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Newburgh: Textures and Tension 

Last Updated: 08/13/2013 4:07 pm

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Development efforts in Newburgh focus on restoration, as well as on renovation. All buildings in the East End Historic District require review by the Architectural Review Committee, which ensures that the buildings of Newburgh will retain the historic integrity with specifications relating to decoration and construction. Says Giovanni Palladino, a Newburgh resident and architect active with the reconstruction efforts of Leyland Alliance,
“I think that we should honor and respect the past. Newburgh was a place of architectural experimentation and if we respect that as long as the scale is right. We don’t want a Frank Gehry in the city.”

It is an attitude that is shared by others in the community. The city’s new developments include a new city courthouse on Broadway in June 2009 in the former Broadway School and the addition of a three-story building with a library and art gallery to the SUNY-Orange building—it will open on Thanksgiving. The outer façade will be brick and cast stone in reference to the character of the neighborhood, while the inner side will mirror the contemporary modern structure in which classes are held currently. Another exciting development was the return of the YMCA to the city. They opened the doors to their new facility on Broadway in April.
Newbugh’s crumbling avenues are lined with Victorian, Gothic Revival and Federal-style buildings. The historic district is the second largest in New York State. Unfairly, though, it is often associated with a modernized version of Dickens’ London set to a soundtrack of hip hop. “We’re not as bad as the headlines make us out, and we can be better if we help ourselves,” says Mayor Valentine. “You can’t beat people over the head. It has to come from the grassroots level. And it’s starting to happen here in Newburgh.

RESOURCES
Caffe Macchiato www.caffemacchiatonewburgh.com
City of Newburgh www.newburgh-ny.com
Commodore’s Chocolatier www.chocolateusa.com
Downing Film Center www.downingfilmcenter.com
Greater Newburgh YMCA www.newburghymca.org
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh www.habitatnewburgh.org
Newburgh Actor’s Studio www.newburghactorsstudio.com
Newburgh Art Supply www.newburghartsupply.blogspot.com
Newburgh Historical Society www.newburghhistoricalsociety.com
Newburgh Waterfront www.newburghwaterfront.com
Safe Harbors of the Hudson www.safe-harbors.org
SUNY Orange www.sunyorange.edu
Torches www.torchesonthehudson.com
Wherehouse (845) 561-7240

click to enlarge Mary Presutti, a long-time resident of Newburgh, chats with the Newburgh Art Supply Store Owner Michael Gabor. - JULIE PLATNER
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  • Mary Presutti, a long-time resident of Newburgh, chats with the Newburgh Art Supply Store Owner Michael Gabor.
click to enlarge Juanita Williams, a server, chats with the chef at the Wherehouse Cafe on Liberty Street. - JULIE PLATNER
  • Julie Platner
  • Juanita Williams, a server, chats with the chef at the Wherehouse Cafe on Liberty Street.
click to enlarge Tree-lined street in Newburgh. - JULIE PLATNER
  • Julie Platner
  • Tree-lined street in Newburgh.
click to enlarge On the deck at Cena 2000 on the waterfront on Front Street in Newburgh. - JULIE PLATNER
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  • On the deck at Cena 2000 on the waterfront on Front Street in Newburgh.
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