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Old 05-01-2014, 05:40 PM
 
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I'm moving to a city where it's cheap(er) to fly back and forth to Africa and the Caribbean, as part of an organization I just got involved with, than it is from the city where I live now (Colorado Springs). I'm originally from Chicago. I'm basically just researching every city that will fit my criteria, and I'll make a choice from there So, Newark looks to be one of those places. Can anybody tell me, are there a lot of Caribbean immigrants in Newark? What about African ones? Obviously, if not, I can just head over to NYC and find those communities there.

Is Newark cheaper to live in than NYC? What are some neighborhoods that aren't totally blighted, have a lot going on, and are bike-able?

Thanks,

Adam
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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Well there are a lot of descendants of Africans in Newark.

I think Brooklyn has a large Caribbean population and you'd probably be better off there.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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There are tons of immigrants in Newark from the Caribbean and Africa. I've met quite a few in my work as a social worker in a dialysis center. Apparently some come to Newark to get better healthcare than in their country.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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There are many Caribbean people in the west and south wards of Newark if I am not mistaken. There's much more in the immediate suburbs (East Orange, Irvington, etc)
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:33 AM
 
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Newark is pretty diverse, as others have mentioned, West and South Wards in particular are home to many immigrants.

That said, I don't think Newark is the city you are looking for. Most of the city isn't particularly bikeable or walkable, and it only has one light rail line and that doesn't run in the parts of the city you'd be most likely to find West African or Caribbean people. There are few amenities right now, though once the Whole Foods opens at least there will be a place to get good groceries downtown. Newark is also a bit expensive for what you actually get, most apartments are over $1000. I read your thread on the Philadelphia forum...I think that'd be a much better option. Philly is infinitely more bikeable and walkable that Newark, and you can get a decent apartment in a stable area for 850/month, and if you are willing to live in a grittier area, you could probably get a place for 650. That's not happening in North Jersey, even in Newark.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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When is that whole foods supposed to open?
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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When is that whole foods supposed to open?
2016, according to this article from last October. Whole Foods Coming to Newark - WSJ.com
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