Newark Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program participants’ handmade products now available for sale

Aspiring Newark creative entrepreneurs recently participated in craft entrepreneurship classes offered by Etsy, the largest online marketplace for handmade goods. Per their website:

Over the past few years, the Etsy community — a global online network of independent artists and designers — have been pioneering a new model for economic prosperity. In a recent survey we conducted with 5,500 US sellers, 74% consider their Etsy shops businesses. As middle-skill, middle-wage jobs continue to decline, Etsy sellers represent an encouraging shift towards using manufacturing skills to generate supplemental income and flexible employment.

Now the handmade items from some of those creative entrepreneurs are available on Etsy’s website. You can visit the Newark entrepreneur page on to like, share, or purchase their handmade wares.


Newswire: Greater Newark Conservancy to host fall block party

Celebrate the season in Greater Newark Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center with lush gardens in the heart of Newark at the annual Fall Block Party, Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., 32 Prince Street between Springfield Avenue and South Orange Avenue.

Enjoy free entertainment, raffles and door prizes plus lots of family-friendly activities.  Crafts for kids, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a children’s scavenger hunt will add to the fun. Adults will enjoy fresh local produce for purchase from the Conservancy’s Youth Farm Stand, bulb sales and gardening demonstrations, an array of vendors as well as free food samples including a wide variety of apples, pies and freshly churned butter.

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, beautification of neighborhoods, job training opportunities and environmental justice.

For more Fall Block Party information, including rain cancellation updates, or information about programs, services, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Greater Newark Conservancy at 973-642-4646 or visit For news about the Conservancy, follow them on Facebook at, plus Twitter and Instagram @Citybloom87.

Newark’s Open Doors art festival kicks off on October 9

Newark’s annual Open Doors art festival kicks off on October 9, and boasts a calendar full of exhibits and panels in 40 venues featuring visual, performing, and literary art, according to Open Doors’ website. The theme for Open Doors this year will be “literary greats”.

The festival will kick off with a party at Open Doors’ headquarters, located in the Gateway Project’s art gallery in 2 Gateway Center. The gallery will feature its Prologue-Epilogue exhibit during Open Doors.

Other special projects coinciding with Open Doors include Brick City Speaks, a poetry series honoring Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou, and Sanctuary, a series of talks exploring Newark’s LGBT club scene.


CityPlex12 to screen documentary detailing Ras Baraka’s first 100 days in office

Newark’s CityPlex12 movie theater will host a documentary screening detailing Ras Baraka’s first 100 days in office. Per the city’s official calendar:

Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka at this video screening to see firsthand what your new administration has planned and accomplished in its first 100 Days in office. Everything that this administration has done in these first three months has been to provide better service to you—the residents of Newark. Meet and greet the Mayor Baraka following the viewing.

The screening will take place at the theater on Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available on EventBrite. The documentary will air on the same day and time on both NWK-TV, Cablevision channel 78 and FiOS channel 28.

NJIT ranked third among U.S. public research universities for mid-career earnings in new PayScale report

New Jersey Institute of Technology ranked third among all public research universities in the U.S. for mid-career earnings/salary of graduates with a bachelor’s degree, according to PayScale’s latest college salary report.

NJIT’s ranking places it behind only University of California-Berkeley and Georgia Institute of Technology for mid-career earnings in the public research university category.

The 2014-2015 PayScale College Salary Report ranks undergraduate and two-year colleges by the highest-earning graduates. PayScale found that the mid-career median salary of an NJIT graduate with a bachelor’s degree is $103,200.

PayScale is an online compensation database. All data used to produce PayScale’s rankings were collected from employees who completed PayScale’s employee survey. Early-career starting salary data for each school was derived from surveys of full-time employees with five years of experience or fewer in their career or field who hold a bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees. Mid-career salary data was derived from surveys of full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience in their career or field who hold a bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees. For more information, view PayScale’s full college salary report.

Duke’s Southern Table’s menu is live. Preview the southern cuisine with a twist at Newark’s new jazz supper club

The menu of Duke’s Southern Table, the upscale restaurant and jazz supper club at 11 Clinton Street downtown Newark, is up on reservation website From the restaurant overview on the site:

Duke’s Southern Table, an upscale restaurant experience with live entertainment located in Downtown Newark, New Jersey, represents the sophisticated swag of urban elegance, with a flair for southern style dining & hospitality. Duke’s will offer a musical experience that embodies the soulful sounds of jazz, aimed to inspire & keep you coming back for more…Southern fare six days a week with a foot stompin’ soul stirrin’ brunch on Sunday afternoons.

The dinner menu features traditional southern and American cuisine with a twist, including fried green tomato sliders, pork spare ribs with strawberry glaze, and crab cakes with ginger grits. Their lunch menu also features a fair share of soups and salads – ideal for the corporate clientele in the downtown office buildings located within blocks of the Clinton Street restaurant, which takes over the location formerly inhabited by Scully’s Publick House.

Duke’s Southern Table is a collaboration between Vonda McPherson, chef and owner of the eponymous Vonda’s Kitchen on West Kinney Street in Newark, and real estate investor Paul Profeta.  See Duke’s full menu below:


A traveler’s Newark: McGovern’s Tavern is an 80-year-old Newark mainstay

McGovern’s Tavern first opened its signature green doors in Newark back in 1936. Nearly 80 years later, the pub continues to reinvent itself while maintaining its storied past.

