03/09/17 7:30am

87 William Street Newburgh NY

If we have spoken lately, you know I love William Street. It’s scary, but it is a great commercial corridor that has adapted to be more residential over the years. Many storefronts have been converted into apartments, buildings are vacant and crumbling, and overall you probably wouldn’t feel very safe. If you can see past the broken glass and graffiti, there is potential and value here. And those original windows? Keep them!

This particular property is for sale by the City of Newburgh for $11,900. For detailed information, check the Orange County tax records.

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. 87 William Street Newburgh NY Google Map

03/07/17 7:30am

36 Dubois Street Newburgh NY

Meet Andrew Luy, a finance man by day, and sculptor by night. He is busy restoring his dream home on Dubois Street that he acquired through the Newburgh Community Land Bank. Andrew invited me by to see the progress of his home renovation adventures. Judging the exterior it might not look like much is happening but, Andrew is very busy preparing his home.

He fell in love with this home and essentially bought it sight unseen. Proximity to Downing Park was very attractive to him and he genuinely loves all of the quirks and kinks of his circa 1855 home. A little investigation revealed that 36 Dubois was the Wm. HG Repp School of Music in a 1922 record. Andrew would love to find out more.

The friendship he has developed with his neighbor, Yvonne was evident as they discussed some holiday lights he found inside. He says she is a long-time Newburgh resident and knows everyone in the neighborhood. Once his home is finished, Andrew plans on inviting her over for dinner.

Andrew undsterstands Newburgh’s issues. However, he said “one good neighbor turns into two, then three, and so on.” He plans on being that good neighbor. Newburgh is fortunate to have you Andrew! Scroll down to see where his home is now. Remember, it is still a work in progress.



The hallway console table. Andrew found this slab on Craigslist. It’s the perfect size for this long hallway.


The living room with a deck that looks onto the backyard. There is a fireplace that Andrew plans on sprucing up and perhaps he might even get it working again.


The bay window. Andrew had a window seat made so that he can enjoy the sunlight.


Views of the backyard off the deck. It still needs a lot of work. Eventually, Andrew would like to make this a studio to work in.


Throughout the home, Andrew has placed his sculptures. Some are completed, while others are still in their wire and clay form. This one is located in the dining room. The kitchen cabinets are still in boxes, but Andrew is particularly excited about beginning work on his kitchen.


Back at the staircase, you get a glimpse of the first-floor bathroom. Andrew has a friend that will create a stained glass transom to replace the missing one above the bathroom door.


At the top of the staircase, there are these gothic-shaped windows that are mirrored on the front and back of the house. It’s details like these that make the house quite special. There are smaller versions in the foyer.


This is the window at the front of the house. It is a tiny room that Andrew plans to use as his meditation room. All the jars you see on the floor came from the attic!

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A quirky miniature door in the meditation room. It’s actually a very deep closet!


This is the upstairs bathroom with a curved wall. The curve is mimicked in the adjoining bedroom.


The curved wall is on the left wall of this bedroom.


This was my favorite room. Light, bright and airy. This room also has interesting windows.

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Sharing one’s home is very personal. I want to thank Andrew for sharing his home even though it is still in the renovation phase.

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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 Milagros Villanueva Rosado

Secrets of successful communities [DP]
CSX to repair Newburgh retaining wall [MHN]
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green [World Channel]
Plan pitched to renovate Regal Bag site in Newburgh [THR]
The Things Nobody Tells You When Buying an Old House [F+M]
Tenants slam jail provision in proposed Newburgh renters’ ordinance [THR]
Officials Demand Investigation Into Chemicals In Newburgh Water Supply [CBS]

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03/03/17 7:30am


17 Park 2

This is a home full of opportunities at the very north end of the City of Newburgh, just south of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Properties do not often come up for sale here. This is a very private block that has a massive green lawn median dividing the street. The home itself has wonderful views of the Hudson River and the bridge. There is a lot of character and charm here, from the fireplace to the front door, from the wood floors to the molding, you could easily move in and make this house your home. As the listing says, “it’s a little piece of Tuscany right in the Hudson Valley.” For details contact:

Lauren Racanelli, RE/MAX Benchmark
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Office: (845) 565-0004
Cell: 845-863-7886
Fax: (845) 565-0005

17 Park Place Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $289,900
Year Built: 1926
Size: 1,296 sq ft
Neighborhood: North end of city near Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
Taxes: $12,955
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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03/02/17 7:30am

28-30 Carpenter Ave Newburgh NY

This is a property on Carpenter Avenue between Van Ness and 1st Street. Some of you are looking for warehouse/studio space. If you have an open mind and a large budget, there are plenty of buildings that need repair such as this one. It looks like it was an auto shop at one time because of the lettering above one of the garages “service dept.” Some of the walls have caved in, but as we saw this week, this property is not too far gone – yet. The property is privately owned. For detailed information, check the Orange County tax records. Search for “30 Carpenter Avenue” and you will find out who owns it and their address to contact them. Current taxes are less than $1,000 each year.

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. 28-30 Carpenter Ave Newburgh NY Google Map