Newark Weekender: Andrea McChristian’s 5 tips for living Downtown Newark
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Published May 19, 2017 | Promoted by
How to get the most out of your Downtown Newark living experience:
Andrea McChristian Andrea McChristian moved to Newark in order to embed herself in the community served by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she serves as Associate Counsel. Andrea didn’t waste any time making the most of her new community. And a year later, she’s doubled down on her investment in Newark with the purchase of a condo in the neighborhood.
Here are Andrea’s tips for Downtown Newark newcomers.
Go carless. “You really don’t need a car living in Downtown Newark,” Andrea advises. She touted the ease of getting to New York on the train, and the walkability of downtown and its adjacent neighborhoods. Andrea has walked to the Ironbound in the East Ward, Branch Brook park in the north, to the DMV in the South Ward and many places in between.
Eat. “Experience the food, the food, the food,” says Andrea. She praised the food in the Ironbound, which is often cited when it comes to Newark cuisine, but also discussed the places downtown where she loves to eat, including Burg, Green Chicpea, Grabba Green, and her favorite, Dinosaur BBQ. When she lived in Harlem, Andrea lived close to Marcus Samuelsson’s celebrated Red Rooster restaurant, and is excited for the restaurant concept that he will soon bring to the Hahne’s building in Newark.
Enjoy yourself. The event calendar for Newark is often chock full of things to do, many of them free. “Be prepared for the fact that there’s always going to be something to do,” Andrea says. One of her favorite memories: finding out that one of her favorite singers, Bilal, was going to perform a free show steps from where she lived, which she found about right here on BrickCityLive.com. She was able to enjoy the concert just steps from her door.
Work. Her position at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice means a fair amount of meetings, many with local partners in the area. Living downtown not only means easy access to partners from Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers, and other community organizations and institutions, it also means an abundance of places to meet, and the serendipity of running into partners and having quick meetings and catch-ups on the fly. “Newark is a wonderful place to work and live from a professional perspective,” said Andrea.
Commune. Andrea is impressed that “There’s such a sense of community here,” in Downtown Newark. While she loved living in Harlem, she said, New York living often made her “a face in the crowd.” Contrast that with living in Newark, where she runs into neighbors frequently and is a familiar face around the neighborhood.
Choose your own adventure during the free Downtown Newark Living Tour, which is offering tours of a dozen residential buildings, free entry at seven museums and art spaces, seven free events and performances throughout the neighborhood, two special shopping opportunities, and discounts and specials at five local bars and restaurants. See the full list of participating venues at downtownnewark.com/living.
Reserve your spot now for the FREE Downtown Newark Living Tour, presented by Newark Downtown District, which will take place on May 20th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
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