The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has joined with East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and individuals and organizations from the East Ward and around the City of Newark to announce the formation of the Ironbound Immigrants Memorial Foundation.
The Foundation is committed to the fulfillment of a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary celebration in 2016 by completing and erecting a statue to memorialize forever the individuals and families who are the foundation of the Ironbound’s past and future success. The goal is to raise more than $200,000 necessary to complete and install the memorial by the fall of this year.
Designed by local artist Camilo Satiro, a noted painter and sculptor, the memorial will be carved from marble and erected on the island located at the Five Corners intersection of Ferry Street, Wilson Avenue and Merchant Street that fronts historic St. Stephan’s Church.
“Newark’s Ironbound District has welcomed generations of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe and the Americas, including African Americans from our southern states, seeking freedom and opportunity,” stated Councilman Amador at a kickoff event held recently at the Mediterranean Manor.
“It is estimated that more than 40 different ethnic communities call the Ironbound home; all have made important contributions, helping to build the Ironbound, Newark and New Jersey,” the Councilman added. “Through their pursuit of the American Dream, a dream that for many began in this community, the Ironbound has become one of Newark’s leading neighborhoods for residents and visitors, with a thriving business district, acclaimed restaurants, safe and welcoming streets and respected cultural and artistic institutions.”Read more ...
Newark’s Ironbound is recognized as one of New Jersey’s top dining and food destinations. It is also home to AeroFarms, the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, currently under construction on Rome Street.
While the facility is being completed in time for a grand opening scheduled for later this year, AeroFarms, the company behind this revolutionary new way to grow delicious, nutrient-dense leafy greens and herbs without sunlight, rain or soil, has set up another commercial farm at 400 Ferry Street, the former home of a paintball facility that is less than half a mile away from Rome Street, bringing together one overall 100,000 square feet farming operation.
Recently, AeroFarms joined forces with the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) to host a tour and tasting of several different leafy greens harvested at peak flavor grown with no pesticides and up to 95% less water than traditional farming.
“The Ironbound is a food-centric community, and having “Newark Fresh” produce available to local residents as well as the hundreds of restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, markets and other food-related businesses in our district is a perfect match,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Newark’s business sector now includes a significant and growing number of food-related companies and we are proud that many, like AeroFarms, call the Ironbound home.”Read more ...
Even though the Ironbound is rooted in immigrant traditions with authentic restaurants, shops and things to do, by no means is the section trapped in the past.