An Open House has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at the ProspectStreetFireStationArtsCenter (56 Prospect Street) in the Ironbound District. People are invited to stop in at any time during the Open House. A presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m.
The event will foster communication about pedestrian and bicycle safety and the sharing of information from the “Be Street Smart NJ” campaign to help keep Ironbound residents, workers and visitors safe whether they are walking or driving on the City ofNewark’s busy streets. The issue is particularly important in the Ironbound, which has eight of the top ten highest auto-pedestrian accident areas in the City.
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the City of Newark are working together with local partners like the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) to develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Plan. This federally-funded project is being undertaken because the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has identified Newark as a PedestrianFocusCity, meaning the frequency and severity of pedestrian and bicycle crashes needs to be reduced.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) is supporting the implementation of a Pedestrian Safety Campaign in the City of Newark announced by Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Acting Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish during the month of October. The IBID has joined other partners participating in the statewide pedestrian safety education effort to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey. The “Be Street Smart NJ” campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations to educate pedestrians and motorists about making safety their top priority whether walking or driving.
Brian Morgado, owner of the Ironbound Pet Shop on East Ferry Street and an IBID board member, noted the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to stay safe while visiting the bustling Ironbound District. “The streets of the Ironbound are busy every day with residents and visitors who come to the district for shopping and dining, and everyone can contribute to a safer and more welcoming environment whether they are walking or driving,” he concluded. "This effort is particularly important to the Ironbound as it has eight of the top ten highest auto-pedestrian accident areas in the City", added Seth A. Grossman, Executive Director of the IBID.
Newark’s Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has been a hub for construction activity in the East Ward with a milling and repaving project on Wilson Avenue and sewer line repairs on Ferry Street. While an inconvenience to local residents, businesses and visitors in the short term, the work will provide long term benefits for all. Businesses and restaurants on Wilson Avenue and Ferry Street remained open for business throughout the construction activity.
Mayor Ras Baraka read poetry and local Ironbound artists were featured at events celebrating the start of the 2nd Annual Ironbound Multicultural Festival at the Prospect Street Fire House.
Presented by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, the County of Essex, the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) and the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), the events featured live music and performances along with the exhibition of work by more than 50 painters, photographers, sculptors, writers and filmmakers among the Ironbound artists-in-residence. Other sponsors include Power Concrete, Inc., Adega Grill, Grupo Seabra, Don Pepe Restaurant, Pao Da Terra Bakery, Sol-Mar Restaurant, Sabor Latino Restaurant and El Emigrante.
The IBID has been notified by the City that there are no water use restrictions along Ferry Street in the Ironbound District, today, September 17. 2014. Specific buildings may experience water service interruptions during ongoing construction work, but will receive a written notification from the City's Water Department or a specific request from the construction supervisor to deal with specific problems. Unless you are notified you may use your water today. Please be patient with this important and necessary repair to our sewer system.
Work continues on Ferry Street to repair a more than 100-year-old sewer line. Ferry Street will remain closed between Prospect and Jefferson Streets until the end of this week. Cross-traffic on Prospect, Congress and Jefferson Streets is permitted, detours are clearly marked. Upon completion of this section, work will move to Ferry Street between Jefferson and Monroe Streets. Work on that section is expected to take a week, with similar closures. Businesses and restaurants on Ferry Street remain open during the construction work.