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A collection of things to do in North Jersey.

Where to Go Pumpkin Picking and Apple Picking in NJ
Fall's most cherished activities: apple picking and pumpkin picking, complete with hay rides and stuffing your face with fresh apple cider donuts, of course. We've rounded up the best farms in New Jersey for your next weekend excursion.

Shopping
Here's where to shop 'til you drop in North Jersey.

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Gift Ideas - A New Jersey Themed Holiday Gift Guide
The ultimate guide to New Jersey themed holiday gifts.

Where to Go Pumpkin Picking and Apple Picking in NJ
Fall's most cherished activities: apple picking and pumpkin picking, complete with hay rides and stuffing your face with fresh apple cider donuts, of course. We've rounded up the best farms in New Jersey for your next weekend excursion.

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A Vacation Budget for Two Nights in Rhode Island for Newport Jazz Fest
Find out what a couple spent on a weekend getaway in Rhode Island.

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Food and Drink
Spotlighting Northern New Jersey's best restaurants, bars, meals, snacks, and food-related jaunts.

Sick of Ice Cream, North Jersey? Try These Frozen Alternatives
Explore North Jersey's untapped frozen universe of ice cream alternatives.

Stock Up on Art Supplies from These North Jersey Shops
Whether you’re looking to manicure a masterpiece or stitch a showpiece, these North Jersey art supply stores have you got you covered to actualize your artistic feat!

Your Guide to Having the Best Halloween in North Jersey for 2015
Of course you could always head into Manhattan for its famous Village Halloween Parade, but we think one of these North Jersey events might be more fun.

Best 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations in North Jersey for 2016
Forget NYC: There are plenty of spectacular fireworks displays and celebrations to enjoy right here in the Garden State.

Events and Festivals
Spring/Summer fairs. Arts and crafts shows. Food and wine tastings. Cultural happenings. Take your pick. This is your guide to having fun at North Jersey's events and festivals.

Make the Most of Those Summer Nights in North Jersey
With the sun setting later in North Jersey, here are some exciting ideas for your summer nights.

Dog-Friendly Parks in North Jersey
Quit your howling! Head to one of these dog-friendly spots this weekend.

Travel Guide: Northern New Jersey
Planning a trip to North Jersey? Find information on the best area hotels, tourist attractions, and nightlife. Plus, the best restaurants, bars, and activities in Montclair, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, and the surrounding suburbs.

Insider Guide to South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, NJ
With warm weather approaching, there’s no better time to head outside for an adventure right in your own neighborhood! Look no further than the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, NJ.

What is Taylor Ham/Pork Roll?
Is your mouth watering yet? Learn all there is to know about the breakfast-meat-of-breakfast-meats: Taylor Ham (or Pork Roll).

Farmers Markets and Flea Markets in North Jersey
Summer is the season of barbecues, picnics, block parties, and all-around outdoor revelry. What better way to prepare than with fresh food and wares from New Jersey farmers and vendors?

How to Stay Cool During a North Jersey Summer
With the forecast set to

Ask a New Jerseyan
Local know-how. Fun facts. Quirky tidbits.

Miss America traffic ticket discussion, 1923
This looks stressful: two contestants in the annual Miss America beauty pageant in Atlantic City

12 Historical Photos of Summer in New Jersey
Who doesn't love a good historical photo? We've nabbed some snaps of New Jerseyans summering over the past 100 years.

Palisades Park, 1960s
Once located atop the Palisades in what is now Cliffside Park and Fort Lee, this 30-acre amusement park opened in 1898 and closed in 1971.

Cabanas at the Shelburne Hotel, 1950s
The Shelburne was was built in 1869 at Michigan Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and is on the register of National Historic Places.

Selling cider at the roadside, circa 1920s
A man selling cider to a motorist at a roadside cider mill on the Lincoln Highway between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey circa 1920

New Jersey Turnpike, 1950s
Oh, the turnpike. How many family road trips do you think passed through this toll plaza?

Lucy the Elephant, Margate, 1907
Lucy the Elephant is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1881, the building is 65 feet tall, 60 feet wide, and 18 feet deep.

Teen couple on the boardwalk, 1950s
A young couple on a bike ride in Ocean City, NJ.

