Newark

Population

2010: 277,140, #68 in U.S., #1 in New Jersey

1950: 438,776, #21 in U.S.

Newark is in the New York City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Setting

Newark was founded in 1666 on the Passaic River. Today, Port Newark is an important port on Newark Bay, which connects to New York Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. Rutgers University has a campus in downtown Newark.

Buildings

Tallest building: National Newark Building, 465 feet (1931)

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Newark has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Newark is on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, with frequent service from Pennsylvania Station (1935) north to New York City and Boston and south to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Other Amtrak trains include the Silver Star and Silver Meteor to Florida, Palmetto to Savannah (Ga.), Carolinian to Charlotte, Crescent to Atlanta and New Orleans, Cardinal to Cincinnati and Chicago, and Pennsylvanian to Pittsburgh.

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH), operating since 1908, has trains connecting Newark Pennsylvania Station with Jersey City and Manhattan.

New Jersey Transit has 11 commuter rail lines throughout the state. Many run through Newark Penn Station or Broad Street Station (1903) to Pennsylvania Station in New York City.

Newark Liberty International Airport has a three-mile monorail that connects the airport to a station that serves Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.

New Jersey Transit's light rail service in Newark is made up of the five-mile Newark City Subway (1935) between Penn Station and the town of Bloomfield, and the one-mile Broad Street Line (2006), which connects Penn Station with Broad Street Station.



Downtown Newark
(Photo by Derek Jensen)

Museums

The Newark Museum and the New Jersey Historical Society are located downtown.

Theaters

The CityPlex 12, just west of downtown, opened in 2012. Newark Symphony Hall (1925), a former Shriners temple and movie theater, hosts concerts, plays, and the New Jersey State Opera. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1997) hosts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, touring Broadway shows, and other events.

Sports

The Prudential Center (2007) hosts the NHL New Jersey Devils, as well as concerts and other events.

Map of Downtown Newark

DowntownNewark.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau