Map of the Newark Hoods
Often labeled as the 6th borough with its close relation to New York City, but the Newark hoods have built their own separate reputation, a reputation that became known as Brick City. With the large number of legendary neighborhoods in the heart of the Newark ghetto that were mostly housing project complexes, the alias of “Brick City” was given to Newark.
Between the 1950s and the 1970s the city’s population was decreasing as white flight led many to relocate outside of Newark’s city limits into the suburban areas of North Jersey. Before the exit of white families, redlining and blockbusting, the refusal and denial of homeownership in specific areas, contributed to much of the city’s racial makeup, leaving black families to only reside in the Central Ward. Today, even though the city is experiencing gentrification in the heart of the Newark ghetto, the black and Latino community accounts for the majority of the city’s population. With the occurrence of gentrification and the city’s plans of renovating its downtown area, together with rebuilding within surrounding communities, the name of Brick City seems to be less relevant as numerous neighborhoods have been, or being, torn down.
Map of Newark Hoods
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Breakdown of the Newark Ghetto Areas
Officially, or unofficially, the Newark hoods are divided into separate sections that are known as wards, that includes the North Ward, South Ward, East Ward, Central Ward, and West Ward.
The streets of the East Ward, known locally to some as the Down Bottoms, is a diverse community of multiple racial groups but has small housing complexes like Pennington Court, Hyatt Court, and Riverview Court, which is officially the Terrell Homes. While the West Ward, which is near the city of Irvington and the Garden State Parkway, is mainly the Valisburg area that is divided into Ill Hill (Ivy Hill) and Hoodaville, along with the Bradley Court projects.
The Newark hoods of the South Ward are mostly the Clinton Hill and Weequahic neighborhoods, along streets like Lyons Avenue, Bergen Street, or Clinton Avenue, combined with the housing projects of Seth Boyden and Dayton Street. Within the streets of the North Ward, a former Italian community and now home to a large portion of Newark’s Latino community, there is the old Columbus Homes high-rise, the Grafton Avenue projects, Stephen Crane Projects (SCP), and the Spiers (Garden Spiers Projects).
The heart of the old Newark ghetto was the city’s Central Ward. Between Springfield and Clinton Avenue, home of the former Prince Street (Stella Wright), Hayes Homes, and Crazyville (Scudder Homes), is where most Newark’s housing projects were once located at. Other former neighborhoods of the Central Ward included the Little Bricks (Felix Fuld Court), Brick Towers and High Street (MLK Blvd.), Slash T (Baxter Terrace), and Norfolk Street.