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Elizabeth is a city in New Jersey.
Newark Liberty International Airport is the main airport for central-northern New Jersey, and part of the airport actually lies in Elizabeth's city limits. New York City is easily accessible from Newark Airport, either by Cab,bus, or train. Newark Airport is the hub for United Airlines (formally Continental Airlines before the merger in 2012).
To travel between Elizabeth and EWR:
NOTE: NJ TRANSIT OPERATES FOR 21 HOURS A DAY. NIGHTLY SERVICE IS UNAVAILABLE BETWEEN 2 AM - 5 AM. YOU MUST TAKE A TAXI, THE #62 BUS OR OTHER ALTERNATIVES.
Unfortunately, there is no Amtrak Station in Elizabeth, however the closest Amtrak Station is around Newark Penn Station and Metropark. Some destinations may require transfer of trains, but getting there from outside areas should not be a problem. The other major railroad system is The New Jersey Transit, which runs through out the entire state and surrounding states such as parts of Pennsylvania and New York. By far, traveling by train is the best method of travel other than automobiles and buses, because of its wide variety of destinations. NJ Transit has two stations in Elizabeth, The Elizabeth Station and the North Elizabeth Station. Although less Trains go through the North Elizabeth Station, the Elizabeth Station is mostly the busiest.
If coming from southern Unites States, the fastest way is I-95, which runs straight up the eastcoast, and from there you can take the New Jersey Turnpike directly in into Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is a hub of several major roadways including the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 95, Interstate 78, U.S. Route 1&9, U.S. Route 22, Route 27, Route 28, Route 82 and Route 439.
If travel from a large distance, Greyhound Bus lines is the best choice for bus travel. Though you may have to arrive in Newark first and transfer via train or bus to Elizabeth, this should not be a problem to board another bus or train, because of Newark's close proximity to Elizabeth. The New Jersey Transit bus system along with Coach USA's ONE Bus, is also a very reliable form of transit.
La Cubana Bus Lines, +1-800-365-5001/5002, stops in Elizabeth and it's recommended if you are going to Elizabeth but need a direct stop. They stop in a Valero gas station at 242 Elizabeth Ave & 3rd Street. La cubana bus lines has daily bus service to Miami and Atlanta.
As of right now, there are no means of passengers getting to and from Elizabeth. The only ships that can come into the Elizabethport are marine and cargo ships. Yet, plans are in the making of developing a ferry system that will transport passengers to and from Elizabeth to New York.
NJ Transit has a dozen buses in Elizabeth. Much of it includes the #26 , #26/#52 , #48 , #52 , #56/#57 , #58 , #59 , #62 , #112 , #113 , and the #115 . In addition, Coach USA's ONE Bus (or Orange Newark Elizabeth Bus) serve Elizabeth by it's 24 Bus  (but be advised it can run under the 24A or 24B).
NOTE: Not all NJ Transit Buses run on Federal Holidays such as Labor day and Christmas. Check the Schedules very carefully as most of them may not run on Holidays. In addition, the #52 bus (not with the combined #26/#52 Bus), the #56/#57 Bus and the #58 Bus will NOT RUN ON SUNDAYS.
Although 25% of Elizabeth's Population don't have a car, Elizabeth holds Route 28, Route 27, US Route 1 & 9, and Route 439. Be warned about Traffic since Traffic is much heavy in Elizabeth's Broad Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Traffic can also be heavy before or after school (except during the summer) because many parents are going to get their kids back to home and also how much schools it has in Elizabeth.
According to WalkScore, Elizabeth has a walking score of 72. So this means you can do most of your errands by walking.
There are many historical Landmarks throughout the city, such as the Art Deco Hersh Tower,St. John's Episcopal Church,First Presbyterian Church, and the City Hall building. Other historical landmarks or tributes are the Veteran's Monument dedicated to soldiers of war who were citizens of the city. There are also tributes to the members aboard the Challenger spacecraft, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr, monument. All of the mentioned monuments are located in the midtown section of Elizabeth. The newest monument displayed in front of the Elizabeth Train Station is the 9/11 Tribute. It was dedicated to remember the citizens from Elizabeth who died on that day either in the line of duty or who worked in the World Trade Center.
The Union County Courthouse located in Midtown and the Elizabeth Seaport are both two destinations in the city that people find quite amazing.
The city of Elizabeth offers a wide variety of things to see and do,depending on one's interest.Elizabeth is home to the largest outlet mall in New Jersey, "The Outlet Collection: Jersey Gardens" or simply "Jersey Gardens". Features of this mall include a AMC Loews Ciniplex showcasing 20 movie screens, a large play area for the kids, as well as many comfortable couches and chairs throughout the mall that parents can sit while the children play. Others include stores such as Nautica, Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Skechers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger (Which hold's the World's Largest Helfiger Store), New Balance, and more. There is also many other well known sores that you can find in any part of the country, also having a large varity of shoe stores.The food court is tremendous and offers many different kinds of food, even a Burger King is located there, and an Applebees.
