Over the past six years, a number of cafes and art collectives have opened along Halsey Street, a side street that runs parallel to the Broad Street thoroughfare, giving New Jersey's largest city (population 277,000) a denser downtown culture district. Lined with three-story brick townhouses, Halsey Street links the century-old Newark Museum (49 Washington Street; 973-596-6550; newarkmuseum.org) and the Rutgers University campus to central downtown. It recalls the West Village circa 1990, pre-sweeping gentrification.

Cafes include a fusion bistro, 27 Mix (27 Halsey Street; 973-648-0643; 27mix.com); Coffee Cave, a performance space and espresso bar (45 Halsey; 973-368-4654); Art Kitchen (61 Halsey; 973-732-1278); and the 10-month-old Green Chicpea (59 Halsey Street; 862-240-1500).

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