Newark Wards: Newark Zip Codes & Neighborhoods in All 5 Wards [2024]

Neighborhoods in Newark

Since it was founded, the city of Newark has been one of New Jersey's residential and commercial hubs. Settled in 1666, it's one of the oldest cities in the country. It's a road, rail, sea, and air activity hub as well as a gateway to metropolitan New York and the Mid-Atlantic region. With so much going on, it's no wonder why so many people are drawn here. However, when moving to Newark, homebuyers have a choice to make: where should they live? There are five different wards and several neighborhoods to choose from within each. We'll take a deep dive into Newark's districts and neighborhoods so you have a better idea of what to expect when moving to Newark.

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What are the Wards of Newark?

Newark is divided into districts, known as wards. Each of these wards (East, West, South, North, and Central) has distinct neighborhoods. Most of the industry is in the East Ward and the South Ward, and most residential developments are in North Ward, Central Ward, and West Ward. As a growing city, with many people moving to Newark, certain neighborhoods have changed or moved to other wards. For example, the Downtown Newark neighborhood now occupies portions of the East and Central Wards.

Newark's North Ward

North Ward is Primarily Residential

Branch Brook Park is at the heart of the North Ward. Over the years, the ward's southern boundary has moved northward from its original boundary near Interstate 280. The ward is primarily residential with a mixture of housing types, including detached single-family homes, stately Georgian mansions, and some of the many condos for sale in Newark.

Several key anchor organizations are based in North Ward, including La Casa De Don Pedro, Mt. Prospect Partnership, and The North Ward Center. The ward also contains the Forest Hill Historic District, which features colonial homes. Branch Brook Park was designed by the nephew and son of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer with Calvert Vaux of Central Park. The state and the country regard the park as a historic place. It's one of the best parks in Newark and is home to an array of Newark's water recreation. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival also attracts visitors to Branch Brook Park every spring.

A new 9,000-square-foot youth recreation center is located on the North Ward Center Inc. campus. The center offers a basketball court, fitness zone, batting cages, volleyball courts, and a wellness walking path.

The zip codes in the North Ward are 07104 and 07107.

The neighborhoods are distinctive, each with its own story. For example, Seventh Avenue is famous for Little Italy and its Italian food. The legend is that NY Yankee legend Joe Dimaggio would take his teammates to this neighborhood for "real Italian food." Forest Hill is reminiscent of old streetcar neighborhoods and has sets of matching houses.

List of North Ward Neighborhoods

  • Roseville
  • Forest Hill
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Broadway
  • Seventh Avenue
  • Woodside

Newark's East Ward

Most of downtown Newark's commercial district is in the East Ward, a densely populated area. This district contributes almost 80 percent of the city's commercial tax revenue and about 60 percent of its residential tax revenue. Newark Penn Station is in this ward, as is the Red Bull Arena soccer stadium. The earliest settlement in Newark is at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets in the East Ward. In the center of the ward, Four Corners Historic District features a collection of architecturally significant buildings dating from 1870 to 1930.

Homes for sale in Ironbound provide access to authentic global cuisine at eateries such as Seabra's Marisqueira, Casa d'Paco, Casa Vasa, and Mompou, which features flamenco performances. Newark Riverfront Park is located in the Ironbound. The Newark Riverfront Revival, launched in 2008, features local culture, arts, and education, including boat tours, gospel festivals, and water workshops. The Ironbound also is the home of the Brazilian Day, Portugal Day, and Ecuadorian Day festivals.

The ward has many excellent restaurants in addition to those in the Ironbound. Bello's Pub and Grill, a gastropub, is across from Red Bull Arena. Allegro Seafood Grill, which features an open kitchen and patio seating, provides Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines.

Housing types in the ward primarily include small apartment buildings, rowhouses, and Newark's commercial properties for sale. The East Ward's zip codes are 07105, 07102, 07302, and 07306.

Most of its neighborhoods have historical significance. Gateway Center is primarily a commercial area, and Four Corners has some of the oldest urban developments in the country.

List of East Ward Neighborhoods

  • The Ironbound
  • Gateway Center
  • Five Corners
  • Four Corners

Newark's South Ward

South Ward is Home to the Newark Liberty International Airport and Shopping

The South Ward is home to the city's second-largest hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Newark Liberty International Airport. Another amenity is Hawthorne Hawks Healthy Harvest Farm, allowing residents to grow their produce year-round.

Weequahic Park is at the southern end of the ward and features a large lake, golf course, and jogging track. Gospel and jazz concerts also are offered there. Smaller parks also are located in South Ward. Homes for sale in Weequahic include colonial homes in the storied historic district.

