May 21st – 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day!

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Celebrate Newark’s 350th birthday at the place where it all began, on the Passaic River!

This year festivities will begin at 11am on May 21st, on the steps of Newark City Hall. All are welcome to gather for our 5th Annual Walk to the Water and a symbolic reclamation of the riverfront for the people. Represent your city, ward, or organization by walking with us to the beautiful Riverfront Park for a full day of celebrating Newark’s 350th!

River Day will kick off on the Orange Boardwalk at 12pm with family friendly activities that focus on the history, arts & culture, and environment of the city of Newark.

Join in the fun and help us celebrate Newark on May 21st down by the River!

For more information, please visit the Newark Riverfront Revival webpage or contact newarkriverfront@gmail.com.

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Bike Ironbound Public Meeting – February 25, 2016, 6-8pm

Public Meeting #3_Flyer_English Shape the future of cycling in Newark!

Bike Ironbound, a study jointly funded by the City of Newark and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, is focused on improving bicycle facilities in the Ironbound neighborhood – making it safer and easier for residents and visitors alike to get out and bike!

A public meeting will be held from 6-8pm on February 25, 2016 at the Prospect Street Fire Station, 56 Prospect Street, Newark, NJ 07105. Please come along to review and comment on the proposed bicycle network for the Ironbound neighborhood.

For those who are unable to make the meeting, we encourage you to still have your say on Bike Ironbound’s Wikimapping website, where you can indicate areas where you would like to see bicycle improvements, areas where you currently bike or find it difficult to bike, and record any other comments that will help improve bicycling conditions in Newark.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Track Newark’s Snow Vehicles!

As everyone works together to get Newark back up and running in the aftermath of Jonas, you can check in on the status of the City’s efforts. Newark’s Snow Response Tracker allows you to see where all of the City’s 60 snow vehicles are currently located, as well as which streets have been plowed in the last 6, 12, or 24 hours.

Thanks also to all those doing their own shoveling, but please make sure to take regular breaks, and be a good neighbor – check with those around you to see how you can help!

Stay safe.

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January 25 Central Planning Board Meeting Cancelled

Due to extreme weather conditions, the Central Planning Board Meeting scheduled for January 25, 2016 was cancelled.

All items on the meeting’s agenda have been postponed until the next Planning Board meeting on February 8, 2016. You can download the agenda here.

Per Planning Board attorney Daniel Becht, no further notice by the applicants will be required.

For more information on the City’s efforts to remove snow, including a message from Mayor Ras J. Baraka, please click here.

Stay safe!

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Youth Farm Stand Comes to City Hall

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On December 4th and 15th, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Office of Planning, Zoning and Sustainability welcomed the Greater Newark Conservancy and the Youth Farm Stand to City Hall.

The Youth Farm Stand is a business and entrepreneurial job training program for Newark Youth Leadership Project interns at the Conservancy. While providing Newark high school students with a meaningful job, the Youth Farm Stand also provides the community with affordable, organically-managed fruits and vegetables grown on the Conservancy’s Hawthorne Avenue and Court Street urban farms. The Youth Farm Stand sold Newark-grown fruits, vegetables and honey at City Hall for the Holidays, including naturally-grown poinsettias and wreaths.

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They accept WIC, senior vouchers, and SNAP benefits.

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, urban farming, beautification of neighborhoods, job training opportunities and environmental justice.

Plans for more farm stands in 2016 are being discussed, so stay tuned!

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Annual Riverfront Public Discussion – Thursday, November 19th, 6pm – Riverbank Park Fieldhouse, Somme St.

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With Newarkers recently voting YES on the Open Space Trust Fund, Riverfront Park has a bright future ahead of it!

Newark Riverfront Revival welcomes your input in shaping new free, fun, and family-friendly programs for the public. If you would like to be involved and make your voice heard, please attend the Riverfront Public Discussion on Thursday, November 19th at 6pm at the Fieldhouse in Riverbank Park, on Somme Street.

For more information about the meeting, Riverfront Park, or about Newark Riverfront Revival, please visit the website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Reminder: Bike Ironbound Public Meeting – November 16, 6-8pm

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Bike Ironbound, a study jointly funded by the City of Newark and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, is focused on improving bicycle facilities in the Ironbound neighborhood – making it safer and easier for residents and visitors alike to get out and bike!

A public meeting will be held from 6-8pm on November 16, 2015 at the Prospect Street Fire Station, 56 Prospect Street, Newark, NJ 07105. Please come along to review and comment on the proposed bicycle network for the Ironbound neighborhood.

For those who are unable to make the meeting, we encourage you to still have your say on Bike Ironbound’s Wikimapping website, where you can indicate areas where you would like to see bicycle improvements, areas where you currently bike or find it difficult to bike, and record any other comments that will help improve bicycling conditions in Newark.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Rescheduled: South Bergen Area In Need of Redevelopment Investigation – November 23rd, City Hall, 6.30pm

South Bergen Street Blight Study_FINAL_2015.10.28-1_borderThe November 2nd Central Planning Board hearing on the properties included in the South Bergen Street Area in Need of Redevelopment Investigation Report has been rescheduled for November 23rd, at 6.30pm in the Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

To download the report, please click on the image to the left or on the link above in blue.

Should you have any questions regarding the hearing, please contact Perris Straughter, Supervising Planner, by email or by telephone at (973) 733-6333.

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Riverfront Park Wins National Award!

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Newark’s Riverfront Park has won the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “National Award for Smart Growth Achievement”, marking it as a national model for transforming formerly industrial land into a vibrant recreational space, and for reconnecting residents with their river.

In particular, the EPA praised the integral role played by the community in turning this vision into a reality, so it’s great to see all the hard work by many different people being deservedly recognized on a national scale – congratulations!

Read more about the award in NJ.com’s article “Smart thinking: Newark’s Riverfront Park”.

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Introducing Newark’s First Bike Corral!

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The Division of Traffic and Signals has constructed Newark’s first bike corral at 95-97 Halsey Street. The Division partnered with the national sandwich chain, Jimmy John’s, who requested that a corral to be located outside their new Downtown store for use by their customers and employees, and with the Newark Downtown District (NDD), who provided the planters and who will maintain the corral.

The bike corral features five of Newark’s very own bicycle racks, designed and manufactured right here in Newark, which means the corral not only creates 10 new bicycle parking spaces within one vehicle parking space, but in doing so, it also supports local industry and proudly displays an important part of Newark’s story.

The Division of Traffic and Signals is now working with NJ Transit and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) to create the city’s second bike corral, which will be located near to Penn Station.

If you represent a community organization or a business, and are interested in hosting your own bike corral, please contact Jack M. Nata, Division of Traffic and Signals, for more information by email or at 973-733-3985.

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