News & Recognition

Red Bears Take Over Downtown Newark

August 12, 2021 | tapinto.net

Standing four feet tall, these bright red bears made of recycled plastic have been highlighting local businesses by visiting shops in Newark’s downtown business district, bringing attention and encouraging passers-by to shop and try the local fare and other offerings.
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NDD Downtown Market Makes its Glorious Return to Park Place in Newark

July 20, 2021 | tapinto.net

“After a year where so many events had to be put on hold due to the pandemic, we are so grateful to be back, doing what we love to do,” said Anthony McMillan, CEO of the NDD. “The NDD Downtown Market is a staple of this community during the summer months. It is the place to go to support the local businesses and buy quality products, while getting outdoors on Thursdays. We’re so pleased that visiting the market has been a ritual for so many folks for so long, and are proud to welcome everyone back this year.”
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Newark Downtown District Leverages Federal Funds to Plant More Street Trees in the District

June 24, 2021 | tapinto.net

That is why the NDD was able to secure a grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, coordinated through the New Jersey Tree Foundation, which funded an additional 22 trees that strategically add to the mix.

The NDD is welcoming four new species of trees—Black Gum, Little Leaf Linden, Trident Maple, and European Hornbeam. Some of the tree species are already in the District, but were not abundant on the streets where they were planted—University Avenue, Washington Place, and Central Avenue.
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Flowers from New York City show get second home in Newark park

June 2, 2021 | nj.com

The Newark Downtown District, a nonprofit, hired the moving company to transport 300 grow bags from Fifth Avenue Association’s flower show in New York City. The show, called Fifth Avenue Blooms, featured more than 7,000 flowers along 12 city blocks.

The flowers’ second home will be inside the iconic sword that lays in front of the Wars of America statue inside the park. The sword’s imprint is most notable from an aerial view, like the Newark Downtown District’s office space on Park Place or high-rise apartment buildings such as One Theater Square.
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Newark Downtown District Launches ‘From the Heart’ Program to Help Feed City’s Hungry

June 1, 2020 | tapinto.net

Since the program’s inception, the NDD has raised enough funds to directly deliver several hundred meals, prepared by Newark-based restaurants. The NDD reaches out to partners around the city for tax-deductible donations, and donors are eager to support local restaurants who are otherwise struggling. With the average cost per meal at $10, 100% of donations are immediately spent at neighborhood eateries to ensure meals are bought and delivered without haste to those who need them.
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Pandemic doesn’t stop dedication to Newark

May 20, 2020 | roi-nj.com

Though we never imagined our world would become as complicated as it has due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from these challenges, new ideas are born. As the CEO of the Newark Downtown District, I am in a unique position, representing private corporations and businesses that have voluntarily funded a number of initiatives over the past 22 years to enhance downtown Newark, ensuring a strong, vibrant, enticing shopping district within the 110 city blocks the NDD manages.
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Newark Downtown District: A Proud Pioneer of the City’s Redevelopment

May 8, 2020 | tapinto.net

The NDD was born, a special improvement district privately funded through a special assessment levied on district property owners. With an original footprint of 56 city blocks, the NDD grew to 110 blocks in 2013 and now covers the area between NJ Transit’s Broad Street Station and City Hall. Over the years, the NDD has created its own strong brand, with its yellow-clad Ambassadors cleaning the streets daily and program organizers continually finding new ways to inject vibrancy and excitement into the commercial district, expanding shopping beyond “Broad & Market” to Newark’s other small businesses that offer a variety of unique items, services, and cuisine.
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Newark Ambassadors Are Disinfecting the Downtown to Keep All Safe

April 22, 2020 | tapinto.net

On a typical weekday, the yellow-clad Ambassadors of the Newark Downtown District (NDD) would be busy sweeping streets, watering plants, and disposing of trash, surrounded by the bustle of the city.

But since the middle of March – and the outbreak of COVID-19 – their daily work plan has changed drastically. Gone are the thousands of daily workers, students, and shoppers who would fill the 110 city blocks in the downtown district.
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Newark Downtown District Receives 2020 Best of Newark Award

March 2, 2020

Newark Downtown District has been selected for the 2020 Best of Newark Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Newark Award Program.

Each year, the Newark Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Newark area a great place to live, work and play.
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McLaren Wins ULI Award for Newark’s Capital Improvement Project

November 14, 2019 | patch.com

McLaren Engineering Group, a full-service firm, has been named a Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Excellence Award winner as part of the project team that expanded Newark, N.J.’s Capital Improvement Program. McLaren provided the Newark Downtown District (NDD), a privately funded nonprofit organization, with a suite of engineering services to expand its Streetscape Design Project, garnering a ULI win for Best Public/Private Partnership.
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