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.

08/16/17 7:30am

Atlas Studios in Newburgh is quickly growing as a center for art, lectures, live music and other creative endeavors. It is so exciting to have Think Olio present their first ever talk in Newburgh next Saturday titled: 1950’s and Nostalgia, In Search of Greatness in the “Golden Age”.

Think Olio organizes pop-up classes with professors across all disciplines at unique venues, so that people can continue learning in a casual setting without having to sign up for official college classes. They have held over 250 of these in NYC. To reserve your seat, click here.

06/01/17 8:12am

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival will be this Saturday, June 3, noon – 10pm. If you are looking for the chance to visit and discover Newburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to see how the community is able to transform itself. There will be vendors, artists, and plenty of food. Make sure to go to the Newburgh Illuminated Festival website to see all that will be happening.

Click here to see photos from 2015, 2014, 2013. It gets better every year!

09/22/15 11:30am


Last Saturday was a very special event in the City of Newburgh. The Salo Project is an underground pop up dinner founded by Filipina chef, Yana Gilbuena, who has been touring all 50 states bringing Kamayan style (hands on) Filipino food. Held at the Atlas Studios Warehouse, 71 attendees ate with nothing but our bare hands. We sat next to strangers, made friends, giggled and marveled at this new culinary experience. The extras, when possible, were provided by local businesses in the City of Newburgh. New city residents and business owners Limegreen and Industrial Craft provided the candles. Palate Wine & Spirits provided the wine, and of course the beer came from the Newburgh Brewery.


One of the main reasons this event was so special was because just a few years ago, this warehouse was a bricked up barren shell. It would have been terrifying at night (and probably during the day). Tom and Joe at Atlas had the vision to see this building as something more. Ever since they moved in, the windows on Spring Street and South William glow at night. As a few others mentioned, sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see the potential. City folk easily see it, but it was exciting to see native Newburghers from the town enthusiastic about the changes happening in the city.


Chef Yana Gilbuena at center, flanked by the gracious hosts Shay Sellars (left) and Diana Mangaser (right). The other exciting aspect of this event was that it was created by newcomers to Newburgh. Each new person that arrives always has a special talent or interest they bring to the city that makes it a more diverse and chaotic place to be. There’s more to explore and discover.

Thanks ladies for a wonderful night!










To fully appreciate all the progress at Atlas just look at what this building use to look like before.

And what it looks like now.



09/02/15 7:30am


On the evening of September 19, 2015, beginning at 6:30pm, SASRE Properties and DMRM, present SALO: Newburgh, a chef’s table experience. The event will be hosted by Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.

The Salo Project is an underground pop up dinner founded by Filipina chef, Yana Gilbuena, who has been touring all 50 states bringing Kamayan style (hands on) Filipino food. Read more about here here: instagram, and here: project blog.

“We thought bringing Yana to Newburgh just made sense. She uses her craft to build community and has launched her own Filipino food movement across all 50 states, while bringing together like-minded individuals at each stop. SALO: Newburgh is a great opportunity for the Newburgh community and beyond, to come together and get our hands dirty, share stories, form new relationships, and have a great time.”

Food will be sourced locally from Cowberry Crossing Farm, which is a Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic small family farm located in Claverack, New York. Local wine and beer sponsors are Palate Wine & Spirits and the Newburgh Brewery.

Tickets are $50, and includes a multiple course dinner, as well as wine and beer. To purchase go to: https://eatfeastly.com/meals/d/19328128/salo-newburgh/?rf=fwebbrowpopu

-Photo credit SaloSeries


06/18/14 7:30am


Photographer, Ruedi Hofmann took these amazing photographs of a Mexican Vaquero Rodeo next to the Newburgh Armory a few weeks ago called Rodeo Tierra Caliente. According to Ruedi there was a great turn out, 300-500 in attendance with great music, great food and families. Also in attendance were Senator William J. Larkin, Jr and William Kaplan. The next Vaquero Rodeo will be June 22nd.

According to the United States census, Latinos or Hispanics make up 47.9% of the population in the City of Newburgh. There is a lot to be seen in this city with a population just under 30,000!

All photos © Ruedi Hofmann