12/10/19 6:30am

Walking down South William Street, there was never much to see – closed up factory windows, graffiti walls, and broken sidewalks. That has slowly been changing as small incremental development has been happening on the blocks between Liberty and South Lander Streets. Come Spring, a new building called Wireworks should be opening its doors to the public. The building was up for RFP by the City of Newburgh and was awarded to trio, Baxter Development, Sisha Ortuzar, and Studio Mapos – each with years experience in their own industries.

There have been a few articles published on this development already – it’s a $2.7 million dollar project, the building dates back to 1895, and it’s going to be a multi-use facility. What does it really mean for Newburgh though? More specifically South William Street?

Prior to Atlas Industries moving to Newburgh, South William Street (between South Lander and Liberty) was lined by 3 large dark warehouses. The windows had been covered with bricks, long closing them off to the public. The residential buildings also have fallen into disrepair. Today, Atlas Industries is a fully occupied building. They have removed the bricks from all of their windows and have become a creative hub south of Broadway. They host literary readings, art shows, outdoor and indoor markets – just to name a few things.

Wireworks will surely compliment the work done by Atlas. The plan for the building is as follows: live/work studios along with an anchor tenant (possibly food related) on the first floor, office and co-working space on the second floor has been worked out with Beahive. Learn all about their Newburgh plans here. The third floor will be loft apartments. Baxter has quickly moved past the cleanup and demolition phase and have begun framing out rooms.

For many, it will be the first time that they will be able to enter this space and engage as a gathering place. Atlas is also open to ideas of paying more attention to their own sidewalks as foot traffic begins to increase on this block. At the corner, 41 Liberty Street is undergoing a complete transformation and is seeking a ground floor tenant. Oliver and Chatfield and Rob’s Roast Coffees have opened this year, adding to the changes of the Lower Liberty/South William Street corridors. It is really an exciting time to see such rapid change in the area that will surely add to the quality of life of all residents. Dark and scary buildings will be no more (Resnick’s warehouse still has yet to announce plans).

For complete up to date announcements on Wireworks, be sure to follow them on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/newburgh.wireworks/

Credit: Studio Mapos
Streetscape work is in the plans to enhance the appearance of the building and the pedestrian experience. The brick blocking the windows has already been removed since these photos were taken.
The windows behind the back wall will be opened up on to South William Street, connecting the building visually with foot traffic outside. This is the second floor, future home Beahive.
Remnants of an industrial past
Third floor where the lofts will be located
Views toward Atlas
Original tin ceilings will be salvaged and reused.
Exterior of the building with view of the collapsed section that has since been cleaned up.
The right side of the building. All of these windows will be opened up!
12/06/19 6:30am
Photos credit: Ann Stratton

Here is your chance to live in a brand new renovated building at 263 Grand Street!

4 units: 3 are 1-bedroom and one studio. The studio and the 1st floor one-bedroom both have access to the extra deep fenced-in backyard. Second and third floor apartments have mountain and partial river views. 

The apartments all feature brand new kitchens and baths, many original period details such as marble mantles and crown moldings. The studio has its own laundry room. Shared laundry in basement for the other tenants. 

The rent is 1500/mo for the one bedrooms and 1250/mo for the studio. That includes heat and hot water. Tenant pays own electricity. The open house will be this Sunday December 8th from 2pm to 4pm. Private viewings can also be arranged by emailing 263grand@gmail.com

Below are images from the various apartments. You will definitely want to see it in person!

12/04/19 7:30am

A few weeks ago I did a post on Colombian and Ecuadorian restaurants opening in Newburgh. It looks like I missed one! Café Colombia will be opening up at 350 Broadway in January 2020, next to Newburgh staples – Rockland Bakery and Tony’s Newburgh Lunch.

