|Washington's Headquarters, Tower of Victory|
By Jacquelin Carnegie
In addition to fantastic, Hudson river views, Newburgh has history, an array of architecturally-interesting buildings, quaint shops, nice restaurants, and friendly locals. There are restaurants along the river waterfront, but most of the action takes place up the cliff on Liberty Street and beyond.
HISTORIC & ARCHITECTURAL DISCOVERIES
Newburgh was once an important harbor town and a strategic location during the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s. During the 19th Century, it was a center for agriculture, shipping, and major manufacturing companies. Hence, successful merchants built impressive homes here. But, it’s the range of architectural styles that’s so intriguing:
East End Historic District – Architectural Finds
Download this PDF with map & details, then start walking around. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see:
|Warren House, Gothic Revival|
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site
84 Liberty St; https://tinyurl.com/4hvtvtcn.
On these beautiful grounds, overlooking the Hudson river, tour the rooms where American history was made. During the time General George Washington spent in Newburgh, he made significant contributions to the American ideal: rejecting the concept of an American monarchy; ending the potential military control of the government; creating the Badge of Military Merit (the Purple Heart); and outlining the key principals of the new republic. There’s also a museum filled with historical artifacts and the Tower of Victory; climb to the top of its newly-restored belvedere for views of the Hudson.
189 Montgomery St; https://tinyurl.com/ynjajxsn
After shipping along the Hudson ceased, due to railroads, then interstate highways, Newburgh entered a long period of urban decline. Its current revitalization is due, in large part, to all the artists who came in search of low rents and larger studio space. Another aspect that makes Newburgh special is an emphasis on community. Hence, many of the venues and art spaces focus on local creatives and artists in underserved sectors.
Safe Harbors of the Hudson https://www.safe-harbors.org
Safe Harbors is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming lives by
providing affordable housing & building community by supporting the arts in the City of Newburgh. Safe Harbors runs a community art gallery, an event space, and is restoring the historic Ritz Theater:
In a beautifully-renovated 1920s factory, there’s now studios for artists, designers, photographers, musicians, writers, etc. The gallery space hosts art shows, concerts, literary and film events for the community. Also housed at Atlas Studios:
Newburgh Community Photo Project
102 South William St; https://newburghcommunityphotoproject.com
|NCPP, Dutch Reformed Church|
The Newburgh Pottery
102 South William St; https://thenewburghpottery.com - This ceramic studio does small-batch production and offers classes & workshops.
Holland Tunnel Gallery
46 Chambers St; https://www.hollandtunnelgallery.com - In an 1860 warehouse in the heart of Newburgh, Holland Tunnel is a space for art exhibits, performances, concerts, movie screenings, etc. The gallery, sculpture garden, and artist studios augment the lively, local arts community.
|Quality Row, First St|
250 Lake St; https://motorcyclepediamuseum.org - Discover an impressive collection of motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia from the 1860s to the 1960s.
Velocipede Bicycle Museum
109 Liberty St; https://tinyurl.com/3z3db6sr - Learn about the evolution of bicycles in Motorcyclepedia’s sister location that showcases velocipedes, boneshakers, bicycles, and tricycles from the 1860s to the 1960s.
5 Grand St; http://www.newburghartsupply.com
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!
While you’re wandering around looking at all the stunning architecture & checking out artwork, you’re going to work up an appetite. Foodies will discover lots to love in Newburgh because several, talented, young chefs have set up shop here:
|Liberty St, shops & cafes|
Liberty Street Bistro
97 Liberty St; https://libertystreetbistro.com - This delightful spot offers up imaginative dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the tastebuds!
96 Broadway; https://www.mama-roux.com - “Southern cuisine meets country French” meets melt-in-your-mouth delicious dishes served in a lovely setting.
Café Colombia (350 Broadway) & Machu Picchu (301 Broadway) - Peruvian cuisine.
Snacks: Newburgh Flour Shop 109 Liberty St; https://www.newburghflourshop.com - Some of the yummiest sweets & treats you’ll ever have the pleasure to nibble on!
Commodore Chocolatier 482 Broadway - Old-fashioned, family-owned, chocolate shoppe since 1935 with hand-crafted bonbons.
2 Alices Coffee Lounge
|Newburgh Waterfront (photo: JCarnegie)|
Waterfront Dining: Blu Pointe – Seafood; The River Grill - American eclectic cuisine; Cafe Pitti – Pizzas & Italian classics; Billy Joe's Ribworks – Smoked ribs & live music.
Newburgh Farmers Market (Sat, June-Nov) Safe Harbors Green - Produce & Handcrafts!
WHET YOUR WHISTLE
Newburgh Brewing Company
88 South Colden St; https://newburghbrewing.com - In an impressive, former steam engine factory, you can try over 70 styles of beer from traditional to eclectic. The taproom menu also offers locally-sourced food, local wine & cider.
|Newburgh Brewing Co|
105 Ann St; https://www.thespiritslab.com - This distillery, of artisanal spirits and handcrafted cocktails, has a Tastings Room menu to help you decide what you might like to try/buy.
In addition to checking out the historical landmarks, quaint bars and cool restaurants, stroll down Liberty Street to do some local shopping:
Field Trip 113 Liberty St; https://www.fieldtrip-shop.com - Handmade goods from the Hudson Valley as well as their our plant-based, skincare line, "Hudson Naturals."
There’s a “Visitors Information Kiosk” (April-Nov) at Unico Park on the Newburgh Waterfront with brochures, maps, & event information.
Safe Harbors of the Hudson (https://www.safe-harbors.org)
Offers year-round entertainment: concerts, summer movies on The Green, and dancing, including the popular “Salsa under the Stars” & “Soul under the Stars.”
The Lobby At The Ritzhttps://tinyurl.com/2x8zs7m9 - Safe Harbors’ intimate performing arts space for concerts and events.
Downing Film Center
19 Front St; http://downingfilmcenter.com - Shows indie, foreign, and documentary films in an intimate setting.
Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra - Concerts throughout the year in various venues.
Festivals: Newburgh Illuminated (June) – A day of music, art, dance & poetry;
Newburgh Open Studios (Sept) – Visit local artists’ studios; Newburgh Literary Festival (Oct) – Readings & conversations with acclaimed writers.
Terraine Exhibitions (Oct, biennial) - A month-long exhibit of art installations in front yards, porches, windows, and building facades throughout the city, free to view by all.
Where To Stay: Currently, there are no hotels in the City of Newburgh, but you can stay in any number of picturesque Airbnbs in lovely townhouses & stunning, 19th-century homes. Or, if you prefer, there are several chain hotels in the Newburgh area: Ramada; Marriott; Hampton Inn.
And, these lovely inns: Cromwell Manor Historic Inn in nearby Cornwall, NY;
Caldwell House B&B in nearby Salisbury Mills, NY.
Getting There: Drive or take the Train: Grand Central Station, Metro-North (Hudson Line) to Beacon. Newburgh is directly across the river. From the station, either take Taxi: Bob’s Taxi, 845/561-5000; Perusa Taxi, 845/565-8989; All Family Taxi, 845/565-1616. Rent a Zipcar; On Weekdays, Shuttle Bus: Leprechaun Lines; Ferry: NY Waterway
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge: Want some exercise? From the train station in Beacon, bike or walk over the bridge for some amazing river views. (Walking, on the protected walkway, takes about one +1/2 hours from the Beacon train station to a Newburgh waterfront café.)
Bus: From Port Authority, Shortline Bus to Newburgh.
Nearby Places To Explore: It’s so nice up here, you might be inspired to stay longer and explore more of this lovely area: