IBID Invests in Ironbound Streetscape with New Planters

The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) purchased and installed 50 new decorative planters on Wilson Avenue and East Ferry Street in May. An additional 20 garbage cans were also purchased and are expected to be installed before the end of June.

This initiative reflects the ongoing investment by the IBID in improvements and enhancements to the district’s streetscape that make the Ironbound a clean, safe and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.

“In addition to the supplemental cleaning services the IBID provides, the planters, garbage cans, decorative light fixtures, banners and other streetscape elements represent a significant investment by the IBID in the district,” noted Seth A. Grossman, IBID executive director. “These efforts communicate to local business owners and residents, as well as visitors, that the district is well-managed and a desirable place to live, to work, to shop and dine and to invest.”

Zelia Prata, manager of the Garden State Community Bank branch office on Wilson Avenue and an IBID board member, said the addition of the new planters was a welcome sight. “The streetscape is clean and well-maintained with the IBID’s help, and the flowers add color and beauty to the neighborhood,” concluded Laura Cruz, president of the Mundial Agency on Wilson Avenue. 


Charity Motorcycle Event Benefits Ailing Children

In conjunction with the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, New Jersey Chapter IX, Simon’s Rockaway Townsquare will host the 28th Annual Gooch’s Garlic Run on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  More than 2,000 motorcyclists will leave the mall with Newark’s Ironbound District as the destination after a 30-mile ride to raise money for children with physical and catastrophic illnesses.

Families can enjoy pre-ride activities, including great food, vendors, music and more in the shopping center’s parking lot. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m.  A full police escort will accompany the riders, who will depart from the Rockaway Townsquare parking lot at 6:30 p.m. sharp.  The course travels along Routes 80 and 280 to McCarter Highway/Route 21 and will culminate atFerry Street inNewark’s Ironbound District with its renowned restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. In case of inclement weather, Gooch’s Garlic Run will be rescheduled to Wednesday, June 24.


Winners Announced in Annual Ironbound Anti-Litter Poster Contest

Hawkins Street School won first place for the fifth to eighth grade and the Ann Street School won first place for the first to fourth grade in the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) 13th Annual Anti-Litter Poster Contest.  More than thirty posters were entered by students from Ironbound elementary and middle schools participating in the contest which draws attention to the IBID’s “Let’s Work Together to Keep the Ironbound Clean” quality of life initiative.

Read more: Winners Announced in Annual Ironbound Anti-Litter Poster Contest

IBID’s Clean & Green Team Volunteer at Ironbound Community Clean Up

The Ironbound Business Improvement District ((IBID) Clean & Green Team pitched in to support the Ironbound community along with more than 50 students, residents, and business community members who volunteered at the recent Community Clean-Up organized by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador.

Led by Operations Director Chris Bernardo and Supervisor Matt Christenson, the team members helped with supplies, manpower and supervision atLibertyPark onChestnut Street, working with students fromEast SideHigh School to paint and remove graffiti in the park.

Read more: IBID’s Clean & Green Team Volunteer at Ironbound Community Clean Up

Earth Day E-Waste Event A Success!

More than 5 tons 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. Additional e-waste was collected from diverse community partners in Newark including Gallery Aferro, WBGO Radio, Gateway Center businesses and more. NJPAC provided information about upcoming performances and held a raffle for tickets. NJ Transit also shared information about the event with its passengers traveling through Newark Penn Station.

Read more: Earth Day E-Waste Event A Success!


IBID, Covanta, Panasonic, Urban Renewal and City of Newark partner for second annual collection event in Peter Francisco Park, providing convenience and access to safe disposal of electronics

This Earth Day, Newark residents are once again encouraged to empty their cluttered closets, drawers and garages and bring their old electronics to a free e-waste collection event taking place, rain or shine, on Wednesday, April 22 at Peter Francisco Park, located between Edison Place and Ferry Street near Penn Station in Newark’s Ironbound District from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The first 50 participants will receive a free gift when dropping off their items. The event, now in its second year, is a partnership between private companies and public organizations that includes the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID); Covanta, a world leading sustainable waste and materials management company, and Panasonic; in cooperation with the City of Newark and Urban Renewal Corporation, a local not-for-profit emergency housing and social services organization.


IBID President Steven T. Yglesias Honored

Steven T. Yglesias, President of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), was honored recently by the Anibal Ramos Jr. Civic Association at its annual Leadership Awards Breakfast. Yglesias, the owner of Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge on Ferry Street, received the Community Leader award at the event held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Read more: IBID President Steven T. Yglesias Honored

Ironbound Community Service Awards Recognize First Block Task Force

The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) presented commemorative plaques to recognize the contributions of First Block Task Force members, including local business and commercial property owners, residents, and representatives of the Newark Police Department, who have been working cooperatively to address concerns about crime and public safety in the area around Newark Penn Station and Peter Francisco Park, gateway to the Ironbound.

Read more: Ironbound Community Service Awards Recognize First Block Task Force

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Upcoming Newark Events, Great Shopping & Dining – Go Ironbound!!


10/6 - The Temptations & The Four Tops
10/7 - Denks Plays “The Emperor”
10/7 - Patrizio Buanne
10/12-15 - Zhang Conducts Beethoven
10/12 - NJ Speakers Series: David Cameron
10/13 - Price is Right Live!
10/14 - Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!
10/19 - Tamar Braxton with special guest Joe
10/20-21 - Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron
10/21 - Nathan Lane Plus The Birdcage
10/22 - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist Andre Watts
10/24 - Jazz House Kids Turn 15!
10/26 - Tango Buenos Aires
10/27 - Prayer for Peace Concert
10/28 - Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets in Concert
10/28 - American Song: The Wizard & I
10/31 - King Crimson

Prudential Center

10/5 - Barry Manilow
10/8 - Katy Perry
10/10 - Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
10/12 - Guns N’ Roses
10/13 NJ Devils vs Washington Capitals
10/14 - Halsey
10/17 NJ Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning
10/20 NJ Devils vs San Jose Sharks
10/21 - World Boxing Super Series: Gassiev vs Wlodarczyk
0/24 - Imagine Dragons
10/27 NJ Devils vs Ottawa Senators
10/28 NJ Devils vs Arizona Coyotes

Red Bull Arena

10/7 - NY Red Bulls vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10/15 - NY Red Bulls vs Atlanta United FC


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