Asbury Park, 1930s-40s
Old English Seafood stands among a lot full of vehicles.

Atlantic City, 1957
An birds-eye view of a crowded beach in Atlantic City in 1957. Green and red umbrellas and attire seemed to be a trend that summer.

Atlantic City, 1920s
A man and two women pose in bathing suites in front of a boat in Atlantic City.

Garden State Park, 1960s
Now a town center, Garden State Park was once a race track in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Memorial Day 2016 in New Jersey
The weather Gods have blessed New Jersey with a sunny and 90 degree Memorial Day Weekend! While there's a chance of rain on Memorial Day itself, we've got you covered for the rest of your weekend, and some ideas for Monday, too.

Move Over, Local Library: Study at These North Jersey Coffee Shops
Sure, you can study in Starbucks, but why not try a coffee house or bakery with a little character? Northern New Jersey is home to some great places to help you get on your work “grind”.

Best Coffee Shops in North Jersey
We understand. The PSL is good. Really good. However, we think these North Jersey coffee shops do a better cup 'o Joe.

How to Have the Perfect Spring Day in Northern New Jersey
Days are warmer, flowers are blooming; it's the perfect time to take advantage of some of Northern New Jersey's most charming attractions.

Ask a New Jerseyan: What is a Jughandle?
You want to make a left turn? Well, you'll need to turn right. At least in New Jersey.

Bounce House Mania
Pretty sure Branch Brook Park outdid your childhood backyard birthday party. Four bounce houses to choose from? Wow.

This Newark Park Has the Most Cherry Blossoms in the Nation (PHOTOS)
Bloomfest is just one of the events folks can attend during the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival.

Red Velvet Funnel Cake, Fried Oreos, and Fancy Lemonade
Red velvet funnel cake? Yes, please.

Cobu Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe
The crowd was entranced by this performance from the Cobu Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe.

Cherry Blossom Archway
One of the cherry blossom trees forms a natural archway over the path.

A Stroll Through Pink and White
Families admire the cherry blossoms at Newark's Bloomfest.

Cell Phone Tour
Bonus: self-guided cell phone tours. Visitors can dial 973-433-9047, enter the code for the location of the park found on the sign, and hear historical and horticultural information.

Close-up
This cherry blossom was ready for its close-up.

Pre-bloom
Even in the early stages, the blossoms are beautiful.

Daffodils
In a sea of pink and white, a little splash of yellow never hurt anybody.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
One end of Branch Brook Park offers stunning views of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart: the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States.

It all began in 1927...
In 1927, Caroline Bamberger Fuld donated 2,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees, starting the vast collection that stands today.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with Flowers
Another view of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

14 Shades of Pink
There are currently 14 varieties of cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, so whip out those cameras and try to snap them all.

"You Are Here"
A helpful sign at the center of the event illustrating the vendors, restrooms, and clusters of trees. Also vital: the schedule for live music, cultural demonstrations, activities, and more.

Spin Art Lives On
80s and 90s kids rejoice: spin art happened at Bloomfest.

No Soup For You
The food trucks were out in full effect. Longest line? The Original Soupman.

Refresh and Recharge at These North Jersey Smoothie and Juice Bars
Move over, fro-yo. Step aside, crushed ice. Take a hike, milkshakes. Sip on these healthy, but equally as delicious, smoothies or juices.

Fun Things to Do With Kids in North Jersey
According to Niche, New Jersey was ranked the number one state to raise a family in America. These activities prove that the title is well-deserved.

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An index of categories in the

North Jersey St. Patrick's Day Parades and Celebrations 2016
Looking for an exciting way to celebrate the Emerald Isle this year? You're in luck! Northern New Jersey is home to a large Irish population that definitely knows how to party.

Neighborhood Guides
What to do, where to eat, and where to shop in North Jersey's neighborhoods.

Best Date Spots in North Jersey
The traditional dinner for two is getting old. Try one of these fun, alternative date night ideas in the Garden State.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Westfield
This month, be transported to a Greek isle, take cooking lessons, and shop 'til you drop, all via the Westfield stop.