A new patrons will likely be drawn to the display of helmets hanging from the ceiling. McGovern’s gathered the collection over the past 20 years from former police officers and firefighters who have visited the bar and become part of its extended family.

In fact, family is an important theme at McGovern’s, and the establishment has managed to stay in the family for three generations. Most of its employees are either blood relatives or have been longtime, close family friends.

Bill Scully, who once owned the bar with his wife, Maura, is the uncle of one of the current owners. He is literally the face of McGovern’s, as his visage appears on the tavern’s coasters along with the words “In God We Trust. All Others Pay!,” the slogan he created in the course of his 50-plus years working at the bar.

It’s probably that sense of family that has cemented McGovern’s as a fixture both in Newark and in the extended community. The bar has established fundraisers for people in need, and raised annual scholarship funds for local kids to attend college preparatory high schools. According to its owners, these are just a couple of the ways McGovern’s gives back to the community that has supported them for eight decades.

The Irish pub is known for its burgers, delicious fries, and other freshly prepared menu items, and is lauded for a great pour of Guinness. It’s a place to see for Newark visitors and natives alike who are looking to enjoy a drink, have some food, take in some of the history of Newark, or do all of the above. At McGovern’s, history is present: pictures, signs, and clippings cover the green walls of the bar, providing an ever-present visual link to the past.

But make no mistake: McGovern’s isn’t a museum. Whether it’s the latest sporting event being shown, the sounds of live music performances filling the bar, the latest installment of Trivia Tuesdays, or beer pong night on Thursdays, McGovern’s is all about making the bar as fun and user-friendly as possible.

Despite operating through the Newark riots of the 1960’s, the economic decline of the 70’s and 80’s, and now the development in the surrounding downtown Newark area near McGovern’s, the interior of the Irish pub has seen only subtle changes. The bar has made a few updates to make customers more comfortable, like widening the doors for easier access, adding a projector and screen for viewing sports, and investing in a satellite jukebox to accommodate all of their customers’ musical tastes.

“It’s a place that, if you’re in Newark, you have to see,” says Sean McGovern, one of the current owners of the pub. “We’re an oasis, where you can come in, get away from the daily grind, and meet a variety of different people – whether it’s students, judges, painters, cops, or firemen – and get a real feel for Newark.”

So go down to Washington and New Streets and check out the only bar in New Jersey to make Esquire’s list of the Best Bars in America.

Located at 58-60 New Street, Newark, NJ 07102 | (973) 643-3984 | Hours of Operation: 10am-1am weekdays, 8pm-3am weekends | Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm, weekdays

Team behind Newark design firm Medina=Citi to launch new pop-up coworking space downtown

The team behind Medina=Citi, the Newark-based design firm that counts many Newark businesses and entrepreneurs among its client roster, will soon launch = Space (pronounced "Equal Space"), a pop-up coworking space geared towards technology companies, entrepreneurs, and creatives in and around Newark.

Citi Medina, co-founder and creative director of Medina=Citi, said he hopes to inject the productive energy and creative culture of his design firm into the new coworking space. “So much of my success has been due to an open dialogue within the walls of my design house. We are bringing that spirit into our sharespace," Medina said.

The coworking space will open on Monday, August 11th, at 89 Market Street, and be available for use from 9am to 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 9am until late night hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to accommodate those entrepreneurs who work primarily during the day. = Space will offer daily, weekly, and monthly pricing plans, as detailed on their website.

Its founders say = Space will be outfitted with workstations and buzzing with programming, including coaching for technology companies, resources for entrepreneurs, and thought leadership talks from guest speakers. They also hope that working together in close quarters will empower entrepreneurs to learn from and collaborate with each other.

The space will cater to the other needs of its patrons, Medina said. Among some of the features of = Space will be wi-fi, conference space, an "honor-based cafe" that Medina envisions as "an open space to sit with a beverage, [and as a] school playground to sit and talk." There will also be "a small putting area in the back for a mini golf session," he added.

While much attention has been paid recently to the residential and commercial development boom in Newark – and the centralization of the lions share of that development within the downtown district – Newark has been enjoying a people-based renaissance over the past few years. Energetic entrepreneurs and artists, both homegrown and new to the city, investing themselves into the city and forming creative, social, and entrepreneurial communities with each other. Medina and his firm have been key players in all three aspects of that renaissance.

The team is also working on the launch of its permanent coworking space, which has been in the planning stages since the start of the year, and will be located in Newark's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Medina=Citi chief operating officer Rafael Roman said that while they're finishing the permanent space in the historical property in partnership with CAPC (Community Asset Preservation Corporation), "[our] intention is to provide our services immediately."

City to Newark business owners: stop dumping snow

In a notice to Newark business owners ahead of this weekend’s forecasted 10 to 14 inches of snow, the city is trying to get the word out to Newark business owners not to break city laws regarding snow removal.

“As weather forecasts call for much as 10-14 inches of snow to impact the region on Sunday, the City of Newark reminds business owners and their snow removal vendors about its snow removal ordinances,” the notice reads. “It is against the law to shovel snow back onto streets after they have been plowed or cover fire hydrants.”

The notice goes on to warn businesses that failure to comply can result in fines up to $1,000 apiece for dumping show in the streets and on hydrants.

The National Weather Service has forecast a winter storm Sunday night into Monday that might bring 10 inches or more of snow to the area.