The Ironbound neighborhood of Newark is a historic, Portuguese-American community. Named for the iron manufacturing that occurred there in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it sits on an area called Point Aconi which juts out into Newark Bay from the east side of downtown.
The name “Ironbound” was coined by locals who wanted to glorify their past industry; however, they were also referring to its proximity to Manhattan where much of America’s iron supply originated at that time. Iron bound ties are strong ones indeed!
And so too are those between this tight-knit community and one another—and with all residents of Newark as well. Over sixty percent of families living here have immigrated since 1980 from over twenty countries around the world.