Although one of the great historic cities of the Northeast and the most culturally affluent city in the state, Newark is often overlooked in favor of Goliath-like Manhattan and towns along the Hudson River, such as Jersey City and Hoboken. While no longer the industrial powerhouse it once was, Newark remains one of the America's major shipping, rail, and air hubs, Public transportation is abundant, making it easy to get to, from, and around the city. Newark has been economically disadvantaged for some time, and suffers from a bad reputation, often informed by negative stereotyping. Thanks in large part to a nationally hig-profile mayor, committed populace, and changing attitudes towards once decaying urban areas, the often proclaimed, but stunted renaissance of the Newark is steadily and substantially taking hold.
The city is divided into five wards, each with it's own character.Downtown has retained much of early 20th century architecture and has an iconic skyline. Nearly 100,000 people commute to the central business district on workdays, making for a lively urban landscape. Since the millennium it has become more residential as former office buildings and warehouses, such as the art deco Eleven80 (at 1180 Raymond Blvd.), are converted to housing. A new performing arts complex and sports/concert venue and restaurants have encouraged visitors to linger longer into the night,
The North Ward is home to Branch Brook Park, site of the gothic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the nation's largest collection of cherry blossom trees. Surrounding neighbourhoods include architecturally interesting suburban enclaves on the east and bustling urban districts on the west. The East Ward, or the ironbound, is home to a large Portugues/Brazilian community, with a "restaurant row" offering a cornucopia of eating establishments for every budget. The South Ward, once the heart of the Jewish community and home to the Weequahic Park and other architecturally gems, has fallen on hard times, and is were much of the city's crime is concentrated.
English is the main language. As the home to many immigrants, Newark is a polygot city. The Ironbound has significant Brazilian and Portuguese population.
Newark is pronounced Noo-wirk, as opposed to Newark, Delaware which is pronounced Noo-ark. Locals will often pronounce it "nork".
Newark Liberty International Airport, (IATA: EWR) , is about 5 mi (8 km) south of downtown. It is a major hub for United Airlines as well as serving numerous other domestic and international carriers. as well. Along with JFK International Airport and La Guardia Airport, it serves the New York metro area. Airport information can be obtained by calling +1 888-EWR-INFO or +1 973 961-6000.
Train service is provided by via AirTrain Newark monorail between terminals and the Newark-Liberty train station served by NJ Transit and Amtrak. Local buses include the #62 bus to Newark Penn Station and the limites stop #28 through downtown to Newark Broad Street Station (NJ Transit).
Taxis charge a flat fee determined by destination.
Super Shuttle, +1 973 961-2255, . In the airport, shuttle or car will take you to your hotel or residence. Sample fare: airport to Manhattan Holiday Inn for $18. You do have to make reservations ahead of time.
Many airlines not serving Newark Airport fly into the New York metro area at JFK or La Guardia in Queens, New York.
Newark Penn Station is located in the Gateway District just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Newark. It's a beautiful old McKim Mead & White building and worth visiting just on its own. It is served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Raritan Valley Line, , with easy connections to New York, Philadelphia, Trenton, and points south and west. A PATH train (the Red Line) connects Penn Station with Jersey City and the World Trade Centre. Connections to other PATH lines can be made to Hoboken, the West Village, Chelsea, and 33rd St. in Manhattan. When taking the train, realize that Newark and New York both have "Penn Stations". It is sometimes easy to mistake the conductor saying "New York" for "Newark" (and vice versa), so be aware so you don't accidentally get off at the wrong station.
Broad Street Station, located at the north end of downtown is served New Jersey Transit's Montclair-Boonton line, Morristown line and Gladstone Branch lines
which serve the suburbs, Hoboken Terminal, and on Midtown Direct trains, New York Penn.
