The signs along Ferry Street say “Welcome to Newark’s Ironbound.” As the City prepared to host thousands of visitors to the nearby Prudential Center on January 28th for Super Bowl Media Day, the Ironbound’s business community, including its nearly 200 renowned restaurants, bakeries, cafes and coffee shops were hoping hungry football fans will make a visit to the district part of their experience.
“The amount and variety of restaurants in Newark’s Ironbound section make it a dining gem and one of the top destinations in New Jersey,” noted Marilou Halvorsen, President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association. “Its close proximity to the Meadowlands and the Super Bowl will give visitors unique and easily accessible dining options.”
A coalition including East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), the Newark Police Department, the Portuguese American Police Association (PAPA) and the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) is sponsoring the annual Ironbound Holiday Coat & Toy Drive to benefit the needy of our community. Donations of new toys and new and good quality used coats for children ranging in age from infants to 18 years old will gladly be accepted until Friday, December 20th.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 4:30 pm and on Saturdays by special arrangement at Little City Hall, 113 Monroe Street. Donations can also be dropped off at Investors Bank’s Ironbound branch offices (184 Ferry Street, 255 Lafayette Street and 275 Chestnut Street) and at Garden State Community Bank (37 Wilson Avenue). Check with the banks regarding their office hours.
The City of Newark is one of five municipalities selected to participate in a statewide pedestrian safety education campaign pilot program to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey (the rate is double the national average and Newark ranks number one in the state for pedestrian fatalities).
The campaign is branded “Be Street Smart” and urges pedestrians and motorists to “Check Your Vital Signs” to improve your safety on the road. The vital signs for motorists are “obey posted speed limits” and “stop for pedestrians in crosswalks” (the latter is the law), and “use crosswalks” and “wait for the walk signal” for pedestrians.
The campaign’s goal is to educate pedestrians and motorists about their duties and responsibilities so they make safety their top priority whether they’re walking or driving. The endgame is to prevent crashes and save lives.
Grants from the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) façade improvement program are helping to transform the streetscape in Newark’s Ironbound. Representatives of the UEZ and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) want local business and commercial property owners to know that grants of up to $50,000 are available to UEZ-certified businesses and commercial properties.
The program requires a 25% contribution towards the total cost of the improvements, as well as property owner approval. Terms are up to 5 years, and program participants must comply with all terms and conditions to be eligible, including certification in the UEZ program. To help in designing the façade enhancements, applicants can receive assistance from professional architects who are under contract with the Newark UEZ office.
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center is Newark’s newest and most talked about hot-spot for art, showcasing artists from the Ironbound, Newark and our region side by side with outstanding artworks from countries around the world.
The event will feature artists from the current Firestation exhibition Ironbound Unbound #4. On hand will be many of the featured artists to talk about their work.
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center, located in the Ironbound, is a collaboration between Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Councilman Augusto Amador’s office, the Ironbound Business Improvement District, and the Newark Arts Council, with the cooperation and support of the Newark Fire Department. Their mission is to bring art and cultural programs to the Ironbound and Newark to benefit the community and attract Cultural Tourism to the neighborhood and the city.
Over the past year, the Firestation has presented panel discussions and high quality solo shows, as well as group exhibitions of emerging artists from our area, showing their work side by side with New Jersey and international artists – building bridges between our local community and arts and culture from around the world. Ironbound Unbound #4 features Ironbound and Newark artists such as Harry Prott, Sonia Valente, and Gianluca Bianchino, with New Jersey and international artists such as Heejung Kim, Sergio Rivero, Yen Hua Lee and Stina Brockman, to name only a few. Adding to the program have been a showing and panel discussion of Newark Filmmaker AJ Jackson’s film “Missing”, and a presentation of the history and appreciation of Portuguese ceramic folk art, as well as music and poetry from the US, Spain and Portugal.The fundraiser will support programs for the coming year and plans to expand the art center at the Firestation.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) Clean Team has been earning the approval and respect of local business and commercial property owners for their efforts towards cleaning up the streetscape on Wilson Avenue. An amendment approved by the Newark Municipal Council in 2013 changed the ordinance that established the Ironbound District’s boundaries to include Wilson Avenue from Five Corners to Routes 1 & 9. In the weeks since the change,the IBID brought supplemental sidewalk cleaning, trash removal, graffiti and poster/sticker removal to the area. Locals and visitors have noticed an improvement.