04/04/19 4:49pm

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

One last look because this was so good:

03/19/19 12:00pm

It’s been almost a year that 109 Liberty Street has undergone a full face lift, and it wouldn’t be a proper renovation without a look back at what it used to look like. This building was originally a labor union headquarters and years later up until recently it served as a church. The storefront never actually had stores in them. Adding two new public gathering spaces to Liberty Street has greatly improved the walkability of the area. Visitors who come for a croissant or pastry then head to one of the boutiques or general stores across the street. The bicycle museum is open to the public and has plans to expand to the upper floors. This change has created interconnectivity of businesses and made Liberty Street more of a destination.

Small businesses are important, so is opening up walled off storefronts. We have so many here in Newburgh.

In the warm weather the Flour Shop has sidewalk seating where people can gather and enjoy Liberty Street

What it looked like for the longest period of time

03/12/19 10:28am

Awesome Newburgh Foundation awards monthly micro-grants to creative projects in Newburgh!

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, we are hosting a pitch party where anyone can pitch a project idea. This time around, the public will VOTE FOR THE WINNER of $1,000. The event is free and the winner will be announced that evening. Location is the Thornwillow Institute, 7 South Lander Street in Newburgh.

Come to pitch an idea, cheer your friends and neighbors and meet past grantees and trustees. Food, music & drinks will be served. Stay tuned for special program announcements!

Hope you will join us and your fellow neighbors!
Get Ready To Vote!


¡Awesome Newburgh Foundation quiere dar micro donacion para proyectos creativos en Newburgh!

El domingo 17 de marzo de 2019, estamos organizando una fiesta de lanzamiento donde cualquiera puede lanzar una idea de proyecto. Esta vez, el público VOTARÁ POR EL GANADOR de $ 1,000. El evento es gratis y el ganador será anunciado esa noche. El evento tomara lugar en el Thornwillow Institute, 7 South Lander Street en Newburgh.

Venga a presentar una idea, anime a sus amigos y vecinos y conozca a los antiguos beneficiarios y fideicomisarios. Se servirá comida, música y bebidas. ¡Estén atentos a los anuncios de un programa especial!

Espero que se unan a nosotros y sus compañeros vecinos!

03/08/19 7:30am

The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Cher Vick

How to Build a Rust Belt Art Boom [CL]
‘Mobility’ Is Starting to Get the Attention It Deserves [G]
Why Old Buildings Are the Key to Transforming a City [YM]
Landscape Architects Take the Lead on New Cultural District in Detroit [ASLA]

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03/01/19 7:30am

The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by Cher Vick

Death to Minimalism [CA]
Community foundation finds a home [THV]
Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same [BBW]
Survey: More than half of U.S. retailers said they are just surviving [DN]
Orange County: Transportation is critical to growth, development [THR]
How Detroit’s Capitol Park went from desolation to a hot destination [DFP]
America’s Insanely Expensive Child Care Is a Serious Economic Problem [S]
European co-living developer plans big entrance into U.S. market [AN]

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02/27/19 1:34pm

Photos © Mary Kelly Photography

For the longest while Liberty Street happenings have been confined between Broadway and Spring Street. Available retail spaces are scarce for the first time in years. Up and coming businesses have to consider options further north and south if they want to be on Liberty Street. Susan Knapik is the proprietor of Oliver & Chatfield located at 42 Liberty Street. She’s new to the Newburgh scene coming from Cornwall, but originally hailing from Cleaveland, Ohio.

Oliver & Chatfield has been in business since 2018. Susan originally only wanted to be on Liberty Street in Newburgh. When all the retail options were full, she took a chance on Cornwall. However, when she learned there was a spot available at 42 Liberty she jumped at the chance. The store is a “general store du jour of great design, nifty gifties, home decor and earth conscious.”

Susan knows she might be early but doesn’t mind being one of the first on the block. Friends call her “South Willy” for the shop’s location at the intersection of Liberty Street and South William. She views her business as a small part of the change in the world, helping bring back retail to revitalizing downtowns, a shift from the suburban sprawl of the 80’s and 90’s she saw growing up in Cleaveland. She also has a background in interior design that she uses to curate her selection.

The shop joins the ranks of Panja, Simple Gifts and Goodies, and The Newburgh Pottery – all located south of South William Street. Projects that should be launching this year are the Untouchable Bar, 109 S. William Street, 41 Liberty Street engineering firm, and 2 Liberty Street.

Susan is fun and friendly. Make sure to stop and say hi!