Bringing Community Together for Food and Fun
Last week, the 14th Annual Beach Party at Newport Green brought the best of summer fun to Jersey City as hundreds of guests enjoyed entertainment, food and community spirit. Families and many more visited the Green’s sandy beach area, playground and the kids’ interactive waterpark. Scores of guests kicked back and enjoyed the music of two performing groups, the family-friendly, Hoboken-based band, The Fuzzy Lemons, as well as The Benjamins.
Newport Green is a centerpiece in the community: a common area where people can gather and enjoy stunning riverfront views of New York City. And it includes the only “urban beach” on the Hudson River.
Local eateries had pop-up stations with delicious menu items to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Cosi served refreshing drinks like its popular raspberry lemonade as well as salads and brownies. Loradella’s Family Pizzeria offered Italian favorites like their calzones, stromboli and pizza. Bwe Kafe was also on the scene.
Raaz, the popular neighborhood Indian restaurant on Washington Boulevard in Jersey City, offered a great menu of its specialties including samosas, chicken biryani, mixed vegetable pakora and gulab jamun.
We spoke with Frank Clapsaddle, general manager for the Newport Community. He said, “The community has grown because it is family focused. The event is designed expressly for children, guided by and for the families of Newport.”
Newport is a master-planned, mixed-use community in Jersey City that includes retail, residential, office, and entertainment facilities. The neighborhood is situated on the Hudson waterfront opposite Lower Manhattan. The area is served by PATH, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and New Jersey Transit busses.
Photos by Mark Wyville unless otherwise noted.