I took the first picture of 183 Liberty in 2011. Here’s a photo from 2009. I had been photographing it over the years. All really seemed lost with this property until it became apparent that someone had taken a chance on 183 Liberty Street last year. They stripped away all the paint, rebuilt the front porch, added new windows, and that was only the beginning. The interior was completely gutted as you can see in this old real estate blog post. There wasn’t much left to save other than the front door and the interior staircase.
Today there are 4 beautiful apartments, complete with amenities. Honestly, you never imagined the building could be so posh. It is an appreciated change for northern Liberty Street. Neighboring buildings have also undergone rehabilitation and there are more destination worthy businesses to visit such as the Holland Tunnel Gallery (back yard neighbor) and the pop-up restaurant Lodger (we hope you get the codes situation fixed!).
They will be having an open house this Saturday for the public April 6 10:30 am-3:30 pm. You can also follow them on Instagram @183libertystreet
This is a huge house just opposite Mount Saint Mary College. Judging from the photos it appears to be rented to college students. It depends on who you ask, but neighbors don’t necessarily love living next to these college dorm houses. Only time will tell if or how this property will transform.
488 Liberty St Newburgh NY (Patrick Casilli) Asking Price: $625,000 Year Built: 1910 Size: 5,100 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $24,500 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
This is one of the newest houses to come on the market in the city. It probably won’t last long either. Overall, from the photos the house to appears to be in good condition with room for upgrades and needed improvements. It is in a very desirable location, with neighbors such as the Fullerton Mansion and the Monell Mansion.
318 Grand Street Newburgh NY (Shernette Hall) Asking Price: $139,900 (foreclosure) Year Built: 1870 Size: 3,074 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $17,273 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
One of Newburgh’s prettiest homes on the prettiest corner is for sale. This Queen Anne Victorian has been maintained very well, loaded with plenty original details. There’s a new couple fixing up the house in the rear on Broad Street. This is a show stopper block in Newburgh, with many homes in great condition. You definitely need to see it in person.
335 Grand St Newburgh NY (Stacie R. Laskin) Asking Price: $619,000 Year Built: 1890 Size: 6,913 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $25,000 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
This is a very special home for sale. It is likely part of the original five bricks saved by Libby Lyon, Newburgh’s own Jane Jacobs. She saved this home and another four (or six depending who you talk to) from destruction from urban renewal. It’s a remarkable story that you can read more in depth here and here.
Besides the history, this home has great Hudson River views and a few original details that remain. If you love old homes, there are still plenty of restoration opportunities here. This is a foreclosure.
166 Montgomery Street Newburgh NY (Dean Nugent, Mary Jane Pastor Realty) Asking Price: $289,000 Year Built: 1870 Size: 2,015 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $16,491 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
The two homes to the right were also saved by Libby Lyon and restored by Tom Porfidio.
Weigant’s Tavern is one of those special buildings in Newburgh surrounded by history, mystery, and neglect. It might look like scrap wood to you, but this building is special with Weigant Family connections to the Revolutionary War. According to local historian Mary McTamaney, the original tavern was located at the north side of Broad Street just east of Liberty. The building was most likely moved during the 1930’s, and it is unlikely any of the original 18th-century building parts remain.
However, as Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun stated,”The structure was moved and repaired so we’ll never know how much of the configuration is original. But the care given to moving the structure in the 1930’s illustrates a chapter of Colonial Revivalism in the early 20th century. I think this story, especially in a city so rich with Revolutionary War connections, is important to remember. We weren’t only the place where Washington headquartered, we are also the place that pioneered the historic preservation of sites associated with the founding era. The tavern reminds us that if not for the local militias and committees of safety (the men who rose up from the community to take a stand against the monarchy), Washington’s army would not have come into existence. We can’t explain the success of the Army without telling the story of what happened in the colony’s taverns.”
It is exciting to learn that Thomas Burr Dodd of RipRap LLC will oversee the rehabilitation of Weigant’s Tavern (also spelled Weigand and Weygant). The interior condition is much worse than anything that you can imagine just by judging from the outside. There isn’t one right angle in this entire building. The floors are warped, the walls are disintegrating and everything else is collapsing. It is little wonder it hasn’t imploded. Where does one even begin on a project like this? In the first few minutes of talking to Dodd, you realize he has a passion for history and old buildings. He has tentative plans to create an office here, but would also consider other possibilities like renting out to a tenant who wants to restore the original tavern use.
The abandonment that plagued this corner of the Old Town Cemetery made it an incredibly frightful place. Hopefully, the development of Weigant’s Tavern will be one more building block to the revitalization of northern Liberty.
*Please note, there are no tours of the tavern and you should not try to gain entry. For now, enjoy these photos of the current condition.