at $123,500.

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. 242 Broadway Newburgh NY Google Map



07/16/14 7:30am

Nina  Pinta - Columbus ships - Newburgh FINAL flyer 7-9-2014 copy

On Friday, July 18- Sunday, July 20 the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be open for walk-aboard, self-guided tours in Newburgh. The ships will be docked at the Riverfront Marina, 40 Front St., until their departure early Monday morning July 21.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ‘Nina’ “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self- guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60+, and $6 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. The ships are not wheelchair accessible.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com. Minimum of 15. $5 per person. No maximum. Check Facebook “Columbus Ships” or visit our website at www.thenina.com.

The ships arrive on Thursday, July 17 between noon & 2 p.m. There will be a private viewing of the ships for the media after docking.

07/15/14 10:30am

Americorp job habitat

This position will be filled by a candidate working at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh through the National Service AmeriCorps program. This is a temporary position, and lasts either 10.5 months or 1700 hours. To apply click here or email resume to sswyryt(at)habitatnewburgh.org with a brief letter describing why you would like to be a part of Habitat for Humanity Newburgh.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh builds homes and community in Newburgh, New York, a small city on the Hudson River about 60 miles north of New York City.

Habitat Newburgh is dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing in partnership with local, hard-working families in need. Reaching across religious, cultural, and racial boundaries, we seek to restore a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.


-Support Habitat Newburgh’s new building and deconstruction and renovation of homes in our service area. Common tasks include: framing, exterior and interior trim work, exterior and interior painting, porch building, siding, window and door installation, flooring, cabinet installation, and other house building activities.
-Serve as a designated site leader and provide leadership, training, and supervision of individual and volunteer groups as well as partner families in the deconstruction, renovation, and new construction of homes.
-Provide on-site orientations, safety instruction and training on construction tasks to volunteers and partner families as needed in capacity as Construction Crew Leader
-Coordinate and maintain volunteer sign-in records
-Coordinate with Senior Site Coordinator on volunteer scheduling and assignments
-Organize and transport construction-related materials and supplies to sites
-Attend weekly meeting with Site Coordinators, Construction Manager, and Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
-Attend other staff meetings, events, and required training.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position

• Experience with or willingness to be trained in general residential construction • Ability to drive a pick-up truck or construction van • Experience with power tools or willingness to learn to use them • Hold a valid Driver’s License and no serious driving-related convictions • Comfortable leading and working with people of all ages and backgrounds • Experience working with volunteers desired • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Physical requirements for this position

-Lift at least 40 lbs
-Ability and willingness to climb ladders and work at heights at or above 2 stories
-Willing to work in the elements (heat and cold)
-Ability to stand on feet for long periods of time

07/15/14 7:30am


This scroll ironwork above the doorways at the Liberty Street School has been there for some time now, however, I am just getting around to showing it. Was it always there or is this something new? If you peek in the doorway shown below you can see original yellow tile lining the walls. The plan is for the school to be converted into housing with historical touches of the school’s past. I don’t know if that plan has since changed.



07/14/14 11:30am


Check out some photos of the gorgeous fireworks that could be seen on the Newburgh Waterfront July 4th weekend. Pictures © Brian Wolfe.

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