A passionate group of Newburgh residents and supporters gathered Friday to announce the formation of the City’s first non-profit organization with a mission to plan, protect, restore and enhance parks, community gardens, trails and watersheds in the Greater Newburgh Area.
The Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy – GNPC– aims to ensure that recreational greenspace is available within easy walking distance (a 10-minute walk) of every household within the City, and envisions all residents of the Greater Newburgh area having easily accessible parks within a short walk, drive, ride on public transportation.
“GNPC will foster public, private and non-profit partnerships to amplify the efforts of allied groups and engage communities to identify and pursue their own parks and greenspace priorities. We will work with community organizations and the public, linking nature and neighborhoods, thereby enhancing community well-being as well as community and social justice,” noted Board Chair, Kathy Lawrence.
Board member and long-time parks advocate Wilbur Higgins added, “The Conservancy will raise money for municipal parks in the City of Newburgh, and assist in the development of publicly-accessible projects that further the Conservancy’s vision for greenspace, community gardens, and street trees throughout the City of Newburgh and surrounding communities.”
In 2020, the Conservancy will expand its Board of Directors, continue monthly convening of representatives from various stakeholder groups including the Downing Park Planning Committee, Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance, and refine its plan of work with diverse stakeholders and community engagement events.
Interested organizations or residents are welcome to contact the GNPC for more information, or follow us on Facebook or at our website to hear of upcoming public meetings.
Empire State Development (ESD) announced today the Mid-Hudson Region was awarded $65.8 million for 105 projects. Newburgh was also included in the round up – 3 of which are pivotal projects for the city:
PS 6 Liberty Street: Total $955,000 To renovate PS 6 Center for Film and Television to be a one-stop-shop film/TV facility including sound stages and production offices as well as rental space for events, weddings and photo shoots. The community flex space on the first floor will be used for a job training, mentorship programs, art shows, and screenings.
Graft Cider: $264,000 To adaptively reuse an old factory building to create a new 14,000 square foot production/distribution facility and tasting room in the City of Newburgh.
Ritz Theater: $222,900 Awarded to Safe Harbors of the Hudson to prepare construction documents for rehabilitation and re-development of the historic Ritz Theater in Newburgh.
Friday, December 20th 6:00-7:30pm and Sunday, December 22nd 1:30-2:30pm will be an open house of the brand new renovated apartments on Renwick Street. The Open House will be held in 69 Renwick, Apartment 2.
This is a great chance to see some of the higher-end remodels that have been happening in the city. This apartment includes: waterfall edge quartz counter tops, laundry hookups for each apartment, security camera system, A/C unit and heat and hot water are included. Backyard use is available for tenants, and apartments have river views.
Neighborhood amenities: Down the block from Newburgh Brewing Company and the Newburgh Rowing Club, across the street from Orchard Valley CrossFit, around the corner from Rob’s Roast Coffee Shop, Oliver and Chatfield, Panja Women’s Center, Liberty & Beauty Salon, Untouchables Bar (up and coming), and all the other shops and boutiques along the Liberty Street corridor.
Apartment applications will be available onsite
Staging was done by local Newburgh design firm, Hendley & Co. Photos by local photographer Nadia Tarr.
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).
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 email@example.com
Below are images from the various apartments. You will definitely want to see it in person!
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:
Arepas with cheese
Fried arepas with eggs
Pan de queso (fresh baked cheese bread)
Arepa rellenas ( filled arepa sandwiches with various meats and cheeses)