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Upcoming Newark Riverfront events

Thursday, November 22, 2014
Friends of Riverfront Park meeting, 6-7:30 pm at the Riverbank Park Field House. These meetings provide a forum for everyone with an interest in the park to bring their ideas, proposals, concerns, and energy. The Friends are dedicated to developing programs to fill Newark’s riverfront with positive activity, ensuring public safety, and making sure that everyone in Newark has a reason to come check out the city’s newest riverfront parks.

Saturday 10/25: Free North of 280 Riverfront Walkshop


Join your neighbors for a free & fun walk along 2 miles of the Lower Broadway riverfront to discuss its history, present, and future.

North of 280 Newark Riverfront Walkshop
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11 am–1:30 pm
Meet at Burger King parking lot at 2 Clay St, Newark, NJ 07104
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 North Ward & Lower Broadway riverfront between Clay Street and Chester Avenue. Examine opportunities for new riverfront parks! Discuss how the neighborhoods of Lower Broadway and the North Ward can be more connected to the river!  The group will discuss ideas  and how people from Newark and beyond can make them happen. Also hear the stories and meet some of the Newarkers who have organized their neighbors to shape our community, and the major debate around the Passaic Superfund clean-up.

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 North of 280 Riverfront Walkshop.

House Returns to the Riverfront!

OmarRiverfront Newark’s own DJ Omar Abdallah Spins House at the Orange Sticks On four Fridays this summer, Grandmothers, lovebirds, and you will have the chance to get down, groove, and make moves by the Orange Sticks. Newark Riverfont House Parties at the Orange Sticks with DJ Omar Abdallah Fridays 7-9 pm on June 20, July 25, August 22, August 29, and September 19 September 26 At the Orange Sticks along Raymond Blvd between Van Buren & Somme Streets (map) **Please not that August 22 date has been rescheduled to August 29 due to weather** Check out a video of last September’s inaugural Riverfront House Party. Bring blankets & lawnchairs for maximum relaxation! Free and open to the public. Call (201) 341-8311 or email Newark Riverfront Revival for more information.

UPDATE! Video & photos from 6/20/14 Riverfront House Party

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Newark Movie Mixtape

Cities exist in brick & concrete but also live as dream images and fantasy locations. On Friday, September 12, 2014, come to Newark’s riverfront for the debut of Newark Movie Mixtape, a composition of over 20 feature films, promotional clips, music videos, and more featuring Newark & Newarkers. From silent shorts made by Thomas Edison (1890s) to Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Brian De Palma’s Wise Guys (1986). and the “Wrong Side of the Tracks” video by the Artifacts (1994), this screening shows Newark over the course of a century. Come relax on the River-Watching Hill and see 20 real & imaginary Newarks projected against the skyline.


Newark Riverfront Revival, Rutgers University, Newark, & Rutgers University, Newark History Department present:

Newark Movie Mixtape
Friday, September 12, 2014
Movie begins just after sundown
Newark Riverfront Park at the Orange Sticks (see map)
Raymond Blvd between Van Buren & Somme Streets
Free & open to the public
Bring blankets & lawnchairs for maximum relaxation!

RSVP via Facebook and call (201) 341-8311 or email Newark Riverfront Revival for more information. The Orange Sticks at Newark Riverfront Park are near 1 Somme Street, Newark, NJ 07105, a 10-minute walk from Newark Penn Station. The NJ Transit #1 bus stops at Ferry & Fillmore, 3 blocks from the park. Free public parking is available along Raymond Blvd between Somme & Van Buren Streets or near the Riverfront Park Sports Fields at the corner of Raymond Blvd & Freeman Street, a 10-minute walk.

Download flyer here.

**********************FULL MIXTAPE LABEL**********************
Newark Movie Mixtape
Curated by Whitney Strub and Damon Rich
Edited by Samantha Boardman

Sightseeing in Newark (John Dunnachie, 1927)
Wise Guys (Brian De Palma, 1986)
Death of a B-Boy (Willis Petrie, 2008)
With No One to Help Us (Eugene and Carole Marner,1967)
Dinner with an Assassin (Bobby Guions, 2005)
Writing on the Wall (Sandra King, 1984)
A Morning Alarm/Going to the Fire (Edison Manufacturing Co., 1896)
Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know” (1991)
1 P.M. (Jean-Luc Godard/D.A. Pennebaker/ Richard Leacock, 1972)
Day of the Fight (Stanley Kubrick, 1951)
The Street (Daniel Pyne and John Mankiewicz, 1988)
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
Eminem, “Not Afraid” video (2010)
This is Newark, 1966 (1966)
Moving Target (Bobby Guions, 1999)
Meet Me in the Ironbound: A Love Story (Yuri Alves, 2014)
Ironbound Vampire (Karl Petry, 1997)
Newark Big Plans (2014)
“Move Jump Jack Your Body” (Kyze/Stump, 1989)
Janie’s Janie (Geri Ashur, 1972)
The Rink (Sarah Friedland, 2012)
Single Room Furnished (Matt Cimber, 1968)
Troublemakers (Robert Machover and Norm Fruchter, 1966)
“Ghosts of Zanzibar” video (Alias Rhythm, 2011)

UPDATED photos!

