City Child/City River by Margaret Tsuda

City Child/City River

by Margaret Tsuda

It is good for a child
to grow up by a river.

There is much talk of
coming from
passing along
going toward
from a river.
Comments put into
sparkling form whose
luster is not forgotten.

It is good for a child
to grow up in a city by a river
where concrete can
be seen to merge into fluid
the static into the ever-flowing.

And a river can give assurance
of the power of beauty
to surmount defilement and
that is important
to a child
growing up in a city.

This poem appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on August 14, 1975, and was included in Tsuda’s collection Urban River, published in Newark in 1976.



Saturday, October 15, 5-9pm Riverfront House Night Fundraiser with DJ Omar Abdallah!

This Saturday, Newark Riverfront Revival hosts a special edition of Riverfront House Night with DJ Omar Abdallah to help raise funds to support Riverfront Park programming!

Come out and join the party, dance under the stars, and show your love for Riverfront Park and Riverfront House nights by donating or purchasing a special edition Riverfront House T-Shirt for $20!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 @ 5:00-9:00PM

Newark Riverfront Park @ the Orange Sticks
Raymond Boulevard between Somme & Van Buren Streets

Newark Riverfront Revival Partners with Newark Arts Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival!

Newark Riverfront Revival is proud to partner with Newark Arts for the upcoming Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival taking place October 19-23! Join us for the Open Doors Public Launch Party & Vendors’ Fair taking place Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza on Thursday, October 20, from 5:30-8:30pm featuring performances by Ricky Persaud, Jr., Emily & The Ideals Band, Maurice Chestnut, Charisa the ViolinDiva, Soul Steppers, Roman Cruz, All Stars Project of New Jersey, Capoeira, DJ Scotty Nevers, the Barat Foundation Animodules and more!

Saturday, September 17th: Soul Rock on the River with Emily & the Ideals and Ricky Persaud Jr.!

Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to present Soul Rock on the River with Emily & the Ideals and Ricky Persaud Jr.

Join us on Saturday, September 17th from 5-7pm at the Orange Sticks in Newark Riverfront Park for a late summer afternoon of soul, bossa nova, and music en espanol with Emily & the Ideals and roots rock and reggae with Ricky Persaud Jr.


2nd Annual Dance Newark! – Movements of the World Lights Up the Riverfront Stage!

Our 2nd Annual #DanceNewark! event was a huge success thanks to all of our performers, partners and attendees.

As promised, we witnessed dancers from all over the world, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company representing traditional Chinese dance, Heritage Irish Dance Company representing Irish Step Dance, Felipe & Rafael of Brazil, Ricardo Santiago with Flamenco from Spain, all around Latin America and the Caribbean with Smiling David’s Dance School and right back to #Newark, New Jersey with a headlining improvised performance by Newark’s own tap master extraordinaire, Maurice Chestnut with one of the world’s greatest street dancers Storyboard P from Brooklyn, NYC.

Special thanks to Dance on the Lawn, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Gallery Aferro Mobile Portrait Studio, Friends of Riverfront Park, National Endowment of the Arts, and Victoria Foundation for making this event possible.


Explore Port Newark This Sunday (August 21st) with Newark Boat Tours!

Sunday, August 21, Boat Tours to Port Newark with Hackensack Riverkeeper!

The Port of Newark is the largest Port on the Eastern Seaboard and the 2nd largest Port in the United States. Experience the Port from the Passaic River and Newark Bay with our Port Boat Tours with Hackensack Riverkeeper this Sunday at 11am and 1pm. Suggested donation is $5 for Newark residents and $15 for non-residents. Must be 5 years and older.

If you are interested in joining us on August 21, please email or call (201) 341-8311 to reserve your spot.

Friday, August 19: Riverfront House w/ DJ Omar Abdallah + LPCCD “Music Speaks” Series Film Feature “Hands to the Sky”







Invite You To A Very Special


House Music Night at Newark Riverfront

Celebrating outdoor house music dance culture

House Rhythms by


7:00pm – 9:00pm

followed by a screening of the documentary film

By Domingo Canate


9:00pm – 11:00pm


The DJs, Musicians, Fans and Feelings Inspired by Outdoor House Music Dance Parties

Friday, August 19th

Newark Riverfront at Orange Sticks

Raymond Blvd between Somme and Van Buren Streets


Father & Son Complete Kayaking Expedition on the Passaic River and Donate Funds to Newark Riverfront Park!

Big thanks to Brian Snow and his 13 year old son Skyler Snow who graciously donated the proceeds of their kayaking expedition down the Passaic River to Newark Riverfront Revival programming! Their courageous journey ended at the Boat Dock at Newark Riverfront Park and their donation will go towards our free public kayaking days!

Take from Skyler, the Passaic River is still a gem to be explored! “Despite the pollution, there are some beautiful sights to see on the Passaic,” Snow concluded.

For the full story, check out this article:

Save the Date! Friday, August 12 – Riverfront Movie Night Featuring Purple Rain!

Friday, August 12th, 8pm @ the Orange Sticks at Newark Riverfront Park

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the iconic film that was the catalyst for mega-fame for the multi-talented musician and performer Prince along the banks of the Passaic River at Riverfront Park.

Bring your blankets, chairs, and snacks and watch this classic under the stars.

This event is sponsored by Newark Office of Film + TV

purple rain movie night

Newark Riverfront Revival Summer 2015 Highlights

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, and supporters for making 2015 a summer to remember at Newark Riverfront Park! We continue to build on great programming, park stewardship and helping to reconnect Newarkers to their River!!!