Also for those who crave shopping, Broad Street in the Midtown district is the main area for shopping with a wide variety of department stores, the most known and the largest is Shopper's World.
Elizabeth Avenue is home to many businesses,and is mainly populated with Hispanic-owned business,such as fresh produce markets, and travel agencies, as well as banks.
The Ritz Theatre located on East Jersey Street in Midtown is a historical theatre that has been operating since 1926, and showcases many different shows,with stand-up comedy included.
Some people of the City also go to the Dunn Sports Center which is connected to the Elizabeth High School. The Dunn Center is where the Elizabeth Minutemen play basketball as well as wrestle. During the Spring and Summer months, there are carnivals and parades throughout the city for all to attend. The Sunday before Memorial Day, there is the "Tour de Elizabeth", which is a city wide bike tour. Most people also love going to Warinanco Park for Baseball, Soccer, and Track. People also enjoy rides in the park as well as ice skating in the skating rink. Warinanco Park connects Linden, Roselle, and Elizabeth.
Most child residents of Elizabeth attend the Public School System. Elizabeth High School has various academies that were newly renovated to gear high school students toward their specific career goals. An alternative to the High School are other private schools in the Elizabeth area. St. Patrick's Academy and High School is located in the downtown area of Elizabeth. The academy teaches grades 5-8 while the high school teaches 9-12. St. Patrick's High School is well known for their basketball program, with a great success rate of students being offered to play for different colleges. Another private school is St. Benedictine's which is located on the border of Elizabeth and Hillside, New Jersey.
For college or for higher learning, Union County College has a campus on the border of North Elizabeth and Midtown Elizabeth. The Drake School of Business is also located on Broad St in Midtown. Kean University is located right on the border of Elizabeth and Union, New Jersey.
Most of Elizabeth is under the Urban Enterprize Zone (UEZ) in which it's also the largest in New Jersey. Many shops in the UEZ pay you at least a 3.5%, 3%, or even no sales tax. IKEA and Jersey Gardens are in the UEZ however, there's no sales tax on clothing. Everything else can be on the average State sales tax of 7%, or less.
There are many great places to eat here in Elizabeth. From restaurant chains like Burger King, Ihop, and Wendy's to little well known eateries that have been around for years.
Elizabeth is filled with hotels and motels all around. There is a great range that can suit the needs of many people.
If you are on a budget for a place to stay, then you are looking for some of the motels that are right along Rte 1&9.
If you are able to spend a pretty penny for a great place to stay, then the Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and the ExtendedStay Hotels are the perfect fit for you. With room services, complimentary items, and indoor facilities, you will enjoy your stay greatly.
If you can splurge for the best experience available, the Hilton Hotel and the Sheraton Four Points Hotel are the Hotels for you. If the Hilton or the Sheraton do not fit your needs, the Renaissance by Marriott and the DoubleTree Hotel which is in the sister city of Newark are both available and is no more than 5 minutes away from the Jersey Gardens Mall.
Like many other urban cities in the United States, Elizabeth has its problems and bad areas. However, problems can be avoided with common sense. Do not go to areas of town you know nothing about during the night, without someone who knows the area well. It is not very likely that you will be a victim unless you make yourself a victim. The people of Elizabeth carry a mentality of handling their own business and not inteferring with others. Thus, if you are walking alone at night, try to remain in well lit areas.
The city is relatively safe as long as you avoid staring at groups of people even if the activity looks suspicious.
Avoid the downtown area at night, this area is close to the Port of Elizabeth and can be very dangerous at night time even for the residents, so stay away from this area at night, and never handle large sums of money in public. Otherwise, walking through the city during daylight hours is not a problem, and you should have nothing to worry about. North Elizabeth, Elmora, and Elmora Hills are the calmest parts of the city, and the cleanest.
Be aware that Elizabeth has a currfew on minors under 18. The curfew goes in effect every night at 10 PM, and any minor who gets caught by police will be notified by the cops to their parent or guardian and counseling will be scheduled. If you are staying in Elizabeth with a minor, or in Elizabeth, make sure your child stays with you at ALL TIMES.
Also, Elizabeth is a very diverse city with ethnic groups consisiting of a majority of Hispanic/Latino citizens from almost every Latin-American nation, especially Colombians, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans, along with Portuguese and Brazilians, and a large African-American community, others include Italians, Polish, Asian, and White American (Caucasian). Being so, refrain from any racial remarks or slurs in any part of the city, as this can result in major problems and confrontations.