A little more than a year before John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he visited Newark, N.J. for a Columbus Day speech. It was the third fall visit in a row to the Garden State for the president.
JFK rolling through the intersection of William and Broad Streets—o! how we love his gorgeous ride, and the elegant facade of the old Busch & Sons jewelers (which you can now spy with elegant eyes). And where’s Kennedy looking? The opposite corner there, where that new Courtyard Marriott rose up? That’s where Aaron Burr was born 257 years ago.
We were browsing some Al-Saadiq Banks titles when we spotted a lovely reprinting of Carter G. Woodson’s The Mis-education of the Negro, just in time for the next meeting of the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society.
Honeybees getting busy on Springfield Avenue.
Although farmers markets are closing down for the season, Jersey Buzz raw honey is available online as well as at the ?uestion Mart up Broad Street. Hit the shelves immediately on your left and get that 11 oz. jar.
So if anyone ever questions whether or not [Newark is] a community, just let them know: we grow our own flowers; we raise bees to pollinate them and then to make honey; we sell the honey; we buy the honey to cook stick-to-your-ribs soul food; and we smile while we do it. All right here.
The Resolution reads:
The Newark Municipal Council takes this opportunity to recognize you for your musical talent and for your many contributions as a DJ, MC, Record Producer and Actor. The Governing Body joins with your many family members, friends and fans, to extend a wholesome thank you for all that you have done for the Newark community, a place where you were born and raised, in celebration of your 20 plus years in the music industry. Congratulations.
Bonus Fact: Also recognized? Dupré “Do It All" Kelly.
To this post-industrial lea, follow those old tracks off Summer Avenue long past comfortable.
*It comes early on Grafton Avenue.
Activate: Market Street will exhibit a new round of public installations. The second round of public installations in this year-round public art project features artwork by Dominique Duroseau, Kayt Hester, Raylene Gorum, Patricia Dahlman, Adrienne Wheeler, Hiroshi Kumagai, Greg Leshe, and Zach Gabbard. Locations include: Curated by Emma Wilcox.
When: October 10, 2013 to January 15, 2014
Where: 75, 77, 85, 93, 101 Market Street, and 241 Washington Street.
What: Activate: Market Street is a new, year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district. Four storefronts owned by RBH Group on Market Street between Washington and University Streets will be activated nightly with films, animation, neon sculptures, kinetic and interactive art, and other kinds of self-illuminated artworks from local, national and international artists. Supported by RBH Group, and created by Gallery Aferro, the project delivers arresting, unexpected, and highly memorable experiences with contemporary art directly to the public, whether residents, students, workers or first-time visitors.
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