Route 21 (McCarter Hwy) runs North-South along the railroad tracks a few blocks east of downtown. I-78 skirts the south edge of town and I-280 cuts across the north. Route 1/9 comes across the Pulaski Skyway from Jersey City and Manhattan (via the Holland Tunnel). Take the Raymond Blvd. exit and drive along the Passaic River into downtown.
Newark Penn Station is also the city's bus terminal and is served by NJ Transit buses, as well as Greyhound and others. BoltBus stops outside the station, offering service from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston.
Port Liberty Cruise Terminal is located on Upper new York Bay in Bayonne.
New Jersey Transit operates an extensive bus system in the city and its suburbs. The Newark City Light Rail runs two lines, both originating at Penn Station. The City Subway Line (shown on maps as the blue line) has service to University Heights, Branch Brook Parkand neighboring Bloomfield The Broad Street Line (orange on maps) operates through downton between Penn Station and Broad Street Station.
Taxis in Newark are metered, but often a price can be negotiated. Downtown one can hail a cab, but elsewhere a phone call is needed.
Newark Museum, 53 Washington St, +1 973 596-6550, . Year round: W–F: noon–5PM, 1 Oct–30 Jun Sa Su 10AM–5PM, 1 Jul–30 Sep Sa Su noon-5PM. The Museum complex incorporates 80 galleries of art and science, a mini zoo, planetarium, cafe, auditorium, sculpture garden, schoolhouse and the Ballantine House, the restored 1885 mansion that is a National Historic Landmark. $7, Children, Seniors and Students; Planetarium add: $3, Children, Seniors and Students $2.
Military Park, Broad St between Rector Street and Raymond Blvd, +1 973 733-9333. A park downtown that was originally a militia training green in the 1600s. Wars of America monument is an imposing work of Mount Rushmore artist Gutzon Borglum. In the summer on Thursdays, the park hosts Common Greens, a farmers market.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, NJ. In 1887 Edison moved his laboratory from Menlo Park to West Orange. He worked there until his death in 1931. In West Orange he improved his phonograph and storage battery and did all of his work on motion pictures. His lab and home in West Orange are now preserved by the National Park Service as Thomas Edison National Historical Park, which is located 7 miles from downtown Newark, and accessible by public transport.
Branch Brook Park, Clifton Avenue, Newark. Branch Brook Park contains 360 acres of open meadowland and small patches of woodland on gently rolling terrain. More than 4,100 cherry trees that blossom during April are greater both in variety and number than the famed trees in Washington, D.C. The park is only 1.7 miles from downtown, and accessible by light rail. Includes spectacular views of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Clifton Avenue, Newark. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a French Gothic-styled cathedral, the fourth largest in north america boasting upwards of 200 stained glass windows and 14 giant bells cast in Italy. The cathedral hosts a number of symphony orchestras and other concerts, in addition to serving as the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. It is located north of downtown Newark, across from Branch Brook Park, and accessible by light rail
New Jersey Devils (NHL), Prudential Center, Mulberry St.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, (toll free: +1-888-466-5722), .
Prudential Center, Mulberry St (across from Triangle Park and 1 block W of Penn Stn), . In addition to hosting the Devils, Seton Hall University basketball games and New Jersey Ironmen MISL (indoor soccer) games are held at the center. Concerts.
New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Pl, ☎ +1 973 596-8500, . Tu-Sa noon-5PM.
Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St, +1 973 622-1600, . W-F noon-6PM, Sa 11AM-4PM. Described by the New York Times as "a feisty alternative art space in Newark, often shows artwork that has a razor-sharp social and political edge."
City Without Walls, 6 Crawford St, +1 973 622-1188, . W-F noon-6PM, Sa 1PM-6PM. Contemporary art gallery.
Gallery Twenty-One, 611 McCarter Hwy, +1 973 424-1700, . Contemporary art gallery and Cuban cultural center.
Red Saw Gallery, 585 Broad St, . Contemporary art gallery.
