City of Newark real estate auction to take place November 6

The City of Newark will again be auctioning off lots and properties on November 6. The map and list below show properties for auction, their starting bid prices, required deposit, and inspection dates. The final document contains the standard conditions of sale.

For more information, contact the office of the Department of Economic Development at (973) 733-3914.

Halloween-night poetry, performances, and party will close out Newark’s Poetry Month

Newark-based multimedia marketing and branding agency The Honors Program will close out Newark’s Poetry Month with the aptly named “Poem”- a set of performances and an after party – that will take place this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Taste Venue. The night will feature:

  • Oveous (artist)
  • Ezrakh (Singer)
  • Amelia Simone (Poet)
  • Moshadee (Rapper)
  • Asha (Rapper)
  • Maurice Chestnut (Poet)
  • Tariq Shabazz (Poet)
  • Peter Winstead, Jr. (Singer)

See their flyer below:


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Newark Museum festival to focus on health and fitness

In conjunction with the interactive, family-friendly exhibition Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle, the Newark Museum will host a fitness and nutrition festival on Saturday, November 8 from noon to 5:00 pm. The event, which is free with museum admission, includes a film screening, activities, and a mobile medical center.

Activities throughout the day include Zumba and yoga classes, a garden nutrition class, a burning calories lab, BMI screenings, and fitness level assessments. The HBO film Weight of the Nation/Challenges will be screened from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The fourth film in the four-part Weight of the Nation series, it examines how the battle against obesity can be won by the combined efforts of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments.

The Jewish Renaissance Horizon Foundation Mobile Medical Unit operates as a “moving health center” and represents an extension of the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center’s Strong & Healthy Communities Initiative (SHCI), a city-wide collaboration that utilizes health as a critical factor in revitalizing the neighborhoods of Newark.


To see a full schedule of activities, visit Newark Museum’s web site at Stay informed by following the Museum on Facebook at or Twitter at

Newark around the web: Mayor Ras Baraka responds to student complaints about Barringer High School with a site visit [Video]

As shown in the NJTV News video report below, Mayor Ras Baraka, himself a former high school principal, met with teachers and staff and conducted a walkthrough at Barringer High School for an hour yesterday, following complaints about staffing, books, and other conditions at Newark’s largest high school. The complaints were aired by students last month in a YouTube video.

In the video, the students specifically complained about overcrowded and understaffed classrooms, and outdated textbooks. Baraka said after his walkthrough that “some of the things that were said might’ve been a little exaggerated, but the reality is that there are problems, and they need to be fixed.” According to the news reports, Baraka said the problems he did observe stemmed from Newark Public Schools superintendent Cami Anderson’s One Newark plan,.

Assistant superintendent of Newark Public Schools Brad Haggerty also toured Barringer, and he acknowledged that there had been “hiccups” in terms of the school’s readiness for the year. Allie Ries of La Casa de Don Pedro, a community development organization that, serves the neighborhood surrounding Barringer, said she observed students sitting on window sills and standing against walls in classrooms, but that this was more a symptom of a stale classroom environment than “egregious overcrowding”.

Newark Halloween party guide: Where to do the Thriller dance in Brick City this weekend

This year, Halloween and daylight saving time will both fall on the same weekend. That means partying in costume throughout the weekend, early darkness on Saturday, and an extra hour to party (or to sleep) on Sunday.

What’s going on around town for Halloween? Check out a selection of party haunts (for grown folks!) below.


Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Taste Venue | 47 Edison Place | Free admission

Halloween night poetry and performances followed by an after party. Oveous (artist), Ezrakh (Singer), Amelia Simone (Poet), Moshadee (Rapper), Asha (Rapper), Maurice Chestnut (Poet), Tariq Shabazz (Poet), Peter Winstead, Jr. (Singer)


Haunted Asylum

Friday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Mr. Adams | 1034 McCarter Hwy | Tickets $25, $15 with promo code “Early” | Tickets

Warning: We’ll have over 20 REAL actors to scare the…mess out of you! Outdoors and indoors


The Purge: K.A.O.S. Halloween Party

Friday, October 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Terrace Ballroom | 1030 Broad Street | $15 | Tickets


