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Upcoming Newark Riverfront events

Friday, August 29, 2014
Riverfront House Dance Party with DJ Omar Abdallah, 7 pm, Orange Sticks.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Newark Boat Tours, 2 pm & 4 pm. Join the movement to the river for a fun and affordable boat tour. Tours travel 7 miles of Newark’s riverfront. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $15 for general tickets, $5 for Newark residents. To purchase, call (201) 341–8311 or email newarkriverfront [at] gmail.com with the date and time of the tour you’d like.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Riverfront Zumba, 6-7 pm at the Riverfront Meadow (Enter park at Raymond Blvd and Brill St, take right and circle around to the Meadow.) Free & open to the public.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Riverfront Latin Jazz with Frank & 3 To Clave, 7pm, Orange Sticks. Join this exciting new group designed to showcase the music of Frank Villafañe. This is a superb quartet with extensive experience, precise delivery and an exciting repertoire!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Newark Boat Tours, 1 pm & 3 pm (Port Tours). Join the movement to the river for a fun and affordable boat tour. Tours travel 7 miles of Newark’s riverfront. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $15 for general tickets, $5 for Newark residents. To purchase, call (201) 341–8311 or email newarkriverfront [at] gmail.com with the date and time of the tour you’d like.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Riverfront Yoga, 6-7 pm at the Riverfront Meadow (Enter park at Raymond Blvd and Brill St, take right and circle around to the Meadow.) Bring a mat or blanket. Free & open to the public.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Riverfront Zumba, 6-7 pm at the Riverfront Meadow (Enter park at Raymond Blvd and Brill St, take right and circle around to the Meadow.) Free & open to the public.

Download full 2014 event calendar.
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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.

House Returns to the Riverfront!


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 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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Photos from 7/25/14 Riverfront House Party

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7/20 & 8/16 Paddle on the Passaic Kayak Tours


Join the movement to the river for a fun and affordable kayak tour! Tickets must be purchased in advance, $15 for general tickets, $5 for Newark residents. Kayaks, Personal Flotation Devices, and expert supervision will be provided by Newark Riverfront Revival and Hackensack Riverkeeper.

Paddle on the Passic Kayak Tours
Sunday, July 20, 10 am & 11:30 am
Saturday, August 16, 10 am & 11:30 am
Purchase tickets by calling (201) 341–8311 or emailing newarkriverfront [at] gmail.com with the time of the tour you’d like.

Paddle trips along Newark Riverfront Park offer opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the city from the river. Participants must be able to paddle, sit on a kayak for 2 hours, and be in decent shape. The trip will be educational and provide a great work out!

Download flyer here.

UPDATE photos from 7/20 Paddle!

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Saturday 7/26: Explore an Ironbound Riverfront Walkshop

Join the movement to reconnect Newark to its river. This interactive walkshop will cover two miles of the Ironbound riverfront between Penn Station and Chapel Street. Come see for yourself the environmental clean-up of the old city gasworks and the ongoing development of Newark RIverfront Park. Also hear the stories and meet some of the Newarkers who have organized their neighbors to shape our community. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy closed-toe shoes. You are encouraged to bring a bottle of water. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11 am–1 pm Meet at Newark Penn Station Info Booth Free and open to the public, but RSVP required! (201) 341–8311 newarkriverfront [at] gmail [dot] com dsc01503

AICP Certificate Maintenance credits are available thanks to NJ_horizontal_542 (2).

See photos from past Ironbound Walkshops herehere, and here. UPDATE Was great to walk & talk about Ironbound’s changing riverfront last Saturday. Was especially amazing to share Mr & Mrs Gilmer’s memories of growing up in the Roosevelts and their first visit to Newark Riverfront Park. Also thanks to Ironbound Community Corporation‘s Nancy Zak, Drew Curtis, and members of the EJ Team! Email newarkriverfront [at] gmail.com if you’d like to join a future walkshop on the Downtown or North of 280 riverfronts!

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Friday 7/11 8 pm! Free Outdoor Movie Night featuring Finding Nemo at Riverfront Park

cp_FWB_FindingNemo_20120926 Friday 7/11 at 8 pm, Newark Riverfront Revival will host an Outdoor Movie Night featuring Finding Nemo. Come relax, enjoy, and watch the exciting adventures of these brave fish by the banks the Passaic River! Finding Nemo at Riverfront Park Meadow Friday, July 11, 8 pm Riverfront Park Meadow is located near the corner of Raymond Boulevard and Brill Street. Enter the park, turn right, and circle around to the Meadow. The #1 bus stops nearby, and Newark Penn Station is only a 15-minute walk down Raymond Blvd. (See map.) Free & open to the public! Bring blankets & lawn chairs for maximum relaxation! Thanks to sponsor Atlantic Federal Credit Union!

Update! We found Nemo!

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6/28 Praise by the Passaic Gospel Festival

Dr. Albert Lewis & Newark Riverfront Revival present
Praise by the Passiac Gospel Festival
at the Orange Sticks
Saturday, June 28, 5–8 pm


Download flyer

Join residents of Newark and the region to celebrate the conclusion of New Jersey Gospel Month with a festival of gospel song and praise dance showcasing talent from across Newark, hosted by Dr. Albert Lewis of the Gospel Time television program.

Newark Riverfront Park is located along Raymond Boulevard between Van Buren & Somme Streets. The #1 bus stops nearby, and Newark Penn Station is only a 10-minute walk down Raymond Blvd.

Bring blankets & lawn chairs, and don’t forget to wear white!

For more information contact Riverfront Coordinator Chris Caceres
(201) 341-8311
newarkriverfront [at] gmail [dot] com