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The First Edition of the Greater Newark Visitor Information Guide

The 1st Edition of the Greater Newark Visitor Information Guide is being prepared for a Fall 2018 release! The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB) has partnered with DMC Publishing to bring the publication to visitors and locals alike.

The guide will benefit domestic and international visitors getting to know the city of Newark and the greater Essex County region. It will be available in print and digital format and will include essential information about restaurants, bars, attractions, events and more. There will be an initial release estimated to number around 500,000 copies.

Victor Nicols, CEO of DMC Publishing, is excited about the opportunity to promote the city of Newark:

“The opportunity to work with the GNCVB on its Visitor’s Guide is a natural fit for us. It gives us both the opportunity to showcase the City of Newark and all the exciting development and initiatives that are transforming the community into a cutting edge 21st century metropolis.”

DMC Publishing is the parent company of the publication Newark Bound, a destination magazine for events, programs and activities in New Jersey’s largest city.

President and CEO of The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, Karin Aaron, is equally as excited about the collaboration:

“We are thrilled to be working with Publisher/CEO Victor Nichols and DMC Publishing…an established organization with over 30 years of experience promoting travel and leisure in the State of New Jersey. Victor and his team have a clear understanding of what makes Greater Newark and its environs a unique destination, and the importance of tourism to our local economy.”

Businesses wanting to be featured in the guide should contact Byron Clark, Director, Advancement and External Relations at byron@newarkhappening.com

For more information about the City of Newark and other great New Jersey communities, keep checking back to #HipNJ for more news and content.

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

Style and Activism Unite at New Jersey Young Democrats Black Panther Movie Premiere

Politics and pop culture intersected last Thursday at the New Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus movie premiere event. The Black-Tie affair and fundraiser commemorated the new Marvel Comics superhero film, Black Panther, with an exclusive preview screening in Newark. #HipNJ recognizes the timely event that unites style, pop culture and activism.

 The screening held on February 15th gave viewers an exclusive look at the critically-acclaimed film before the public release. CityPlex12, a theatre co-owned by Newark native Shaquille O’Neal, hosted the night’s festivities.

NJYD Black Caucus President, Keith Jones II, describes the night that honored the historical pop culture moment. “You could feel the energy in the room last night” describes Jones, “It felt like a celebration of our culture, a moment of pride and unity, and culminated in excitement about the genuine representations of people of African descent we’d get to see on screen.  With everything that is going on in the world, particularly in these last few days, it was nice to experience something that would lift our spirits, even for just a few hours”.

Attendees from all over New Jersey came out dressed to impress in formal wear and outfits inspired by traditional African clothing.

The NJYD Black Caucus is an offshoot from the New Jersey Young Democrats organization. Their ambition is to utilize education as a means of motivating young voters into becoming more politically active.