Brazilian Festival (September), The Ironbound
Cherry Blossom Festival (April) Branch Brook Park, with 4,300 trees the largest collection in the USA
Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival (October) (biennale), various venues, largest poetry event in the United States
Lincoln Park Music Festival (July) Lincoln Park
McDonald's GospelFest (Spring) Prudential Center, talent competition and concert, one of the biggest Gospel events in the USA
Newark Black Film festtival (Summer) various venues
Portugal Day Festival (June), The Ironbound
Prudential Center is home to hockey team New Jersey Devils and hosts other college and professional teams
Red Bull Arena, home to soccer team New York Redbull, just across the Jackson Street Bridge
Meadowlands Sports Complex, home to the football teams New York Giants and New York Jets is a 15 minute train trip from Newark Penn Station
Riverfront Stadium is home to baseball team Newark Bears
Gospel and Jazz
Newark has a long tradition of jazz and gospel and is home to WGBO, Metro New York's jazz station. Renowned clubs are located in its suburbs, all at short ride to nearby stations of NJT's Morris and Essex Lines which depart from Broad Street Station. Local churches which have been the breeding ground for numerous R&B singers welcome respectful guests.
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1 Depot Square, Montclair +1.973.744.2600 
Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main Street, Madison +1.973.822.2899 
Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant, 364 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ +973.736.4800 
Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church 88 Lyons Avenue +1.973.923.5205 
New Hope Baptist Chuirch 106 Sussex Avenue +1.973.622.4547 
Newark Gospel Tabernacle 985 South Orange Avenue +1 973.399.2507 
Drake College of Business, 800 Broad St, . Branch location of Elizabeth's main campus.
Rutgers University - Newark, . The main campus is in New Brunswick but there's a smaller campus in Newark.
Seton Hall University School of Law, One Newark Center, . The university's law school is located in Newark, not along with the other colleges on the university's South Orange campus.
Newark Public Library, . A great facility to explore, pick up a book, and learn a little something in the city.
Newark is home to Prudentual Insutance and PSEG (in 2013 to Panasonic). and other corporations located downtown, as are the many federal and state courthouses. University Heights is home to Rutgers, NJIT, New Jersey Medical School. Port Newark and Newark Airport combine to make the city the largest transportation and distribution center on the East Coast. Light manufacturing survives
Stroll Ferry Street in the East Ward and find numerous boutiques, bake shops and cafes. There are no real malls in Newark but there are malls near by that the buses in the city will take you to one for a relatively cheap fare. Jersey Gardens and Ikea are nearby in Elizabeth, NJ.
Newark has three "restaurant rows' downtown: Around the Prudential Center, Halsey Street, and Ferry Street in the Ironbound, the latter known for its Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish food.
Central Restaurant 30 Central Ave. (at Halsey) +973.623.8137 classic diner at great prices
Mi Gente Cafe, 7 Central Ave, (at Halsey)' +1 973 621-9090
Ferry Street Barbeque, 89 Ferry St, +1 973 344-7337.
Sol-Mar Marisqueira & Restaurant, 267 Ferry Street, corner of Ferry & Niagara St, "+1 973 344-3041.. This restaurant is one of the best Portuguese restaurants in the ironbound district of Newark. They give large portions and it has some of the best Sangria in the neighborhood. Delicious fish.
Iberia 80-84 Ferry St.
Iberia Peninsula 63-69 Ferry St.
Don Pepe 844 McCarter Hwy.
Fornos of Spain 47 Ferry St.
Spanish Tavern 103 Magazine St.
Fernandes Steak House 158 Fleming Ave.
Spain 419 Market St.
As Newark is a large commuter town, many bar/restaurants have after work "happy hours". While many thin out as the crowd heads home, those around the Prudential Center keeping going into the night.