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Newark Riverfront Latin Jazz with Frank and 3 To Clave

Come enjoy sounds of Latin Jazz from Frank and 3 to Clave at the Orange Sticks, led by Frank Villafañe and featuring Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Brazilian rhythms. The Diaspora comes together at Newark’s riverfront!

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Latin Jazz with Frank and 3 to Clave
Friday, September 5, 2014, 7 pm
Newark Riverfront Park Orange Sticks (see map)
Raymond Blvd between Van Buren & Somme Streets
Free & open to the public!
Bring lawnchairs, blankets, & picnic dinners!

Call (201) 341-8311 or email Newark Riverfront Revival for more information. The Orange Sticks at Newark Riverfront Park are near 1 Somme Street, Newark, NJ 07105, a 10-minute walk from Newark Penn Station. The NJ Transit #1 bus stops at Ferry & Fillmore, 3 blocks from the park. Free public parking is available along Raymond Blvd between Somme & Van Buren Streets or near the Riverfront Park Sports Fields at the corner of Raymond Blvd & Freeman Street, a 10-minute walk.

See and hear a sample of the band.

Frank received his musical training here at Rutgers University where he studied with Kenny Barron, Walter Bishop Jr., Ted Dunbar and Frank Foster. Frank has shared the stage with such Latin Jazz luminaries as Eddie Palmieri, Richie Flores, Mario Rivera, Louis Romero, and Alfredo De La Fe.

Download flyer here.


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Who’s digging the old Burger King site at Market & Prospect?

Curious about the environmental remediation work being done on both sides of Raymond Boulevard near Prospect Street? Read these sheets from PSEG to learn the deal.

Informe sobre la recuperacion del predio donde se encontraban las instalaciones de la Market Street Gas y projecto de restauracion – Area D
Uma visao geral do antigo local de producao de gas Market Street, descontaminacao e projeto de restauracao – Area D
An Overview of the Former Market Street Gas Works Site Remediation and Restoration Project – Area D

Newark Riverfront Revival Seeks Program Director

Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) seeks full-time Program Director

Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) aims to connect every Newark resident to their river. Since 2008, NRR has built the constituency for Newark’s riverfront by taking hundreds of people on boat and walking tours, hosting concerts, dance parties, a gospel festival, dozens of outreach events, design education programs for youth, and a City Hall exhibition. Since 2012, NRR has worked with Essex County, the City of Newark, Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, The Trust for Public Land, and other partners to build and program over 15 acres of riverfront parks, including a walking and biking trail, sports fields and courts, floating boat dock, riverfront boardwalk, playground and other settings for relaxation, picnics, exercise, and environmental education. In 2014, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program and others, NRR organized 63 events June through September engaging thousands of people. NRR pursues a broad vision of environmental justice for Newark residents and others in seeking to build a riverfront that reflects, nourishes, and sustains the city’s deepest traditions and diverse population. NRR especially seeks to increase the participation of historically marginalized people in decision-making about the future of Newark’s riverfront.

The Program Director will be responsible for supervising all aspects of the organization and will have primary responsibility for program development and fundraising to support and grow the organization’s $110,000 budget. The Program Director reports to the Newark Planning Director and Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark Riverfront Revival’s fiscal agent.

NRR has reached a critical point in its development and is poised to achieve its mission in new and broader ways. The ideal candidate for Program Director will demonstrate the vision, understanding, modesty, ingenuity, and hustle to take these efforts to a next level.


—Oversee development and execution of programs and projects in pursuit of NRR’s mission, including Newark boat tours, walkshops, concerts, physical fitness classes, movie nights, festivals, and more Responsible for overseeing performers/facilitators, equipment, publicity, logistics, etc.
—Lead fundraising and development from public, corporate, philanthropic, and fee-for-service sources to raise the necessary resources to sustain and expand NRR’s work
—Oversee NRR’s finances and operations
—Cultivate partnerships with community-based organizations, environmental advocates, community development corporations, schools, private property owners, and others
—Communicate with broad range of stakeholders and general public
—Lead marketing efforts through both traditional and social media, as well as on-the-ground outreach (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp, and graphic design skills a plus)
—Work with Essex County, City of Newark, and others to monitor and troubleshoot park maintenance—Collaborate with Newark Planning Office, Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, and other partners to set organizational goals and monitor/evaluate achievements
—Advance development of riverfront capital improvements in cooperation with property owners, community-based organizations, and government agencies
—Perform other related duties as required


  • Minimum of BA in community development, environmental studies, or related field
  • 2-5 years of experience in community organizing, urban planning, or related field
  • Must be Newark resident
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Interest and/or background in planning for urban, waterfront, or institutional developments
  • Prior work experience with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Interest and/or background in urban park development and/or management
  • Excellent speaking and written communication skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese is a plus
  • Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply

To apply

Please submit your resumé and cover letter by August 29, 2014. Your cover letter should discuss how your education, training, work experience, and vision will complement NRR’s need for leadership and innovation. Please include the names and contact information of three professional references, and your salary history and expectations.

Newark Riverfront Revival
Program Director Search Committee
920 Broad Street Room 407
Newark, NJ 07102

By email: newarkriverfront [at] gmail [dot] com

For further information, please refer to NRR’s website at www.newarksriver.wordpress.com

Download job description & application instructions.