The Gateway, located in northeastern New Jersey, encompassing the six most urban counties in the state that are part of sprawling metropolitan area of New York City. It is culturally and geographically diverse, home to state's largest cites, and some of its most exclusive suburbs.
- Elizabeth — For a short time, the original capital of the state has bustling midtown, an 18th century historic district, a huge IKEA, and Jersey Gardens mega-mall located south of Newark airport.
- Edison, named for Thomas Edison, with a growing suburban Chinatown
- Hawthorne — Small town in Passaic county. Borders Paterson.
- Hoboken — Tree-lined streets with well-preserved brownstones typify this former dockworkers' town on the Hudson. Yuppies are taking over Hoboken's old Italian and Irish neighborhoods, but the city still has the highest number of bars per square mile in the country! Birthplace of Frank Sinatra and the location of the world's first recorded baseball game.
- Jersey City — New Jersey's second largest and most diverse city, directly across from Lower Manhattan. A city of distinct neighborhoods, it is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, across from Liberty State Park
- Newark New Jersey's largest city hosts the NJ Perfroming Arts Center, Prudential Center (a sports/concert venue opened in 2008), Newark Museum, the nation's second biggest Cherry Blossom Festival
- New Brunswick — Home of Rutgers University, a college town that feels more Mid-Atlantic than North Jersey
- Montvale — The last exit on the Garden State Parkway before New York State. Not much of a downtown but lots of service industry and conveniently located between shopping areas in Paramus and Palisades Center mall in West Nyack. Home to one of the oldest Dairy Queens in the country and the establishment remains the same since its opening.
- Paterson — The third largest city in state was founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791 beginning the industrial revolution in America, as seen around the many mills and factories around the Great Falls of the Passaic (Shabbier and more extensive than Lowell, Mass). Lambert Castle, on Garret Mountain, is a restored mansion museum in a state park. A downtown rebuilt after a big fire at the turn of the century is lively and Latin.
Because the Gateway region is near by New York City, there is some New York influence on a Northern New Jersey Accent. However, most people don't speak it dramatically.
- "Ah" sounds become "Aw" Ex: Coffee=Cawfee, Dog=Dawg
- "g"s in "ing"s are dropped Ex: Talking=Tawkin, Eating=Eatin
- "Or" becomes "Ahr" Ex: Orange=Ah-runge, Forest (For-ust)=Fahrest (Far-ust)
In addition, most of the Gateway region speaks English. However most cities have residents that speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Italian, and others.
Newark liberty International Airport is a convenient airport to go in the Gateway region. There is also other Airports in the area such as John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia Airport, and Atlantic City International Airport. There is an Public-use Airport in Old Bridge as well.
- Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR, FAA LID:EWR). Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, This airport has extensive passenger and freight operations and is a major hub for United Airlines. Newark Liberty International Airport has three passenger terminals. The airport is in Newark in New Jersey.
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID:JFK) Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Located in Queens County, on Long Island, in southeastern New York City. This is the busiest international air passenger gateway to the United States with more international traffic than any other airport in North America. It is also the main air freight gateway to the US. In 2010 58,320,000 passengers used the airport making it the 12th busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic. It handles over 90 airlines operate from JFK.JFK is the hub JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and the 6th largest hub for Delta Air Lines. The airport is the 4th largest hub for American Airlines.
- LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA ICAO: KLGA FAA LID: LGA) . Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This is the smallest of the area's three primary commercial airports. Located in the northern part of Queens County on Long Island in the City of New York and is on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay
- Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID:PHL) is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region and in Pennsylvania. It is the second largest hub and the primary international hub of US Airways and operates to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.
- Atlantic City International Airport (IATA: ACY, ICAO: KACY, FAA LID:ACY) A joint civil-military public airport located 10 mi (17 km) (9 nm) northwest of the CBD of Atlantic City, in Atlantic County, New Jersey within the Pomona section of Galloway Township. It is a major aviation facility and lies on portions of 3 local municipalities; Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, and Hamilton Township. The airport is accessible via Exit 9 on the Atlantic City Expressway. The facility is owned and operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority. It's only served by Spirit Airlines but it's also an NJ Air National Guard base.
- Old Bridge Airport (IATA:none, FAA:LID:3N6) Public-use airport located 9.26 km (5 mn) south of the Old Bridge CBD in Middlesex County. The airport is privately owned and situated next to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Amtrak , +1-800-USA-RAIL (+1-800-872-7245), Operates the Northeast Corridor. Most of the Stations are in the Gateway Region. Amtrak has stations in New Brunswick, Metropark (in Iselin, NJ), and Newark Penn Station including Newark Liberty International Airport.
New Jersey Transit has rail service in under the Northeast Corridor Line. There is a station in almost every large City. There is Rail Service to New York City.
PATH is also accessible to Newark by New York City by 33rd Street in NYC or the World Trade Center.
A Majority of the Gateway is accessible by the New Jersey Turnpike with Interstate 95, Interstates 80, 78, and 287. the Garden State Parkway also takes you to the Gateway. Again, New Jersey (Along with Oregon) bans Self-Serve gas stations and attends will serve you gas to your car. Also, because Gas Prices are cheep due to low gas tax, The Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turn Pike does have a gas station at every service area, but they change every Friday at 7 AM.
NJ Transit offers buses to and from New York City. Additional, Greyhound, BoltBus, and Megabus offers service to Newark Penn Station from other cities including Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and others.
There are several ethnic enclaves in the Gateway where the cuisine of its residents can be had in an authentic (as well as touristic) way.
They include: Jersey City's India Square and Little Manila, the Ironbound, a Portuguese / Brazilian neighborhood in Newark, and Bergenline in Union City, where Cuban and other Latin American cultures are concentrated. In Bayonne, many Egyptian, Polish, Latin, and Italian-American eateries can be found. A large Korean community in the towns near the George Washington Bridge create a sort of suburban Koreatown, while the growing Chinese and Indian populations in Edison has brought many restaurants with it.
A North Jersey tradition is the diner, many of which are open 24 hours, and offer breakfast and blue-plate specials.
The Gateway is safe, but there are some cites with dangerous (The Most noticeable ones are: Paterson, Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Elizabeth) but rare problems.
Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Jersey Shore and Long Island beaches, Skylands, Princeton/Trenton, and the Hudson Valley are all easy day-trips or over-nighters, mostly do-able with public transportation.