Special thanks to National Endowment for the Arts, Victoria Foundation, The Trust for Public LandNewark Office of Film + Television, Panasonic and Seidler Chemical Company for their generous contributions and to our partners, the City of Newark, County of EssexIronbound Community Corporation,Friends of Riverfront Park, and Hackensack Riverkeeper for their continued support.  Hope to see you all this summer!

Video filmed and edited by Emackqulent Entertainment

August 27: 2nd Annual Dance Newark! “Movements of the World”

‪#‎Newark‬ ‪#‎Riverfront‬ Revival is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Dance Newark! event on Saturday, August 6th from 4-7pm featuring “Movements of the World” with ‪#‎HeritageIrishDanceCompany‬ (Irish Step Dancing),  Felipe & Rafael (Brazil), Ricardo Santiago (Flamenco), Kyle Marshall, Smiling David’s Dance StudioNai-Ni Chen Dance Company (Contemporary) and a special performance by Maurice Chestnut (Tap) &Storyboard P in association w/ Dance on The Lawn & New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) & the Gallery Aferro Mobile Portrait Studio w/ DJ Scotty Nevers


July 24th @ 5pm – Riverfront Theater Day with The Movement Musical!


Sunday, July 24th, 5pmRiverfront Theater Day – The Movement Musical at the Orange Sticks

Last week we got rained out, but we hope you can come out to the Orange Sticks this Sunday for a great day of musical theater featuring the talented cast of The Movement Musical!

This a’ cappella musical tells the story of the children and teens who stood up against injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. The Children’s Crusade was launched by several civil rights leaders in 1963, to help propel The Movement forward. Written and Directed by Kathy D.Harrison, The Movement was featured in the 2015 National Black Theater Festival and is performed by the ensemble cast of Diversity Youth Theater.

Riverfront Interactive Art Day on July 23rd from 2-5pm!

GalleryRetail hosts an interactive day of creating art for all ages. Join in, create, share and learn some yarn crafts.

Want to just unwind?

In the midst of the hustle of the city, we offer a relaxing recess with our labyrinth.

The labyrinth, complete with words of encouragement, guided meditations, and Newark fun facts will stimulate the senses and provide opportunities for introspection.


Friday, July 22nd is Family Movie Night featuring Zootopia!

Friday, July 22nd is Riverfront Family Movie Night Featuring Zootopia in The Meadow!

It’s Family Movie Night at Riverfront Park on July 22nd featuring Disney’s latest smash movie, Zootopia! Bring out your children, blanket and chairs and watch the movie under the stars in The Meadow located behind the sports fields on Raymond Boulevard & Brill Street.

This event is sponsored by Newark Office of Film & Television.



July 8-9: Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival: Hip-Hop for Political, Social, and Environmental Justice

July 8-9: Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival featuring Rubble Kings Screening and Rah Digga

Newark Riverfront Revival hosts the 2nd Annual Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival with this year’s theme of “Hip-Hop for Political, Social, and Environmental Justice.” 

Friday, July 8th, 8pm – Screening of Rubble Kings, a film by Shan Nicholson, that looks at the climate that gave birth to the music and culture of hip-hop, as a movement of political, social, and environmental justice, sponsored by Newark Office of Film + TV.

“From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.”

Saturday, July 9th, 3pm-8pm, Riverfront Hip-Hop Day at the Orange Sticks

Hip-Hop has always been a voice of the people who live under stressed conditions in urban environments. Newark Riverfront Revival presents a day dedicated to the genre and focused on hip-hop for political, social, and environmental justice featuring performances by:

Rah Digga
Nene Ali
Samad Savage
Sol Zalez
Jonathan Stamper
Urban Kween
Flip Citi Band
DJ Scotty Nevers

July 17th Quick Culture Meetup

Quick Culture Meetup : Tech and Public Safety – Sunday, July 17th, 2-5pm
Be a part of a dynamic meeting of the minds and the discussion on the Riverfront!
At Quick Culture Meetup each participant shares in a series of brief discussions to actually interact during their next cultural experience. Here we examine the array of visual arts and provide you the opportunity to connect with like minds.
Sample Discussion Starters:
What’s your take on policing? ..(like) What are we not doing right?
Do you use public WiFi? Where?
What does a tech park look like?

July 16th – Riverfront Theater Day Presents: The Movement Musical

Saturday, July 16th, 5pm – Riverfront Theater Day – The Movement Musical 

This a cappella musical tells the story of the children and teens who stood up against injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. The Children’s Crusade was launched by several civil rights leaders in 1963, to help propel The Movement forward. Written and Directed by Kathy D.Harrison, The Movement was featured in the 2015 National Black Theater Festival and is performed by the ensemble cast of Diversity Youth Theater


Newark Riverfront Park Hosts the 2016 Newark PROUD and Circle of Friends Awards on July 15th!

2016 Newark PROUD and Circle of Friends Award

Newark Gay Pride and Urban+Out acknowledge six truly inspiring and amazing honorees as we celebrate Newark Pride, excellence and service in our communities.

Purchase tickets online here:

EARLY BIRD – $35 per ticket (until 7/4/16)

General Admission – $50 per ticket

VIP Admission – $100 per ticket

Couples – $75 for a pair of tickets

Package of 10 Tickets – $350