Open Doors: Discover new artists, learn about their process at Market Street Convergence

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger on October 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated October 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

NEWARK — A central mission of the 12th annual Open Doors arts festival is to give visitors a peak at the art-making process. Another goal is to spotlight the emerging artists visitors should, but maybe don't, know.

The Market Street Convergence is Ground Zero for both.

A partnership between the Newark Arts Counciland Gallery Aferro, the convergence "activates" an empty retail space to give emerging artists a place to shine.

"That's the place where you discover, where you see what's happening and what's new and exciting," Newark Arts Council manager Jade Lien said about the 85 Market St shows.

"Apres Moi, le Deluge" is a series of mini-solo shows featuring emerging artists Dara Alter, Piotr Czerwinski, Patricia Dahlman, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Joel Lopez, Peter Owen, Jacob Mandel, Anne Q. McKeown, and Irena Pejovic. It will be on view on the first floor of the space through the run of the festival.

The exhibition opens Thursday, with the official Open Doors 2013 launch party, and continues through Oct. 20. Guests can take shuttle buses from the temporary gallery to other studios and galleries around town, and find materials about other shows, Lien said.

IBID 1st Vice President Renato Baptista Honored as Part of Newark’s Celebration of Brazilian Independence Day

Longtime Ironbound resident Renato Baptista, the Ironbound BID’s 1st Vice President, was honored recently for his contributions as a leader in Newark’s Brazilian community. Baptista and his wife, Maria, received a commemorative plaque at an event celebrating the kickoff of the Brazilian Weekend Festival in honor of Brazilian Independence Day.

The event, organized and presented by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and his staff, along with the Brazilian American United Association (BAUA), included the ceremonial raising of the Brazilian flag at City Hall, along with traditional music, dance and refreshments. Attendees included local leaders, members of the local business community and dignitaries including members and representatives of the entire Newark City Council.

"I'm extremely proud of honoring Renato Baptista during the celebration of Brazil Day in Newark,” noted Councilman Amador. “I've known Mr. Baptista for over 40 years and I've learned to admire his sense of commitment to our community and to the City of Newark. His love for his Brazilian roots and for the Ironbound is unquestionable and this recognition represents a small "Thank You" for all he has done to improve the quality of life of the residents of Newark and, more specifically, the Ironbound."


Brazilian Weekend Festival

September 7 & 8, 2013


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Ironbound Named Newark's "Best Neighborhood" in Newark's 2013 People's Choice Awards!

Best of 2013 Winners

We would like to thank all those that voted on our first BEST OF 2013 People's Choice awards. So without any delays.... here are the winners:


Best Sit-down Restaurant
Hobby's Restaurant, Downtown

Best Food-to-Go Restaurant
Altas Horas, Ironbound

Best Bar
Kilkenny Alehouse, Downtown

Best Bakery/Coffee Shop
Calandra's Bakery, North Ward

Best Boutique
Luxe, Downtown

Best in Hair
Center Stage Cuts, Central Ward

Best Park
Branch Brook Park, North Ward

Best Neighborhood

Best Summer Event
Lincoln Park Music Festival

Best School
Technology High



Date posted: July 23, 2013By: NewarkPulse

Ironbound District Welcomes Governor Christie!

Longtime Ironbound business owners Helena and Victor Vinhas welcomed Governor Christie in front of their new Vinhas Jewelers store at 87 Ferry Street during the Governor's recent visit to the Ironbound District. The Governor was joined by local elected officials, community leaders, business owners and residents as he kicked off his reelection campaign in Newark's Ironbound.

Ironbound Community Clean Up Event Targets Graffiti and Trash in Local Underpasses

Representatives of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) joined forces with members of the Ironbound Neighborhood Crime Watch organization and Councilman Augusto Amador and his staff for a graffiti and trash clean-up targeting the underpasses from South Street to Newark Penn Station along NJ Railroad Avenue.

Read more: Ironbound Community Clean Up Event Targets Graffiti and Trash in Local Underpasses

#TAXI Promotes Responsible Drinking/Driving in Newark’s Ironbound District Ironbound BID Joins Mayor Cory Booker, MADD in Support of New Service

The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has joined a growing list of community leaders and elected officials in support of #TAXI (#8294), a new service that connects mobile phone users with the first available taxi no matter where they are calling from in North America. To help increase awareness of the new service, the IBID has joined with CellWand, the company that introduced #TAXI, to promote the service in Newark’s Ironbound District through a wide range of promotional efforts.


Read more: #TAXI Promotes Responsible Drinking/Driving in Newark’s Ironbound District Ironbound BID Joins...

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


4/6 - Jackson Browne & Greg Leisz: Somewhat Acoustic Tour
4/7 - Here is the Place, Our City
4/7-9 - Ravel’s Bolero
4/8 - WBGO Children’s Concert
4/9 - Books on the Move
4/9 - Memorial for Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid
4/15 - Swan Lake: Moscow Festival Ballet 
4/20-5/18 - Jazz Jam Sessions
4/20 - Wayne Shorter’s Universe – A Concerto for Miles by Wallace Roney Orchestra
4/20 - Jon Meacham – NJ Speakers Series
4/21 - NJPAC Stage Exchange: The Calling
4/21 - Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner
4/21 - An Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa
4/22 - Ella & Louis
4/22 - Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined
4/23 - Christian McBride with Esperanza Spalding: One on One
4/23 - Wayne Shorter Quartet with Special Guest Herbie Hancock
4/24 - Let’s Play Live
4/27 - Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
4/28 - Jersey Moves! Carolyn Dorfman Dance
4/28 - Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with Guests Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin
4/29-30 - Dvorak’s Cheerful Eighth Symphony

Prudential Center

4/4 - NJ Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers
4/6 - NJ Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins
4/8 - NJ Devils vs NY Islanders
4/22 - Arijit Singh: Live in Concert
4/25 - Exo “The Exo’rdium Tour 2017

Red Bull Arena

4/15 - NY Red Bulls vs DC United
4/22 - NY Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew
4/29 - NY Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire

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