Photo at Downing Park by Newburgh photographer Walt.

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10/18/19 7:30am

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 Cher Vick

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10/17/19 1:16pm

On October 15th Newburgh’s newest restaurant, Mama Roux, had a soft opening. The restaurant is located in a decades-long neglected building at 96 Broadway, on the corner of Liberty Street. To delight in the warm glow of the Art Deco sconces while taking in the spices of the Cajun cuisine was nothing short of magical. It’s a space so well designed it feels as though it has always been there. It is cozy, comfortable, and upscale – yet without feeling pretentious. It is the kind of restaurant I would drive an hour into Manhattan for a night out with friends. The food is that good, and it’s here, in Newburgh.

It was truly a special evening, an event that we could all celebrate, a small but immensely meaningful win for the City of Newburgh. Developers are taking a chance on Newburgh, and it isn’t the large scale waterfront developments that receive the most attention. It is the small infill of incremental development that makes a city interesting and exciting. It makes a neighborhood.

From my own personal perspective I love cities and urban environments because of the inspiration and creativity it inspires in my everyday life. Mama Roux is just the kind of place where you go to be inspired – whether it be in your own life or what you might be able to create in this city.

The general sentiment that night was that of gratitude. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this possible in Newburgh.

Regular hours are soon to be announced, but the restaurant will start off opened only Thursday to Sunday, including brunch on Sundays.

Corner seat facing Broadway. Surely to be one of the most sought after spots
09/24/19 7:30am

It’s that time of year again! One of the best weekends to visit the City of Newburgh to experience the palpable energy that is simmering. No car? No problem! Hudson River Maritime Museum’s 44’ 25 passenger solar-powered boat ‘Solaris’ will be carrying passengers between Beacon and Newburgh for Newburgh Open Studios. The boat will run both Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10am-5pm, departing the dock by Washington St in Newburgh on the hour and the Beacon Institute dock (floating dock just south of the sloop club / MTA dock) in Beacon on the half-hour. $2/ride, cash only.

City of Newburgh, NY. Newburgh celebrates the Arts! Over 100 artists will participate in the Ninth Annual Newburgh Open Studios taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, 2019 from Noon – 6pm each day. It is a Free self-guided tour. Maps will be available at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street, Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th starting at 10am. Newburgh Art Supply will be the central location for tour information and extra studio tour maps.

Organized by Gerardo Castro and Michael Gabor, co-owners of Newburgh Art Supply, this year’s Newburgh Open Studios has over one hundred participating artists! This tour will introduce visitors to Newburgh’s burgeoning arts community with the opening of artists’ work studios, alternative gallery spaces, sculpture installations and pop-up shows. Some studios will have demonstrations and performances.

Newburgh Open Studios features a diverse selection of styles and artistic disciplines, from avant-garde video and photography, sculpture to bookbinding, performance art, printmaking, and traditional oil painting. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with emerging and established artists and craftspeople in spaces rarely open to the public. Much of the self- guided tour is ‘walkable’ and includes Atlas, Newburgh Community Photo Project, The Foundry, The Newburgh Pottery, Ann Street Studios, Holland Tunnel Art Newburgh, Space on Liberty, Newburgh Sculpture Project, Regal Bag Studios, Newburgh Free Library, The Carriage House, Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, The Wherehouse, Grit Works, Newburgh Community Land Bank as well as live/work studios in the Historic District.

09/17/19 1:13pm

This year Park(ing) Day is Friday Sept 20, 1pm-4pm. Come hang out with us! Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time. Join us in Newburgh as we create public spaces for all to share.

Last year Newburgh hosted its first Park(Ing) Day. This is a day when people reclaim a parking spot and transform into a public space like a pop up chess park, a yoga spot or simply public park with seating.

Small businesses that are participating:
Atlas Studios – 11 Spring Street
Hudson Valley House Parts – 159 Broadway
Liberty Street Vintage – 89 Liberty Street
Newburgh Free Library – 124 Grand Street
Newburgh Repair Café – 115 Broadway
Oliver & Chatfield – 42 Liberty Street
PANJA – 15 Liberty Street
Rob’s Roast Coffee – 42 Liberty Street
Shelter House Café – 123 Carpenter Avenue

If interested in setting up your own park(ing) site, please let us know. You do not need to be a small business.

Thank you to Orange County Citizens Foundation for programmatically supporting this creative placemaking effort.

More about PARK(ing) Day
Park(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, Park(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!