Let Us Entertain You!
From Newark Symphony Hall to the Newark Museum, downtown Newark is steeped in culture and entertainment.
The world-class New Jersey Performing Arts Center is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. Prudential Center, home of the NJ Devils, is one of the nation’s highest grossing arenas and offers diverse sports, entertainment, and cultural events. The award-winning Newark Museum is the recipient of Discover Jersey Art’s People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Art Museum” and NJ Monthly’s Jersey Choice Best of NJ 2012. The 100+-year-old museum offers unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences, and 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African, and Classical. Children and adults will also love the planetarium and extensive family programming. History buffs will love The New Jersey Historical Society, a statewide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archive.
Newark’s thriving art scene is comprised of grassroots organizations, independent artists, and renowned galleries. Various art ‘pockets’ are found throughout the city and showcased each Fall at the annual Open Doors, hosted by the Newark Arts Council. For those interested in exploring the scene independently, we recommend being in touch with the Newark Arts Council – they can help map out your visit. Some of Newark’s galleries include: Lincoln Park: City without Walls, Solo(s) Project House. Market Street Corridor: The Barat Foundation, home of Creation Nation, powerhouse production team behind Newark’s Art Parade; Gallery Aferro. Halsey Village: Newark Museum; Glassroots; Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art; Index Art Center; Kedar, a Studio of Art.
- Gateways to Newark: Portraits
- Gallery Aferro
- Glass Roots
- Newark Museum
- Newark Public Library
- Newark Symphony Hall
- New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- NJ Symphony Orchestra
- Prudential Center
- WBGO Jazz
Newark Arts Council
Bringing the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark
The NAC and Its Mission
The Newark Arts Council was created to advance and expand the artistic and cultural resources of the City of Newark, New Jersey.
The agency provides leadership, direction, and technical assistance through partnerships with Newark’s many artists, arts administrators, community organizations, community development corporations, planning groups, economic development agencies, and the general public.
Our goal is to share resources, promote advocacy efforts, assist in audience development and public awareness of arts and culture, and to serve as a cultural resource to the community.
The Mission of the Newark Arts Council: The Newark Arts Council brings the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark through programs, advocacy, promotion, education, and coordination.
Programs of the Newark Arts Council include:
Website & Information Services NAC has continued to publish—and to improve—its hallmark publication, the NewarkArts newsletter, a principal way that many across the state learn what’s happening in the greater Newark art scene, and augmented it with a wonderful website, www.NewarkArts.org, that showcases the work of individual artists. NewarkArts quarterly cultural calendar provides the area’s only comprehensive listing of art events occurring throughout the tri-county region.
Neighborhood Arts Programming Via the NAC ArtStart Grants Program, NAC has made nearly 80 grants, ranging from $500–$4000, to stimulate arts and cultural activity in the city’s neighborhoods and in local schools and to provide direct funding to individual artists. These innovative programs take the arts into locations that are often overlooked by traditional programs. Over seven years, NAC has awarded nearly $225,000 in grants to 80 local arts groups and artists.
Open Doors: Open Artists Studios & Available Space Tour In November 2002, NAC hosted the first Open Space Studio Tour to create awareness of Newark’s burgeoning visual and performing artists’ communities. The Tour was viewed as a means for artists who had been working in obscurity to open their studios to the public and to show the tremendous depth and diversity of art being created in this community. The Studio Tour has expanded with more locations and more artists participating throughout the downtown arts community. The Tour also boasts a large number of artists from across New Jersey and from Manhattan and Brooklyn being attracted by collaborative exhibitions between the communities.
Arts Education/Arts Learning The Newark Arts Council arts education initiative is designed for school administrators, school leadership teams, classroom teachers, artists, and community leaders who play an active role in the design and implementation of educational policy within local schools.
In collaboration with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Lincoln Center Institute, The Newark Arts Council presents a series of Professional Development workshops specifically designed for a broad spectrum of artists including entrepreneurial artists, teaching artists, and art teachers to encourage, promote, train and hone knowledge, behavior, and skills needed in a 21st Century workforce.
Additionally, Newark Arts Council produces a Teaching Artist Directory: a resource for all schools and community-based organizations (CBO’S) in the City of Newark, New Jersey. Any public school, charter, independent and/or CBO may review the information on the NAC website and downloadable PDF and select teaching artists to work with, using school and CBO funds. Artists in this directory have received training related to a variety of pedagogies such as arts integration and NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) standards for the visual and performing arts.
Arts & Economic Prosperity NAC is a leader in producing information on the economic impact of the arts in Newark and the state and getting that information into the hands of government and business leaders who determine the allocation of resources. In 2006, NAC partnered with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to replicate the benchmark economic impact study first conducted in 2001.