Residents of this ward can shop at the shopping centers on Chancellor Avenue or Springfield Avenue. On Chancellor Avenue, the Valley Mall Plaza Outlet features furniture stores, a gym, and local cafes.

The city recently invested $11 million into a community center in the South Ward that includes a gymnasium, weightlifting and cardio equipment, a conference center, and study cubicles.

Housing types are primarily multi-family properties, single-family detached properties, and high-rise condos. The zip codes in the South Ward are 07102, 07108, 07112, and 07114.

Of the five, Clinton Hill and Weequahic are the primary neighborhoods in the ward. The Port Newark neighborhood includes the Newark-Elizabeth Port.

List of South Ward Neighborhoods

  • Clinton Hill
  • Dayton
  • Port Newark
  • South Broad Valley
  • Weequahic

Newark's West Ward

About 55,000 people live in the historic West Ward. The commercial corridors along South Orange Avenue and Orange Street provide shopping options and restaurants with diverse cuisine. Modupe African-American, Kreole Cuisine, and Village Trattoria are just a few restaurants in the area. Soul food also is popular, and Vonda's Kitchen is a local hotspot. The Fairmont Switching Station is another attraction. Artwork by 14 artists, six from Newark, has beautified the 30-foot walls around the station. Seton Hall University is also located in this ward, and ferries headed to Ellis Island leave from here.

Several parks also are located in this ward, including Vailsburg Park, which offers baseball, basketball, and bocce ball. Liberty State Park on the Hudson features unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty.

Housing types in this ward include duplexes, condos, townhomes, and single-family homes. The West Ward's zip codes are 07103, 07106, and 07107.

Some homes in Vailsburg are Dutch Colonial or Victorian-inspired and were constructed between 1945 and 1960.

List of West Ward Neighborhoods

  • Fairmount
  • Ivy Hill
  • Vailsburg
  • Lower Roseville
  • Upper Roseville

Newark's Central Ward

Central Ward is Home to Universities and Cultural Opportunities

Newark's Central Ward, formerly known as the old Third Ward, contains much of the city's history, including the original squares of Lincoln Park, Military Park, and Washington Park. Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, the nation's largest health sciences university, also are in this ward. Many corporations, including Prudential Financial, PSE&G, Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Audible, have their headquarters in Central Ward and significantly contribute to the economy in Newark.

One attraction in this ward is Broad Street Station on University Avenue. It features Parisian architecture and a clock tower. In November 1836, trains east of Newark ran across the New Jersey Railroad to Jersey City. By 1945, the Morris and Essex Railroad merged into the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. In 1960, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad was formed, which was absorbed by Conrail in 1976. Since then, New Jersey Transit has been operating all passenger train services. The station was renovated from 2004 to 2008 to create two high-passenger platforms and a new westbound waiting area.

The Newark Museum of Art is located in the Central Ward and features American art, history, and a planetarium. The annual Lincoln Park Music Festival features three days of jazz, Gospel, and hip-hop and attracts many visitors. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center provides a variety of music and comedy entertainment. The Newark Symphony Hall, an arts and culture staple for almost 100 years, is in this ward.

One of the parks in this ward is Military Park. This lively haven has yoga, chess, ping pong, live music, and Zumba.

Condos are the predominant housing type in most neighborhoods in this ward; however, townhomes and duplexes also are plentiful. Lincoln Park has single-family homes, including historic brownstones, Victorian mansions, and row houses.

The zip codes in the Central Ward are 07102, 07103, and 07108.

Part of Lincoln Park is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been designated the city's arts district, and is home to the City Without Walls Gallery. Downtown is the city's cultural and commercial center.

List of Central Ward Neighborhoods

  • The Coast/Lincoln Park
  • Downtown Newark
  • Government Center
  • Springfield/Belmont
  • University Heights
  • Teachers Village

Living in Newark

Newark is an exciting city with a rich history and vibrant cultural scene, evidenced by the broad array of international cuisine options. Convenient driving and commuting in Newark and its role as a major transportation hub make travel in and around the city easy. The city is home to many corporate headquarters, and Newark is the third-largest insurance center in the United States, behind New York City and Hartford, Connecticut.

Options abound across Newark's five wards, where an individual could live in a Victorian home in Lincoln Park or a downtown high-rise condo. Or, they could live in University Heights—one of the best neighborhoods in Newark—with its bars and restaurants catering to students and students at heart. Regardless of the desired lifestyle, Newark neighborhoods have something to offer everyone.

If you're looking for the right place to live in Newark, contact The Dekanski Home Selling Team of RE/MAX 1st Advantage with New Jersey Real Estate Network at (800) 691-0485 to get in touch with a Newark real estate agent who can help you find your ideal Newark home today.

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