Due to its proximity to New York, as well as its reputation for seediness (and that's putting it mildly), Newark is often overlooked in favor of Goliath-like Manhattan 5 mi (8 km) east as well as commuter havens Jersey City and Hoboken. In truth, the city is a gem in the rough. The downtown area has retained much of its turn of the century architecture as seen in buildings like the recently renovated art deco Eleven80 apartments (at 1180 Raymond Blvd.). Another architectural gem is the gothic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The city is also a major transportation hub so there are plenty of ways to get around. While things are safer now than they were a few years ago, thanks in large part to a very committed mayor, none of this is to say Newark is Disneyland. Car thefts and muggings are still frequent occurrences in some neighborhoods more than others.
English is the main language, but the Ironbound area is home to a significant Brazilian and Portuguese population.
There exists a Newark (New York) but it is a small rural town in central New York state so don't make the mistake of addressing someone in Newark, NY if what you are looking for is in the Newark closer to New York City/Manhattan.
Newark, NJ is pronounced Noo-wirk, as opposed to Newark, Delaware which is pronounced Noo-ark. Locals will often pronounce it "nork".
Newark is a transportation Mecca and is very easy to get into and out of.
- Newark Liberty International Airport, , is about 5 mi (8 km) south of downtown. It is a major hub for Continental Airlines and serves several other domestic and international carriers as well. You can use this airport as an alternative to the busier JFK International Airport or La Guardia Airport if traveling to New York. If you do not have a car, take the bus or the AirTrain Newark monorail (running between terminals and to connections to NJ Transit and Amtrak) to your destination. The #62 bus goes to Newark Penn Station from Newark Airport. Airport information can be obtained by calling +1 888-EWR-INFO or +1 973 961-6000.
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.
Newark Penn Station (not to be confused with New York Penn Station) is located 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 Center in NYC. Connections to other PATH lines can be made to Hoboken and 33rd St. in Manhattan. The Newark City Light Rail runs two lines in Newark, both terminating at Penn Station. The Newark City Subway Line (formerly called the #7 City Subway and shown on maps as the blue line) has service to Branch Brook Park and Grove Street, Bloomfield, NJ. The Newark Light Rail Line (the orange line on maps) operates between Penn Station and Broad Street Station. New Jersey Transit's Montclair-Boonton line, Morristown line and Gladstone Branch serve Broad St. station.
When taking the New Jersey train, realize that New York and Newark 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.
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.
The 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.
There is a network of municipal buses. Taxis are also available.
The bus fares are relatively cheap, under $1.50 for adults and under $0.70 for children. There are a few different bus lines that come through Newark and most stop a Newark Penn Station.
- 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 (address: 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 (address: 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 (address: 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 (address: Prudential Center, Mulberry St)
- New Jersey Nets (address: Prudential Center, Mulberry St)
The center will be the temporary home for the Nets for 2 seasons, starting in 2010, until the team's new arena is ready in Brooklyn.
- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (address: 1 Center St)
- Symphony Hall (address: 1020 Broad St) +1 973 643-8468
- Prudential Center (address: Mulberry St) (directions: 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 (address: 52 Park Pl) +1 973 596-8500
open: 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 Aferro, 73 Market St, +1 646 220-3772, . Th-Sa noon-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.
- Drake College of Business (address: 800 Broad St)
Branch location of Elizabeth's main campus.
- Essex County College (address: 303 University Ave)
- Rutgers University - Newark
The main campus is in New Brunswick but there's a smaller campus in Newark.
- Seton Hall University School of Law (address: 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.
Hampshire Storage in Newark is a local self storage business/moving service. Hampshire is growing rapidly and is usually hiring.
- There are no real malls in Newark but there are malls near by that the buses in the city will take you to for a relatively cheap fare.
Newark is known for its Portuguese Brazilian and Spanish food from Spain. There are quite a number of such restaurants, most of which are inexpensive to moderate in price.
- Mi Gente Cafe, 7 Central Ave, +1 973 621-9090
- Ferry Street Barbeque, 89 Ferry St, +1 973 344-7337.
- Brasilia Grille, 99 Monroe St, +1 973 589-8682, . M-Th 11:30AM-11PM; F Sa 11:30AM-11:30PM; Su noon-10PM.
- Brazilian Bakery, 44 Ferry St, +1 973 465-4455.
- Boi Na Brasa, 70 Adams St, +1 973 589-6069.
- Seabra's Rodizio, 1034 McCarter Hwy, +1 973 622-6221.
- 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.
There is a liquor store in Penn Station. You can buy individual bottles of beer (including microbrews).
- Sabor Latino Restaurant (address: 24 wilson Avenue) (973)-274-0075
- Sabor Latino Restaurant (address: 24 Wilson Avenue) 973-274-0075
amazing latin food.
Airport hotels serving Newark Airport are inexpensive ($50+ booked online; $69 walk in). Multiple transfers (airport shuttle to airport; #62 to Penn Station; PATH train to the city) are required to get to NYC, and services are of low frequency. Expect 1 1/2-2 hr each way from your Newark airport hotel to Manhattan.
- Courtyard Newark Liberty International Airport, Route 1&9 S, +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, +1 973 242-2600, Fax: +1 973 242-6560, .
- Holiday Inn, 160 Frontage Rd, +1 973 589-1000, .
- Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, +1 973 623-0006, Toll-free: +1 800 882-1037, Fax: +1 973 623-7618, .
- 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. .
- SpringHill Suites Newark Liberty International Airport, 652 Route 1 & 9 S, +1 973 624-5300, Toll-free: +1 888 887-8123, Fax: +1 973 624-3355, .
- Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott (address: Newark Liberty International Airport) +1 973 623-0006
Offers space for meetings and wedding receptions.
The main newspaper of Newark is the Star Ledger . New York City area newspapers are also widely available (Times, Daily News, Post).
Newark can be unsafe if you are not careful. Car theft and car jackings are the biggest crime in Newark. Home invasions come in second. Downtown Newark is crowded and safe during the day. However, It empties 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, behind Downtown and Forest Hill. If you were to go to a concert at the NJ Symphony Hall 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 Ironbound district which has most of the great restaurants is also generally safe and very well lit.
The North, South and Central 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.
- Portugal (address: 1 Riverfront Plaza, The Legal Center, Main Floor) +1 973 643-4200 email@example.com
The obvious place to get out to is New York City. The cheapest way ($1.75 one-way) to get there is via the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) line , which will transport you from Newark Penn Station to World Trade Center station or another line which goes along Manhattan's West Side (mostly 6th Ave.), starting at Christopher St. and ending at 33 St. You can also take the NJ Transit line which leaves from Broad Street Station and Newark Penn Station for $5 one way. This will take you directly to the New York Penn Station and takes about 17 min. The last train from NYC to Broad Street Station is at approximately 1:19 a.m. Once you get out at Broad Street, the buses have shut down at that time of night so it is necessary to take a cab to your destination. Cabs can be bargained with. PATH will take you longer with more stops but runs very frequently, at night, every 30 min.
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.