Artists’ Housing Through research and feasibility studies conducted by the NAC private developers have recognized the need for artists-specific housing in the city and are developing artists live/work spaces in Newark and in other areas of Essex County, with other renewed efforts being considered in Newark. NAC maintains a resource list of available spaces for artists on its website and publishes a weekly update.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has recognized the NAC with a Citation of Excellence acknowledging its efforts to support local and statewide artists via the Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour. The Citation noted the NAC exhibits the highest standards of excellence in its artistry, operations, governance, public benefit and fulfillment of areas of Council priority.
We Love the Nightlife!
Happy hours, sporting events, concerts, and cultural events keep Newark shining well into the evening hours. For those with an appetite for lounging, dancing, wining and dining, watching the big game, or visiting a local watering hole where everyone really does know your name, Newark boasts an impressive lineup of venues.
Both Market Street and Edison Place are home to a selection of lively and versatile restaurant/lounges that will satisfy the game watcher, the Happy Hour seeker, the party-goer, the foodie, and the business dinner attendee. Edison Ale House, Taste Venue, Dinosaur BBQ, Mercato Tomato Pie, Redds Biergarten, and Novelty Burger.
Halsey Street is a festive, diverse neighborhood; home to a number of boutiques, lounges and eateries.
27 Mix: 27 Halsey Street; Southwestern, Asian and Italian Fusion Restaurant in the Heart of Downtown Newark. During the warm months, the patio is hopping. Live music on Thursdays in the summer. Weekly specials.
Kilkenny Ale House: 27 Central Avenue (Corner of Halsey); Daily $5 specials and Happy Hour; Game day hot spot.
Nizi-Sushi: 28 Central Avenue; Newest addition the block, and the only sushi restaurant in the zip code!
McGovern’s: 58-60 New Street; One of Esquire magazine’s “Best Bars in America”. Wings, burgers, beers, all served with a side of fun.
Nico Kitchen + Bar: One Center Street; Adjacent to NJPAC.
During the summer, New Jersey Performing Arts Center offers free outdoor entertainment in Theater Square, and is home to live music and DJs spinning a variety of genres from rock to hip hop, salsa to reggae.
For the Sports Fan, come see our Professional and Collegiate teams play to win with non-stop action! For more info visit our Sports page.
Downtown Newark is Good for Your Health
A city as large and diverse as Newark will certainly have a multitude of options for various fitness levels. Listed as one of Prevention Magazine’s “Top Ten Best Cities for Walking”, NJ’s largest city is good for your health!
The Newark Downtown District hosts a free walking club, available to all fitness levels, that hits the streets five days a week, four times a day, May through October, weather permitting. The Walking Club is led by a personal trainer who takes participants along various routes throughout the city. This is a terrific way to explore the city, meet new people, take in fresh air, and of course, increase your heart rate.
Fitness and Wellness centers including the community-based Newark YMCA, New York Sports Clubs and Club Metro, have established roots in Newark, and offer a range of activities including swimming, racquetball, yoga, Zumba, personal training, fitness classes, strength training, and cardio options.
Yoga and Martial Arts Yoga and Martial Arts studios are popping up in the neighborhoods and throughout downtown. Welcome OM and Newark Yoga Movement offer various levels of Yoga practice including Teacher Training.
Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music, can be found at Monitoria Amazonias, at 30 Central Avenue, above Central Diner, on the corner of Halsey and Central, and is also offered at the YMCA.
TENNIS Tennis enthusiasts will find a number of courts, including some clay, in the Essex County Parks located in the neighborhoods: Weequahic, Riverbank, Riverfront, West Side and Branch Brook parks. Contact the Essex County Department of Parks for more information about the Parks’ courts and tennis lessons: 973.268.3500.
BIKING: As the city continues to go ‘green’, more residents are taking up cycling as a means of transportation. A terrific option for a healthy body, mind and environment, the sport is experiencing an incline in popularity, and the City’s Planning Division is working toward creating a more bike-friendly environment throughout the city, as indicated by the new bike lane on Washington Street, and the commitment of several more. Organizations such as Major Taylor Bike Club, Brick City Bike Collective and Boys and Girls Clubs Bike Exchange offer organized rides and inexpensive bikes. Recently installed bike racks are located throughout the city.
There is History everywhere in Newark!
2016 is Newark’s 350th anniversary. To commemorate this special year the City has a year-long schedule of celebrations and events. Visit http://www.nc350.org/ for more information..
There are approximately 75 entries for Newark on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. They include historic districts, buildings, parks, cemeteries, and statuary.
The following is a complete list of the Newark sites that have received official recognition, often through nominations sponsored by the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee.
This list includes only places that are still in existence. Buildings that were once listed but have been demolished are not listed. The dates are for original or major subsequent construction.
Please note that the buildings are classified by their original use, in the following categories: Historic Districts; Houses; Churches; Synagogues; Cemeteries, Parks & Statuary; Office, Commercial & Theater Buildings; Industrial Uses & Transportation; Education, Health & Senior Services; and Government Buildings.
