From Portugal to the Ironbound

The Ironbound, which runs east of the train station and south of the Passaic River, has been home to wave after wave of immigrants for almost two centuries. The 1800s ushered in the Irish and the Germans, many of who have since departed the city for richer suburbs. Read more..…

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The Ironbound, Newark: Convenient, but a World Apart

Named for the rail tracks or forges that surrounded the neighborhood, the Ironbound is also called Down Neck because of its site on a bend of the Passaic River. Starting in the 1830s, the area became a center for tanning, brewing and dye production. In the early 20th century, Portuguese and Spaniards began to arrive, as did African-Americans. Two out of three of the Ironbound’s current 50,000 residents were born outside of the United States. Read more…

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Meet Me In Newark

Understanding this city’s rich history begins with a trip to the Newark Museum . Now is the perfect time to visit as the museum has rolled out its “Newark Stories” exhibition chronicling four Newarkers’ contributions to the city. Read more…

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Will Newark Become The New Brooklyn?

Newark, NJ is getting some new amenities, including one 22-acre real estate project downtown (with its own High Line , sort of) and a mixed retail/residential complex that includes a Whole Foods and a Barnes & Noble. These are welcome developments in a long-suffering city, but some locals are concerned the changes will drive up rents , making life difficult for longtime residents while young newcomers theoretically transform Newark into its own Brooklyn. Read more…

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Painting Newark

The headlines from Newark are getting better these days. Consider this one: The city is now home to the longest mural on the East Coast. It’s a masterpiece of public art that must be seen. In fact, it’s hard to miss. Read more…

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