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Newark’s No. 1 Philanthropist

Louis Bamberger, founder of one of the country’s first and largest department stories and co-founder with his sister Carrie of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies, was born in Baltimore on this date in 1855. Bamberger founded his store in Newark in 1892, and by 1912 he had turned it into a glamorous, block-square, 14-story enterprise […]

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July 12: The Newark Riots

The Newark riots, a six-day uprising against police brutality and harassment of African-Americans, as well as redlining, inferior education, and other oppressions caused by institutional racism, broke out on this date in 1967 in the city’s Central Ward. The neighborhood had formerly been heavily Jewish, and many of its businesses remained in Jewish hands. (In […]

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March 19: The Professor of Desire

Philip Roth, one of America’s most powerful and celebrated novelists, was born in Newark, New Jersey on this date in 1933. Roth’s twenty-seven novels range from out-and-out political satire (Our Gang, about Richard Nixon being picketed by the Boy Scouts of America) to surrealism (The Breast, about a professor who becomes a giant breast) to […]

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Megaphone: Stephanie Greenwood, Newark/Essex Foreclosure Taskforce

Stephanie Greenwood, 34, works in the City of Newark’s Economic and Housing Development Department and staffs the Newark/Essex Foreclosure Taskforce, which works to address the impact of fore-closures on residents and neighborhoods in Essex County. Prior to joining Newark City Hall, Stephanie completed a Masters of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning at the […]

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