There is a large liquor store in Penn Station with wide selection including buy single bottles of beer, including microbrews
Newark YMCA, 600 Broad Street, 973-624-8900 (tel)  is courteous, clean, and very convenient
Hotel Riveria, 169 Clinton Avenue  is an AYOR bargain in up and coming historic district
Coutyard Newark Downtown, The city's newest hotel is located in the heart of downtown adjacent to the Prudential Center 
Hampton Suites, Newark Riverwalk at Clay Street Bridge
Hilton Newark Penn Station, Gateway Center, within walking distance to many local attractions and connected by skywalk to the train station downtown  with easy connections to Manhattan and airport
Hotel Indigo planned opening winter 2012/2013 website
Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Pl, +1 973 622-1000, Fax: +1 973 622-6410. Recently renovated, runs free guest shuttles both to Newark Penn Station as well as to Newark Airport. Rooms facing the back of the hotel have views of Manhattan and rooms facing the front have views of Military Park and Broad Street. On a relatively safe downtown street with NJPAC across the street. .
While hotels serving Newark Airport can be inexpensive ($50+ booked online; $69 walk in). some require multiple transfers with hotel shuttle to airport & NJT#62 to Penn Station. Service is sporadic, so one can sometimes expect 1 to 2 hrs each way. Those hotels located on Route 1 & 9 South/Frontage Road have NJT#40 bus service which travel between the airport and Downtown/Newark Penn on an hourly basis.
Courtyard Newark Liberty International Airport, Route 1&9 S, (Frontage Road) +1 973 643-8500, Fax: +1 973 648-0662, .
Best Western Newark Airport West, 101 International Way, +1 973 621-6200, Fax: +1 973 621-6266, .
Fairfield Inn & Suites Newark Liberty International Airport, 618 Routes 1 & 9 S, (Frontage Road) +1 973 242-2600, Fax: +1 973 242-6560, .
While things are safer now than they were a few years ago, Newark can be unsafe if you are not careful.
Downtown Newark is crowded and safe during the day. However, It thins out at night and may seem creepy but as long as you stay in well lit open areas you should be fine. The Ironbound district is pretty bumpin' on nights and weekends and is probably the safest part of the city, after Downtown and Forest Hill. If you were to go to a concert at the NJPAC or see an event at the Prudential Center you should be fine. They are well lit areas with a police presence and are the safest part of the city. The South, Central, and North, South a Wards have heavier crime rates and it pays to be more guarded in those areas.
Although bustling during peak travel hours and almost completely safe in daylight, Newark Broad Street station (NJ Transit) can be very dangerous after hours and through the night when fewer people wait for trains (usually from 10pm-5am). Armed robberies are common and can occur even when you are not the only one waiting for a late train. If you do find yourself at the station after hours, wait in the lobby beneath the platform, or failing that, one of the lit waiting booths on the platform. Look confident, dignified, and do NOT display cell phones or iPods.
Remember, the best advice to be given about doing business in 'stickier' neighborhoods is just keep your wits about you. If caught in a confrontation, act confident, no matter how scared you might actually be. Afterwards, make yourself scarce, fast. Remember that money and material things can be replaced, while lives cannot. Newark's community has been known to have weapons. The city has a high-rates of shootings, but are mostly in outer neighbourhoods.
Field Station; Dinosaurs , is theme park exhibition is within walking distance of Secaucus Junction, one stop from Newark Penn
Believe it or not, it is possible to hitchhike out of the New York Metro area. If you are trying to go long distances, your best bet is to take NJ Transit or Metro North far enough to put you well into the suburbs, preferably to a stop that puts you near (within walking distance of) a major highway such as an Interstate. From there, get to an on-ramp and put out your thumb. Be advised, however, that New Jersey state laws on hitchhiking are notoriously ambiguous, and you will be hassled by local police, so use common sense and discretion.
If you're trying to go west into Pennsylvania, your best bet is to take NJ transit to Mt. Olive, which is only a 5-min walk from I-80, which generally carries a good amount of long-distance traffic going west.
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