09/30/15 7:30am

Ms.Fairfax Newburgh 2

Over the weekend Ms. Fairfax opened just in time for the Newburgh Open Studios weekend. This new business was up and running very quickly considering they only announced their opening a few days before. The name was carefully thought out, as it replaces the former Martha. Ms. Fairfax was actually George Washington’s lover.

Some of the changes I love about Ms. Fairfax are #1, they’ll be opened later! Closing time will be 10-11pm, which gives Liberty Street a new late night dinning option. The new extended bar with attached seating is my #2 favorite change. While we were there, I noticed the bar seats were the most preferred for hanging out and chatting. They’ll be offering different beers on tap which will be rotated. Change #3 is the new to-go section. You can pick up beer, deli items, or tasty snacks for a picnic at Washington’s HQ.

Ms. Fairfax is run by the same folks from Palate Wine & Spirits.





Ms.Fairfax Newburgh

09/29/15 7:30am


If you had the opportunity to visit Newburgh this weekend, you picked the perfect moment. There were numerous events happening city-wide which, were all samples of future things to come. To begin, Friday night was the reception and exhibition of Ruedi Hofmann‘s Pivotal: Faces of Change project. We estimated over 200 attendees came out to Thornwillow Institute at 7 South Lander Street. Mr. Hofmann interviewed and photographed over 50 participants who are creating positive change in Newburgh. That’s not to say there aren’t many more people doing so, but this was just a small sample.


Normally, you probably wouldn’t want to wander alone at night in this grassy field on South Lander Street. But here we were, taking over a “new” urban space that felt safe, exciting, and hopeful all at the same time. Most of us in attendance were also part of the short film that was displayed, edited by filmmaker Merle Becker. If you missed it, you can still watch it on the Pivotal Newburgh website. As Mr. Hofmann said on the website, “a new energy can be felt in Newburgh.” There was no better place to experience it than this night!






The inside of the future Thornwillow Institute was transformed into an art gallery where all of the portraits were displayed. The exhibit will be available to view till October 25th. See the website for more details. Before visiting, you should download the Live Portrait app which will make the photographs come to life.





Pivotal was just the kickoff for the annual Newburgh Open Studios weekend. City sidewalks were busy, full of visitors with maps in hand walking to the 21 art venues and studios on tour. Between touring, chatting, and checking out Ms. Fairfax, we only actually made it to one art venue. I appreciated seeing families with their children excited to discover each new studio. I appreciated seeing artists in every studio getting the opportunity to explain their work, and I appreciated seeing their raw work space, which looked like they were ready to pick up a brush at a moments notice.

Each year Newburgh Open Studios is growing, which solidifies the city’s maturing role in the Hudson Valley art scene. Bravo to Michael, Gerardo, and everyone else who works so hard to make it possible for us to enjoy this wonderful event. Don’t miss Newburgh Open Studios 2016!






09/25/15 11:35am


Photo by NR flickr pool user Steven Rosas. 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.

Lead and asbestos abatement funding available for Newburgh [THR]
Stewart has many growth opportunities [Mid Hudson News]
Longtime judge Peter Patsalos dies at 86 [THR]
$1 Property Sale Program Expanding to Roseland, Pullman [DNAinfo]
Reclaiming Muncie, one house at a time [Indy Star]
Parklets Are Great, But Big Parks Pack a Big Punch [Next City]
Gentrification, Displacement and the Role of Public Investment: A Literature Review [FRBSF]

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09/25/15 8:47am


At the northern end of Water Street are the Ferry Crossing Condominiums. It’s private and gated. It also has amazing Hudson River views. Mostly everything has been updated in this unit that is for sale and there are maple hardwood floors. This unit is located on an end, the most convenient location. For more details, contact Stacie Laskin 845-784-4332, slaskin@hvc.rr.com


09/24/15 7:30am

The City of Newburgh has published its September 2015 property list. Most properties are vacant or abandoned like this one above at 2 Liberty Street which, was the focus of an October 2014 THR article. The minimum purchase price for this property is $1,990.

Buying a city-owned property comes with challenges. If you would like help, consult this guide made by city residents: Helpful Notes to buy Newburgh city owned property.