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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.

Vote for one Newark "Cornerstone" to receive a full year of tickets to Prudential Center events

Voting is now open for the grand prize winner for Newark's Cornerstones, the community recognition program launched by Prudential, Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils in the fall.

Newark will name women's safety hackathon winner this Wednesday

Newark's Office of Technology will present a live showcase of this year's Hackathon for Women's Safety, where submissions from participants will be revealed and judged, and a competition winner announced.

Do it for the culture: How to help bring First Fridays to Newark

A new artwalk and street performance series is coming to Newark. Your contribution to their Indiegogo campaign, large or small, can help make it a "cooler party."

At a recent community meeting, news of amenities and development planned for the South Ward

From updates on the Bergen Street Development Project and the PATH extension to plans for new development, including both residential and commercial projects, a full-house of South Ward stakeholders listened attentively as representatives of the Bergen-Lyons-Clinton Partnership (BLCSID), Councilman John Sharpe James and other city representatives shared good news about the future of their community.

Whole Foods Newark opens with a spotlight on local vendors and sustainable food partnerships

Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening of its much-touted Newark location this morning. While giveaways and other goodies featured largely in the opening, it was the presentation of community partnerships and the store's localized look-and-feel that proved the highlight of the launch.

Prudential Center will host a trio of elite gymnastic events on March 3rd and 4th

Three gymnastics events--the Nastia Liukin Cup, the Elite Team Cup and the 2017 AT&T American Cup--will be held at Prudential Center this Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th.

Global financial technology firm will move one thousand jobs to 2 Gateway Center

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. has signed a long-term lease with C&K properties for approximately 160,000 square feet of office space in 2 Gateway Center.

The theme of this year's Marion Thompson Wright Lecture: Our past is very much present

City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967 was the theme of this year’s Marion Thompson Wright Lecture. The 37th in a series that was developed by the late Dr. Clement Price and historian Giles Wright, it was yet another challenging, informative, inspiring day at the Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers-Newark.

ICYMI: NJIT top ranked in the nation for student economic upward mobility

According to a recent ranking, New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of the top colleges in the nation in terms of its ability to increase the economic standing of its graduates.

Want to support local agriculture? Newark Conservancy will host "CSA Day" Friday, Feb 24th.

On Friday, February 24th, Greater Newark Conservancy will join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day, when locals are encouraged to join the Conservancy’s CSA.

New Jersey Devils will host Pride Night at the Prudential Center on February 27th

The New Jersey Devils will host their first ever Pride Night at Prudential Center on Monday, February 27th at 7 p.m.

Smile! Get free dental screenings, possible free same-day treatment, at Rutgers on March 4th and 5th

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine will be administering free dental screenings, including exams and X-rays, on March 4th and 5th. Some patients will be eligible for free same-day treatments.

Newark Museum adds two music-themed events to its calendar

The Newark Museum has unveiled two upcoming events that merge music, art and community engagement: Masterpiece & Merlot and Celebrating a Great Day in New Jersey Hip-Hop

Free eight-week web design course to be offered in Newark starting February 27th

Free digital design and development classes will be offered at NAN Techworld in Newark starting February 27th. The classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For discussion: Mayor Baraka on Newark development--It's for us. (Video)

With $2 billion dollars' worth of development rising out of the ground here in Newark, it's clear something is shifting in town for real this time.

But for whom? In his latest video, Mayor Baraka rejects the comparison of development in Newark to what is transpiring in Brooklyn, and says we're going for something a lot more inclusive, equitable and just.

Prudential Center tix for Harlem Globetrotters this Friday still available for $25 and up

The Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous exhibition basketball team, will bring their 2016-2017 tour to the Prudential Center this Friday, February 17th, at 7 p.m.

Beyond the headlines: The gift

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Armani Mcphall, age 19, was killed on South Orange Avenue on December 22, 2016. His father, Elite Heat Boxing Gym owner Anthony Mcphall, reflects on the life of his son, who he called a “game changer” and "a gift.”

Feb. 18th Marion Thompson Wright Lecture to mark 50th anniversary of '67 Newark Rebellion

Issues of civil and human rights, housing and gentrification, and health and income inequalities in American cities will be in sharp focus as the 37th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW) invites a wide-ranging discussion of the last half-century of black urban history on Saturday, February 18th.