Best Thai Restaurants in North Jersey
Craving spicy food? Hit up one of these highly-rated Thai restaurants in North Jersey to step up your usual noodle game.

Follow These New Jersey Social Media Accounts
Stay on top of local news and entertainment with these social media accounts for New Jerseyans.

Ask a New Jerseyan: What Are "Disco Fries"?
On the menu at our state's many diners is something very special (and extremely tasty): Disco Fries. Just what is this groovy concoction? This New Jerseyan is here to enlighten your tastebuds.

Best Dessert Spots for Sweet Tooths in North Jersey
Boxes of chocolate and Sweethearts are nice, but maybe you're looking for something a little more substantial.

North Jersey's Booming Craft Beer Scene
Craft Beer Lovers: Put these 14 breweries on your must-visit and must-try lists!

Arts and Culture
Soak up some culture at these North Jersey museums, music venues, art exhibits, theaters, shows, and more.

North Jersey's Best Museums
Met, Schmet. No need to travel to New York City to indulge in a little art and history. North Jersey is home to many exciting museums. Here are just a few.

Best Cover Bands in North Jersey
Cover bands are no stranger to the NJ bar scene and they bring an energy to the table that a DJ or jukebox just can't. Read about North Jersey's best... then go see them live!

Sports
NJ Devils hockey news and more. North Jersey.

Where to Watch Super Bowl 50 in North Jersey
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl Sunday in style at these North Jersey sports bars with your fellow football fans.

Where to Find the Best Bubble Tea in North Jersey
Bubble Tea is the dessert/drink/snack of your dreams. We've rounded up the best in North Jersey.

Hotels
Hotel-related information from North Jersey.

News
The latest news happenings in North Jersey.

Landmarks and Sites
Must-sees. North Jersey.

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Amazing Winter Photo Opportunities in North Jersey
A silver lining to the 2016 blizzard is the chance to gaze at the beautiful landscapes created by all that snow. Now that you've shoveled your way out, take a moment to snap some of the most stunning seasonal spots Northern New Jersey has to offer.

For the Bookworms: North Jersey's Best Independent Bookstores
“I cannot live without books,” Thomas Jefferson famously said. If you too, like Jefferson, cannot survive without getting lost in some tomes, consult this list of independent bookstores in North Jersey.

Where to Go Sledding in North Jersey
We know the 2015-16 winter season had been unseasonably warm, but now that it's finally cold and snowy, consult this list!

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Ridgewood
This month, attend a celebrity book signing, sip on a

The Best Bakeries in North Jersey
Yes, we know many of you will make the resolution tomorrow to go on some sort of diet. Well, we beg you to wait until after visiting these North Jersey bakeries of course!

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Historical Photos of Winter in New Jersey
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Historical Photos of Winter in New Jersey
This winter hasn't been very well,

Things You Didn't Know About New Jersey
After reading this list, you'd undoubtedly be victorious at a New Jersey-themed trivia night.

Celebrating New Year's Eve 2015 in North Jersey
Consider these options for your New Year's Eve in North Jersey! We've mapped out ideas for every kind of fun-haver.

A huge brass dog holding a tea kettle
This brass dog sculpture served as an advertising sign for a Paterson tinsmith's shop.

A peanut vending machine
This peanut dispenser was invented in Paterson in 1890.

Notes on silk dyeing and manufacturing
Paterson was known as

The Drawing Room
This room is designed in a circular style, provides sweeping views of Paterson, and features many portraits of local prominent figures.

Music Room
The chandelier pictured here is one of only three original fixtures still in place from Lambert's time, and was converted from gas to electric in the mid-1900s.

Breakfast Room
The Breakfast Room features a swan tea set in the cabinet that is thought to have been owned by Empress Josephine Bonaparte of France.

This crazy creature
Not your typical cement lion. North Jersey.

Cornu Clock
The Cornu clock (one of 36, numbered '18') was made in France in 1867 and stands at 11 feet tall.

The Bertha Schaefer Koempel Spoon Collection
Hanging in one of the corridors on the first floor (the second doorway on the left upon entering the museum) are 300 spoons.

The Big Scissors
These big wooden scissors were bestowed to John R. Wilson who retired from the Paterson School System in 1944.

