The Ironbound district of Newark is not the sort of place that outsiders flock to.

It has long been an insular community - a working-class Italian-American and Portuguese immigrant stronghold - bounded on three sides by railroad tracks and on another by the Passaic River. Its claims to fame have been as a Superfund cleanup site in the 1980s and as the home turf of Tony Soprano. Not exactly the stuff of tourism brochures.

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