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Little Brick Projects

- Mark F. - Friday, January 8th, 2010 : goo

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The following pictures were taken during my recent trip to the little bricks housing projects which has been closed for a few months now. Little Bricks was one of the most dangerous housing projects in the city of newark. The 8 apartment buildings occupy an entire city block between Livingston st. , Rose st. , Muhammad Ali blvd., and jeliff st.

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This is the rose st. entrance to the little bricks projects.

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Inside one of the courts of little bricks fiends have broken through the cinder blocks in search for shelter.

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The sign on the wall reads drug free zone, but little bricks was a notorious drug hot bed in newark for decades.

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Another picture from inside one of the many courts.

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This playground jungle gym was fairly new, and must have been a recent addition to the center court before being closed down.

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This giant structure is located on the jeliff st. side of little bricks and is the exhaust chimney for the enormous heating system.

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A basement hallway in building 1.

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A destroyed room in the bowels of little bricks.

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Hundreds of crack viles and syringes found in a closet.

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The belongs and living quarters of a squatter, this room appears bright due to the flash from my camera it was actually pitch black throughout most of these indoor pictures.

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A dark hallway, i felt like i was walking through a horror film in these dilapidated buildings.

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A disturbing looking mask found among the rubble in one of the basements

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Most of the basement doors were and are currently open, probably by homeless people or crack heads looking for a dry place to stay.

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Peter: 8th Jan 2010 - 21:38 GMT

wow, what a great documentary post. i walked through this neighborhood this past summer and had hoped to go back with my camera, but hadnt had the chance, so thanks for posting :)

also: id love to see more from or more of this sort of stuff in general if youve got any!

Mark f.: 8th Jan 2010 - 23:24 GMT

Thank you very much Peter, your many posts actually inspired my post I recently discovered this website and I work all over Newark and live here so I will be takin more pictures and posting whenever I can.

CartLegger: 9th Jan 2010 - 14:26 GMT

Yeah, you are one brave fellow. One potent aspect of Urbex is pushing yourself into unknown places against your better judgement. But still, to probe into an abandoned housing project where folks still live...

so kudos to you!

I guess your next stop is the Old Newark Jail?

Mark f.: 9th Jan 2010 - 20:25 GMT

Thanks for the kudos cartlegger. Believe me I wouldn't have gone in there on my own, my job takes me all over Newark and allows me access to places such as this and many other places average people don't get to see. The little bricks projects was very exciting for me, I live in Newark and love this city, most people don't quite share my enthusiasm. So it is great to find a forum to display this great city from an insiders perspective with people who genuinely appreciate it and love it as much as I do.

Newark jail would be sick to adventure, but honetsly I don't know what's next. I do know I will be taking my camera with me to work more often, so expect future posts.

anonymous: 14th Jan 2010 - 03:07 GMT

are there still any projects in newark? most of the ones i've heard of have been torn down and abandoned by an attempt by the city to rebuild its rep. so im not sure if there are any left

Jacqueline Jones: 25th Feb 2010 - 01:44 GMT

OMG!! I was born and raised here!!! I lived 160 Waverly Ave. from the 1960's to the 1980's...

Jacqueline Jones: 25th Feb 2010 - 01:52 GMT

Need anymore info or want to reach me at

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jasmine: 23rd Jul 2010 - 12:13 GMT

i lived dhere for a 11 years moved when i was 12......yea little bricks was the badiest but when i had to move i was upset couz i was used to liveing there.....i remmeber one time there was a gun fight n i sall when some died couz of that....every night there would be a gun fight me always jumping when i heread the gun shouts....wat hurts the most was my best friends mom was found died...n in one of the picturs that theres a hole on the door thats the buliding i lived in....i still got the memmber of little bricks....couz of the they these boys broke my finger as of this day its still messed up..

AAP: 24th Nov 2011 - 03:21 GMT

Why could'nt you just say addicts, instead of cracks. onething I could say is that before one transforms into an addict. They are good people an still have good hearts and intentions. Maybe you be considerate the next time?

Franny Wentzel: 24th Nov 2011 - 06:56 GMT

Because we're not Orwellians here. We don't hide what we have to say in layers of PC Doublespeak.

sha-freak: 14th Feb 2012 - 01:54 GMT


Shafequah: 16th Feb 2012 - 16:48 GMT

I was born and raised in Little Bricks i had great times and bad times i do miss my home a lot i will forever represent Little Bricks to the fullest

Big Therm aka Rude Boy Shotta: 20th Feb 2012 - 07:08 GMT

Lil Brickz was 1 of my stompn grounds 4 many of yrs from '91-'02...Drug free zone my ass! They had da best buds on Rose St. Had a few fights there n da past &g escaped a crazy shoot out there n '95...All da projects was n dat 1 area back n da day Prince St & Spruce St (projects across da street) was apart of my stompn grounds, I had alot of family dat lived there. It was definitely 1 of da most dangerous places 2 b n Newark...da cops didnt even wanna fuck wit going n there unless they absolutely had 2! Has fucked up as it was, I luved it! Brick City will always b home 2 me...Its survial of da fittest...survive ppl! One Luv!

big jock outhouse: 7th Mar 2013 - 13:23 GMT

jeez boys ,if you can bugger your homies why move ?

anon ( 14th Sep 2014 - 15:18 GMT

This shit nasty

agghostboy: 11th Jan 2015 - 04:33 GMT

Miss living there

anon ( 24th Dec 2015 - 15:07 GMT

Moved into townhouse on 17th ave 11 yrs ago, city had just open up the nat turner park so i took my happy ass out for a walk on the track and almodt got rob buy a thug in a winter coat in june but because im from one jc worst project curriewoods instead of walking pass him i took the grassy nowl so bring from one badass and moving in thr area of another have its advantages

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