10/15/14 12:03pm

Urban design students from Columbia are almost at the mid-way mark of their semester. Here are some videos, images, and information they have been collecting. You’ll notice they address local and regional issues such as: education, politics, human capital, and the power of the arts. I can’t possibly post it all here and not all of the students have uploaded their work. For full details go to their website. Click on each image to see a video or study associated with the group presenting the work. The videos are short, all under 2 mins so take out a bit of time to see the great work they have been doing.

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10/15/14 7:30am


If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know about my obsession of carriage houses. They are my favorite structures along with small cottages and rowhomes. Newburgh’s mansions are magnificent, but neighborhoods with smaller buildings have more soul.

It was my delight to be able to tour this carriage house on Dubois Street during Newburgh Open Studios. It is used as an art studio for Richard Harper. He and his wife Paula were searching for the perfect home. Richard said that this home was the right one for them because of the carriage house and Downing Park right across the street. They did a lot of work on the building; some on their own, and some contracted out. The wavy glass of the original windows and beams in the roof just make this a great place to be. It’s still standing over 100 years later. There are many structures like this in Newburgh, one of the many great draws of the city. If you dream of your own carriage house or cottage, keep searching. There are many in need of restoration.


First floor.


Staircase to second floor.


Second floor. Richard installed a skylight that allows the top floor to be flooded with light. His ideal place to paint.

10/14/14 7:30am


Here on Newburgh Restoration I get a lot of requests to post various kinds of information whether it be an event, a fundraiser, or real estate. This blog is pretty much a one-woman show. Please read the FAQ’s to see what kind of content can be posted to the blog and where you can post your own events.



Photo by NR flickr pool user Brian Wolfe. “Opening for 75th habitat house in Newburgh

10/10/14 11:30am

122 Dubois St Newburgh NY

This is a house to make you leave NYC. Although this house needs some work, the original details are worth it. Located right in front of Downing Park, this brick home has beautiful wood inlay floors and tiled fireplaces. There is also a great wooden fence and driveway. The downsides are that is appears when the owners left they took the radiators, the fireplace mantels, and the kitchen cabinets with them. Very sad. Some people also might not like the location, but a couple just a few doors down has said their experience has been good during their 8 years living there. The house seems to be neglected and is decaying fast so the sellers might be motivated with the price. Details below.

122 Dubois St Newburgh NY (Eileen Daly, BHG)
Asking Price: $65,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,136 sq ft
Neighborhood: NoBro
Taxes: $6,073
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





10/10/14 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 pool user Jillian Elder, Victory Designs.

Can artists and dealers change the creative and economic landscape of Upstate New York? [Artsy]
Newburgh officials worried about unsafe buildings [THR]
Labor union boosts fight against Newburgh casino [LoHud]
It’s all coming together in Providence [Better! Cities & Towns]
Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District [City Lab]
On a mission to teach financial literacy to social entrepreneurs [Conscious Magazine]
Newburgh fire chief thinks banks may retreat from owning ‘zombie’ properties [HV Blogs]
‘I bought a house for $1,000′[CNN]
NJ Homesteading Program Sells Lots as Low as $1 [NJ.com]
When Blogging Becomes a Slog [NYT]
Contour Crafting: Automated Construction / Behrokh Khoshnevis [TedxTalk]

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