Audible collaborates with partners across the Newark community to help develop our Washington Park neighborhood into an innovation district and vibrant 24-7 streetscape while also working to preserve the neighborhood’s historic footprint.
As the fastest-growing private employer in the city, Audible’s expansion includes transforming a long-vacant historic church into a state-of-the-art technology center. We rehabilitated an 80,000 square-foot church, preserving many of its historic elements–including its distinctive stained-glass windows, organ pipes and bowling alley.
We worked with the City of Newark to fund and lead the creation of Newark’s free public Wi-Fi network spanning Washington Park and Military Park. We are collaborating with Rutgers Newark and other civic and cultural institutions to drive Washington Park’s transformation, creating a vibrant greenspace for the community. This includes adding a system of wooden hexagonal modules to be used for seating, tables, planters and platforms along with solar light for visitors and for regularly scheduled programming such as concerts, camps and classes.
Audible employees, as well as the hundreds of actors who record in Audible’s studios, commute to the company’s headquarters from New York City and all over New Jersey, taking advantage of Newark’s status as a transport hub.
Audible also provides employees tickets to NJPAC events, Prudential Center events including Devils games, Newark Museum memberships, and subsidizes eating lunch in Newark restaurants to support established and developing businesses in the neighborhood.