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Ulysses S. Grant Death Mask
This is a cast made from the original death mask of President Ulysses S. Grant by Gaetano Federici and is possibly one of two that exist.

Battery-powered telephone
This is a battery-powered telephone from the late 19th-century to early 20th century.

Optometrist trade sign
That's a huge pair of spectacles! Trade signs date back to the 14th century.

18 Weird and Wonderful Things Inside the Lambert Castle Museum
A peanut vending machine, a human hair sculpture, a big brass dog: only a few of the beautifully quirky things inside Lambert Castle Museum.

This scary sculpture
A scary sculpture in the stairwell

Crooked door frames?
The third floor currently houses the Paterson Evening News Photo Collection (on exhibit until June 28), but one couldn't help but notice the slanted top of the door frames.

The History of Valentine Cards
Kind of random, but the Passaic County Historical Society has a collection of Victorian Valentine's Day cards.

Grand Atrium
The Grand Atrium was where Lambert featured the bulk of his art collection.

TK Reasons to Visit to North Jersey in 2016
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8 Reasons to Visit New Jersey in 2016
Still need convincing that the Garden State isn't the Armpit of America? Come visit in 2016. You'll see why all of those silly stereotypes are completely false.

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Where to Buy Unique Last-Minute Christmas Gifts in North Jersey
Bummer: you've procrastinated with Christmas shopping. You're in luck, however: we've culled together a list of unique ideas for anyone on your list this year.

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in North Jersey
So, you want to cut down your own Christmas tree. Here are the best spots in North Jersey to find the perfect pine, spruce, or fir.

2015 Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings in North Jersey
Consult these listings to find your local North Jersey Christmas tree and menorah lighting.

Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in North Jersey
Eating a meatless meal can be delicious, but finding local vegan or vegetarian restaurants can be tricky. If you don't eat meat or want to a try a place that offers meat-free options, consult this list as a handy guide.

Feed Your "Disco Fries" Craving at These 24 Hour Diners
Reason #465792 why Jersey is the best: you can order a plate of fries smothered in brown gravy and mozzarella cheese at 3am.

The Best Movie Theaters in North Jersey
Whether you're dying to catch an indie flick that might

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Where to Eat in Newark Airport
Following a $120 million makeover, Newark Airport just might be the next big dining destination.

Where to Eat and Drink at Newark Airport
Following a $120 million overhaul of Terminal C, Newark Airport just might be the next big dining destination. Yes, celebrity chefs are involved.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Watchung Avenue
This month, dine at a French sidewalk caf, purchase British imports, and shop a true gem of an indie bookstore via the Watchung Avenue stop in Montclair.

Best Places to See Live Jazz in North Jersey
Forget New York City: some of the world's top rated jazz clubs are located in North Jersey. Put these venues on your music-centric bucket list.

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Historic Photos of Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport opened on October 1, 1928 and was the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area. Click through for photos of its beginnings.

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Historic Photos of Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport opened on October 1, 1928 and was the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area. Click through for photos of its beginnings.

Historic Photos of Newark Airport
Newark Airport, the country's oldest airfield and first major commercial airport, opened on October 1, 1928. Click through for photos of its beginnings.

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Best Polish Restaurants in North Jersey
North Jersey is home to one of the largest Polish populations in the country. The food? Spectacular. Here's a list of spots to try.

Here are The Best Places to Live in North Jersey
New Jersey Monthly, together with Ringwood research firm Leflein Associates, performed an extensive deep dive into all of New Jersey's towns for their Top Towns List. Where does yours fall?

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ
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Hudson River
The Hudson River famously froze during the winter of 2015.

Sussex County Sunflower Maze, Augusta, NJ
Sussex County Sunflower Maze, Augusta, NJ

The Palisades
Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1983, The Palisades are a 20-mile stretch of steep cliffs (ranging from 300 to 540 feet high) that begin in Jersey City and end in Nyack, New York.

Rifle Camp Park, Woodland Park, NJ
225-acre Rifle Camp Park is rife with hiking trails, picnic spots, an amphitheater, fitness course, and the John Crowley Nature Center and Astronomical Observatory. Pictured here, the pond.

