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First I want to say that I read your blog regularly and enjoy your work. It’s nice to see somebody who cares about the welfare of Newburgh, and take the time to inform people about new and upcoming businesses / housing opportunities in the area. I live about 10 miles from the city and regularly volunteer for habitat, and patronize Newburgh businesses, so any time investment in the city is a plus in my book!
The reason that I’m posting is to bring to your attention that Newburgh is supposed to be getting a professional baseball team for 2015, playing in Delano Hitch stadium. The team is called the Newburgh Newts (not sure who picked that… but there are worse names out there, I suppose 😉 ). Newburgh hasn’t had a prefessional team since the ’97 Nighthawks, so this seems like a pretty exciting development. Here are some links I found with more information:
Judging by the dates on some of these sources, this has been in the works for awhile, but I only heard about it a few days ago through an acquaintance. A little sad that it’s getting almost no press. It may be good material for a piece.
Just wanted to share some photos I got of the 2016 Illuminated Festival from the roof of the Karples Manuscript Museum, as well as pics of the surrounding neighborhood from every other conceivable angle!
The story: On the day of the festival, Karples was doing (mostly) unadvertised tours of their current residence, the old Newburgh Savings Bank building. these were of the usually off limits upstairs and basement rooms, not the fabulous main lobby, which is open to the public. There were tours posted for 3:15 and 4:00pm, on a teeny, tiny flier on the side of the building. I didn’t even notice these, and only came to find out about the tour by off chance while I was poking around the intricate elevator doors on my way out of the building. A guide caught me and informed me of the tours.
My girlfriend and I were the only two on the 4:00 tour. We were shown the upstairs rooms, mostly in disrepair, but basically untouched since the bank closed in the 1980s. We were shown a room where the FBI used to meet during the race riots of the 1970s (a board room), bank vaults, and various other banking departments. Not much furniture left, but all of the original granite, and intricate wood trim and plaster work remained intact. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures of the inside of the building.
Finally, we were taken up to the roof to conclude the tour! We got allot of time to take pictures since there were only two of us, plus the guide. The guide was very enthusiastic about showing us the view.
I knew it was possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I took as many shots of the view as I could.
Hope you enjoy!
Just posting here to share a map of Newburgh’s waterfront area made ~1900 that I found on the Library of Congress website. The map can be downloaded in a VERY high resolution (a 150mb TIFF file) but unfortunately, the key marking what each of the numbered buildings were at the time appears to be missing.
Still, it’s a really awesome illustration that shows just how much of the waterfront was razed in the 1960s, and which neighborhoods have remained unscathed. Here’s the link: