06/26/18 11:00am

Sponsored By Dwellstead.

Dwellstead offers a unique suite of services to help you renovate your historic home so it retains its historic character and charm and performs to the highest energy conservation standards.

Created By Brownstoner LLC

Becoming a homeowner of a distressed property can be a daunting process. When you want to live in New York, it seems almost impossible. You may be wondering: What’s a 203k loan? How can I take advantage of historic tax credits? What grants are available for buying and fixing a home?

Get answers to these questions and more, plus discover the homeowner opportunities in the city of Newburgh at a brunch workshop with Dwellstead on Saturday, June 30.

As prices soar downstate, buyers have to expand their searches for homes while trying not to compromise on the amenities of urban living. The principals at Dwellstead have experienced the process and want to share their passion for renovating distressed properties by offering their services to help others do the same. Going through its own renaissance, the city of Newburgh is one of the largest historic districts in New York State. Opportunities abound to restore everything from a basic brick row house to majestic mansions — all within commuting distance to New York City.

Dwellstead has found a balance between historic preservation and 21st-century green energy-saving practices. Often, the renovations we see today eliminate the historic integrity of homes, such as removing century-old windows in favor of newer more “energy efficient” ones. New building materials aren’t always better. Old buildings were built to last, and with proper maintenance and planning, they can last centuries more. Whether you are looking to reduce maintenance costs, or need design services, Dwellstead can help you navigate the unique challenges of dealing with an older distressed home.

Elizabeth Vega-Lebron restoring the original windows of her home

Elizabeth Vega-Lebron restoring the original windows of her home

Tracking the owner of a building you wish to purchase can be a discouraging process. Properties are usually privately owned, city owned, bank owned, or the owner is unidentifiable. When others give you the runaround, Dwellstead will do the running around for you. They will help you identify a property to purchase in the right neighborhood that aligns with your goals. If the property you are interested in is not on the market, they will save you the headache of finding the owner. Whether you are interested in a live/work space or a single-family home, they can help direct you with their knowledge of Newburgh’s real estate market and industry contacts.

They realize the thought of working on an older distressed home might be intimidating. People start projects but don’t finish them because they are overwhelmed. Dwellstead offers services to keep your project on track by creating a realistic budget and work plan. They will help connect you with contractors and make your home as energy efficient as you desire. And when you start to lose steam, feeling like there is no end in sight, they will have the stamina to keep you going to get through the red tape.

Michael Lebron in his NoHo loft apartment as he began to convert it from industrial space

At the workshop, you will learn from principals Michael Lebron and Elizabeth Vega-Lebron. They will discuss their past projects renovating buildings inside and outside of the city of Newburgh. They are currently working on their own personal residence, a 2,600-square-foot 1865 townhouse. It is a gut renovation in the center of the city with 19th-century elegance and 21st-century performance. Together with their Harvard graduate architect, Curtis B. Wayne, they are designing a home that will be energy efficient with high thermal protection and an on-demand supply of conditioned fresh air — and extremely quiet. Their subcontractors are saying they’ve never renovated a building this way, nor this thoroughly.

A renovated kitchen

The kitchen of an 1875 farmhouse the couple restored. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) adapted its window policy to accommodate their preservation efforts

Michael Lebron is a Cooper Union graduate with homesteading experience in the late ’70s and early ’80s. He converted more than a dozen commercial factory spaces into artists’ work/live lofts in Manhattan. Elizabeth Vega-Lebron has a passion for preservation and renovation of old homes and understands the role that affordable and healthy housing has on our health and well-being. A NYS licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, she believes in Dwellstead’s goal to provide training and job opportunities in green construction in Newburgh.

Dwellstead is passionate about sustainable urban communities. Newburgh is a walkable city with arts, culture and, most of all, human connections. They don’t feel like they are giving up anything to live outside of New York, and they get to enjoy much closer proximity to the country. Vega-Lebron hails the same yellow cabs she did in Manhattan, but Newburgh affords her the chance to have a garden, take care of a home, and be part of a community.

Join Dwellstead’s Vega-Lebron and Lebron at their June 30th workshop in Newburgh where they will help you realize your vision of renovating a historic and distressed building and turning it into a beautiful and affordable green home.


The event will take place at Grit Works at 115 Broadway in Newburgh, N.Y., on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Brunch will be served. Sponsors include William A. Smith & Son Insurance, Innerglass, and Superior Mortgage Company Inc.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All attendees will receive a Lowe’s $10 gift certificate.

To see the day’s program and reserve your place, click here. To learn more about the speakers and Dwellstead’s vision, visit Dwellstead.com or call Vega-Lebron at 917-628-8835 or Lebron at 917-743-7568.