Great Falls, Paterson, NJ
The Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey is a 300-foot wide, 77-foot high waterfall that propels up to two billion gallons of water per day over its edge.

The Meadowlands
The Meadowlands District contains 30.4 miles of marshes, wetlands, habitats, and parks (100+ acres of open space and eight miles of trails) to explore.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Morris County, NJ
The refuge was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1966 and today consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ
The 13.5 acre Reeves-Reed Arboretum property was once traversed by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans and farmed during the Revolutionary War.

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
With incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this 1,212-acre park is a show-stopper.

Ken Lockwood Gorge, High Bridge, NJ
Designated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife as a trout conservation area, Ken Lockwood Gorge is an easy-to-get-to escape that many North Jerseyan's dub the most picturesque location in the state.

Wick House in Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ
The Wick House (built circa 1750) and the land surrounding it served as living quarters for at least four brigades of the Continental Army over the winter of 1779-1780.

Delaware Water Gap
With more than 100 miles of hiking areas, waterfalls, abundant widlife, historic villages, and much, much more to explore, the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is one of NJ's finest and most-visited nature destinations.

Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ
A Wolf Watch Tour (10:30am and 4pm daily; $15 for adults and $7 for kids under 11; cash or check only) will get you up close and personal with wolves, fox, and bobcats!

The Barbette Battery, Fort Lee Historic Park, Fort Lee, NJ
For sweeping views of the George Washington Bridge, head to the north end of this 33-acre park. Don't miss the highly educational Visitor's Center.

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ
Aside from the 408 acres of forests, streams, hiking paths and generally awesome nature, the views of New York City from the Essex County 9/11 Memorial within the reservation are breathtaking.

Branch Brook Park, Belleville/Newark, NJ
At a sprawling 360-acres with 4,000+ cherry blossom trees, Branch Brook Park attracts over 10,000 visitors each April.

Lake Surprise, Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ
The Union County Park Commission purchased the gorgeous 25-acre lake for inclusion in the Watchung Reservation and renamed it Lake Surprise, due to the fact that visitors don't see the lake until they are literally right next to it, coming upon it from a winding road.

In Photos: Proof That All the "Dirty Jersey" Stereotypes Are Completely False
New Jersey has a bit of a bad reputation—'Armpit of America' anyone? However, most residents will wax rhapsodic about The Garden State's lush greenery, idyllic lakes, abundance of wildlife, and general non-smelly, non-MTV Jersey Shore ambiance.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Upper Montclair
This month, feed your stationery addictions, enjoy a rare cocktail in Montclair, sample world class olive oil, and catch a film festival flick, all off the Upper Montclair stop.

The Creepiest Haunted Houses and Attractions in North Jersey
Want to really be scared on the 'scariest day of the year'? Check out these haunted houses and attractions—we promise they'll get the job done.

The Best Vintage and Consignment Shops in Essex County
For an exciting shopping experience, consult this list the next time you're looking for a unique article of clothing or just want to enjoy perusing the racks of these stylish stores in Essex County.

Man Snaps Photo of 'Jersey Devil': Real or Hoax?
Just in time for Halloween, a New Jersey man has

Where to Go Pumpkin and Apple Picking in North Jersey
One of fall's most sacred activities: apple picking. Or pumpkin picking. Complete with hay rides and noshing on fresh apple cider donuts. We've rounded up the best pick-your-own farms in North Jersey for your next weekend excursion.

James Gandolfini
Before passing away in June 2013, James Gandolfini had been deeply ingrained in New Jersey culture. He was born in Westwood and grew up in Park Ridge. He received a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was born in Newark and raised in East Orange. She attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy in West Caldwell while her mother taught her how to sing.

Peter Dinklage
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage was born in Morristown and raised in Mendham Township. He began to perfect his acting skills in the Delbarton School drama club.

Zach Braff
Braff, born in South Orange, loved the Garden State so much, he made a movie about it.

Bruce Springsteen
What's a gallery of New Jersey celebrities without The Boss? Springsteen was born in Long Branch, grew up in Freehold (he even wrote a song about it), and reportedly lives in Colt's Neck, currently.

