I hear over 250,000 people attended , thats amazing....
I hear over 250,000 people attended , thats amazing....
Thats about the population of newark alone lol but I heard they had to cut it down because it use to be 500,000 people that use to show up but it was really nice I love the portuguese fest and the people.
Why was it cut down....?
A couple of factors.....
*loss of purpose ...Its supposed to be the Portuguese Festival,but by 2008, it was more of a festival of hispanicity in general. At first, the Portuguese didn't mind. But the Hispanic & Lusiphone (Brazilians)crowds got bold and before you knew it, there was a Portuguese bandstand,a club music bandstand, a hip hop bandstand, a Brazilian Bandstand, every Sunday Puerto Ricans arrive later in the day,after their parade in NY ends. Problem was, by the late 2000's trouble makers from NYC, (guidos,Nuyoricans, Blacks,ghetto elements "grandfathered in" by the Guidos and Ricans) were chasing the Portuguese families & their children out with massive displays of drunkenness and obscenities.
* The food/vendors
By the time the festival was cancelled,most food was not Portuguese,but Peruvian,guatemalan,Mexican. For every portuguese vendor, there were 8 South American food offerings with the Yame,Batatas, the whole body roasted pork on display with its roasted eyes staring at you in agony of death by fire. Empanadas, Pernil (more pork) roasted corn on cob. Its good food but, not exactly an intro to Portuguese Culture.
* Race (hush hushed)
Portuguese (as well as 1/2 its Brazilian descendants)are white European Hispanic. Anyone with Iberian Penninsula heritage(ancient Hispania) is Hispanic. As usual, the US knows better than thousands of years of history,deciding that ONLY spanish speakers (and anyone of Spaniard background)are "hispanics" portuguese have rejected the Hispanic designation and consider it an insult, because in the US,its a "non white" designation. (They still check Latino for Affirmative action, I bet. After all, their last names are "gomes" "rodriguez/s" "Lopez" you get the Idea!)
Nonetheless,Portuguese donors were no longer willing to contribute the Coutinho's Festival because they did not like the latino mases "taking over".
Black voters insisted that the Portuguese festival was given preferences and special treatment because it was a "white" festival sucking up police needed in the "rest of the city".
Notice how hispanics become "white" when blacks are angry with them! Black community activists, as well as Central ward councilman Bradley& Ron Rice(west ward) insisted that the festival's Coutinho foundation pay up first,before getting permits.
* The tragic accident/hit & Run. The straw that broke the camel's back.
On the last day of the Festival 2008 or 09, a little girl was mowed down by a van. She died. The van escaped,and to this day I believe has never been found. Despite this not happening at the festival itself, the family WAS coming from the festival. People began rumors that the driver "was probably drunk from the festival". The media blamed the circus atmosphere, the 500,000 crowds, made up stories of stampedes,fights with cops and drunk. Revelers showing boobs like girls gone wild! All media exaggerations but the damage was done. With donors fearing liabilities, coutinho could no longer get sufficient financing for the festival.
* Ironbound turned against it.
Thousands of cans,plates,nap/paper towell blowing around. While the portuguese visitors kept the area clean, the Mobs of non portuguese every Sunday threw trash everywhere with no respect,especielly the ghetto low lifes Sunday night.
Kind of like the Palisades amusment park. It got so big, it had to close!
'American Idol' comes to town: Newark hosts auditions this week
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 5:35 PM Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 5:37 PM
By Amy Kuperinsky/The Star-Ledger
"American Idol" auditions come to the Prudential Center
in Newark starting Thursday.
First, "Batman." This week, "American Idol." And soon, "America's Got Talent."
All have — or plan to — set up shop in downtown Newark this year.
"Would you ever believe?" says Steven Gorelick. "Right here in Newark! You're going to see Newark in IMAX. How cool is that?"
The explosion in the city's use as a backdrop for TV and film hasn't been lost on Gorelick, executive director of the Newark-based New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission.
"That's the way we want it," he says. "The city's extremely cooperative and they see the value of having national attention focused on Newark."
Last summer, Brick City got a taste of the reality talent competition process, when about 15,000 people waited outside the Prudential Center to secure wristbands to compete in another talent show, "The X Factor."
Starting early Thursday morning, it's likely at least 20,000 more will get in line for "Idol" wristbands, in order to secure a place in Saturday auditions for the 12th season of the show, says Robert Sommer, Prudential Center spokesman.
"It's a neat thing to be a part of," he says, fresh off hosting the Stanley Cup Finals. In the past, the Meadowlands has been the customary New Jersey setting for "Idol" auditions.
The audition process is intimately familiar to Elise Testone. She and "Idol" staff lovingly refer to it as the "cattle-call."
Testone, 28, is the Jersey native — she grew up in Kinnelon, although she's since moved to South Carolina — who made it the farthest on last season of "Idol."
"Own the song," advises Kinnelon's Elise Testone, who made it pretty far on the last season of "Idol."
"Make sure you're very confident," she advises anyone with "Idol" aspirations.
When Testone auditioned, judges liked the fact that the bluesy rock singer performed "with conviction."
"Own the song," Testone says. "Don't be scared." And remember: You may only have a grand total of 40 seconds to make an impression, so don't waste time, says Testone, now in the middle of rehearsals in Los Angeles for an "American Idols Live" tour that will visit the Prudential Center on Aug. 28.
"There's just so many people and it moves quickly," she says of auditions. While countless people might swarm the venue, you might only have to wow two producers. Dress the part, she says.
"They listen to your voice, but also the whole package," Testone says. "Put yourself in the character of the personality you want to portray."
While thirty- and fourtysomethings might line up in any number of outlandish costumes for a shot at some camera time, the truth is that only those that qualify as meeting the age limit will get to audition, say Testone and "Idol" organizers. She came in near the top of the age range for contestants — the actual cutoff is 28. No contestants younger than 15 will be considered either.
Newark is one of seven cities marked for "Idol" auditions, preceded by Los Angeles, San Antonio and Charlotte, N.C.
On July 2, NBC's reality competition giant "America's Got Talent" touches down in Newark with judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel broadcasting live from NJPAC's Prudential Hall through September.
And the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," with scenes filmed in Newark — including at City Hall — hits theaters on July 20.
Organizers advise hopefuls to be at the Prudential Center (165 Mulberry St., Newark) between 5 and 6 a.m. Thursday, although registration runs from 6 a.m. Thursday through 8 a.m. Saturday. (No sleeping over will be allowed inside or outside the venue). After you get your wristband, you'll be able to come back to the Prudential Center on Saturday for audition day. Visitamericanidol.com for daily updates.
taken from nj.com
Last edited by 66nexus; June 19th, 2012 at 07:24 PM.
I thought the apartments along Market St. were supposed to be 'affordable'. Check the link below, the prices are UP there (I'm not complaining but I'm certainly confused). Anyone?
Holy crap , 2k for apartment in Downtown Newark , abit steep?
If that was further down on Broad St towards Lincoln Park then yeah, that would be steep, but not when it's a block from the arena entrance above a major restaurant across from the Gateway and a 5-minute walk from Penn Station. In fact yuppie Manhattanites who aren't on a subway line would consider that a bargin given what's in the apt.
Except there will be a great deal of noise from the street, depending on the quality of the windows.
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