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Visit Newburgh

  |   May 2, 2017  |  Comment

Newburgh’s Broadway is one of the widest grand boulevards in the nation. It sweeps majestically down to one of the prettiest bays on the Hudson River. You’re moments from one of the sites where George Washington lived while winning the Revolution and steps from the second-largest historic district in the state.

Yet Newburgh’s emerging present signals that her best is yet to come; check out Newburghrestoration.com for the latest on the city’s broad and deep cultural scene. The Newburgh waterfront has reemerged as a culinary playground. Surf and turf? Ribs and funk? Zagat-rated decor and outdoor dining? Raw bar? Insanely original drinks? Dining out on the waterfront could fill a summer’s worth of weekend evenings with blissful pub crawling.

But you’ll want to visit in the daytime, too, and get out on the water. Options range from a quick weekday ferry ride to sightseeing on an authentic paddle wheeler. Newburgh gastronomy sparkles with the culinary genius of one of the Hudson Valley’s most diverse communities, from the “cosmic American comfort food” of The Wherehouse to crepes at Ms. Fairfax; more French cuisine at the Liberty Street Bistro; shrimp and grits at Caffe Macchiato; Korean fare at Seoul Kitchen; the Caribbean at Calabash. And don’t miss the fine craft beer at Newburgh Brewing Company.

In addition to Washington’s Headquarters, with its 1880s Tower of Victory monument and two floors of museum exhibits, history buffs will enjoy the unique East End Historic District. Highlights include a Greek Revival “temple” and a veritable thesaurus of beautifully executed and fanciful structures, some lovingly restored, others in need of TLC and available to urban pioneers. Tour the Captain David Crawford House for an intimate peek at the life of a 19th-century shipping magnate in a posh, neoclassical mansion.

Between the headquarters of the renowned Orange County Choppers franchise and the more than 500 bikes of all vintages and the Motorcyclepedia Museum, motorcycle lovers are in hog heaven in Newburgh. And a vibrant, enduring arts culture is exploding at venues around the city: the tiny, exquisitely curated Ann Street Gallery, the SUNY Orange Gallery, Space Create, and the Newburgh Dream Center are just a few art outlets not to be missed. The reawakening of this very culturally diverse city comes together in its annual Newburgh Illuminated festival on June 3, with five stages of music and performance in addition to dozens of vendors and a colossal art show.

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