Community News

Winners Announced in Annual Ironbound Anti-Litter Poster Contest

A dream inspired Victoria Villalba’s concept for her submission to the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s 14th Annual Anti-Litter Poster Contest. His concern about seeing people trip over litter on a local sidewalk motivated Miguel Carrera’s contest entry.

Their hard work and creativity helped Hawkins Street School win first place for the fifth to eighth grade and the Wilson Avenue School win first place for the first to fourth grade, respectively. Dozens of 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. Leysly Roldan, IBID Office Manager, coordinated the contest with the schools.

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Earth Day E-Waste Collection Event in Newark’s Ironbound a Success

An estimated 30,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected to be properly recycled at a free E-Waste Collection Event to mark Earth Day in the Ironbound District. The event, presented in partnership by the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Panasonic, Covanta and Urban Renewal Corp. at Peter Francisco Park, made it convenient and easy for local businesses and residents to recycle electronics like old TVs, PCs and laptops, printers, small household appliances, phones and other e-waste.

“We are pleased that our partnership has had an important impact in our district and beyond, with many truckloads of e-waste coming from downtown Newark and other parts of the city,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Many people realize it is important to remove electronic products from the waste stream but don’t know how or where to dispose of them properly. That’s why this service is so important to the Ironbound and the City of Newark.”

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

Prudential Center

  • 4/29 - Berkeley College Celebrates its 2016
  • 5/7 - McDonald’s GospelFest 2016
  • 5/11 - NJCU Graduation
  • 5/13 - Ramapo College Graduation
  • 5/16 - Seton Hall University Graduation
  • 5/17 - NJIT Graduation
  • 5/18 - Rutgers University Newark Graduation
  • 5/19 - Kean University Graduation
  • 5/20 - William Paterson University Graduation
  • 5/22 - WWE Extreme Rules
  • 5/25 - Montclair State University Graduation
  • 5/27 - Seton Hall Law Graduation


  • 4/29-6/24 - NJPAC Stage Exchange: The Commissions
  • 4/29-5/1 - Shen Yun
  • 5/1 - Jazz for Teens & Brick City Jazz Orchestra
  • 5/6-8 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • 5/7 - Jonathan’s Choice: Cyrille Aimee & Kate McGarry
  • 5/7 - Mother’s Day Good Music Festival
  • 5/8 - Brian Regan
  • 5/12-14 - NJSO: Hadelich Plays Tchaikovsky
  • 5/13 - Tedeschi Trucks Band (sold out)
  • 5/14 - You’ve Got a Friend: Music of the Brill
  • 5/14 - Paul Reiser
  • 5/15 - Gipsy Kings
  • 5/21 - Athletes of the Orchestra
  • 5/21 - Jessye Norman with NJSO
  • 5/22 - Mandy Patinkin
  • 5/27 - Hispanic Youth Showcase
  • 5/27 - Dodge Poetry Festival: Oigo Cantar a America
  • 5/27 - Todd Rundgren/The Tubes
  • 5/28 - Sinatra at the Movies
  • 5/28 - Farhan Akhtar

Red Bull Arena

  • 4/29 - Red Bulls vs FC Dallas
  • 5/18 - Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire
  • 5/28 - Red Bulls vs Toronto FC


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World Travelers find Little Portugal (and more) in the Ironbound District!

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New Banners Help Ironbound District Streetscape Stand Out

The bleaching effects of the sun, plus wind, rain, and snow, take a big toll on the colorful banners along Ferry Street that help define the Ironbound District. A cooperative effort between the City of Newark and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has replaced 110 banners in total that are once again welcoming locals and visitors to the Ironbound. The IBID provided the design, while the cost of producing the new banners was paid by the City of Newark’s Division of Traffic and Signals.

“We are proud to partner with the IBID in making Ferry Street a safer and more attractive corridor for pedestrians and motorists,” stated Jack M. Nata, Manager,

Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark.

Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director, noted that the banners do more than add color to the local streetscape. “The banners inform people that the district is being managed in a professional way, along with the streetscape planters, extra garbage cans and supplemental clean up services the IBID provides,” he continued. “At a time when our community is attracting increasing numbers of visitors for the district’s renowned dining, shopping and services, as well as new businesses and residents, it is important that we demonstrate our commitment to keeping the Ironbound a clean, attractive and welcoming destination.” 

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