03/03/17 7:30am


17 Park 2

This is a home full of opportunities at the very north end of the City of Newburgh, just south of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Properties do not often come up for sale here. This is a very private block that has a massive green lawn median dividing the street. The home itself has wonderful views of the Hudson River and the bridge. There is a lot of character and charm here, from the fireplace to the front door, from the wood floors to the molding, you could easily move in and make this house your home. As the listing says, “it’s a little piece of Tuscany right in the Hudson Valley.” For details contact:

Lauren Racanelli, RE/MAX Benchmark
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Office: (845) 565-0004
Cell: 845-863-7886
Fax: (845) 565-0005

17 Park Place Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $289,900
Year Built: 1926
Size: 1,296 sq ft
Neighborhood: North end of city near Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
Taxes: $12,955
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

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07/24/15 7:30am


There are two brand new apartments available to rent at 13 Chambers Street from the Newburgh Community Land Bank. This is a street that has been seeing a lot of development from Habitat, the Land Bank and neighbors. The architect who designed these apartments will have his office on the first floor and has done an amazing restoration of the original storefront. This is a historic rehab so original details have been preserved.

No smoking and no pets. Tenant pays utilities, but the units are very efficient with instant hot water heaters, new efficient windows, etc. Laundry is in the building and there is off street parking. There are income requirements.

2 Bedroom Apartment – $1059
3 Bedroom Apartment – $1300
13 Chambers St Newburgh NY Google Map

If interested contact:

Madeline Fletcher
(845) 565 5360







* This is a sponsored post by the Newburgh Community Land Bank. Thoughts and views are my own.

02/27/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By A River of Opportunities.

Linking affordable, historic manufacturing and warehouse space with artisans, clean tech and food/beverage production.

Created By BlankSlate

In an 85,000-square-foot warehouse 55 miles north of New York City is a museum that is testament to one man’s twin passions: for motorcycles and for the City of Newburgh.

The Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh is home to over 500 motorcycles. It began when Newburgh residents Ted Doering and his father started collecting motorcycle parts over 60 years ago. During that time, they have amassed an immense and rare collection of motorcycles. They could have chosen anywhere to open the museum, but they decided to do it in a warehouse in the City of Newburgh, because that’s where Ted’s heart is. He wanted not only to preserve and showcase the treasures they had acquired, but to help put his hometown back on the map. (more…)

01/10/14 2:45pm

Sponsored By A River of Opportunities.

Linking affordable, historic manufacturing and warehouse space with artisans, clean tech and food/beverage production.

Created By BlankSlate

Sometimes finding one’s destiny is as simple as placing a compass on a map and drawing a circle. That’s how printer Luke Ives Pontifell wound up moving his company, Thornwillow Press, to Newburgh, NY, a city only 55 miles north of Manhattan.

Pontifell had been looking for a place to consolidate his limited edition, custom book and stationery business, which was spread across the world in England, Florida and the Czech Republic. One day, his wife drew a one-hour radius around their home in NYC, and they set off visiting locations in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Nothing felt quite right until, guided by the New York State Economic Development Corporation, they arrived in Newburgh and came upon a massive 19th-century warehouse that used to function as a coat factory.


11/25/13 12:10pm

Sponsored By A River of Opportunities.

Linking affordable, historic manufacturing and warehouse space with artisans, clean tech and food/beverage production.

Created By BlankSlate

Most who grow up near New York City dream of trading their suburban life for big city dreams. Chris Basso and Paul Halayko, however, were unlike the average suburbanites: the two 31 year old Washingtonville natives found their dreams not in the big city, but in their home county, Orange. More specifically, they found their dreams in a 160 year old paper-box factory along the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY – 55 miles north of NYC.

Basso, who had been a brewer at the Brooklyn brewery, and Halyako, who had been working in finance, teamed up  with Chris Benedetti, who also had a background in finance. The three then set their eyes on Newburgh to start their brewery, Newburgh Brewing Company.

Although Basso asserts that he always had his heart set on brewing in Newburgh, he says that the main thing that drew him upstate was the affordability.  Financial realities are a crucial point for a young business. Basso says: “if you were to transplant this exact building and everything that goes with it to Brooklyn… it would’ve been so far out of reach, it would not have been feasible.” But his city-savvy dexterity should pay off, as he believes that “…if you have a little bit of vision and a little bit of money you can come in, take an existing structure and turn it into something.” After all, think of how Williamsburg and Bushwick were before they developed: filled with warehouses and factories, sure – but with lots of potential.

Chris and Paul Newburgh Brewing Co