25 Must-See Buildings in New Jersey

USA TODAY Travel and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are teaming up to help travelers find the best buildings in America. We asked AIA chapters nationwide to name 25 structures visitors to their state should see. These architects and design professionals also share their perspective on why these buildings, monuments and gardens are so significant. Read more…

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Celebrating Newark

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new faces and soak up the vibe and energy in the city,” said Isaiah Little, 29, a Newark native and supper club regular who organizes Newark First Fridays, an art and cultural event downtown. “I’ve developed partnerships here and definitely friendships. It sounds cheesy, but you really get to know people.” The club’s growth has coincided with signs of a rebirth in a city whose population has been inching up after decades of sharp decline. Amazon this week announced that Newark was among the cities on its…

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Ironbound Area Appeals to Millennials

Newark’s Ironbound district is known for two things: Its hard-working immigrant community and no-frills, good food. The city’s culinary crown jewel neighborhood a few blocks east of downtown and Penn Station is rich in diversity and economic activity, with about 200 restaurants and markets reflecting a melting pot of Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian, Ecuadorean and Mexican cultures. The conveniently located enclave that often is overlooked, is preserving the old despite new development. Read more..…

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Marcus Samuelsson's Move to Newark

Newark is already worth the PATH commuter rail ride from Manhattan, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you're feeling casual but also inordinately hungry, Tops Diner in East Newark (dubbed one of the "most famous" restaurants in New Jersey) draws hour-long lines for a reason: their Monte Cristo French toast, ribs, benedicts and extensive menu of somewhat reimagined diner fare are immaculately executed. Read more…

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson New Concept in Newark

The restaurant is expected to open this fall, and the 55-seat eatery will be an entirely new concept called Marcus B&P, an all-day casual restaurant with the food made entirely in-house or sourced locally, Samuelsson tells NJ.com. The B stands for bar, bodega and beer, and the P stands for parlor, patisserie and provisions, but BP also refers to the Swedish concept of the back pocket --…

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Tourism in Newark

And in August, the “100 Things to Do Before You Die” series will publish a Newark guidebook written by Lauren Craig, who fell in love with Newark while attending Rutgers Law School and calls herself the city’s “glambassador.” Read more..…

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