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


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!



Oh! What a beautiful city! Rest in Peace & Much Respect to Dr Clement Price!


by Dr. Clement Price
Delivered June 2, 2012 on the occasion of the opening of Riverfront Park Segment 1

Let me begin with the first three stanzas of the Negro Spiritual, Oh! What A Beautiful City:

Oh! What a beautiful city!
Oh! What a beautiful city!
Oh! What a beautiful city!
Twelve gates to the city

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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.


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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)

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