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Home News: Brick City Live won a 2017 Excellence in Journalism award!

We won first place in the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2017 Excellent in Journalism award for Independent Blog!

New in Newark in 90 Seconds: Week of May 23

This week, Ashley Nicole discusses J&L parkings plan to create a new residential development; the opening of AeroFarms' new headquarters on Rome Street in the Ironbound, and gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy's recent campaign event in Weequahic Park.

Andrea McChristian’s 5 tips for living Downtown Newark

Andrea McChristian moved to Newark in order to embed herself in the community served by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she is assistant counsel. Andrea didn't waste any time making the most of her new community. Here are her tips for Downtown Newark newcomers.

Newark Weekender: The 5 downtown (and nearby) places Ralphie Roman loves

Ralphie Roman has lived and worked downtown Newark for the past 10 years. Here are the places and spaces he has grown to love. Sign up for the free May 20th Downtown Newark Living Tour (registration required) at brickc.it/downtown2017.

Before and After: Watch the transformation of these Downtown Newark places

With this interactive, watch the transformation of sites Downtown Newark in recent years.

Construction for warehouse building downtown, to be transformed into 'Ironside Newark' retail and office hub, officially begins

Ironside Newark, one of the signature features of the new Mulberry Commons development downtown, got off to its official start earlier this week.

Newark Weekender: Downtown tour mavens recommend your weekend itinerary

Emily Manz and Antonio Valla bring Newark residents and visitors face-to-face with some of the best the city has to offer through their series of tours and experiences. We put their knowledge of downtown Newark to the test--who will come through victorious? Experience Newark for yourself during the Downtown Newark Living Tour on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up free at brickc.it/downtown2017 (registration required).

New in Newark in 90 Seconds: Week of May 8

Ashley Nicole fills us in on the latest news with the PATH Train extension to the South Ward, Express Newark's grand opening celebration at the Hahne's building this past Friday, and the coming of Startup Grind, a set of fireside chats and other events for current and aspiring entrepreneurs that is being brought to Newark by Fownders' own Gerard Adams.

What rain? How to enjoy Newark First Fridays today (and stay dry while doing it)

Newark First Fridays' outdoor market is postponed until June 2nd, but official stops are open and ready to see you. How to enjoy the inaugural Newark First Fridays in spite of the soggy weather.

Newark Weekender: Khalil Nass recommends your Downtown Newark itinerary

Khalil Nass is Chief-of-Staff to Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins. Here's his perspective on round-the-clock living Downtown Newark. [Video]

Building community in Newark with good food and restorative justice principles

Each month, members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and friends gather at the Newark LGBTQ Community Center for a community dinner based on peacemaking circles and the principles of restorative justice.

Janet Jackson announces world tour, will honor "Unbreakable" tour ticket purchases

After canceling her Unbreakable world tour in 2015 due to her pregnancy, Janet Jackson is making her good on her promise to return to the stage. Jackson will embark on a four-month, 56-city State of the World tour that will stop at Prudential Center on Saturday, November 17th.

Review: 'She Speaks' exhibit in Gallery Aferro's Activate Market Street installation

The show “She Speaks” is three installations by three artists: Mollie Thonneson, Patricia- Aries Reynolds and Adebunmi Gbadebo.

Google-backed "Startup Grind" community will soon come to Newark

Newark will soon be home to an official chapter of "Startup Grind," an entrepreneurship community backed by Google for Entrepreneurs.

BURG is back May 1st with an expanded menu, loyalty rewards, new outdoor fire pit & more

Acclaimed Military Park burger joint BURG has announced its official reopening date for the spring. This Monday, May 1st, the restaurant will be back with new menu items and restaurant features for customers

Major Keys: 12 hacks for making the most of downtown Newark

How to get free exercise, make new friends, learn new skills, figure out what's where and much more! To see downtown Newark for yourself, reserve your free spot at the Downtown Newark Living Tour, which takes place May 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., here: brickc.it/livingtour2017. Promoted by Newark Downtown District.

For the young & young at heart: Military Park Carousel is now open

The carousel in Military Park is now open for the warm months of 2017.