Explore history of black NHL players at free Soul on Ice screening at Prudential Center this Sunday

Prudential Center's free screening of Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future on Sunday, February 12th will explore the history of black players in the NHL. After the screening, stay for a panel featuring Willie O’Ree, the NHL's first black player; Devils forward Devante Smith-Pelly; former Devils captain Bryce Salvador; former player and television analyst Anson Carter; and Damon Kwame Mason, the film’s director.

Women in Media-Newark Announces “Women in the World” art exhibit has two locations in Newark

Women in Media-Newark has announced the opening of its art exhibit “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective,” which will be on display at three separate locations, including two in Newark: Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Art Galleries, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby.

Mark your calendars to apply for affordable apartments at The Willows in Lincoln Park

One of the newest residential developments coming to Newark will begin accepting applications starting this coming March 15th. The Willows will be located in Lincoln Park.

No school Thursday, where not to park, and other snow storm information [updated]

Where to avoid parking to help plows cover more streets.

Three new decorative arts installations set to open at Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is opening three installations on February 22 that highlight its Decorative Arts collection, including one Newark-centric installation.

Grammy Experience Museum will debut at Prudential Center in Newark this fall

Starting this fall, Newark's Prudential Center will be home to the Grammy Museum Experience.

Newark Public Library announces series of Black History Month programs and exhibits

Newark Public Library has announced a series of upcoming programs to commemorate Black History Month, in addition to a series of ongoing exhibits that are currently running at the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

Mannequin Challenge introduces the world to Newark native's East Orange Performing Arts Preschool

One Step Ahead Learning Center is far more than a traditional preschool. Its Mannequin Challenge video got nearly 10 million views. On any given day, you can find the four- and five-year-old students dressed in little aprons and taking cooking classes, working on science experiments, learning new lines to an original play, or singing along to The Supremes.

Newark Print Shop is back with Express Newark debut in Hahne's building

Newark Print Shop will celebrate its new digs tonight with the launch of their first group exhibition, entitled "Transitions," on Friday, February 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m.

Newark will soon welcome new library director, and new city resident, Jeffrey Trzeciak

At the end of the month, Jeffrey Trzeciak (pronounced "Tree-Zak"), formerly university librarian for top-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, will become Newark Public Library's new director.

Shake off the winter blues at 6th annual beds & breakfast event

Join community gardeners, urban farmers, food entrepreneurs and cooking enthusiasts at Greater Newark Conservancy for the 6th Annual Beds & Breakfast Winter Seminar on Saturday, February 25th.

It's a date! Whole Foods Newark set to open March 1st

Opening day will feature vendor samplings, giveaways, sales and more.

Newark middle school students "Cook, Learn, Grow" with culinary curriculum

Chef Ameer Natson is hiding a reading, math and problem-solving curriculum in plain sight with his culinary curriculum at George Washington Carver middle school.

February's Second Sunday at Newark Museum will commemorate Black History Month

Newark Museum will dedicate Second Sunday this February to commemorating Black History Month.

With opening of Hahne and Co. building, a chance to bring life to a long-blighted block

The historic Hahne and Co. building, the massive former downtown department store that sat fallow and blighted for nearly three decades, enjoyed its official unveiling earlier this week in a ceremony attended by a couple hundred guests in the restored building’s main arcade.

Applications are open for Newark's summer youth employment program

Applications are now open for the City of Newark's Summer Youth Employment program.

Now on view at Newark Museum: New anamorphic film installation What Will Come

In anticipation of the relocation and reinstallation of its Arts of Global Africa collection in November 2017, the Newark Museum is debuting a newly acquired video installation by artist William Kentridge, What Will Come (2007). The installation will be on view in the Arts of Global Africa’s dedicated space for video art from January through May 2017.

Day after inauguration, former Schomburg Center director will contextualize Trump presidency at Newark library

On Saturday, January 21, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. the Newark Public Library will present the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture. Author Howard Dodson will speak about the state of the country in his presentation “Becoming America: From Obama to Trump,” in Centennial Hall, at the Main Library.

Triangle Park will be called 'Mulberry Commons.' What we learned about the transformative project planned for downtown.

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The plan for the project formerly know as Triangle Park enjoyed its official unveiling at a Prudential Center press conference overlooking the site of the park, which will be called Mulberry Commons Park. The ambitious project will likely break ground in the spring, and will connect Downtown Newark with the Ironbound.