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Governor Chris Christie to Newark student: ‘I’ve been to Newark a bunch of times, and if I decide to have a town hall in Newark, I’ll have one’ [Video]

Governor Chris Christie had another one of his infamous confrontations with a questioner at a town hall, this time with a Newark high school student who attended his public forum yesterday in Belmar. The student, 17-year-old Kristin Towkaniuk, asked the governor why he had "blatantly ignored Newark during his over 120 town hall meetings" around the state during his tenure as governor, to a light smattering of applause from the crowd. Chistie responded: "I've been to Newark, I suspect, more than…

Team behind Newark design firm Medina=Citi to launch new pop-up coworking space downtown

The team behind Medina=Citi, the Newark-based design firm that counts many Newark businesses and entrepreneurs among its client roster, will soon launch = Space (pronounced "Equal Space"), a pop-up coworking space geared towards technology companies, entrepreneurs, and creatives in and around Newark. Citi Medina, co-founder and creative director of Medina=Citi, said he hopes to inject the productive energy and creative culture of his design firm into the new coworking space. “So much of my success has been due to an open dialogue within the walls of…

A traveler’s Newark: The New Jersey Historical Society is a sight to see in Newark

A Traveler's Newark highlights sites and experiences in Newark ideal both for natives looking to rediscover the city and for visitors interested in exploring it. If something has been around for nearly 170 years, it must be doing something right. That’s why if you’re ever in Newark you should make it a point to check out the New Jersey Historical Society (NJHS), located in the downtown district. The NJHS is the oldest private non-profit cultural institution in New Jersey. It started out…

New residential development downtown Newark attracts ‘price refugees’ from the region [Video]

  The Madison, a new residential development on Market Street, recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. Harlem resident Alan Williams tours the loft apartment in this video: Alan Williams is excited about moving from Harlem to Newark. Williams, who works in Brooklyn, is ready to leave his “very small apartment with very few amenities” and a “very high price tag” behind to move downtown, where he said he'll enjoy more space at reasonable prices and zero change in commute time. In the video…

Best of the fest: Newark’s Lincoln Park Music Festival is underway this weekend. The best posts and photos of the weekend

The ninth annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is underway this weekend! We have a live feed of photos, posts, and updates directly from the festival grounds in Lincoln Park. This year, supporters can help keep the festival free by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign, which will be live through Monday morning.  

Dinosaurs to take over downtown Newark in highly praised feat of artistry and technology

Last night, a bearded, bedraggled, stressed, and overworked recent Seton Hall Law graduate walked into Taste Venue on Edison Place and raved about the show he'd just seen at the Prudential Center. Based on his age and conversation, one might have thought the young man, in the throes of studying for the bar exam he'll take next week, had taken in a rap or rock show to unwind. But the show he raved about was something most people wouldn't have expected. It was…

Newark’s Sweet Retreat cupcake shop makes it all the way to the White House

Pictured above: Mik Harris and Larry Kinnie pose with their post at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington D.C., June 23, 2014. It all started with a call marked "blocked". The owners of Sweet Retreat Boutique cupcake shop on Academy Street downtown Newark initially ignored the phone call from a woman named Holly because the telephone number wasn't marked. It's a good thing they checked their messages: it turns out Holly was calling from the White House,…

Book review: A native son assesses his city with ‘Inside Newark’

A new book by longtime resident and urban expert Robert Curvin dissects the civil rights movement in Newark, assesses mayoral leadership and calls for increased civic engagement. A book signing and panel discussion is set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Here’s a preview: The first thing you need to know about Robert Curvin is that on the night of July 12, 1967, when the air outside of the Fourth Precinct in the…

Brick City Makers: Todd Nakamura builds bridge to Google from Newark

Brick City Makers is a weekly look at people building businesses in Newark at coworking spaces, in incubators, and on their own. Above: Todd Nakamura, second from left, and other participants at GDG North Jersey's Google I/O Extended event at Montclair State University, June 2014. Source: Kickstarter.com If you ever check out the third-floor walkup space at Seed Gallery where the month-old pop-up coworking space, Converge, has taken up residence on Thursdays, chances are you’ll see Todd Nakamura working and interacting with other entrepreneurs. Nakamura,…

Lincoln Park music festival to feature events in run-up to festival weekend, including cocktail fundraiser tomorrow

The 9th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival will take place the weekend after next, from Friday, July 25th to Sunday, July 27th. This year, the festival's organizers have instituted a number of fundraising opportunities to help keep the yearly festival free, including their first-ever Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which will accept contributions through July 28. Tomorrow from 6pm to 9pm, the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD), which produces the festival, will host a $25 cocktail fundraiser at the Robert Treat Hotel, overlooking the…