Monthly Archives: June 2016

Newark Riverfront Park is Expanding! Take the Design Survey and Tell Us What You Want to See Developed Along the Riverfront!

Help us design Riverfront Park! Take the survey below and give us your ideas for what the expanding Riverfront Park will look like.
We are adding 15 more acres to Riverfront Park, extending it all the Bridge Street in the North Ward. James Corner Field Operations, the designer of the High Line in Manhattan, is leading the design effort and is seeking public input on the features and amenities we as a community want to have in the expanded park on the Passaic.
Don’t miss out on your chance to add your voice to this transformative project!

July 8-9: 2nd Annual Newark Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival featuring 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.
“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

Kidz Peace Team
Jonathan Stamper

Flip City Band

Urban Kween 

DJ Scotty Nevers



Celebrate America’s Independence at Newark Riverfront Park this Sunday, July 3rd, at the Thank You America Festival!

Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to announce the Thank You America: Independence Day Carnival and Fireworks at #Newark Riverfront Park onJuly 3rd!

Let’s celebrate our country’s Independence at beautiful Newark Riverfront Park with fireworks, carnival rides, food, and entertainment for the family.

Join us this Sunday, July 3th, 2016, beginning at 2pm at Riverfront Park, located on Raymond Boulevard between Somme and Van Buren Streets, to celebrate America’s birthday with the Thank You America Festival followed by Fireworks along the Riverfront at 9pm!

This event is being sponsored by Ironbound Business Improvement District, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, Hampton Inn & Suites, Allegro Seafood Grill and supported by Newark Riverfront Revival and the Newark Celebration 350 Committee.


Newark Boat Tours Begin Sunday, June 26th!

This Sunday, June 26th, marks the beginning of our Newark Boat Tour summer series!

Experience the great City of Newark from the River and learn about the history, ecology, and development from Newark Riverfront Revival and Hackensack Riverkeeper.

We offer two types of Riverfront Boat Tours:

Riverfront Tours: Boats leave from Newark Riverfront Park and follow the Passaic River to the tip of Newark Bay. Boats then go back up river until Newark’s edge along the Passaic at the Belleville border. Tours focus on Newark’s historical development, industry and redevelopment of the Riverfront.

Port Tours: Boats leave from Newark Riverfront Park and go down the Passaic River and into Newark Bay and the two docks at Port Newark. Tour is focused on the Port Industry, Ecology of the River and the future of sustainable development.

Our first tours begin on June 26th at 11am & 1pm from the Boat Dock located on the Orange Boardwalk.

You must be 5 years old+ to sail.

Suggested donation is $5 for Newark residents and $15 for non-residents.

Get your tickets by emailing or calling (201) 341-8311

Boat Tour Dates:

June 26th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

July 23rd –  Port Tour
12pm & 2pm

August 21 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 27 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 28th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 11 – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 18 – Port Tour
10am & 12pm



Create Art on the Banks of the Passaic with the Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series Powered by GalleryRetail

Be a part of the Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series, curated and hosted by GalleryRetail this summer!

Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series: GRanimals, an interactive day of creating art for Newark Youth.
Get up-close and hand-ons with various warm and furry critters while enjoying the park and live art.

DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS! ; ) [No animals will be harmed, just art installations of animals]

Bring our your children for the first event on Saturday, June 25th, from 2-5pm to create art in ‪#‎Newark‬ Riverfront Park!GRSUMMER16_SM_side1


The honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City of Newark, NJ – City Hall announce James Corner Field Operations as the lead designer in the expansion of ‪Newark‬ Riverfront Park!

In a press conference hosted by the Deputy Mayor, Baye Adofo-Wilson at City Hall, the City of Newark , Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, and Trust for Public Land announced that the James Corner Field Operations firm will be the lead designer for the next phase of #Newark Riverfront Park. The firm is internationally known for their parks and was the team behind New York City’s Highline.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka stated that he believes  that the redevelopment of Newark’s riverfront and Riverfront Park is the most transformative project in the city. The Park will be extended from it’s beginning on Raymond Boulevard and Brill Street, all the way up to Bridge Street, encompassing three of Newark’s five wards.

Newark Riverfront Revival and the Friends of Riverfront Park are looking forward to participating in the meetings of community stakeholders to help aid in the design process.

Visit The Newark Times for more information.


Newark Pulse Spotlights Summer Events at Newark Riverfront Park!

Big thank you to Newark Pulse and writer Tamara Campbell for highlighting Summer 2016 at Newark Riverfront Park!
Riverfront Debuts their Summer 2016 Calendar

The Riverfront Park debuts their summer line-up showcasing the diversity of Newark’s talent. Check out a sampling of what’s to come. All events are added in our calendars… join our email list for weekly reminders.


Water Activities:



For the Kids/Families:

Work It Out This Summer w/ Free Public Yoga, Zumba & Capoeira at Newark Riverfront Park!

The Summer 2016 Season has begun at Newark Riverfront Park! After a successful River Day (check later this week for an update and photos), Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to present a full calendar events.

Newark Riverfront Park is one of the most beautiful and peaceful spaces in the entire city and a great location to work out and get in shape!

We are thrilled to present 3 fitness classes that will run weekly until mid-September. There is something for everyone down on the River so come out and get your exercise on with Riverfront Yoga, Riverfront Zumba, and our newest addition Riverfront Capoeira.

Please note that all fitness classes take place in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard at Brill Street behind the sports fields.

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Relax and release with Riverfront Yoga our new yoga instructor fayemi shakur every Monday @ 6pm in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard & Brill Street behind the sports fields.

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Dance and sweat it out with Riverfront Zumba every Tuesday @ 6pm with instructor Aigner Holmes in The Meadow.

RiverfrontCapoeira 2016

We are excited to announce our very first Riverfront Capoeira classes hosted by Capoeira Muçurumim every Wednesday @ 7pm in The Meadow .

‪#‎Capoeira‬ is a #Brazilian martial art created by enslaved Africans who disguised their training to look like dancing while preparing for a revolt against slave masters. Learn more at

June 4th – 5th Annual Walk to the Water & River Day!

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Be a part of the celebration and join us on Saturday, June 4th for the 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day in partnership with Newark Celebration 350!

Meet on the steps of Newark City Hall at 11am and Walk to the Water in symbolic reclamation of the Riverfront for the people!

Upon arrival at Riverfront Park, take part of the River Day festivities and get a taste of the upcoming 2016 season with a day filled with family friendly fun and activities featuring:

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. John Johnson, Jr. & Junius Williams / Newark Celebration 350

Performances by:

Shabazz High School Marching Band

Poetry by Urban Kween
Son del Caribe
Rancho de Casa Ribatejo
Maurice Chestnut
Capoeira Mucurumim
Los Pleneritos
The Violin Diva – Charisa Rouse

New Ark 350 Play by Yendor Productions

Boat Tours with the Hackensack Riverkeeper

Hosted by Tehsuan Glover

Fitness Activities:


Don’t miss Riverfront Park’s opening day and celebrate Newark’s 350th in the place where it all began, down by the River!