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Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo of the Day 4/29/16


This photo shows the 'ghost sign' for the Newark Sunday Call on Halsey Street. The paper published from 1872 to 1946.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

At the Same Time, Christie and Booker to Speak at Separate Prisoner Reentry Events in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: Several current and former politicians and leaders will gather in Newark tomorrow for two separate events regarding prisoner reentry.


Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Jim McGreevey will meet at the Greater Newark Conservancy on Prince Street for a roundtable discussion with clients of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation. Governor Christie will address prisoner reentry following the meeting.


Meanwhile, across town, Senator Cory Booker and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman will speak at the Frank R. Lautenberg Post Office and Courthouse at Federal Square as part of the ReNew Court graduation. According to the United States Department of Justice, the ReNew Court is "a partnership among the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, and the U.S. Probation Office designed to help ex-offenders recently released from federal custody successfully reintegrate into society" in Newark.


Both events will begin at 3:00pm, and fall during National Reentry Week.






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Krauszer's Opening on Halsey Street in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: Halsey Street in Downtown Newark will soon have another new business.

Krauszer's, one of Essex County's largest convenience store chains, will open a location at 127 Halsey Street, at the corner of Raymond Boulevard. The chain has locations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and opened a location on Market Street in the RockPlaza Lofts development in 2015. Another store is also proposed for the Teachers Village complex further south on Halsey Street.

127 Halsey Street is currently undergoing a renovation to become a mixed use development with 16 residential units. The Harvest Table restaurant will remain open, while other retailers in the building have closed.



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Photo of the Day 4/28/16


This photo shows the abandoned Essex County Jail near the Newark Light Rail's Norfolk Street Station.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Verizon Selling Office Building on Broad Street in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: As employees of Verizon continue to strike outside, the company's building in Downtown Newark could soon see changes inside.

According to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Verizon New Jersey is selling their 427,720 square foot building at 540 Broad Street, at the corner of Lombardy Street to Halsey Central Associates for $16,510,000. Following the sale, which was approved by the Board in January, the company will lease six floors of the building for a year before moving to other locations. A telecommunications equipment facility will continue to operate on the fourth floor.

Raymond McConville of Verizon told Essex County Place that he is unaware of the buyer's plans for the building, but a plan from Amara Associates states that a full interior renovation is proposed for the structure. The plan states that there will be 246 housing units throughout the building, retail space on the first floor, a gym and fitness center, and bowling lanes.

The building dates to 1929, and was originally known as the New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Verizon was originally planning to sell the building in 2008, but stayed after receiving over $20 million in tax breaks from the State of New Jersey.

Amara Associates' website also states that a similar project is proposed for the IDT Building on Broad Street. The company did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Another New Development Planned for Newark's Ironbound


Newark, New Jersey: The number of residential development projects across the City of Newark continues to increase, and another project has now been proposed for the East Ward.

According to the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment, Yglesias Residential Properties is planning two new buildings for the Ironbound neighborhood. A five story building with 60 residential units and a four story building with six residential units and a gym are proposed for 13-31 New York Avenue and 132 Walnut Street, between New Jersey Railroad Avenue and McWhorter Street. The properties are near the new Ironbound Early Learning Center, and the proposal calls for demolishing an existing house at one of the sites. A parking garage with 59 spaces is also proposed.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment will hear the proposal on Thursday evening at City Hall.

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South Orange Library to Host History Event


South Orange, New Jersey: One of Essex County's oldest public libraries will commemorate its history next month.

The South Orange Public Library will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting event for the new 'SOPL Timeline' presentation on Sunday, May 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Attendees will learn about the 150 year history of the library, and can browse the new coloring book about the library featuring the work of local artists. In addition, according to the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, information will be shared about the new Library Equal Access Program (LEAP).

The South Orange Public Library is located at 65 Scotland Road, between Comstock Place and Taylor Place. Parking is available behind the library, and transportation is available using Coach USA Bus 31, NJ Transit Buses 92 and 107, and the South Orange Train Station.

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Photo of the Day 4/27/16


This photo shows the abandoned Essex County Jail along Newark Street in Newark's Central Ward.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pet Wants Opening Location in Downtown South Orange


South Orange, New Jersey: A location of a pet food store chain is opening in Downtown South Orange. 


A franchise of Pet Wants will be located at 67 South Orange Avenue, between Vose Avenue and Scotland Road. The business will be owned by resident Bob Zuckerman, who is also the Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance. It will sell dog food and cat food, and offer free delivery. 


Pet Wants of South Orange, which is expected to open by Memorial Day, will be the company's first New Jersey location. There are currently stores in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania. 


The space was previously occupied by the South Orange Jewelry and Art Exchange, Robyn Ross, and Gio Tech. South Orange currently has one other pet store, Zen Pets, on Valley Street.


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Photo of the Day 4/26/16


This photo shows the view of Jersey City and Lower Manhattan from the Newark Broad Street Station.

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