Newark is much more than just the location of one of the major airports for New York City. Although it is one of the major shipping, air, and railway hubs of the U.S., it also has many sites to enjoy beyond the quick trip to Manhattan. It features stunning architecture, several museums, a massive performing arts center, and many great restaurants and clubs. This metropolis is the second largest in the New York metropolitan area, and is located only 8 miles (13 km) from the island of Manhattan. Its history dates back to 1666, when Connecticut Puritans resided in the city from the New Haven Colony. It grew rapidly during the 19th and 20th centuries, and today is a bustling commercial district of its own, while also being close to Manhattan.
Location: City on Newark Bay, just Miles from Manhattan
Located in Newark Bay in the New York metropolitan area, the city is only a few miles from Manhattan. Train, metro, bus, and other public transportation connect it to the Big Apple, but it also has a great public transportation network within its own borders. Most households rely upon public transportation rather than an automobile. It is also home to one of the largest airports in the U.S., Newark Liberty International Airport.
Business: Port City, and Major Shipping and Commercial Hub
Newark is home to Port Newark, the major container-shipping terminal of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Many universities and large corporations call this city home as well. Although many people commute to Manhattan from Newark, it is also a location to which more than 100,000 people commute for their daily white-collar jobs, especially insurance and finance.
Culture: Home of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
When visiting this region, you do not have to go to Broadway to see a great show. Newark is home to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which houses the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey State Opera. It also has many national and international music, theater, and dance performances. The cityscape features several Beaux-Arts buildings, such as the Veteran's Administration Building and the Newark Museum, as well as Art Déco buildings.
Activities: Relax at the Branch Book Park
This city is not all hustle and bustle; there are more than 39 acres of city parks and 756 acres of county parks in the metropolitan area, providing excellent locations to enjoy nature by walking, cycling, skating, playing sports, or just sitting and relaxing on the grass. One of the most famous is the Branch Brook Park, which holds an annual festival to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms on the 4,000 cherry trees in the spring.