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New Brunswick (New Jersey)

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New Brunswick [1] is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey. It's the home of Rutgers University.

Get in

By bus

  • New Jersey Transit [2] buses have several stops in New Brunswick, one of which happens to be on Route 27. However, the major New Jersey Transit bus hub is centered upon the New Brunswick train station (at its northern end) and along George Street (which is essentially the centerpiece of New Brunswick's downtown area).
  • Suburban Transit [3] stops in front of the train station, and comes from both Princeton and New York. The main Suburban Transit bus depot is also in New Brunswick, and is next to the New Brunswick White Castle restaurant. (Yes, Harold and Kumar fans, there is a White Castle in this town.) It is further down the bus route from New York City than the train station is, but only a couple of minutes further.

By car

New Brunswick can be accessed by Interstate 287 Exit 10 (Easton Ave, New Brunswick), Exit 9 off of NJ Turnpike/I-95, U.S. Route 1, NJ Route 18, Livingston Ave, and Route 27 by way of Highland Park, across the Raritan River.

By foot or bicycle

From Highland Park, several of the bridges across the Raritan River are open to pedestrians and cyclists. The river is rather broad but easily walkable for healthy individuals. One can also come in from the south by way of Millstone (New Jersey) from East Brunswick or up Ryders Lane in East Brunswick, or by walking down the sidewalks of Easton Avenue from the west. (Note: Approaches from the south and west can get pretty hilly.)

By train

  • Amtrak [4] serves New Brunswick station. Note that Amtrak is not a good alternative to NJ Transit for trips to and from New York City or Newark, because though it is an express train and therefore somewhat faster, the cost of a ticket is so much more than the cost of an NJ Transit train that it is not worth it unless money is no object. However, for those traveling from Baltimore and other points south, it is a good option, and some travelers from as close as Philadelphia may also choose Amtrak in order to have a one-train trip and avoid having to change from the Philadelphia-area SEPTA trains to NJ Transit in Trenton.
  • New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line, [5]. Service between New Brunswick station and New York City's Penn Station can be between 30 and 70 minutes, depending on the time of day and whether the train is running on the local or express route (both run at different times throughout the day). Local service is available to other New Jersey Transit stations such as Newark Penn Station, Newark Airport, and Trenton (as such, New Brunswick is also an easy trip from Philadelphia via transfer from SEPTA).

If you come in late at night, you might wind up having to walk through a few cars and disembark at the low platform. If the trains strike the occasional fool who mistakenly walks onto the tracks, trains can be delayed by several minutes.

Get around

Buses (and bicycles) are the most effective means of traversing throughout New Brunswick. NJ Transit travels throughout the city. Rutgers University has buses that travel all around the campus, and you don't have to be a student to utilize them. Taxis are also prevalent (but relatively expensive), and the size of the town is such that walking is not out of the question.

Driving is also possible but parking is difficult to find in the downtown area and expensive. Most on-street parking in the downtown area is 2-hour only Monday-Friday, and parking garages tend to run about $1.50-$2 per hour. On-street regulations are suspended on the weekend but most spots are taken by residents. Some garages, such as the Lower Church Street garage, are free on Saturdays if you park before 5:00PM.

Traffic gets unbelievably stuck up after football games and Rutgersfest, with cars and buses often coming to a standstill on Route 18 and in neighboring Piscataway, as well as in downtown New Brunswick. So give yourself extra time on those occasions.