Que’s Against Cancer Halloween Party

Friday, October 31, 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. | Robert Treat Hotel | 50 Park Place | $20 in advance; more at the door | Tickets

DJ Bobby Trends and Friends


Halloween Bash feat. DJ Enuff

Friday, October 31, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. | RIO Lounge | 618 Market Street | Information: 201.281.9526

$1,000 cash prize for best costume


QXT’s 80s Thriller Halloween

Friday, October 31, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. | QXT’s | 248 Mulbery Street | $10 at the door

80s Horror Movies Shown Upon Our Screen of Doom; Prize for best costume; Spinning goth, industrial, 80s/new wave


Nightmare at Inferno Limits

Friday, October 31, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Inferno Limits Paintball and Laser Tag | 400 Ferry Street | Information

Dress up and celebrate Halloween. Costume contest judged from 7-8 p.m. First place: $250; Second place: $150; Third place: $80. Call 973.856.6555 for details


Isaam Sharef presents…TRICK or Tread 3rd annual Halloween Party

Saturday, November 1, 6 p.m. – 11 a.m. | The Coffee Cave | $45 Halsey St. | $10

Costume a must. Prizes for sexiest, scariest, best couple, and best overall


Step 4 Step’s 3rd Annual Black and Orange Line Dancing Halloween Jam

Saturday, November 1, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Essex County College | 303 University Ave (Entrance on West Market Street | $15

Hosted by Kenny J and music provided by DJ Double W. Come as you are. Costumes welcome. B.Y.O.F., and no alcohol please


Hell’s Kitchen Presents: Anarchy

Saturday, November 1, starting 8 p.m. | Three locations: 148 Lafayette Street; 150 Lafayette Street; 56 Prospect Street |  $25 in advance; $30 at door | Tickets

Three parties in one: The Grindhouse (House, Tech-House, Electro, Tribal); Killer Clowns (80s/90s Hip-Hop, Rock, Top 40s, Party Anthems); Freakshow Firehouse (Alternative Dance, Indie New Wave, Punk Rock)


The Walking Dead

Saturday, November 1, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Palacio Europa | 278 New York Ave | $20

Music by Mario Calegari & DJ Lex with very special guest Richie Santana


Vivoween Heaven & Hell Edition

Saturday, November 1, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Vivo Lounge | 167 Ferry Street | $20 | Tickets

White angels dancers and red devils bartenders. $1000 cash prize for sexiest female costume; $500 for best couples costume; $250 for scariest costume, & bottle prize for most original costume


St. Michael’s hospital will provide free breast exams at NJPAC on October 29

St. Michael’s Medical Center’s “In the Pink” program will provide free clinical breast exams to uninsured women on Wednesday, October 29 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at NJPAC. PIX11’s Ann Mercogliano will report live from 5 to 6 p.m., and Steve Weatherford, New York Giant and spokesperson for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, will join her.

Screenings will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis, and women who come to event but can’t be screened will still be entered into the St. Michael’s system and given an appointment for another time. Women who need a follow-up mammogram will be given a voucher for a free one.

Dr. Rachel Wellner, certified breast surgeon from Hackensack University Medical Center, will also be demonstrating how to perform self-breast exams, giving an informational talk, and answering women’s questions.

WPIX will also be airing a half-hour information special entitled “PIX11 Cares: A Breast Cancer Awareness Month News Special” at 5:30 p.m. the same day.


Mercato Tomato Pie is the latest offering on Market Street’s new ‘restaurant row’

The burgeoning restaurant row on Market Street between Broad and Mulberry Streets recently welcomed newcomer Mercato Tomato Pie as its latest dining option. Mercato is an independent, family restaurant-pizzeria that offers artisanal coal-fired pizzas and a full bar.

Mercato Tomato Pie is part of the revitalization effort that looks to remake the area radiating out from Broad and Market Streets into a neighborhood replete with new residential and retail options. This newest eatery joins Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and the soon-to-open Novelty Burger & Bar – all located in the ground floor retail spaces of the RockPlaza Lofts development.

