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The City of Newark Strives to Rebrand Itself as a “City of the Arts”

The city of Newark has been making strides to rejuvenate its neighborhoods and rebrand itself as a “city of the arts”. Here at #HipNJ, we applaud those efforts and want to keep our followers informed of the latest developments in the city’s transformation. Since January, progress has been underway to convert a neglected building on South Ward’s Clinton Avenue into a community center. Brick City Live has partnered with Newark Arts to host community info sessions that utilize the expertise of artists, students, journalists, marketers and social influencers to formulated plans for a better city.

The latest session held on Thursday, February 22 at the Kilkenney Alehouse focused on brainstorming a new cultural plan for Newark’s art community. The meeting was structured around a series of questions posed to attendees. “How do [you] contribute or engage the artist community in Newark? And how can arts and culture be better leveraged as a resource in our community? What do media professionals want to see happen in the arts and creative sector that would help community revitalization in the next 3 years?”

Of the plethora of inspirational ideas drawn from the crowd, two major efforts are the focus of further exploration. The first is the development of a centralized communication system for arts and cultural-related events. The plan is to engage local students in the development of an app that will act as a virtual bulletin board. Once established, it can be maintained by either the Newark Arts or the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau. The second is the conversion of the seedy Little Theater into legitimate movie theater and performance space. This is made plausible by the fact that the property is up for lease.

The session ended with clear ideas and a projected Master Plan launch date of June 2018. The multi-faceted plan involves significant legwork on the part of the planners yet the rewards for the city will be substantial. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new developments on the progress of the Newark’s art scene!

Original Reporting by Candace Nicholson

Hip NJ’s Weekend Recap: July 7-9

If you were too busy having fun in the sun, #HipNJ has got you covered on what you missed in New Jersey this weekend! 

Comic fest (July 8 & 9), Morristown, NJ

Comic Fest hit Morristown this weekend! People had the chance to meet the actors who played iconic superheros such as Superman and The Flash. Vendors provided comics, art, vintage toys, and pop culture items.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, Wildwood, NJ

On Saturday, world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long hosted the 5th Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival! Participants competed for a variety of prizes and awards while spectators enjoyed live music, a magic show, beach games, and more!

Blueberry Bash, Princeton, NJ

Terhune Orchards in Princeton NJ gave a sweet twist to the weekend by hosting a Blueberry Bash! This event not only let participants taste some of New Jersey’s best blueberries, it also provided live music, wagon rides, wine tastings and more!

NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival, North Wildwood, NJ 

The NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival kicked off this weekend! The 3-day festival included live cooking demonstrations, top regional & national blues acts, and delicious food!

Promenade Art Show, Cape May, NJ

Cape May acted as a curator of New Jersey’s finest crafters this weekend! Participants enjoyed the opportunity to purchase everything from jewelry to leather goods to watercolor paintings at the Promenade Art Show!

 

Full moon beach camping is now in full effect

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Full Moon Beach Camping, Seaside Heights, NJ

On July 9th, North Beach in Seaside Heights invited families to bring their own tent and camp out for the night in the sand! Participants enjoyed an all night beach party that ended with an unbeatable view of the sunrise.

 

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By the Light of the Moon, Atlantic City, NJ

On July 9th, Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City gave participants the opportunity to experience a lighthouse tour like never before! The event allowed night time climbs of the lighthouse that included snacks and beverages!

Restaurant Week, New Brunswick, NJ  

This weekend also kicked off New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week! Starting July 8th and ending July 22nd, this event is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by the New Brunswick Restaurant Week website to view the list of participating restaurants and their respective special offers in honor of this event!

4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk, Roselle, NJ 

Warinanco Park in Roselle NJ combined fun and a good cause by hosting the 4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk! The Worthy Women’s Entrepreneurial Sisterhood is an organization that encourages feminine entrepreneurship! Participants were able to get in a good workout while supporting their own and others businesses!

Jeepers for Troopers, Hamilton, NJ 

July 9th also saw a day of fun for a good cause! The New Jersey Jeep Association organized a charity ride for the Alpha Corps Foundation.  The Alpha Corps Foundation strives to provide economic relief for the families of fallen New Jersey State Troopers.  

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Why Join Sons of Italy?

Daniel J. Longo, the National President of the Order Sons of Italy in America describes the benefits of joining the organization for young people. Longo cites the diverse network of successful individuals found within SIF as one of the more prominent motivating factors for membership.

Longo explains that, “Once you join the Sons of Italy all the resources that the Sons of Italy has amassed over 100 years is available to you”.

Katie Vivian, a project coordinator for the Sons of Italy, describes the organization’s initiative to reach out to the younger demographic of professionals. The organization has begun to plan events such as happy hours and bocce ball tournaments to attract this younger audience.

Thomas C. Uzzo, a Sons of Italy supporter, describes the importance of cohesion among young Italian Americans. He explains that, “it is really important for young Italians to stay together in a culturally cohesive group where you share the same values and background”.

Finally, Miles Ryan Fisher, an Editor in Chief of Italian America, the official publication of the Order Sons of Italy in America. He describes how the publication brings its members information about Italian culture, heritage, and history.