07/22/14 7:30am


After much deliberation, the graduate urban design program at Columbia University has chosen the City of Newburgh for their fall 2014 semester urban design studio! There will be approximately 45 students from 20+ countries and 6-8 faculty all focusing their attention on the city. Professor Justin Garrett Moore and his fellow faculty felt that Newburgh and its larger Hudson River Valley context would be a rich place for their students to investigate and hopefully contribute to generating new ideas for the city’s potential. Although Newburgh has its challenges, they felt the energy, engagement and momentum that seem to be building here has made them feel that it will be a good choice. It will be the smallest city ever studied for an urban design studio by the program at Columbia.

All of the 45 students in the program have architecture or landscape architecture professional degrees and are doing graduate/advanced study to learn urban design and its more interdisciplinary focus. Some studios focus on single issues such as architecture, historic preservation, or transportation. However, this studio will be focusing on issues of a more larger scale including: housing and social dynamics, economic development, infrastructure, environmental quality, open space and mobility networks, etc. The fall semester of the program is also focused on the regional relationships of cities. So while students would work with a focus in Newburgh, their projects and responsibilities will expand to larger scales – environmental, social, economic, infrastructure, etc., of how Newburgh fits or operates within the Hudson Valley and NYC metro regions.

The results from the design studio will be presented at a final project review at Columbia University, and possibly in Newburgh. While there will not be any enforcement of the recommendations the students make, the city and its stakeholders will have the option to take into consideration any advice offered and carry it out.

Justin’s interest in the City of Newburgh came about from the recent New York Times article, as did the new City Manager. We can only hope that this new design studio will cause more people to discover Newburgh and bring new energy and creativity to the city. To learn more about how urban design studios work, you can check out the studio from last year done in New Rochelle.

Photo “116th Street Columbia University Station” by Youngking11Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

07/18/14 11:30am

5369 Route 9w Newburgh NY

This house built in 1947 is a step back in time not just for the architecture, but also for the decor. I think the house is interesting and could be nicely updated by the right person who is into to this kind of architecture. Details from this time period are definitely worth preservation also. Some other useful information from the listing is that the property is grandfathered as residential but has approximately 20 acres are in the business zone, which my grant commercial development possibilities also.

5369 Route 9w Newburgh NY (Beryl Veasey Oles, Global Property Systems Rl Est)
Asking Price: $294,000
Year Built: 1947
Size: 2,047 sq ft
Neighborhood: North of I84
Taxes: $9,605
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
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07/18/14 10:30am


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 New York World

Editorial: Tenants and landlords need help from the City of Newburgh [THR]
US Immigration Center to open in Newburgh [Mid Hudson News]
A Fighting Chance at the Newburgh Boxing Club [HV Magazine]
Arts are economic generator in Mid-Hudson region, SUNY New Paltz study finds [Daily Freeman]
Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream? [Apartment Therapy]
The Power to Change Our Communities [Art Works Blog]
Concerns raised over proposed new zoning rules in Newburgh [THR]
Happy Anniversary in the Hudson Valley [Style and Pepper]

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07/18/14 7:30am

35 Townsend Ave Newburgh NY

Here’s a really cute cape west of 9W. The home has a lot of original details but has been heavily decorated in the country style. If you aren’t a fan that means a lot of painting and removing of wallpaper. But that is mostly cosmetic. Overall, the house has good bones and could be move in ready.

35 Townsend Ave Newburgh NY (David Mires, Smitchger Realty)
Asking Price: $219,000
Year Built: 1927
Size: 2,143 sq ft
Taxes: $6,621
Neighborhood: West of 9W
Distance to NYC: 59.9 mi, 1 hour 4 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry, Transit Orange Bus Service
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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