Newark Social is presenting a downtown outdoor experience, Newark Winter Village, throughout February at PSEG Plaza at Raymond Boulevard and Park Place in Newark, New Jersey. This weekend, they will offer a Valentine’s Date Night special, which began on Thursday, February 11 and extend through Sunday, February 14, each day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Village features dining glasshouses (presented by Prudential, Newark Downtown District and NJPAC) which seat from one to six people, with curbside delivery of local cuisine along with winter activities. Newark corporate and cultural stakeholders collaborated to present this COVID-safe activity to benefit local small businesses and provide family-friendly activities for Newark residents.
“We have had to reimagine the way we work, learn, socialize and dine in the pandemic,” said Linda J. Baraka of the nonprofit Newark Social. “Newark’s small businesses have always contributed to the charm and culture of our city, but we have not been able to celebrate them for quite some time. We are grateful to our corporate partners who have supported this effort. This activity will give hope to many Newark small businesses impacted by the pandemic.”
The project is supported by Prudential and the Newark Downtown District, in conjunction with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark Arts, Newark Public Library, The Newark Museum, PSEG, The Berger Organization, Newark Social and Source of Knowledge bookstore.
“The Newark Winter Village is another opportunity to engage the community in a unique and captivating experience during these unprecedented times,” said Shané Harris, head of Social Responsibility and Partnerships at Prudential Financial and President of The Prudential Foundation. “We are proud to continue our support of Newark’s small businesses, entrepreneurs and artists as they provide services for families and visitors in our hometown.”
The Newark Winter Village is opened Tuesdays through Sundays, 12 pm – 8 pm. Newark Winter Village follows COVID-19 safety protocols and sanitizes the glasshouses between seatings. Masks are required. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary winter beverage and sweet treats from Newark Working Kitchen. Then, they order food from a menu provided by area restaurants, which is then delivered curbside to them.
“We are proud that our NDD Ambassador team can lend their assistance at this unique placemaking activity,” added Laura Burgess, project manager of Newark Downtown District. “This allows Newarkers to enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors while following COVID-19 protocols and supporting local restaurants.”