An estimated 30,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected to be properly recycled at a free E-Waste Collection Event to mark Earth Day in the Ironbound District. The event, presented in partnership by the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Panasonic, Covanta and Urban Renewal Corp. at Peter Francisco Park, made it convenient and easy for local businesses and residents to recycle electronics like old TVs, PCs and laptops, printers, small household appliances, phones and other e-waste.
“We are pleased that our partnership has had an important impact in our district and beyond, with many truckloads of e-waste coming from downtown Newark and other parts of the city,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Many people realize it is important to remove electronic products from the waste stream but don’t know how or where to dispose of them properly. That’s why this service is so important to the Ironbound and the City of Newark.”
The bleaching effects of the sun, plus wind, rain, and snow, take a big toll on the colorful banners along Ferry Street that help define the Ironbound District. A cooperative effort between the City of Newark and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has replaced 110 banners in total that are once again welcoming locals and visitors to the Ironbound. The IBID provided the design, while the cost of producing the new banners was paid by the City of Newark’s Division of Traffic and Signals.
“We are proud to partner with the IBID in making Ferry Street a safer and more attractive corridor for pedestrians and motorists,” stated Jack M. Nata, Manager,
Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark.
Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director, noted that the banners do more than add color to the local streetscape. “The banners inform people that the district is being managed in a professional way, along with the streetscape planters, extra garbage cans and supplemental clean up services the IBID provides,” he continued. “At a time when our community is attracting increasing numbers of visitors for the district’s renowned dining, shopping and services, as well as new businesses and residents, it is important that we demonstrate our commitment to keeping the Ironbound a clean, attractive and welcoming destination.”
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“Street Smart NJ” targets speed, distractednesss, and safety awareness for motorists and pedestrians
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Engineering Director Phillip Scott, and Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata have announced that the City of Newark will be participating in the March 2016 Street Smart NJ Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign, “Street Smart NJ,” aims at reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in Newark and across all of New Jersey.
The Street Smart NJ campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. Local police will work with several partners – including Newark Downtown District, Ironbound Business Improvement District, Rutgers University, Prudential, and many others to educate motorists and pedestrians throughout the month of March.
Deep in the heart of New Jersey's largest city, surrounded by a network of railroad tracks that enclose its four square miles and give the area its name, is a small enclave known as the Ironbound. The area was rural until the 1820s, when German and Irish immigrants came in, comprising a much-needed workforce that allowed the city to become more industrialized.
If you don't have the time or money to cross the Atlantic to visit Portugal, then you can just traverse over another body of water (the Hudson) and find some great authentic food in New Jersey.
With the recent opening of George Mendes's Lupulo, there has been a spark of interest in Portuguese cuisine in the city, but the truth is we're still short on options within the five boroughs. That's where New Jersey comes in. If you take the PATH or NJ Transit into Newark—just a 30 minute ride when the trains operate as scheduled—you can explore Portuguese food and get a genuine sense of the culture.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has joined with East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and individuals and organizations from the East Ward and around the City of Newark to announce the formation of the Ironbound Immigrants Memorial Foundation.
The Foundation is committed to the fulfillment of a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary celebration in 2016 by completing and erecting a statue to memorialize forever the individuals and families who are the foundation of the Ironbound’s past and future success. The goal is to raise more than $200,000 necessary to complete and install the memorial by the fall of this year.
Designed by local artist Camilo Satiro, a noted painter and sculptor, the memorial will be carved from marble and erected on the island located at the Five Corners intersection of Ferry Street, Wilson Avenue and Merchant Street that fronts historic St. Stephan’s Church.
“Newark’s Ironbound District has welcomed generations of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe and the Americas, including African Americans from our southern states, seeking freedom and opportunity,” stated Councilman Amador at a kickoff event held recently at the Mediterranean Manor.
“It is estimated that more than 40 different ethnic communities call the Ironbound home; all have made important contributions, helping to build the Ironbound, Newark and New Jersey,” the Councilman added. “Through their pursuit of the American Dream, a dream that for many began in this community, the Ironbound has become one of Newark’s leading neighborhoods for residents and visitors, with a thriving business district, acclaimed restaurants, safe and welcoming streets and respected cultural and artistic institutions.”
Newark’s Ironbound is recognized as one of New Jersey’s top dining and food destinations. It is also home to AeroFarms, the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, currently under construction on Rome Street.
While the facility is being completed in time for a grand opening scheduled for later this year, AeroFarms, the company behind this revolutionary new way to grow delicious, nutrient-dense leafy greens and herbs without sunlight, rain or soil, has set up another commercial farm at 400 Ferry Street, the former home of a paintball facility that is less than half a mile away from Rome Street, bringing together one overall 100,000 square feet farming operation.
Recently, AeroFarms joined forces with the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) to host a tour and tasting of several different leafy greens harvested at peak flavor grown with no pesticides and up to 95% less water than traditional farming.
“The Ironbound is a food-centric community, and having “Newark Fresh” produce available to local residents as well as the hundreds of restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, markets and other food-related businesses in our district is a perfect match,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Newark’s business sector now includes a significant and growing number of food-related companies and we are proud that many, like AeroFarms, call the Ironbound home.”
More than 30 community members participated in a public meeting at the Prospect Street Firestation to talk about bicycle safety and a proposed bicycle network for the Ironbound. Hosted by the City ofNewark's Engineering Department and supported by the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), the effort joins a citywide pedestrian awareness program designed to make the Ironbound andNewark a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists sharing local roadways.