“The increase in residents, office workers and visitors to the Prudential Center, and other local attractions, has increased the demand for quality food in this neighborhood,” said co-owner Bill Fonte. “Our take on pizza-making elevates it to an artisanal and unique level, and we’re excited to bring this unique pizza and dining experience to Newark,” he added.

Mercato is a purveyor of a traditional method of pizza-making. Its specialty thin-crust pizza is cooked in its hand-crafted, six-ton, 15’ x 15’ coal oven, which they say is kept hot 24 hours per day, and can reach temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees. The pizzaiolis (pizza makers) have completed a special training process, and use only fresh tomatoes and hand-made cheeses, as well as select pepperoni, sausage and other toppings.

The owners say the name Mercato, which means “market” in Italian, epitomizes the philosophy of the restaurant. While coal-fired pizza is a highlight, the menu features other Italian cuisine, including pastas, salads, and desserts.

“We’re proud to welcome Mercato Tomato Pie to RockPlaza Lofts as we continue to bring new and exciting cuisine and real estate development to Newark”, said Marc Berson, co-owner of Mercato Tomato Pie and chairman of Fidelco Realty Group, the owner and developer of RockPlaza Lofts. “It’s proof that this neighborhood is thriving, and these new tenants continue to elevate Market Street as a highly desirable home for residential living and commercial business.”

Mercato Tomato Pie features a full service bar and dining room along with takeout and limited delivery service. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and open later for special events. The restaurant has a private space available for events and parties and provides off-site catering.


[Video] CBS reports Mayor Ras Baraka met with gang members at Newark church late last week

CBS exclusively reported Friday that in what they called “drastic measures to fight crime,” Mayor Ras Baraka had gone “straight to the source” and personally met with parolees, probationers, and gang members at Bethany Baptist Church on West Market Street. Per the terms of the meeting, CBS reported, police offers stood outside, while Nation of Islam members provided the security inside the meeting.

Police commissioner Eugene Venable said this type of engagement could help reduce violence in the city, and denied CBS reporter Christine Sloan’s suggestion that the move was “like catering to criminals.”

“No, no, no,” Venable said in response, “we have to reach out to people. People have to have an opportunity to change their lives. Someone has to do it.”

CBS also interviewed unidentified gang members who had attended the meeting, and who said the proceedings had left them “in tears”. One commented: “If you sat there through the whole thing, and you listened to everything the man had to say — if it didn’t touch you, then your soul [is] gone.”

“[Mayor Baraka] made me wanna do something different with myself,” he continued.

Mayor Baraka pledged during the mayoral campaign to enact precisely this type of tactic as part of his “Project Chill” initiative, which included “intensely engaging with gangs.” After controversy arose over Baraka writing letters to a judge on behalf of high-ranking, convicted Bloods gang member Al-Tariq Gumbs, who Baraka said subsequently helped with gang conflict resolution, he doubled down on writing the letters, telling PolitickerNJ, “When these people [who commit violent acts in the community] get caught, it gives us an opportunity to get them to help us stop other kids from going down that path.”

The “call-in” or “notification” meeting is a variation on the crime reduction model pioneered by Operation Ceasefire in Boston in the 1990s, and replicated in other cities since then. Some cities and neighborhoods that have launched Ceasefire campaigns in targeted areas have reported between one-third and two-thirds reductions in gun violence.

Watch the entire CBS segment below:

Image: CBS News report screenshot

Answer four questions for $3,000 in startup cash: NJIT announces 2014 Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has announced the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge. To be eligible for the business idea competition, applicants must either be current students at a Newark area college or university, or community members from the region who would operate their proposed business in Newark.

The first deadline for the competition is Monday, November 10, by which date the four-question application must be submitted.  After finalists selected from that pool compete in a live pitch competition, the winning business ideas will be awarded a $3,000 “Innovation Acceleration Fellowship”, and will also receive one-on-one business consulting with Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, Capital One Bank, and Rising Tide Capital next summer. Winners must also complete the 12-week Lean Accelerator program next summer.

Additional dates:

  • Notification of Finalists: Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Presentations by Finalists: Tuesday, December 2, 2014. 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Finalists will deliver a ten-minute pitch with slides, followed by a question and answer session. Finals will be held at the Atrium in the NJIT Campus Center)

Fill out the four-question application and see the full details here.