12/27/18 7:30am

Hard to believe it but it’s true, Newburgh Restoration turned 10 years old this December. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine it would go on this long. This past year has been a challenging one. I had a baby, started a new job, and really just struggled to find time for me and the blog.

People often talk about the waves of people that come in and out of Newburgh. There is a lot of change happening in the city at the moment. The city manager, comptroller, and director of planning and development have all gone. The director of the Land Bank will also be leaving in January. Many of the community boards have vacancies and new members filling spaces. Caffe Macchiato is closing but a new restaurant is coming to the space and Jenny’s Floral Design also closed her doors, but Kaitlyn’s Creations Florist has taken her place. You can choose to see that change however you like, sometimes they are unfortunate and sad circumstances, but change can be good and it allows people with new energy and perspectives to carry the torch of those who have chosen to move on.

For the first time in ten years, almost every storefront on Liberty Street between Broadway and Spring Street is occupied. Seven new businesses opened on Liberty Street this year, two of them being in storefronts that were boarded up and never had retail. (Lodger, Cream Vintage, Field Trip, Velocipede Museum, Newburgh Flour Shop, M. Lewis Boutique, Liberty Street Vintage). It has been an amazing experience to sit in the window of the Newburgh Flour Shop and watch people buy a pastry, then head to Field Trip and then pop over to one of the new vintage shops. I myself got to host the most fabulous private dinner at Lodger, what a treat! Finally, there are reasons for people to stay and linger. Momentum is moving south with a new hair salon and cheesecake shop slated to open in 2019. Lower Broadway got it’s first antique and architectural salvage shop, Hudson Valley House Parts, and anchor building 110-112 Broadway will finally undergo renovations. We also all anticipate the opening of the new Cajun restaurant with outdoor seating coming to 96 Broadway. That building has been an eyesore for over a decade. It is also rumored the Mid-Broadway lot has a new owner.

For 2019 Ann Street will also have new businesses, Hendley and Co, an interior design shop. And the old ADS warehouse will have a distillery tasting room as well as pop-up and community art space. Other notable openings have been Orchard Valley CrossFit, the much-anticipated opening of the Shelter House Cafe, the Holland Tunnel Art Gallery, and The Newburgh Pottery. This was also the year of many film productions happening in the city. I don’t have the statistics but it definitely felt like an increase.

Perhaps my proudest moment of all was the shopping crawl myself, Newburgh Mercantile and APG Pilates did this past Shop Small Saturday. We estimate over 300 people turned out for the event, and some businesses saw an increase in sales as high as 80% than a regular Saturday. It was a moment that proved people want to be in the city, there is energy and life here.

Businesses still struggle to survive in Newburgh. The past year was hard overall on the Hudson Valley. Beacon has many empty storefronts and businesses are closing due to high overhead costs. Newburgh has to figure out how to retain the businesses we already have. Retail is hard. If you love what is happening in the city, make it a goal to do your shopping locally. People make a place. Without people (business owners, workers, customers, tourists, families, even pets!) the streets are just an empty place.

Thanks as always for your interest in Newburgh and for reading Newburgh Restoration. Below is my annual link round-up of positive things that have happened downtown. If I have missed anything, add the links in the comments.

12/11/17 7:30am

  • Graft Cidery opens up in Newburgh on Ann Street with pop-up tasting events during the summer
  • Weigant’s Tavern is on the road to be rehabilitated by RipRap, we got to see inside prior to renovations
  • 159-167 Washington Street was once an abandoned row of apartments. It is now an updated and modernized bright spot on Washington
  • The Lank Bank rehabs two buildings on Farrington for homeownership
  • SodaCova Group starts rehabilitation work on 2 Liberty Street and opens Deja Brew Cafe & Art Gallery at 15 Liberty Street
  • Work finally begins on the Liberty Street School after almost 40 years of abandonment
  • 2016 is a record year for city-owned property sales
  • Owners who purchase their property through the Land Bank work diligently on rehabilitating their homes
  • The Downtown Newburgh map is back in circulation
  • Chef Jodi opens up juice bar, The Daily Beet on Liberty Street
  • The Newburgh Illuminated Festival was a sight to see with thousands of visitors descending upon Liberty Street and Broadway!
  • The Liberty Street Film Series started this summer on the lawn at Washington’s HQ
  • Pop-up art event at 10 Carpenter Avenue by Jackie Skrzynski, the first ever held here (that I’m aware of)
  • TV series, Big Dogs, is filming all around downtown Newburgh and beyond
  • The second annual Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival was held at Delano-Hitch Park with great success
  • Newburgh Open Studios is held for the 7th straight year
  • New boutiques Cream and Cream Kidz open on Liberty Street, adding a much needed retail component to the corridor
  • Blacc Vanilla Coffee Shop opens on South Street to much excitement, bringing the community together and becoming the place “where people meet”
  • The roof of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s HQ’s is underway and should be completed very soon
  • M. Lewis is a new menswear boutique set to open up on Liberty Street
  • 2 Courtney is purchased and being rehabbed, a major victory for the Heights neighborhood and the bluff
  • The Newburgh Chess Club is back on upper Liberty
  • Facade work begins at 109 Liberty Street, the future home of the Velocipede Museum
  • The City begins accepting RFP’s for 109 South William Street, a warehouse near the Flats
  • The long awaited Newburgh skatepark is finally taking shape and construction is moving along
  • Newburgh readies dozens of affordable apartments in $15.2M project
  • Vuff dog collar successfully completes its Kickstarter campaign

There has been a lot of other great things to happen in the city. Feel free to leave anything I might have left out in the comments!