02/28/17 7:30am


Urban renewal these days happens in the form of neglect. An unattended leaky roof can wreak havoc. Many of these boarded up buildings are hollow inside due to the roof collapsing years ago. So is the case at 2 Liberty. The roof is gone, and so is the back wall of the 3rd floor. Many would think the next logical step would be to demolish the remaining structure. Developers and visionaries have proven time and time again that there is still value in these buildings. SodaCova Group is rehabilitating 2 & 15 Liberty Street.

SodaCova Group is an entirely minority-owned real estate investment company. They began work in the City of Newburgh out of a desire to give back to the community. The location of 2 Liberty was chosen particularly because of its location at the intersection of two main thoroughfares – Liberty and Renwick. It is away from the waterfront, but SodaCova feels it can help bring traffic west of Water Street and bring revitalization south on Liberty. SodaCova is working with native Newburgher, Josh Mousseau of Domus Port who has worked on rehabilitating buildings in similar states in Newburgh. The roof is scheduled to be installed by the end of the month and hopefully, the building will be completed by the end of the year with a grand opening of the commercial space, yet to be announced.

Across the street, SodaCova is doing work on 15 Liberty. The first floor had an illegal apartment and they are working to restore the commercial retail space. Work on the storefront could begin as early as next week. Plans are to create a gallery space. Stay tuned for that announcement.

Overall, this is very exciting news for the revitalization of southern Liberty Street. Coupled with the rehabilitation of PS 6, the Liberty Street School, this section of Liberty between Benkard and Renwick will slowly start to turn the corner. This goes without mentioning the hard work the Colas family has done at 19 Liberty Street. Bravo to you Nancy and Kermit!







12/23/16 12:15pm


There are two 91 Liberty Streets. This property is 91 Liberty Street WH – WH standing for Washington Heights. It is located at the very end of Liberty Street near the bluff. It’s being listed as move in ready, so long weekends doing renovations shouldn’t be in your future. More details here:

In the desirable Heights section of Newburgh. Lovely Bowfront 1890’s all brick and stone single family with garage/carriage house. The very best of the old blends with the new in this generously sized three bedroom, 1.5 bath detached home!  Outside, the spacious, breezy, front sitting porch features brand new hardwood decking, rebuilt stairs, and new roofing front and back. Inside, find lovingly preserved Mahogany woodwork and refinished oak  floors throughout. The gracious foyer spills into a large living room that flows into a separate, spacious dining room featuring original stained glass, and all windows in the home are master-restored originals with new storms. There’s a delightfully fresh newly-redone eat-in kitchen with butcher block countertops, new high-end stainless steel appliances, an on-trend enamel white Kohler sink and fixtures, and a separate storage pantry! In the basement you’ll find a new Maytag w/d set, a brand-new, high efficiency European boiler, and electric service, new panel, with wiring all updated in 2016.* The upstairs tiled full bath has pristine new fixtures. On the main floor there’s a convenient newly created half bath with exposed brick.  It’s all here, the off street parking, large private fenced-in backyard, a full-height, full-length basement ready for finishing,  and a 20×15 stone and brick carriage house with 4 windows (potential shop, office, studio, or tiny house!) Don’t let this one get away! The non sexy work is done, so you get to design and decorate! *all plumbing and electrical by licensed, local contractors.

91 Liberty St WH Newburgh NY (Stacey Laskin)
Asking Price: $285,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 1,822 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: $6,000
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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12/02/16 11:45am


Channel your inner Nicole Curtis and consider rehabbing one of the saddest houses in the Heights neighborhood. It might seem like a crazy idea to take on a project like this, but we have already had at least one successful purchase and rehabilitation begin on a previous “untouchable” home like this one from showcasing it on the blog. This is a great location and great neighborhood to consider.

Neglected beauty on the crest of Washington Heights. This one even boasts views of the Hudson River! Unbelievably, much of the original interior finish remains: beautiful wood trim, wood doors, solid staircase and even a wood mantelpiece. Unleash the river views. Enjoy them from the entire north side of the house – including the walk-up attic. Needs considerable (emphasis on considerable) work to bring this one back to life…but could be oh so rewarding.

9 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $1,190*
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* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. For additional information call: 845-569-7400.