Enjoy fun for the whole family at Greater Newark Conservancy's Spring Block Party

It’s time to welcome the season at Greater Newark Conservancy’s Spring Block Party & Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. rain or shine at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center

Acclaimed millennial violinist Eric Stanley visits BRICK Avon Academy's young musicians

This week, young violinists at BRICK Avon Academy came face-to-face with what a career as a successful musician might look like when acclaimed millennial violinist Eric Stanley visited the school for a series of special instrumental music classes with Avon students who play the violin.

Newark residents get expert advice on property ownership at housing summit

The City of Newark recently convened experts to deliver home buying advice recently to a packed room of more than 100 people at St. John’s Community Baptist Church on Bergen Street. The response to the 2017 Newark Housing Summit was so overwhelming, the city will repeat the session at Newark City Hall on Saturday, April 22nd.

As Ashley Stewart opens, Springfield Avenue Marketplace announces seven new retail tenants coming soon

Alongside the grand opening of Ashley Stewart at 204 Springfield Avenue yesterday, Tucker Development, the team behind Springfield Avenue Marketplace at Jones Street and Springfield Avenue, announced that seven new retailers are coming soon to the mixed-use development.

NJIT digital archive documents and preserves history of Newark's built environment

By all accounts, New Jersey’s largest city is experiencing a renaissance. But as Newark’s skyline continues to morph, who’s documenting the facelift and safeguarding the city’s lustrous architectural history? The Barbara and Leonard Littman Architecture and Design Library at NJIT created the Digital Archive of Newark Architecture (DANA) to help document Newark’s robust built environment.

3rd annual charity hockey game at Prudential Center will benefit spinal cord research

On Friday, April 21st, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated “Boomer & Carton” morning show will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.

'Ya'll mad cause you lost.' Unpacking the President's first 100 days.

With Donald Trump's 100th day in office fast approaching, comedian and scholar Justin Williams unpacks President Barack Obama's 100 first days to shed some light on our current leader in these current times. The similarities are remarkable.

Newark will host entrepreneurship program targeted to millennial single mothers

A new, free program targeted to Millennial single mothers looks to help them shore up their finances and, for the entrepreneurship-minded, launch their business ideas. "Moms Who Hustle" is a financial planning and entrepreneurship program that will launch in Newark at Essex County College on May 13th.

Inaugural Newark First Fridays kicks off downtown on May 5th

After months of planning and a crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $3,500, Newark First Fridays will kick off its first season when it launches downtown on May 5th. The festival will take place on Halsey Street between Warren and New Streets from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.

It's here! Military Park releases its schedule of free activities and fitness programs for the summer

Military Park has announced its summer activities schedule and...wow, nice work!

Former Central High School is now NJIT's Central King Building

Two hundred NJIT students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the public were on hand yesterday for the official ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Central King Building--the same building that was once home to Newark's Central High School.

ICYMI: Newark Arts principals and grant recipients discuss the importance of the arts in new video

Newark Arts, the more than 35-year-old organization that provides institutional support to Newark art institutions and artists, unveiled a new video at their recent Newark Arts Honors Gala, and subsequently released it online.

Saint Vincent Academy's Sister June Favata is "Newark's Cornerstone" for 2017

Sister June Favata, who has been an educator at Saint Vincent Academy in Newark for more than 45 years, is this year's winner of Newark's Cornerstones. Prudential Financial, Prudential Center, and the New Jersey Devils launched Newark's Cornerstones in the fall of 2016.

Whole Foods will offer a series of free in-store community events throughout April

Whole Foods Market of Newark will offer an assortment of free community activities throughout the month.

Newark deserves quality public transportation. Here are three tactics to help get us there.

Newarkers need a fast, frequent, reliable, and affordable way to get around their city. Creating a first-class transit network is a policy imperative.

Learn how to become a property owner at 2017 Newark Housing Summit

Workshops covering a wide range of topics that can help people interested in becoming property owners will be on tap at the 2017 Newark Housing Summit on Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Community Baptist Church, 1066 Bergen Street in Newark.

Newark Museum acquires painting by Gallery Aferro resident artist Jo-El Lopez

Jo-El Lopez, artist-in-residence at Gallery Aferro, had a painting acquired by Newark Museum.

ICYMI: Mayor Baraka appears on MSNBC to discuss sanctuary cities, Trump's budget and Booker for president

Watch Mayor Ras Baraka discuss his administration's stance on sanctuary cities, which he compares to fugitive slave laws.

