For too long, Newark’s Downtown was pockmarked with vacant relics of the city’s heyday, but a few local developers have been turning that narrative around in recent years. The Berger Organization is one of these developers, having revived historic structures in the city like the Robert Treat Center and the Military Park Building.
With all the development happening in the Garden State, Rutgers has announced that it will now offer a graduate-level certification program dedicated to development and redevelopment. The program aims to train students for work at high-level positions within the industry.
Whole Foods Market is getting close to opening a brand new location in Newark. In addition to 110 new jobs, Whole Foods is offering a number of grants and microcredit lending opportunities to the local community.
The Blues People International Festival has returned to Newark, New Jersey for a second annual weeklong celebration of jazz, funk, salsa, and gospel music. The festival is free to the public and aims to celebrate music representative of and developed by people of African descent.
Fast, quality, and healthy is the new lunch time mantra. So it’s no surprise, Grabbagreen, an Arizona-based fast-casual concept known for their fresh and healthy alternative to fast food, is experiencing rapid growth. They’re now making their northeastern debut with a new store in Downtown Newark.
World-renowned celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has signed on to open up a restaurant in one of downtown Newark’s most prominent buildings, adding another feather in the cap to both the city’s revitalization and to a historic landmark that’s undergoing a thorough restoration.
Several of New Jersey’s most historic sites are located within a few miles of each other in Newark. A newly-launched self-guided walking tour allows residents and visitors to see nearly all of them.