Newburgh New York - Despite it's rough and tumble reputation, l find this city to be just as fun as other more polished places in the Hudson Valley.
There's a plethora of architectural eye candy, historic cobble-stone streets, a revitalized waterfront, and a bunch of new hip businesses popping up. You'll see...
Newburgh is a Hudson Valley city on the up and up.
Calvert Vaux's Warren House | Newburgh's Waterfront | Dutch Reformed Church | Grand Street
"First American City to be Electrified."
Newburgh New York is located at the Newburgh-Beacon bridge on the west side of the Hudson River in Orange County - about 60 miles north of NYC.
By car: Take the NYS Thruway (I-87) North from New York City; or take I-84 if you're coming from the East/West
By train: Take Metro-North to the Beacon Station first. Then take the ferry across the river to Newburgh, or a shuttle bus across the bridge.
By Bus: Coach USA runs a daily bus to Newburgh out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.
In 1609, when Henry Hudson voyaged up a promising river valley aboard the Half Moon; Robert Juet - Hudson's back stabbing first mate - wrote in his ship logs that this land here, "makes a fine place for a town."
The sailors never stopped; but if they did, they would have found the Waoraneks of the Algonquin nation, who lived in dome huts made of tree saplings and bark.
German refugees, sent to the New World by the English monarchy, were the first Europeans to settle present day Newburgh in the early 1700s.
But by the 1750s, a second wave of Scottish and English settlers officially established the town of New-burgh.
Burgh means town in Scottish, so it simply meant a 'new town.'
George Washington used the Hasbrouck House in Newburgh NY as a military headquarters towards the end of the American Revolution in the 1780s.
The strategic location of the colonial farmhouse allowed Washington and his army to control the Hudson River, an all-important supply route.
As the United States grew during the 19th and early 20th century, so did Newburgh. The city became a pre-eminent manufacturing center and commercial hub in New York.
The people of the city prospered and built many fine homes ala the Gilded era. Local citizen, Alexander Jackson Downing, designed the grounds at the White House; Thomas Edison built his first electric power plant here.
But the good times faded by the 1960s...
The new Thruway and trucking industry moved commercial activity away from the downtown river front. Many businesses moved out and Newburgh, like many of the Hudson River towns, suffered badly.
As a desperate measure, city officials initiated an urban renewal campaign and bull-dozed blocks and blocks of buildings and neighborhoods. Problem was, they never built anything in it's place.
Over the latter half of the 20th century, poverty, crime, and misfortune became the thread of life in Newburgh New York.
A kid growing up on Dubois Street would have few opportunities, other than making money on the street or joining a gang.
Shoot outs became all too common, putting Newburgh in the news, and giving the city a bad reputation.
A Tale of Urban Renewal?
Fortunately, what made Newburgh "a fine place for a town" back in 1609 and later a paragon of the modern American city in the early 20th century, is still the reason why it's great today... it's location.
And it's great architectural bones.
Grass-roots efforts saved a number key buildings and neighborhoods from the wrecking ball over the decades.
Today the East-End Historic District (Grand-Montgomery-Liberty St.) is one of the largest in New York State with 4,000 contributing properties.
To stroll by the houses, cemetery, and churches is a journey through time, exhibiting some of the finest examples of American architecture.
The 21st century looks bright for Newburgh. Cheap real estate has brought families looking to make homes; the waterfront is more gorgeous than ever, and more businesses are calling downtown Newburgh home again.
I encourage you to see it for yourself. Read the articles below for tons of ideas about what to do, where to eat and stay, and how to take advantage of the great outdoors in the Newburgh area.
To the good life,
Chief Exploring Officer
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Looking for something new to do in Newburgh New York? We've got you covered.
Everything from exploring historic neighborhoods, to scenic cruises, motorcycles, and much much more.
Choose just one or two for a day, or try to do it all in one amazing weekend.
When you get hungry or want to grab a drink, there are a bunch of options in Newburgh New York.
Along the waterfront you'll find many top-notch restaurants, all with amazing views - like Torches on the Hudson. The more casual Gully's is a converted boat, fun for happy hours and live music.
Liberty Street, a skip away from Washington's Headquarters you've got the Wherehouse, a cool joint with a 60s cosmic vibe...
In Newburgh New York you've got a whole slew of brand name hotels near the
airport the Orange County Choppers HQ.
There are also a few B&Bs scattered closer downtown, closer to the waterfront.
This town's got it all, from top-end to budget, to historic charm.
South of town is one of the greatest hikes in all the Hudson Valley at Storm King Mountain.
Endless miles of mountain bike trails await you at Stewart State Forest.
And kayaking in the area offers you two very different 'on-the-water' experiences...
This article provides up to date information on parking, transportation, and available flights at Stewart International Airport (SWF).
The airport only flies direct to a few American cities.
But in any case, it's much smaller and calmer than other New York Metro airports, so it has its advantages.
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