Dr. Funkenstein’s Newark

The 2014 autobiography of Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is an engrossing journey through music history with plenty of tales of sex and a lot of drugs. The hilariously titled Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? also gives us an interesting view of Newark history from the 1950s-1970s (he also lived in Plainfield and Detroit). Here are some major passages … Continue reading Dr. Funkenstein’s Newark

“Where Evil Dwells”

By Myles Zhang “The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850 When citizens convened in 1836 to incorporate Newark as … Continue reading “Where Evil Dwells”

Forest Hill: Past and Present

Planned and built by the Gilded Age’s wealthy industrialists of the Ballantine, Clark, Heller and Tiffany families in the late 1800s-early 1900s, Forest Hill originally served as a park side refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Today, the Forest Hill Historic District is a standout example of historical preservation that has kept many of the neighborhood’s grandest features, while integrating diverse residents in … Continue reading Forest Hill: Past and Present