Area Highlights

Area Highlights

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Newark is New Jersey’s largest city, with a population of over 300,000 and is also the third oldest city in the United States, surpassed by only New York and Boston. Newark is located 13 miles Southwest of Midtown Manhattan. Newark International Airport is one of three major airports servicing the region, and is also among the nation’s busiest. Many airlines call Newark Liberty International Airport home, with it being a United Airlines hub.

Newark today is experiencing a renaissance and is again asserting its position as a dynamic city with a bright future ahead. As the “Gateway to New Jersey” – the financial, commercial, transportation, and cultural nucleus of the Garden State, Newark has much to offer. With new development popping up throughout the downtown area, the city itself offers a rich variety of entertainment, dining, culture and sports.

North Jersey is lush with nature and opportunities for outdoor hiking and scenic drives – Mount Tammany along the Delaware River Water Gap and South Mountain Reservation, to name a few. For city dwellers, Manhattan is a quick train ride (and maybe a slightly longer drive) away. Residents enjoy spending time exploring the many museums, attending Broadway shows, and eating at the abundance of restaurants that New York City has to offer.



newark museumOrganized in 1909, The Newark Museum on Washington Street is the largest museum in New Jersey. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. Its extensive collections of American art include works by Hiram Powers, Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, Frederick Church, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella. The Newark Museum's Tibetan galleries are considered among the best in world. The Tibetan galleries have an in-situ Buddhist altar that the Dalai Lama has consecrated.

In addition to its extensive art collections, The Newark Museum is dedicated to natural science . It includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall of Science which highlights some of the museum's 70,000 specimen Natural Science Collection. The Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, located behind the museum, is the setting for community programs, concerts and performances. The garden is also home to a 1784 old stone schoolhouse and Fire Safety Center.



Branch Brook Park is home to one of the world's largest displays of Cherry Blossoms each year. At 360 acres, Branch Brook Park is the largest public park in the city of Newark. The park is noted for having over 4,000 cherry blossom trees in more than fourteen different varieties. At its height each April, the spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people a day.





The NJ Performing Arts Center is the city's largest cultural center and houses two beautiful theaters: the 2,750-seat Great Hall and the 500-seat Victoria Theatre. Each boasting the best in national and international artistry and a center stage for New Jersey's finest performers. It is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. Home to the Grammy Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), NJPAC has been an important component to revitalization efforts for New Jersey's largest city.



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Newark Symphony Hall on Broad Street is one of the state's major cultural centers, where audiences have enjoyed symphony, ballet, opera, professional theater groups and popular music programs. It enjoys a long and rich cultural history as New Jersey's oldest and largest showcase for the arts, education and entertainment programming.




The Prudencial Center

For Sports, the Prudential Center is the home of the NJ Devils NHL Hockey team, and "The Rock" as it is affectionately known, also hosts large concerts and other events. The arena is just down the street from our Rutgers NJMS/University Hospital campus!





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Red Bull Arena is the benchmark in the North American soccer stadium landscape and sets the standard for other venues of its kind across the continent. The 25,000-seat state-of-the-art facility located in Harrison, New Jersey is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS) and opened in March 2010.

Since then, Red Bull Arena has hosted a number of top club and international squads including the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams, Ecuador, Colombia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Manchester City (England) and Juventus (Italy). The arena is structured to create a distinct soccer atmosphere as fans in the front row are just 21 feet from the touchlines. Its dynamic roof is a curving structure that wraps the entire arena in an elegant metal shell to create an architectural statement of power and elegance.



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New Meadowlands Stadium

Nearby, Metlife Stadium is in East Rutherford and part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. It is the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants of the National Football League. Metlife Stadium opened on April 10, 2010. At a construction cost of approximately $1.6 billion, it is the most expensive stadium ever built. The Meadowlands Sports Complex offers NY Jets and NY Giants NFL Football, NY/NJ Metrostars Major League Soccer, a racetrack with Harness Racing, and also hosts large concerts and other events



The Liberty Science Center, located in the majestic Liberty State Park in nearby Jersey City, is a superb museum for hands-on learning, affords excellent views of the NYC Skyline and offers ferry service to the Statue of Liberty.

Newark also offers many other cultural and historic sites, which are listed on the city's official website.