Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a mixed-use, non-profit housing and arts redevelopment project. The project began in 2002 with the purchase of the Hotel Newburgh, a once proud destination, that had deteriorated over the years. Safe Harbors purchased the hotel in 2002 and in 2004 was awarded $21 million in state, county and federal funds to create a vibrant affordable, supportive housing complex.
Transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts
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Founded by Tricia Haggerty Wenz, 2000
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The Cornerstone Residence In 2002, Safe Harbors purchased the historic Hotel Newburgh at 111 Broadway in the City of Newburgh, New York. This once luxurious hotel destination had devolved into crime and drug infested, sub-standard housing for many of Newburgh’s struggling and disenfranchised residents.
In 2004, with state, federal and county support, Safe Harbors transformed the Hotel Newburgh into the Cornerstone Residence – safe, supportive and well-designed permanent housing for 128 of our neighbors, including those living with mental health diagnoses and physical disabilities, veterans, the formerly homeless, artists in need of affordable live-work space and low and very low income working adults.
This unique housing opportunity offers many amenities and programs designed to engage and enhance the lives of our residents and community members. On-site support services and job training is provided by Safe Harbors partner Independent Living, an advocacy and service organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities. The Cornerstone facility includes a fitness center, library and computer lab. With our partner SUNY Orange, Safe Harbors offers a free GED program for our residents and community members. Field trips, special events and programs throughout the year make for a vibrant, inclusive community.
The Cornerstone also houses several multi-use spaces that may be utilized by residents and rented by community members for special events of all kinds. For information about space rental, please click here
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With the Cornerstone serving as our model and inspiration, Safe Harbors is continuing its goal of creating and implementing a redevelopment plan that will effect meaningful change and enrich the quality of life in the surrounding urban neighborhoods. It is our belief that the arts will help create positive social change in Newburgh, increasing traffic to the historic downtown area and encouraging an inspiring exchange of ideas, viewpoints, and cultures.
Ann Street Gallery To this end, in 2007, Safe Harbors opened the Ann Street Gallery which is located within the Cornerstone building and is an integral piece in our redevelopment project. This contemporary gallery specializes in emerging and established artists and has as its goal to provide quality exhibitions, programs and events that encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art across cultures and among generations. The gallery hosts five exhibitions per year, each open and free to the public during opening receptions and gallery viewing hours. For a schedule of exhibitions, Gallery hours and information. Click here to learn more.
The Lobby at the Ritz is Safe Harbors’ intimate performing arts space. With support from the New York State Council of the Arts, the Newburgh Veterinary Hospital and Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Safe Harbors hosts world class musicians and partners with local production companies to create a vibrant performance venue in downtown Newburgh. For a schedule of concerts and events in the Lobby, click here.
Historic Ritz Theater Located on the Corner of Broadway and Liberty Street in the Safe Harbors building, the Ritz Theater is the last remaining historic theater in the City of Newburgh, neglect and fire having claimed the others. While we program the original Ritz Theater lobby as an intimate performing venue (see the Lobby at the Ritz, above) Safe Harbors is working to restore the Ritz and create a large-scale community performance space where such greats as Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra made debut performances, where Elle Fitzgerald and Louis Prima sang timeless tunes and where countless memories were made.
Artist Studio Space For resident and community artists. Contact Judy Thomas for more information – .
Safe Harbors builds community through annual events, programs and community engagement. Our spring community clean up brings hundreds of Newburgh and neighboring community members out to clean the city streets and Safe Harbors annual 5K and half-marathon Running Festival brings hundreds more runners, walkers and spectators to the city each year. Bells on Broadway, Safe Harbors holiday festival, invites children and adults of all ages to visit with Santa Claus and Frosty, enjoy live music, shop local and take in the holiday atmosphere in a vibrant community setting. Outdoor concerts, summer camps, family paint-ins and public art exhibitions have anchored Safe Harbors as a cultural and community hub and venue for local and partnering organizations’ meetings and events.
Safe Harbors provided fertile soil for two vibrant businesses in our Broadway commercial spaces and is happy to have Grit Works and 2 Alices Coffee Lounge in the building.
Awards & Recognition
Safe Harbors has received many awards in recognition of our innovative work, including Orange County Arts Council 2015 Arts Organization of the Year, Orange County Citizens’ Foundation Placemaking Award in 2013, Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s Not-for-Profit Enterprise of the Year in 2008 and the Residence of the Year Award from the Supportive Housing Network of New York State in 2007. We are humbled to have received so much community support and look forward to many more years of continuing our mission.
To view a video about Safe Harbors, see below. The video was produced by local documentary filmmaker and Safe Harbors Board Member, Lynda Parisi.