FOREST HILL All or part of 56 blocks bounded by Branch Brook Park, Heller Parkway; DeGraw, Verona, Clifton, Elwood, Mount Prospect and Second Avenues.
FOUR CORNERS All or part of 27 blocks bounded roughly by Raymond Boulevard, Mulberry Street, Edison Place, Broad, Hill, Washington & Market Streets, and University Avenue.
JAMES STREET COMMONS All or part of 21 blocks, including all of Washington Park and portions of Broad, Orange, James, Bleeker, Summit, Halsey, Washington, New, Linden, Warren, Boyden, Essex, Burnet, and Eagles Streets.; Central and University Avenues.; King Boulevard. & Washington Place.
LINCOLN PARK All or part of 10 blocks, including Lincoln and Clinton Parks and portions of Broad, Halsey, Spruce, and Washington Streets – and Clinton and Pennsylvania Avenues.
MILITARY PARK COMMONS All or part of 11 blocks, including Military and Doane Parks and portions of Broad, Cedar, Center, Fulton, Halsey, Mulberry, New, East Park, West Park and Rector Streets, Central Avenue, Park Place, Raymond Boulevard. (Note: The five blocks west of Broad Street are excluded from the State Register listing.)
NORTH BROAD STREET Rowhouses (1890s), 136-148 Broad Street
WEEQUAHIC PARK (1895) and 28 blocks approximately bounded by Elizabeth, Renner, Maple and Lyons Avenues
1711 SYDENHAM HOUSE, Old Road to Bloomfield, between Heller Parkway & Elwood Avenue
1725 PLUME HOUSE, now House of Prayer rectory, 407 Broad Street
1808 SYMINGTON HOUSE, later Continental House and Street. Philip Academy, 2 Park Place
1871 COE HOUSE, 698 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (High Street)
1880 CLARK MANSION, now North Ward Center, 346 Mount Prospect Avenue
1884 BALLANTINE HOUSE, Newark Museum, 43 Washington Street
1889 KRUEGER MANSION, later Scott Civic Center, now vacant, 601 King Boulevard
1905 FEIGENSPAN MANSION, now Community Agencies Corp., 710 King Boulevard
1791 OLD FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 820 Broad Street
1809 TRINITY & ST. PHILIP’S CATHEDRAL (Episcopal), Broad & Rector Streets.; base of tower dates from 1744
1828-47 ST. JOHN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 22 Mulberry Street
1848 GRACE CHURCH (Episcopal), 950 Broad Street
1849 OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH, originally Second Dutch Reformed Church, later Ironbound Cultural Center, now Igreja Assembleia de Deus, 176 Edison Place
1850 CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, now medical office building, 76 Prospect Street
1850 HOUSE OF PRAYER EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 401 Broad Street
1850 NEW POINT BAPTIST CHURCH, originally South Baptist Church, 17 E. Kinney Street
1850 ST. PATRICK’S PRO-CATHEDRAL (Roman Catholic), Washington Street. & Central Avenue
1852 ST. JAMES A.M.E. CHURCH, originally High Street. Presbyterian Church, 588 King Boulevard
1855-84 SOUTH PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, only facade and towers remain, abandoned, 1035 Broad Street
