Booker’s Newark: How has it fared? –

In seven years as mayor, Cory Booker has added touches of luster here in the Brick City. Amid still-gritty streets, he has brought name-brand businesses and restaurants, loft apartments, and a glass office tower. His wealthy admirers are … …read more

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Newark, NJ: Kiva’s Newest Kiva City! – Huffington Post

Jessie Goldenberg, owner of Nomad: The Wandering Fashion Boutique, is used to assisting the large crowd of customers her popular mobile fashion truck usually draws. However, this past Monday she was more than happy to provide a personal shopping session to one customer in particular: Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker. … …read more

Source: Newark, NJ: Kiva’s Newest Kiva City! – Huffington Post

Cyndi Lauper, chatty and funny, gets ‘Unusual’ in Newark –

Cyndi Lauper, chatty and funny, gets ‘Unusual’ in NewarkNJ.comDid you know that Cyndi Lauper was topless and tickling herself under her ribs when she cut the hiccup-y vocal for “She Bop”? If you were at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark Sunday, you do. This was one of the many autobiographical … …read more

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How Newark is reforming stop-and-frisk. Will other cities follow? – MSNBC

“When you look at the scope and breadth of the policy, I dare to say it’s the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation,” Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, told MSNBC on Thursday. Newark leads the state in implementing what … …read more

Source: How Newark is reforming stop-and-frisk. Will other cities follow? – MSNBC

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All of the lights: “Activate: Market Street”

Activate Market StreetAccording to its Facebook page, Activate: Market Street, the newest public art exhibit downtown Newark, is officially always_open.

A partnership between Gallery Aferro and RBH group – the folks responsible for Newark’s Teachers Village – Activate: Market Street is a “year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district”, according to the project’s website. Activate is inspired by former Gallery Aferro feature artist Fannie Allié, whose neon sculptures were featured along Market Street previously (she’ll be one of the featured artists for Activate, too). The exhibition’s purpose: to make Market Street beautiful, accessible, inspirational, and alive.

The street exhibition officially kicked off with Aferro’s June summer auction. Check back for photos of the exhibition and conversations with the artists.

Image: “Silhouettes“, by Fannie Allié

Beyond Brick City: An unauthorized art crawl in Maputo, Mozambique

From its high-end galleries to its mixed-use workspaces, its decked out restaurants to its traditional markets, and even in the building exteriors themselves, Maputo, Mozambique features a vibrant, organic art scene. Here are some of its must-sees.

I recently took a tri-city trip to Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Maputo, Mozambique (with a stop off on safari just outside South Africa’s Krueger National Park). By far, Maputo was my favorite city stop.

The city doesn’t have a massively developed tourist scene, and I think this works in its favor. On the ground there, one can find beautiful hotels, excellent seafood, locals ready to party, and plenty of people eager to show you around, making it a welcoming place for newcomers. But my favorite experience in Maputo was the organic, vibrant, always-on and seemingly-everywhere art scene. Between that, the warm people, and all the Portuguese speakers (Mozambique is a Lusophone country), there was plenty there to make a Newarker feel right at home. Some highlights from my unofficial art crawl:

Reinata_WorkingReinata’s workshop

Reinata is a well-respected sculptor, and we were lucky to find her and her niece in her workspace while ambling around the neighborhood. Her work will be shown at the city’s Natural History Museum. I picked up one of the less expensive pieces, a bronze head that cost $30 USD. Her large sculptures cost a couple hundred and up.



dhaoartDhow Cafe

Maputo is a coastal city – right on the shore of the Indian Ocean – so expect to find some of the tastiest fresh seafood imaginable: fish, oysters, mussels, squid, and crab are all on the menu. It took a while to figure out that serving up great fare is the primary raison d’etre for Dhow Cafe, because the seaside restaurant is also a beautiful art gallery and furniture showroom. Our group was one of the few diners when we walked in around noon. When we left, the restaurant was buzzing with patrons.


maputo_museum_pipeThe Natural History Museum

We met their current curator as she was working on the museum’s centennial celebration. Her primary goal is to preserve Mozambique’s great art, and a tour of the current exhibition illustrates why this is such an urgent project. From the wooden furniture to the life-sized sculptures to the photography, the museum displayed Mozambican handiwork in its full glory.




Maputo features lots of beautiful art deco architecture, old Hollwood-style hotels with seascape vistas, and traditional markets of the kind you’d find in towns within countries all over Africa. Even where the sidewalks are gapped and the buildings are crumbled, its lush and colorful vibe retains its charm.


For more things to do, check out TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet. If you’re the adventurous type, book a flight, book a B&B, find an English-speaking moped driver when you land, and rock out.