UNIIQU3 is the undisputed queen of Jersey Club music. The DJ and producer shares some of her favorite spots in her hometown, representing the flourishing culture in Newark that breeds global trends in music, entertainment, and fashion.Less
"This is a Black-owned burger joint. They mix South Asian flavors and offer six different burgers including the Walla Samosa Burger. I would definitely suggest The Walla as one of my top places to eat. They host a lot of dope events for the city. You could always catch some live poetry there or maybe they'll show a movie. It's right in the middle of downtown on Halsey street, which is one of the blocks that you're gonna wanna hit when you enter Newark."
"Just like The Walla, this spot is also owned by Kai Campbell, who is a community leader in Newark. The Yard is his newest burger venture, and they’re more on the all-American side. They also do a lot of vegan dishes. What’s special about this spot is that it’s located at Military Park, one of the most popular parks downtown. [Kai] lets local artists, musicians, and DJs play in The Yard because it’s in the park. It’s like a big backyard. I’ve DJed there in the summertime and done live radio."
"This is located in the Northward near downtown Newark. It's a historic thing for us because it's been there for years. I've been going since I was a kid, and it's in this beautiful park called Branch Brook Park, which is known for its cherry blossoms. They have a big cherry blossom festival every year, but the skating rink is where all the action happens. It's all ages, and you can easily go there with your family or your friends, and they even have an adult night!"
"Another store I love is BrownMill. The fashion here is casual and casual chic, with a more athleisure type of vibe. It’s still a pretty new spot, and it’s from a bunch of cool Black creatives that created this brand. And what's unique about them is that they stitch as opposed to screen print. They actually make the clothes here. Everything is really unique. You’re not gonna find a big collection of things. It's definitely more one-of-a-kind."
"Newark has some lovely museums, like the Grammy Museum that’s actually located in the Prudential Center. I've had my first Grammy experience there. It's really dope because they cover artists from New Jersey specifically. They've had an exhibit for Whitney [Houston] for example. Anybody who is successful from Jersey and has been nominated or won a Grammy is featured. It's really dope to just see that excellence from my city being represented by such a prestigious award show."
"I'm a DJ, but I also love to dance. This dance studio just opened and is owned by one of my home girls who toured the world with me. She does everything from child classes to adult classes. And it's definitely a place where you're gonna go and find some of Jersey's most talented dancers because they all gather there and they dance videos for YouTube. They practice with different artists who need stuff for their music videos. I'd take you here to learn some signature Jersey moves."
"Strong is a Black-owned streetwear shop. What's cool is that they're not your ordinary place that only carries popular streetwear brands. They collaborate with a lot of local Jersey artists. They highlight everybody in Newark, and they do capsule collections. They also often have a live DJ and usually host pop-up events. It's really cool for the community. One of my homies, Unicorn 151, just dropped two collaborations with them. I think the last one he dropped is called Illown Philanthropist."
"The Newark Museum has specific programming to entertain people throughout the whole year. And they have a big park where they also throw events. I just love it because it's dope that Newark has an actual museum that's dedicated to Newark. It just shows you the whole history of the city and how it's evolved from the past to the present. And they like to have different exhibits, a lot of digital art they've been getting into. So that's really cool and progressive."
"This is a club that's co-owned by my friend DJ Lil Taj. He spins on Hot 97 and he owns it with his father. So it's a father-son, Black-owned business. His dad's name is DJ Antoine Qua and he deejays on WBLS. Every summer, they throw the biggest block parties for house music. I hosted my PBNJ events there. It's been really dope to have a spot to finally host my signature party that's all about club music."
"Now this club is dope. It’s POC-owned and it’s Latin-themed. It’s the illest. The decor is amazing. It's very picturesque. You could go there and get Instagram flicks for a whole week. They also serve great food and they have great music. Little Tijuana is where you're gonna go to really turn up, like, with laser lights. It’s a nightclub with three floors, a basement, and a balcony rooftop."