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 Pulse.com'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.

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#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.


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Resurfacing Work on East Ferry Street this Week

As work begins, motorists are urged to allow extra travel time.

By Natalie Davis Email the author June 10, 2013

Mayor Cory Booker and Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish announced Monday that the City of Newark will resurface two portions of Ferry Street in the East Ward.

“We are repaving and resurfacing Ferry Street to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike, enhancing safety and the quality of life in our East Ward,” said Mayor Booker. “I urge residents to take additional time and plan for delays when driving down this street during work hours.”

Read more: Resurfacing Work on East Ferry Street this Week

Portugal Day Celebration 2013!

Portugal Day Festival - June 8 & 9, 2013, 10am - 11pm- Peter Francisco Park area (near Penn Station)
A Foot Race will begin at 9am on Sunday, June 9.
The Portuguese Festival Parade is on Sunday, June 9 along Ferry Street beginning at 3pm:
The Portugal Day Festival in the Ironbound, Newark, New Jersey is a street festival celebrating the Portuguese people, language, and their culture. First organized in 1979, since 2010 the Festival has been organized by the Union of Portuguese American Clubs of New Jersey. The Portugal Day Festival in the Ironbound, Newark, New Jersey, is a huge street festival celebrating the Portuguese people, language, and their culture. This festival started in 1979 and has been going strong ever since. The festivities are very popular. Although there are various happenings about a week before, the actual street festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, usually, closest to June 10, the official Portugal Day. On the Sunday of that weekend (June 9), there is a parade loaded with many floats from various, both Portuguese and non-Portuguese, organizations from throughout the state.


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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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