Category Archives: Public Programs

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

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July 10th – “Back to the Basics” Hip Hop Weekend Movie Screening – Nas: Time is Illmatic

Nas_Time_is_Illmatic_HHWKNDNewark celebrates the history and culture of hip-hop at the Orange Sticks in Riverfront Park with “Back to the Basics” Hip Hop Weekend on July 10-11th!

Catch the opening night with a screening of Nas: Time is Illmatic at Riverfront Park located on the River Watching Hill by the Orange Sticks on Friday, July 10th.

Come back on Saturday, July 11th for a day long focus on the 5 Elements of Hip Hop featuring a panel discussion about the origins and evolution of the genre with Jeff Billingsley of Cobblestone Multimedia LLC, Martha Diaz, Associate Producer of Nas: Time is Illmatic and Founder and Curator of Hip Hop Education Center, Du “Doitall” Kelly of the Legendary Lords of the Underground and 211 Media Group and hip-hop scholar Dr. JahJah Shakur, and performances in all the 5 Elements (emcee, deejay, b-boy/b-girl, graffiti, & beatbox) and an open mic cypher.

hashtags: #timeisillmatic #backtothebasics #newarkhiphopwknd

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

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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!

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THE PASSAIC RIVER BLUES
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
Hallelu!

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Saturday 10/25: Free North of 280 Riverfront Walkshop

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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.

UPDATE!

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