She moves confidently through the open doors of the new juice bar on Liberty Street and is greeted warmly inside.
Cher Vick is on a mission to promote all the good things that are happening in her newly-adopted home of Newburgh.
“My hope for Newburgh is that it can become economically viable and that people can own homes up here,” says Vick, 33. “And that Newburgh can gain a new reputation.”
To that end, she has been blogging on her website newburghrestoration.com since 2008, when she first fell in love with the city.
Vick was born in Manhattan, raised on Long Island and received her graduate degree in urban planning from Hunter College in 2015.
“But my family roots go way back,” she says. “To before New York was New York. One of my ancestors is buried at Trinity Church.”
“So I had a longtime love of history and old things in general,” says Vick.
“I love urban environments, and my dream was to live in a Brooklyn brownstone.”
But that proved to be too expensive, so Vick searched out affordable housing and found Newburgh.
“I looked online and found a house on Landers Street which was affordable, and my father drove me up here to look at it,” she remembers.
“Now, I am not afraid of living in economically-depressed areas. But when we pulled up, I said to him, ‘I can’t live here,’ and he agreed – so we drove home.”
But she wasn’t deterred.
“I am an idealist – I even call myself a bit of a Pollyanna because I try to look for the best in a situation,” Vick says.
“So I didn’t give up and kept researching and found out that Newburgh had a lot of what a progressive city needs – small businesses and an art community, for example.”
“It took a day or two for me to convince myself, but there were a lot of people already here who were working hard to revitalize Newburgh.”
That was in 2008, and a blog was born.
“My angle is always to be positive about things happening in the city,” Vick says.
“I don’t post about…