Join Project U.S.E. for the 8th Annual Newark Boat Launch at Riverfront Park!

Join Newark Riverfront Revival, Students, Teachers, Families and Friends and Project U.S.E. for the 8th Annual Newark Boat Launch of the Newark Fleet at Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 16th at 10am as students from 6 Newark Schools launch the boats that they designed and built with Project U.S.E. over the past 12 weeks.boat

Tonight (4/16) – Friends of the Riverfront Meeting and Public Preview of Riverfront Park 2015 Calendar!

Join us tonight, April 16th at 6pm at the Rotunda in Newark City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ for the monthly “Friends of the Riverfront” meeting and Public Preview of Riverfront Park’s Summer 2015 Calendar!

Make your voice heard tonight and be a part of the movement to reclaim our River!IMG_1860

Join Us for the Mega Poster Release Party @ Aljira on 4/14!

Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to announce the release of our Mega Poster! To celebrate the release, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and Friends of the Riverfront are hosting a fundraising party at their gallery located at 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ on Tuesday, April 14th, from 6-8pm.

Sounds will be provided by DJ Gonzalo Silva and refreshments will be sponsored by Gallery Aferro. Mega Posters will be on sale for $3 and additional donations are welcomed. Help us reach our goal of putting a poster in every Newark school and connecting every Newarker to their River!

Learn more about Riverfront Park, Newark Riverfront Revival, Friends of the Riverfront and our partners by visiting our website atnewarkriverfront.org,and signing up for our email list, following on Twitter, liking on Facebook & talking with your friends & neighbors about our river.NRRPosterParty2 NRRPosterParty1

Newark Riverfront 2014 In Review

Just five years ago when Newark Riverfront Revival began its work, there weren’t too many reasons to visit the water’s edge of New Jersey’s greatest city. But things have changed! In 2014, over 3000 Newark residents & visitors came to relax, socialize, dance, perform, eat, explore, cheer & watch the river roll!

This year, Newark Riverfront Revival organized first-time events like the Praise by the Passaic Gospel Festival, the Riverfront House DJ Residency & Paddle on the Passaic Kayak Days. We continued traditions like our annual Walk to the Water & Orange Party, City & Port Boat Tours, movie nights & free Zumba & yoga. With Ironbound Community Corporation, we convened a proud third year of Friends of Riverfront Park monthly meetings. Throughout, we showcased Newark’s culture & spirit in our city’s newest public space & claimed the riverfront for Newarkers! As Larry Hamm of People’s Organization for Progress proclaimed as our featured River Day speaker, “The river belongs to the people!”

2014 also marked serious steps towards cleaning the river & expanding public access to it. In April, the EPA Regional Administration came to the Orange Sticks to announce the federal government’s proposal for cleaning eight miles of the Passaic River. Newark’s first public riverfront access outside of the Ironbound opened with a first stretch of Downtown Riverfront Trail between Penn Station & Cherry StreetPSEG’s remediation of the former Market Street Gasworks continued, setting the stage to open another segment of riverfront meadow near Raymond Boulevard & Prospect Street. Finally, the City of Newark, Essex County & Trust for Public Land advanced work on Segment 3 to begin construction in 2015, which will better connect the sports fields near Brill Street to the Orange Boardwalk & expand under the Jackson Street Bridge & beyond.

All of these good things from house parties to park construction to river remediation have only been possible because Newarkers & others have taken a stand & gotten involved in creating the riverfront that Newark wants. Going forward, we look forward to attracting every Newarker to the river’s edge & beyond! Please help us accomplish our goal by visiting our new website at newarkriverfront.orgsigning up for our email listfollowing on Twitterliking on Facebook & talking with your friends & neighbors about our river. See you all down by the water in oh-fifteen!

See the rest of Newark Riverfront Revival’s 2014 in review!

Saturday, 11/22: Free Newark Downtown Riverfront Walkshop

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Join your neighbors for a free & fun walk along 2 miles of Newark’s downtown riverfront to discuss its history, present, and future.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11 am–1:30 pm
Meet at the Newark Penn Station information booth in the main waiting room
Free and open to the public, but RSVP required!
To learn more, call (201) 341–8311 or email Newark Riverfront Revival

This walk will cover two miles of the downtown riverfront between Newark Penn Station and Route 280. Examine opportunities for new riverfront parks and trails! Discuss how downtown neighborhoods can be more connected to the river! Hear stories and meet some Newarkers who have organized their neighbors to shape our community! Learn about the big debate around the Passaic Superfund cleanup! Join the movement to connect Newark to its river!

Please wear comfortable clothes (pants suggested) and sturdy closed-toe shoes. You are encouraged to bring a bottle of water.

See photos of a past Downtown Riverfront Walkshop.

UPDATE! Walkshop photos

141122DowntownWalkshop5Chigozie Onyema of the Newark Parking Authority greeted the group, described the work of the Parking Authority, and discussed the potential for renovating City Dock Street alongside Newark Penn Station for parking and public access to the river.

141122DowntownWalkshop3Checking out strangely placed and oriented benches along McCarter Highway, downhill from NJPAC, and talking about the potential for a future Downtown Riverfront Park.

141122DowntownWalkshop4Hearing from Ironbound Community Corporation‘s Nancy Zak about 20-year struggle to create public access to and along the Passaic River.

141122DowntownWalkshop2Newarkers brave the cold to inspect mysterious metal sheets near Bridge Street.

141122DowntownWalkshopLegendary Club Zanzibar photographer Vincent Bryant shares stories from when Newark invented the Jersey Sounds. Check out his book!