The future owners, John and Olga Perez also own ATAX Income Tax, which has been in the city since 2013. They will be open breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have never had Colombian food, you are in for a treat. Definitely try an arepa, pan de queso, and a bandeja paisa! Here’s a sample of the menu:

Breakfast 

  • Arepas with cheese
  • Fried arepas with eggs
  • Empanadas  
  • Breakfast sandwiches 
  • Pan de queso (fresh baked cheese bread)

Lunch /Dinner

  • Arepa rellenas ( filled arepa sandwiches with various meats and cheeses)
  • Colombian style hot dogs and hamburgers 
  • Sandwiches, soup, and salads
  • Lunch specials 
  • Bandeja paisa (famous and typical Colombian dish)
  • Fried red snapper
  • Grilled shrimp, grilled beef and chicken kabobs 

12/03/19 7:30am

From the organizers of the Shop Downtown Newburgh, we want to say thank you to all who participated in the shopping small event. It was so exciting to see crowds reaching new parts of the city as they went to discover some of the new businesses that have opened up this year.

As I walked the streets I heard people comment about the spirit of shopping downtown and “this is how it is supposed to be.” Small businesses give a sense of wonder and unexpected excitement that make a city come to life. I watched as people bumped into friends they hadn’t seen in years. They said, “let’s go grab a cup of coffee and catch up,” like a scene out of romantic comedy set in a big city – except it was Newburgh.

My personal hope is that this event, and others like it create positive conversations, spark imaginations, and ignite development in our city. Out of the 38 businesses that participated this year, 8 had opened this year alone. The shopping event focuses on the Liberty St/Broadway intersection and corridors, but the city is so much bigger than that. There is opportunity for those that are hungry. We have a whole city waiting for you.

11/19/19 2:10pm

You are cordially invited to the second annual 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 various raffle prizes!

Downtown Newburgh is seeing an increase in new businesses. This year we are so pleased to announce that 38 businesses will be participating in Shop Small Saturday, eight which opened this year alone! Many of these locations were once closed to the public for decades. Now they will be opened for all to enjoy and gather in celebrating new beginnings in Newburgh. 

This is an opportunity to support local businesses coming together to strengthen our shopping districts. 

What: Small Business Saturday
Where: Downtown City of Newburgh. Register at Newburgh Mercantile or APG Pilates
When: November 30, 2019, 11-6pm

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 11am.
  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 raffle prize baskets valued at over $1,500 courtesy of local businesses.

Participants Include: 2 Alice’s Coffee, APG Pilates, Blanca’s Tailoring, Color Cube, Craft Draft, Cream,

Cream Vintage, Design by Sue, DMU Music, Field Trip, Fxded Barber Shop, Grit Works, Hale’s Hardware, Hendley & Co, Hudson Valley House Parts, Kaitlyn’s Creations, Liberty & Beauty, Liberty Street Vintage, M. Lewis Boutique, Mama Roux, Ms. Fairfax, Nail Wig Toppings Bar, Newburgh Art Supply, Newburgh Brewery, Newburgh Flour Shop, Newburgh Mercantile, North Plank Road Tavern, Oliver & Chatfield, Palate Wines and Spirits, Razor Sharp, Rob’s Roast Coffee, Seoul Kitchen, Shapiro’s Furniture Barn, Shelter House Cafe, Society of Lash, Spirits Lab Distilling Co, The Lions Den, Wherehouse Restaurant 

Please distribute widely. We can’t wait to see you there! 

11/13/19 6:30am

It seems we are getting in a new wave of businesses in Newburgh from Colombia and Ecuador. This restaurant, Toquilla’s opened on Upper Broadway and I have yet to try it. Ecuador is famous for their hearty soups, so this might be a place to try on a cold winter day.

We are getting an Ecuadorian supermarket on Broadway that will sell “breakfast, lunch, food, vegetables, fruit, and grain.” This is a large move for this section of Broadway that has many vacant storefronts near 9W. Over the summer the rear section of the building was expanded to create a second floor. It will be very exciting to see more food shopping options that cater to our immigrant populations.

Noches de Colombia is moving to the shopping center just off I-84 on North Plank Road. This will be their most northern location from Nanuet and New Jersey. They have more locations than I can count spread over Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

Don Hugo’s is a local favorite located in Colonial Terraces that serves Colombian food. It’s not new, but worth a mention. Yelp reviews say Bandeja Paisa is amazing and my Colombian friends speak well of it.