Newark will hold its first-ever downtown living tour in May

What is it like to live downtown Newark? Soon, those who are curious will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of downtown living for themselves.

Best-selling New York Times author Jeff Hobbs will keynote Conservancy's bi-annual City Bloom Luncheon

Jeff Hobbs, author of “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,” will be the keynote speaker at Greater Newark Conservancy’s bi-annual City Bloom Luncheon on Thursday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Nanina’s in The Park in Belleville.

Newark art galleries will throw open their doors this weekend with series of "Open Studios" events

A number of Newark art spaces will invite locals to exhibit openings and closings, performances, and artist talks this upcoming Saturday, April 1st, as they throw open their doors for Spring Open Studios events.

Doitall Kelly: "Party with me" for free at Apr. 6 Devils hockey game

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Shine Snapcon will unmask cosplay enthusiasts during marathon portrait sessions at Express Newark

An upcoming event will try to unpack cosplay subculture. Shine Snapcon, which will take place April 7th through 9th at Express Newark, will see Rutgers-Newark photography students use photography and video portraiture to uncover the stories of cosplay enthusiasts.

NJPAC bounds into spring with new programming

At NJPAC, the 30 days of April are filled with a kind of arts sampler – classical music, jazz, dance, family shows and more – to entertain and captivate audiences.

NHL sets up shop at Championship Plaza for free fan experience to celebrate league centennial this weekend

The National Hockey League has taken the celebration of their 100th anniversary on the road, and this weekend, they're making their first stop in the tri-state, and fifteenth overall, when the mobile fan arena rolls through Prudential Center's Championship Plaza.

Op-ed: Newark police and community talking about trauma

Op-Ed contributor Lionel Latouche is a trauma therapist in Newark. He is also a trauma survivor: his cousin was killed by a New York police officer. In this piece, Latouche recounts his dialogue with Newark police officers and their conclusions about how they can better relate to, and serve, the community.

Double up. We're matching your Newark First Fridays Indiegogo contributions March 23rd through 25th!

Newark First Fridays are coming to town in May. Part street festival, part art walk, and part market, it promises to be the coolest monthly party in town. Contribute to First Fridays Indiegogo campaign March 23rd through March 25th, and BrickCityLive.com will double our collective impact up to $750!

Newark high school student contributes to a cleaner community

On a recent snowy Saturday morning, while many of her high school peers were still asleep in their warm beds, Asada Rashidi was hard at work keeping the streets in her South Ward neighborhood clean and crosswalks clear for pedestrians.

Looking for a job? Newark will host five job fairs in March

The City of Newark will host a series of five job fairs--one in each ward--in March.

ICYMI: Newark, A Love Story
9 Newark places and the people who love them

We asked nine individuals and couples who love Newark which places best capture their affection for the city. Here's what they told us.

Where not to park and other blizzard information

Where to avoid parking to help plows cover more streets.

Local organizations: How undocumented immigrants can designate guardianship of minor children if detained

In response to an increase in inquiries about changes to immigration policies under the Trump Administration, the Rutgers Law School Child Advocacy Clinic, in conjunction with other attorneys and immigrant rights organizations in New Jersey has created a “Power of Attorney” document to help parents who are at risk of deportation.

Catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at Newark ShopRite the weekend of its curtain call

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be making a personal curtain call to the community by bringing some of its performers into Newark ShopRite on Saturday, March 11th.

“In Full Color” theatrical event Saturday celebrates the lives of women of color

As part of Women’s History Month The Newark Public Library will host the 3rd Annual “In Full Color” Theatrical Event.

Fourteenth Avenue School will soon enjoy a new playground made from student-recycled products

A new playground will soon come to Fourteenth Avenue School in Newark, and it will be made entirely of recycled products, some of which were sourced from the students' own efforts.

Enter to win 4 free Devils vs. Flyers tickets by Tuesday, March 14th!

Answer our trivia question correctly to win four lower-level seats to see the New Jersey Devils go head-to-head with one of their biggest rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, on March 16th at 7 p.m. -- St. Patrick's Day eve. You'll also win a signed puck from one of the Devils players!

Newark Museum will commemorate Women's History Month during March 12th Second Sunday event

The Newark Museum will celebrating Women's History Month at its Second Sunday program on Sunday, March 12th from noon to 5 pm. The program features lectures, performances, tours, art and science demonstrations, workshops and music.