On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood.
The first phase of the Newark riverfront revitalization along Raymond Boulevard represented the first time city residents and visitors would have public access to the Passaic River in Newark. Along with the highly recognizable “Orange Sticks,” walking trail, and floating docks came innovative park programming, including theater, dance, visual art, house music nights, and festivals, all against the backdrop of the river and city skyline.
In mid-June, the city announced that James Corner Field Operations, the design firm behind the High Line walkway in Manhattan and waterfront projects from Seattle to Hong Kong, would be the lead designer and landscape architect for more than 15 acres of additional Riverfront Park space and walkways extending all the way past Penn Station, behind NJPAC and ending Bridge Street. (They’ll also enhance existing park amenities, including a lighting upgrade.)
That much acreage means a lot of possibility for what will become of the riverfront. Project leaders are seeking input from the community about what they’d like to see happen at the riverfront. The brief online “pre-design” survey covers a lot of ground in just ten questions as it asks respondents what their goals are for the development, which physical areas and access points they think have the most potential, and the types of features and activities they’d like to see sprout in the park.
Funding for the entire project has come from the City of Newark, Essex County and the State of New Jersey. In addition, The Trust for Public Land also raised millions in support from a variety of private partners.
The Lincoln Park Music Festival takes place from July 29th through the 31st this summer, but their series of pre-festival events, dubbed “Festival Season,” has already gotten under way.
This weekend will see two of those pre-festival events: Rock the Block on Saturday, May 21, and the Autism Speaks walk on Sunday, May 22.
Rock The Block will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature a community cleanup effort in Lincoln Park, plus live performers, DJs, art, live art, food and drink vendors, and a mural unveiling. Attendees can also bring older pairs of sneakers that can be donated to Newarkers in need.
On Sunday, the festival’s Sustainable Health and Wellness Team will follow up with the Autism Speaks Walk, which will benefit the festival’s health and wellness village. The walk will entail a fundraiser breakfast in Lincoln Park at 9 a.m., then transport participants by bus to the Autism Speaks of New Jersey walk at Met Life Stadium. Supporters can register at lpmfautismwalkbreakfast.splashthat.com.
The Newark Downtown District recently announced the launch of the Gateways to Newark initiative, which is intended to beautify entryways into the city. The first “gateway,” to be installed downtown, will be at South Street and McCarter Highway, and looks to be the longest mural on the East Coast.
NDD has invited community members, organizations, and companies to help create a section of the mural on May 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Experience is not required to participate, but the NDD has set an age threshold of 18 years or older.
Individuals and organizational teams can sign up online to participate.
The Newark AIDS Walk, one of five sites for the New Jersey AIDS Walk, will take place this Sunday, May 1st at 1 p.m. at the Lion’s Monument in Branch Brook Park. (Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.)
The mission of the New Jersey AIDS Walk is to save lives through HIV prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV and AIDS. In fiscal year 2015, over 75% of all income was directly distributed to AIDS Service Organizations throughout the state of New Jersey.
The Newark beneficiary of the New Jersey Aids Walk is the North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI), an organization that has for more than 25 years provided HIV and AIDS care and treatment to people in northern New Jersey. This year chef and entrepreneur Vonda McPherson, who owns both Duke’s Southern Table and Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, will serve as the AIDS Walk’s Newark Ambassador.
This Saturday, April 2nd, Newark will host the closing event for the “Hip-Hop 4 Flint” fundraising event series. The global initiative brings together hip-hop artists, community leaders, youth, activists, educators, and fans to raise a target $80,ooo to purchase high-quality water systems for 250 Flint residents in the wake of the city’s water crisis. Flint-based Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church is the non-profit partner for the event.
The initiative, which was announced before the issue of elevated lead in 30 Newark schools came to light, was founded by hip-hop artist and human rights activist YoNasDa Lonewolf, who also created Hip-Hop 4 Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake there in 2010.
The Newark event will be held at the Robert Treat hotel (50 Park place), and is being organized by Du “Doitall” Kelly of Lords of the Underground and 211 Community Impact, and Marcy DePena, CEO of FORSA Media group and program director of Newark Riverfront Revival. Doitall will also perform at the event, as will Rahzel the Beatboxer, Artifacts, Rhymageddon, Newark-bred tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, and a host of other artists. In addition, Code for Newark will host a voter registration drive during the event.
Hip Hop 4 Newark will be streamed online via UStream and media partners allhiphop.com, HipHopDX and Stagehound TV.
A panel discussion entitled “Newark: What’s In Your Water?” about lead prevention and Newark’s current water issue will be held at the beginning of the event.
Tickets for Hip Hop 4 Flint can be purchased online.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka will host a series of town halls in each of the city’s five wards beginning with an East Ward meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 7 p.m. at St. Stephan’s Grace Church (7 Wilson Street). Baraka will welcome discussion about public safety, education, reentry, crime, taxes, recreation and employment during the community meetings.
Subsequent town halls are scheduled in the remaining four wards as follows:
- Central Ward: January 27th – Abyssinian Baptist Church (224 West Kinney Street)
- West Ward: February 3rd – Speedway Academies (701 South Orange Avenue)
- North Ward: February 17th – Third Presbyterian (395 Ridge Street)
- South Ward: February 24th – Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church (88 Lyons Avenue)