Yesterday, December 11th was the 8 year anniversary of when I started writing Newburgh Restoration. I started writing the anniversary blog posts every year to show that throughout the year, there are many small and large victories of revitalization happening despite what you might read in the news.
Honestly, 2016 was a hard year for me, as you might have noticed there was a lack of blog posts earlier in the year. A house deal we had been anxiously waiting for fell through and I kind of lost my steam. Other life events have happened and the quest to be Newburgh full time has just been very difficult. However, I am very optimistic that will change in 2017.
Overall, I continue to have very high ambitions for Newburgh despite tragedies that might happen. Local artist and gallery owner,Will Teran, said it best, “although tragedy can happen anywhere, this should Not define all that is the progress that our city has been achieving.” My list below is by no means a complete list of achievements in the past year, but it is representative of positive change. Feel free to add anything I have left out in the comments.
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Here’s our look back at the past year:
- Restoration work has begun on the Tower of Victory at Washington’s HQ. Visit and you can see scaffolding up.
- A brand new restaurant has opened called the Liberty Street Bistro. A welcomed addition indeed.
- Newburgh had its first convictions for dumping
- The City continues to be attractive to new residents, like internationally known artist, Helen O’Leary
- Columbia University fall design studio students completed their semester in Newburgh developing new ideas to address local and regional issues
- A designer couple began renovations on a long abandoned property, 143 Washington Street. This was a Land Bank property. Work has seemed to stall though
- Waterfront land that was once a superfund site has now been cleaned and is being used as the People’s Waterfront Park till long term plans are decided
- Newburgh won a green streets grant from TD Bank to plant trees on Liberty Street in the Heights
- New art organization, Strongroom, creates exhibitions in vacant and unused spaces in the city
- The Newburgh Illuminated Festival was held for another year. We are hoping it can happen again for 2017
- An abandoned, tax-foreclosed Dominican hair salon became home to YouThere
- A new hardware store opens on Broadway. “Finally we don’t have to drive all the way to Home Depot!”
- New retail shop, Raghaus Letterpress opens on Liberty Street
- The first annual Vegan Food Festival happened
- After a lot of hard work and fundraising Safe Harbors Green Park opens to the community at the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway
- The old Moo & Oink space finally has found a new tenant, Infinity Lounge
- The Washington Street apartments go from being in disrepair and abandonment for the past 10+ years, to being beautifully renovated dwellings helping to revitalize this section of Washington Street
- Habitat for Humanity will be building 4 new houses on Ann Street on a vacant lot
- Lake Street might be getting a makeover soon, and we got to see a glimpse of this at a workshop held at City Hall
- Newburgh Open Studios, a glimpse inside the growing art scene, was held for a 6th consecutive year with 99 participating artists
- A new Korean restaurant is coming to Liberty Street
- The Central Hudson Main Street Revitalization Project was completed. What was accomplished with the funds: a complete streets design with a new bus stop, Safe Harbor Green Park and the redevelopment of 96 Broadway
- Huge news for the Liberty Street School. A developer from Brooklyn plans to rehab it, as well as other properties in the city
- Newburgh gets a high-end fashion boutique, Cream Newburgh, that opens at 188 Liberty
- Our favorite local shrimp farmer, Eco Shrimp, gets a loan to expand the business
- Jamaican Restaurant, Calabash moves to Liberty Street, adding to the array of international cuisine options
- The Newburgh Artist Colony on Broadway is fully rented and is looking to expand its model along Mid-Broadway
- The City of Newburgh is seeking developers for very significant historical properties that have long been neglected: 257 Liberty Street, the City Club, the Dutch Reformed Church and 2 Montgomery
- Local businesses are pooling together and revamped the downtown neighborhood map. A new one will be issued every 4 months
- The Little Free Library has been installed at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street, seeking to increase an interest in reading and literacy
- International flights might be coming to Stewart Airport mid 2017