Community News

Ferry Street Re-paving Project Scheduled to Begin on Monday, August 31st!

As part of PSE&G’s Energy Strong Project, the re-paving of Ferry Street will begin next week – on or about Monday, August 31, 2015. Ironbound District businesses, residents and visitors are being advised of the following components of the work to be done:

  • Milling will begin Thursday, August 27, 2015 and take approximately 4 days.
  • Paving will begin on or about September 2nd or 3rd.
  • Re-striping of the roadway will begin immediately following paving.
  • Approximately 2 weeks later, work will begin to install the imprinted crosswalks.

Re-paving of other streets in the Ironbound District impacted by PSE&G’s Energy Strong Project is expected to begin in the weeks ahead as well. Schedule updates will be provided when they become available.

Additional questions can be directed to the IBID at 973-491-9191 or the City of Newark’s Division of Traffic & Signals at 973-733-3985.

Please plan your travel through the area accordingly. Businesses and restaurants will remain open while the re-paving is underway. Thank you for your patience as this important work on the Ironbound District’s infrastructure is completed.

Upcoming Newark Events!


  • Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City - Alice Smith
    Aug. 27, 2015
  • Keith Sweat with Brian McKnight
    Aug. 29, 2015 8:00 pm
  • The Jacksons & The Commodores
    Sept. 4, 2015 8:00 pm
  • El Gran Combo & Eddie Palmieri Orchestra
    Sept. 12, 2015
  • Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour
    Sept. 16, 2015
  • Christian McBride with Pat Metheny: One on One
    Sept. 17, 2015
  • Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again
    Sept. 18, 2015
  • Mystic India: The World Tour
    Sept. 18, 2015
  • Russell Peters' Almost Famous World Tour
    Sept. 19-20, 2015
  • Branford Marsalis Joins The NJSO
    Sept. 25 & Sept. 27, 2015
  • Lang Lang
    Sept. 26, 2015

Prudential Center

  • Ricardo Arjona: Viaje Tour
    Sept. 6, 2015
  • Devils vs Islanders (preseason)
    Sept. 25, 2015
  • Devils vs Rangers (preseason)
    Sept. 26, 2015


  • Chromatic Minimalism and Color Field Experiments
    Opening Aug. 26, 2015
  • Outside the Lines Color Across the Collections
    Opening Sept. 19, 2015
  • The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe
    Opening Sept. 19, 2015

Red Bull Arena 

  • Red Bulls vs DC United
    Aug. 30, 2015
  • Red Bulls vs Orlando CitySC
    Sept. 25, 2015

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IBID Invests in Ironbound Streetscape with New Planters

The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) purchased and installed 50 new decorative planters on Wilson Avenue and East Ferry Street in May. An additional 20 garbage cans were also purchased and are expected to be installed before the end of June.

This initiative reflects the ongoing investment by the IBID in improvements and enhancements to the district’s streetscape that make the Ironbound a clean, safe and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.

“In addition to the supplemental cleaning services the IBID provides, the planters, garbage cans, decorative light fixtures, banners and other streetscape elements represent a significant investment by the IBID in the district,” noted Seth A. Grossman, IBID executive director. “These efforts communicate to local business owners and residents, as well as visitors, that the district is well-managed and a desirable place to live, to work, to shop and dine and to invest.”

Zelia Prata, manager of the Garden State Community Bank branch office on Wilson Avenue and an IBID board member, said the addition of the new planters was a welcome sight. “The streetscape is clean and well-maintained with the IBID’s help, and the flowers add color and beauty to the neighborhood,” concluded Laura Cruz, president of the Mundial Agency on Wilson Avenue. 


Charity Motorcycle Event Benefits Ailing Children

In conjunction with the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, New Jersey Chapter IX, Simon’s Rockaway Townsquare will host the 28th Annual Gooch’s Garlic Run on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  More than 2,000 motorcyclists will leave the mall with Newark’s Ironbound District as the destination after a 30-mile ride to raise money for children with physical and catastrophic illnesses.

Families can enjoy pre-ride activities, including great food, vendors, music and more in the shopping center’s parking lot. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m.  A full police escort will accompany the riders, who will depart from the Rockaway Townsquare parking lot at 6:30 p.m. sharp.  The course travels along Routes 80 and 280 to McCarter Highway/Route 21 and will culminate atFerry Street inNewark’s Ironbound District with its renowned restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. In case of inclement weather, Gooch’s Garlic Run will be rescheduled to Wednesday, June 24.


Winners Announced in Annual Ironbound Anti-Litter Poster Contest

Hawkins Street School won first place for the fifth to eighth grade and the Ann Street School won first place for the first to fourth grade in the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) 13th Annual Anti-Litter Poster Contest.  More than thirty posters were entered by students from Ironbound elementary and middle schools participating in the contest which draws attention to the IBID’s “Let’s Work Together to Keep the Ironbound Clean” quality of life initiative.


IBID’s Clean & Green Team Volunteer at Ironbound Community Clean Up

The Ironbound Business Improvement District ((IBID) Clean & Green Team pitched in to support the Ironbound community along with more than 50 students, residents, and business community members who volunteered at the recent Community Clean-Up organized by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador.

Led by Operations Director Chris Bernardo and Supervisor Matt Christenson, the team members helped with supplies, manpower and supervision atLibertyPark onChestnut Street, working with students fromEast SideHigh School to paint and remove graffiti in the park.