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Newark Renaissance?

Newark has always been the place to go for good Spanish and Portuguese food, and NJPAC is a terrific concert hall. But there are other omens and portends in the air indicating that Newark may finally be turning a corner. Since any omens worth their salt come in threes, here are the ones I’ve seen:

First, AlleyGater on MOL writes about the great time he had exploring the courthouse area while on jury duty. Word is that Halsey Street is a destination.

Second, the nice boys of Big Train have been playing at a joint on Halsey Street, 27 Mix lately. Despite being a bar band, we haven’t generally been known to play at the kind of place you’d think of when you think of downtown Newark.

Third, this evening I played with Swing Town, a big band, at The Priory, which is a former church converted into a restaurant/meeting center. This was a beautiful restaurant featuring southern and cajun cuisine, with a nice cozy bar in back. And a real sweet place to play, I might add. They have live jazz several times a week, free parking, and so on.

Maybe, hopefully, after all these years Newark really is rebounding. We’ll be happy to have them back.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

2 thoughts on “Newark Renaissance?”

  1. I agree Halsey Street is a destination! You might want to check out the Newark Museum also. Had dinner at Savoy Grill on Park then over to NJPAC for the Indigo Girls…good concert. Savoy Grill was a lovely place with a panio bar…however not many people and the service was a little slow, maybe because it was a wednesday night.

  2. Again, I can’t recommend NJPAC enough. It is a great concert hall. I heard the Kirov orchestra do the Mahler 2nd Symphony there last year, and the sound was beautiful — warm yet transparent and nicely balanced.

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