1857 ST. MARY’S ABBEY CHURCH, King Boulevard. & William Street
1859-68 NORTH REFORMED CHURCH, 510 Broad Street
1861 QUEEN OF ANGELS CHURCH, originally Street. Peter’s R.C. Church, 44 Irvine Turner Boulevard (Belmont Avenue.)
1864 ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, West Market Street, Sussex Avenue
1871 ST. COLUMBA’S R.C. CHURCH, Pennsylvania Avenue. & Brunswick Street
1871-80 ST. JOSEPH’S R.C. CHURCH, now Street. Joseph Plaza and Priory Restaurant, 221 W. Market Street
1873 FIRST REFORMED CHURCH, now Iglesia Roca de Salvacion, 27 Lincoln Park
1874 CLINTON MEMORIAL A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, originally Belleville Avenue Congregational Church, 151 Broadway
1874 ST. STEPHAN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, Ferry Street. & Wilson Avenue
1890 FIRST BAPTIST PEDDIE MEMORIAL CHURCH, 572 Broad Street
1898-54 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL BASILICA (Roman Catholic), Clifton & Victoria (Sixth) Avenues
1901 ST. STANISLAUS R.C. CHURCH, 146 Irvine Turner Boulevard
1920 ST. CASIMIR’S R.C. CHURCH, 91 Pulaski Street
1926 ST. LUCY’S R.C. CHURCH, Ruggiero Plaza at Seventh Avenue
1927 ST. ROCCO’S R.C. CHURCH, 208 Hunterdon Street
1884 OHEB SHALOM CONGREGATION, originally synagogue, later Metropolitan Baptist Church, now Greater Newark Conservancy environmental center, 32 Prince Street
1923 CONGREGATION AHAVAS SHOLOM, 145 Broadway
1924 TEMPLE B’NAI ABRAHAM, originally synagogue, now Deliverance Evangelistic Center, 621 Clinton Avenue
CEMETERIES, PARKS & STATUARY
1844 MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY, 375 Broadway
1853 EVERGREEN CEMETERY, entrance at 1137 N. Broad Street, Hillside, also portions in Newark and Elizabeth
1895 BRANCH BROOK PARK, including Ballantine Parkway gatehouses
1907-31 RIVERBANK PARK, Raymond Boulevard, Market, Van Buren, Somme Streets
1911-26 (GUTZON) BORGLUM SCULPTURES “Seated Lincoln” (1911), Essex County Courthouse; “Indian and Puritan” (1916), Washington Park; and “Wars of America” (1926), Military Park
OFFICE, COMMERCIAL & THEATER BUILDINGS
1901 HAHNE & CO., former department store, vacant, 609 Broad Street
1912 NATIONAL STATE BANK, office building, now vacant, 810 Broad Street
1925 SYMPHONY HALL, originally Salaam Temple and later Mosque Theater, 1020 Broad Street
1926 ESSEX CLUB, now New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place
1927 GRIFFITH BUILDING, former music store, now vacant, 605 Broad Street
1927 MUTUAL BENEFIT LIFE INSURANCE CO., now Broadway House nursing home, 300 Broadway
1927 STANLEY THEATER, later Italian Cultural Center, now Newark Tabernacle, 985 South Orange Avenue
1928 FIREMEN’S INSURANCE COMPANY, now office building, 10 Park Place
1929 NEW JERSEY BELL TELEPHONE, now Verizon, 540 Broad Street
INDUSTRIAL USES & TRANSPORTATION
1851 WATTS, CAMPBELL CO., originally machine shop, 1270 McCarter Highway
1890 MURPHY VARNISH CO., originally factory, McWhorter & Chestnut Streets
1892 TIFFANY & COMPANY, 820 Highland Avenue
EDUCATION, HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
1784 LYONS FARMS SCHOOLHOUSE, originally at Chancellor & Elizabeth Avenues., now moved to Newark Museum garden, 43 Washington Street
1845 STATE STREET SCHOOL, now school audiovisual center, 15 State Street
1857 EBERHARDT HALL, originally Newark Orphan Asylum, now NJIT Alumni Center, 323 King Boulevard
1875 YOUTH CONSULTATION SERVICE, originally Protestant Foster Home, 284 Broadway
1886 NEWARK DAY CENTER, originally Newark Female Charitable Society, 305 Halsey Street
1927 KENNEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, later Community Hospital, now New Salem Baptist Church, 130 West Kinney Street
1837-95 ESSEX COUNTY JAIL, abandoned, New & Newark Streets
1906 CITY HALL, 920 Broad Street
1906 ESSEX COUNTY COURTHOUSE, King Boulevard & West Market Street
1916 ESSEX COUNTY PARK COMMISSION, 115 Clifton Avenue
1935 U.S. POST OFFICE, Federal Square, Franklin & Walnut Streets
All information and photos come directly from The Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee website at http://www.newarklandmarks.org/landmarkslist.htm
More than Just a Game!
Downtown Newark is home to professional and collegiate teams in the WNBA, NHL, NCAA and CanAm Baseball League. Just outside of downtown there is Major League Soccer. These family-friendly activities are easily accessible. Those who have made a home here are:
NJIT Highlanders, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball
NY Red Bulls play at Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May Street, Harrison, NJ
Getting Here, Staying Here
Conveniently Located to…Everywhere!
The heart of downtown Newark is situated at the cross-roads of five major highway access routes, less than six miles from a major international airport; 12 miles from midtown Manhattan, and is the arrival, departure and transfer point for nearly all Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, PATH, and Greyhound lines on the East Coast. NJ’s largest city is truly conveniently located to everywhere.
Several national chain hotels have locations in Newark’s downtown, providing visitors affordable and familiar alternatives to staying in pricey cities less than 30 minutes away.
The Courtyard by Marriott is located on Broad Street and Lafayette Street around the corner from the Prudential Center. The Best Western Robert Treat Hotel has been a Newark landmark for more than 100 years and is conveniently located across the street from NJPAC. Guests staying at the Hilton Newark Penn Station, adjoining Newark Penn Station, will be in the heart of the business district, have desired amenities, as well as a super quick ride to the other side of the Hudson. The Hotel Indigo offers boutique accommodations and high-end style.
Additionally, visitors can hop on NJ TRANSIT’s Light-Rail from Penn Station and at NJPAC to travel through Newark quickly and easily.