09/08/16 7:30am


In April 2016, the City of Newburgh was awarded a TD Green Streets grant from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation. The $20,000 grant provides for twenty-seven trees on Liberty Street, in historic Washington Heights, supports community education on the importance and care of trees, and provides a new water truck that can be used throughout the city for tree and plant care. The grant was submitted by the Conservation Advisory Council, CAC, of the City of Newburgh.

The project, known as TREES ON LIBERTY, was submitted by CAC members Kippy Boyle and Deborah Dresser. The project is partnering with Newburgh Heights Association, NHA, a not-for-profit organization.  “There was no question,” states Hannah Brooks, Heights resident and President of the NHA. “This project reflects our commitment to Newburgh and the forward-thinking community in the Heights.”  Originally planned to be executed in the spring of this year, the tree planting was delayed to late September due to major gas line repairs in the Heights and a city water restriction. “The delay actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” says CAC member, urban gardener, and recently retired Episcopal pastor, Deborah Dresser. “Fall is really the good time for tree planting—there is enough time for the tree roots to become established, and the cooler temperatures are much less stressful on the trees.”

Devitt’s Nursery and Supply, N.W. will be planting and mulching five tall shade trees and twenty-two low growing ornamental flowering trees that will not be compromised by utility wires, thus reducing the need for major trimming, which has severely damaged over ten trees on Liberty Street. Those trees have been removed making way for the new, healthier trees.

The trees are essential for healthy neighborhoods as they absorb overflow of rainwater, provide beauty and clean the air. Statistics also show that tree-lined streets reduce crime.

October 15th the residents of Washington Heights and friends city-wide will celebrate the successful conclusion of TREES ON LIBERTY with a street party to include: food, fun for kids, demonstrations on the care of trees and bulbs, and much more.  Representatives from TD Bank as well as from our city government will be on hand to help plant the last two trees on Liberty Street.

“Applying for and obtaining the TD Bank grant, and bringing the TREES ON LIBERTY Street project to fruition, exemplifies Newburgh’s citizens’ continuing efforts to celebrate and improve sustainability through real, grassroots civic action,” said City Manager Michael Ciaravino. “I cannot thank the CAC, the NHA and all the Heights neighbors enough. Through this project, they will engage residents, especially children, to create local environmental and educational change that is, above all, an enduring change for Newburgh.”

The TD Bank awards Green Streets Grants to help municipalities enhance green spaces with urban forestry.  It is a component of TD Forests, the bank’s North American initiative to help protect critical forest habitats equal to the amount of paper the bank uses each year.

The Trees on Liberty highlights:

  • Sept 22 the Newburgh Heights Association will hold a SPECIAL meeting at Congregational Church on the corner of Liberty and Courtney Streets at 7pm to review the project. ALL Interested Heights residents are welcome!
  • Oct 15, 2-4pm the Newburgh Heights Association members will sponsor a BLOCK PARTY to celebrate the planting of the last two trees! Everyone welcome for food, fun, workshops!

Contact:  Deborah Dresser,  845 568 5995,  deborahdresser@gmail.com

07/29/16 9:47am

24 Courtney Avenue Newburgh NY

This is a beautiful remodel done by Newburgh City Living. Although the sale is pending, it’s worth showing what the rehab housing market looks like in the City of Newburgh. The quick sale of this property shows that there is demand for rehabilitated properties. Not everyone wants to be a weekend warrior. Some people want move-in ready properties. I featured this home before the rehab last November. The upgrades look fresh, modern and true to the home’s character. It’s a true testament the potential these houses hold when shown a little love. I also appreciate how they thoughtfully converted it back to a one family property.

I have a feeling this won’t be the last rehab we will see from Newburgh City Living. Their choice of location was spot on. Their next project is 44 Carson. Stay tuned for when that is completed. For more photographs and details about this property, go to Newburgh City Living.

Photography: Ann Stratton





02/26/16 12:30pm

74 South Lander St Newburgh NY

This house was a Rescue Me home featured in 2014. Very little has changed, if anything. The listing includes interior photos, so we can see just how bad this property is. It is being listed as a 2-family home, for less than $20,000. I realize this might look attractive to investors or potential landlords, but this block is in dire need of homeowners for reasons exhaustively discussed here on NR. This property is not in a great location so it’s hard to figure out the future of properties like this.

74 South Lander St Newburgh NY (Igor Krasnoperov)
Asking Price: $19,900
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,200 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights/SoBro
Taxes: $4,017
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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