12/04/18 11:30am

Sometimes streets are missing something that you can’t quite put your finger on. Urban street trees are of significant value. According to an article by Glatting Jackson and Walkable Communities, there are 22 benefits such as reduced traffic speeds, safer walking environments, and added value to homes.

Owner of the Newburgh Artist Colony on Clark Street, Jeff Link, together with the Conservation Advisory Council, planted 5 new trees between Broadway and Ann Street. He hopes that this will inspire other members of the community to plant trees in front of their own properties.

Without trees, no matter how beautiful the buildings are the street just looks bare…

12/03/18 11:23pm

Photo by Newburgh photographer Cher Vick. 

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11/30/18 11:30am

I’ve heard it a million times – the ferry doesn’t run often enough! The train is too expensive! Buses don’t run frequently enough!

The counties of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster are currently doing a study to evaluate the effectiveness of current regional transit services. The Connect Mid-Hudson Transit Study is a joint effort to assess the overall mobility needs of the three counties and identify possible coordination opportunities that could enhance regional transit service and efficiencies through shared resources.

Take the survey here.

11/30/18 7:30am

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. Cher Vick

What if citizens set the city budgets? [CL]
Local shops get big results on Small Business Saturday [THR]
Small-Business Confidence Stays at Near-Record High [WSJ]
Newburgh Businesses Host First Joint Small Business Saturday [SN]
Why Black Neighborhoods Are Valued Less Than Other Neighborhoods [NC]
City mails first notices for vacant building owners on new registry in Akron [ABJ]

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11/26/18 7:30am

The first ever shopping crawl in Downtown Newburgh was November 24, and oh what a day it was! Twenty-eight businesses participated, offering discounts and specials for shoppers.  We handed out approximately 160 passports and estimate 300 shoppers came downtown. The message was loud and clear, everyone is excited to shop in Newburgh. As one business owner said, “one take away is how many people had never been to Newburgh or hadn’t been in decades.” Overheard many times was, “this is how Newburgh used to be.”

It was a welcome sight, stores so full shoppers were spilling out on to the sidewalk, items selling out, and all the families walking about. “Let’s just walk”, “I haven’t been there in ages” or “have you been to this new place?” were the conversations shoppers were having.

Some shops saw an increase in sales as much as 80% compared to other Saturdays. The event was also covered by Spectrum News and the Times Herald-Record.

Thank you to everyone that participated, whether you shared the event on social media or you came out the day of the crawl. It was a boost of encouragement for everyone to keep going, to keep doing what they love.

The shopping crawl was featured on Spectrum News as well as a full page spread in the Times Herald-Record.

11/23/18 12:25pm

You are cordially invited to attend the first ever shopping crawl in the City of Newburgh!

Shop small, shop unique, shop downtown Newburgh all day long! Spend the day strolling between shops and restaurants all while enjoying the unique experience the city has to offer. Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying sales, specials, and a chance to win a grand prize raffle!

What: Small Business Saturday
Where: Downtown City of Newburgh. Register at Newburgh Mercantile or APG Pilates
When: November 24, 2018, 12-5pm

Small Business Saturday Passports:

  1. Register and sign up for your Shop Small Passport in Newburgh Mercantile (75 Broadway) or APG Pilates (87 Liberty Street) starting at 12pm.
  2. Get your passport stamped at every business* you visit. For every 5 stamps you earn you will receive one raffle ticket. Look for the white and blue balloons. *Restaurants require purchase.
  3. Bring your stamped passport back to Newburgh Mercantile prior to 7pm for your chance to win a grand prize basket valued at over $1,000 courtesy of local businesses.

Participants Include: APG Pilates, Blacc Vanilla, Caffe Macchiato, Color Cube, Cream, Cream Vintage, DMU Music, Field Trip, Fxded Barber Shop, Grit Works, Hale’s Hardware, Hip Hop Heaven, Hudson Valley House Parts, Liberty Street Bistro, Liberty Street Vintage, M. Lewis Boutique, Ms. Fairfax, Newburgh Art Supply, Newburgh Brewery, Newburgh Flour Shop, Newburgh Mercantile, Orchard Valley CrossFit, Palate Wine Shop, Rafka’s Food Truck, Shapiro’s Furniture Barn, Shelter House Cafe, Terrace Tavern, and more.

This is a collaborative effort to support businesses in the city and increase foot traffic for everyone. Please distribute widely. We can’t wait to see you there!