See

  • Rutgers University [6]. Located in northeast New Brunswick, Rutgers University is a major aspect of the city. The College Avenue Campus is home to several dorms and lecture halls, with frathouses nearby. The Zimmerli Art Museum, Geology Museum, the Rutgers Student Center, and Old Queens (as a historic centerpiece) are places of attraction. The College Avenue Gym is also the site of the first ever intercollegiate football game, in which Rutgers defeated Princeton by a score of six to four in 1869, commemorated by a plaque on the outside of the Gym and a statue outside Rutgers Stadium on the University's Busch Campus. In the spring, in recent years, there have been the colorful and dynamic Tent State University protests as well.
  • Downtown: Downtown New Brunswick is home to a plethora of restaurants and bars. For entertainment, there are clubs such as Club Platinum for dancing and The Stress Factory for comedy. New Brunswick's nightlife is excellent for a city its size. The Court Tavern is the best place to catch up and coming local bands, helping make famous such acts as the Smithereens, Ween and DefTime. Johnson and Johnson's, the makers of the Band-Aid and Johnson's Baby Shampoo, has their headquarters here.
  • George St/Monument Square: George St./Monument Square is home to the Performing Arts of New Brunswick (as well as an art gallery and urban planning school). The State Theater, where big name acts are constantly booked, is here. At the George St playhouse, right next to it, you can catch a variety of plays.
  • Bucceleuch Park: Located up College Avenue from the train station, past the college campus. A Revolutionary War mansion is the centerpiece of this park.
  • Chabad House, Hillel House, the old churches, the Theological Seminary, and Congregation Poile Zedek: New Brunswick's colorful religious institutions. Those are located both on College Ave. and downtown.
  • Hospitals: While not exactly attractions, both Robert Wood Johnson and St. Peter's Medical Center are located in New Brunswick, giving it the title of the Health Center of New Jersey.
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  • Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street New Brunswick NJ 08901, (732) 932 7237. 10:00am-4:30pm. The Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum has become quite an attraction in this little city. Charging $6 for adults who are not members, $5 for citizens over 65, and children under 18/ Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff with a valid I.D. enjoy free admission. In addition, free admission is given for all visitors on the first Sunday of every month. This art museum continuously has new exhibitions coming in and out, which keeps things interesting.

Do

There are several pleasant parks within the city limits.

Concerts and theatrical performances take place at several venues including the George Street Playhouse [8] in the center of town.

There are also clubs, including:

  • the Court Tavern, 124 Church St, 732 545 7265, [9]. The Court Tavern has been New Brunswick NJ's longest running live music venue for the last 26 years. During that time, they have hosted: The Gaslight Anthem, The Melvins, Pavement, The Replacements, WEEN, The Flaming Lips,Circle Jerks, Henry Rollins, Jonathan Richman, Real McKensies, Urge Overkill, Jesus Lizard, Nashville Pussy The Butthole Surfers, X, The Smithereens, ? and the mysterians, The Dictators, The Upper Crust, The Parlor Mob, The Bouncing Souls, World Inferno Friendship Society, Vision, The Woggles, The Fleshtones, The Moony Suzuki, Los Straightjackets, Shades Apart, Lifetime and many many other talented artists.


Rutgers University has Division I NCAA teams in several sports, including football and basketball. Attend a match.

  • Rutgersfest, Rutgers Campus. Rutgersfest is the university’s annual late in the year carnival and free concert for the whole Rutgers community. Taking place in one of the enormous parking lots fields on campus<ref>The festival moved from Livingston Campus's large parking lot to a site on Busch campus.</ref>, the place fills with noise as popular artists come for an extremely large event. Attracting about 30,000 people may get a little hectic, but no worries there, for there is easy transportation (well, there tries to be easy transportation, anyhow) to and from the festival with a little help from the bus system implemented on campus. This has become quite an anticipated event, and thousands of kids wait to hear the lineup for this years performance. In past years, artists such as Kanye, J Cole, Brand New, and Talib Kweli have preformed. Keeping the fans waiting is what it is all about, which is why Rutgersfest holds out of the performance lineup until days before the spectacular event. It is customary to cross the river, preferably on foot, and get drunk in the bars on Easton Avenue and eat at the grease trucks after the festival.

Buy

Antiques, five-and-dime stuff, clothing, old books, etc., can be found in the George St. district. Rutgers-branded merchandise is sold in many shops on Easton Ave.

Eat

New Brunswick is home to several 4-star restaurants and, typical of a college town, it has dozens of options for casual dining. Most of the upscale dining is clustered in the downtown section around George St, all within easy walking distance of the train station. Most of the college-oriented restaurants are focused on Easton Avenue, also within easy walking distance of the station (albeit uphill), although there are some downtown as well.

  • The Frog and The Peach, 29 Dennis St, +1 732 846-3216, [10].
  • La Fontana Ristorante, 120 Albany St, +1 732 249-7500, [11]. Serves fine Italian cuisine, representing all twenty regions of Italy.
  • The Stage Left Restaurant, 5 Livingston Ave, +1 732 828-4444, [12]. Located next to the George Street Playhouse and known for one of the best wine lists in the world.
  • The Grease Trucks, a College Ave. landmark of Rutgers student life. (Those are actual trucks and trailers where one can grab a bite of a "Fat Cat" and other such delicacies - stuff on a roll, essentially.)
  • Stuff Yer Face, good boli restaurant and sports bar, Easton Ave.
  • Thai Noodle, 174 Easton Avenue. Very good Thai cuisine at affordable prices
  • Edo, Japanese restaurant, Easton Ave.
  • Evelyn's, Lebanese cuisine, Easton Ave.
  • Efes, Turkish restaurant, Easton Ave.
  • Hotoke, George St. Japanese restaurant.
  • Tumulty's Pub. American cuisine. George St.
  • Harvest Moon Brewery. American cuisine. and Microbrewery George St. [13]
  • Makeda. Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Chardas Hungarian Restaurant. Hungarian cuisine. 214 Somerset St.
  • Several lunch-oriented places are in the downtown district as well.
  • Hansel 'N Griddle, 112 Church Street, New Brunswick NJ, 08901, (732) 846 7090. 9am to 8pm. This colorful place is a little hole in the wall that usually has a ton of people standing outside. The Buffalo Chicken Crisp is to die for. In the past year, Hansel N' Griddle has been voted “Best Wraps” and “Fastest Delivery”. The little things such as those are exactly what you look for in a little hole in the wall restaurant like so.
  • Cool Runnin's, 25 Easton Ave, New Brunswick NJ, 08901, (732) 246 2800. 11am to 7pm. 1) Located at 25 Easton Ave, this place truly is a “hole in the wall” place. You walk in and there are only a few seats and tables, but that is because just about everyone takes it to go. The jerked chicken is well known as a famous dish, but the “spicy” chicken patty is also good. Just about everyone in the area knows of Cool Runnin's and recommends it to just about anyone with an open mind and a stomach for great food!
  • Old Man Rafferty's, 106 Albany Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901, (732) 846 6153. 10am to 11pm. This fine well known restaurant is located on the corner of Albany Street and George Street in the heart of the city's corporate and theater districts, and the Rutgers University campus.  The comfortable atmosphere of the place makes it perfect for a casual lunch, intimate dinner, or even a corporate business function. Offering outdoor seating in a beautiful garden setting is what truly pleases many of the customers and the atmosphere keeps them coming back. This restaurant would please just about anyone with a taste for a “classy” meal.

Drink

Since New Brunswick is a college town, you can't walk far without bumping into a few bars. There are two main bar areas in New Brunswick. Easton Ave. is mostly a college-age crowd, while George St. caters to young professionals and a somewhat older crowd. There are other bars scattered about New Brunswick that cater to a non-college clientele.

  • Clydz.
  • McCormick's Irish Pub, 266 Somerset Street, (732) 247-7822.

Sleep

  • The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, [14]. 248 rooms with views of downtown New Brunswick and the surrounding area. The hotel is in the cultural heart of New Brunswick, just a half hour from Newark Liberty International Airport. Across the street from the aforementioned theaters and the Mason Gross art gallery, as well as the Bloustein School lecture hall.
  • Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, Two Albany Street. New Brunswick, NJ 08901, [15]. 288 guest rooms. 6-story Hotel, 2 blocks from New Brunswick train station. Conveniently close to restaurants and shopping.

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