Frank Sinatra
Hoboken's Favorite Son was born on Monroe Street and began singing at his parent's bar, Marty's O'Brien's.

Martha Stewart
Born in Jersey City, but raised in Nutley, Martha Stewart spent her early childhood babysitting the children of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.

Tara Reid
Tara Reid was born and raised in Wyckoff and was acting by the age of 6. She attended various NJ high schools, including Barsntable Academy in Oakland.

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Fetty Wap
Relatively new to the scene, Fetty Wap has solidified his top spot in the rap world with hit single

Jane Krakowski
Actress Jane Krakowski, famous for her role on 30 Rock, was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills and attended Rutgers, New Brunswick.

Celebrities from New Jersey (Photos)
Bet you didn't think that all of these celebrities have once basked in the glory of the Armpit of America!

Susan Sarandon
Actress Susan Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, but was raised in Edison, NJ.

Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd was born in Passaic, NJ but moved to Overland Park, KS when he was 10.

Meryl Streep
Streep was born in Summit and raised in Bernardsville before moving to the Big Apple in 1975. Apparently, good 'ole Jersey tomatoes left a lasting impression on her.

Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain was raised in Leonia and is still very much emotionally attached to Jersey.

John Travolta
Travolta was born and raised in Englewood, attending Dwight Morrow High School before moving to NYC for an acting gig.

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, NY but her family moved to Millburn when she was six. She began her acting career at Millburn High School and Paper Mill Playhouse.

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields lived in Haworth, NJ during her high school years while she attended The Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood. For college, she attended Princeton University.

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey was born in South Orange, but his family moved to Southern California when he just four years old.

Zoe Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana was born in Passaic but spent most of her childhood in Jackson Heights, Queens before moving to the Dominican Republic at age 9.

Stephen Colbert
Newly-appointed Late Show host Stephen Colbert has a soft spot in his heart for his current place of residence Montclair, acting as a long-time supporter of the Montclair Film Festival.

Nathan Lane
Actor Nathan Lane was born and raised in Jersey City. He attended St. Peter's Prep and was voted

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise graduated from Glen Ridge High School, after his family moved around so much that he attended fifteen schools in about that many years.

Laura Prepon
Prepon was born in Watchung and attended Watchung Hills Regional High School.

Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah was born in Newark, raised in East Orange, and has lived in Rumson and Colts Neck. She was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011 for Arts & Entertainment.

Where to Find the Best Slice of Pizza in North Jersey
Let's face it: New York-style pizza is the only way pizza should exist. Deep dish? Ugh. Here's where to find the best thin, hand-tossed, cheesy, greasy slices of heaven this side of the Hudson.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Summit
This month, expand your wine collection, indulge in an Italian pastry, pick up some antiques, and even perform at an open mic via the Summit stop.

Downtown Newark for College Students: A Neighborhood Guide
Just in time for back-to-school: our guide to Downtown Newark for students of Rutgers Newark, NJIT, and Essex County College.

North Jersey's Best Brunch Spots
Can't decide whether you want breakfast or lunch? Savory or sweet, or the savory-sweet combo? Brunch is the best meal for this reason: you can have both. Here are some North Jersey spots that do it best.

How to Have the Perfect Fall Day in North Jersey
Fall in New Jersey just might be the best time of year. We've mapped out your perfect day in North Jersey, complete with feeling cozy, picking some fruit with the intention of baking dozens of pies, and enjoying the last stretch of the outdoors before that NJ winter hits.

The Storied History of the Haunted Essex County Overbrook Asylum
By far one of the spookiest spots in North Jersey, the Overbrook Asylum sits in all its dark, broken-windowed glory in Cedar Grove. Find out more about its twisted history here.

The Best Shops for North Jersey Music Nerds
Are you a total music geek? I'm talking a deep love for instruments, records, CDs, and cassettes (gasp!). These shops are for you.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Bay Street in Montclair
Welcome back to Train Stop Day Trip, About.com North Jersey’s monthly series that profiles a particularly cool NJTransit hub. This month: Bay St. in Montclair.

Chef Dale Talde's Favorite Jersey City Spots
Chef Dale Talde of Top Chef fame and owner of TALDE and Carrino Provisions in Jersey City shares his favorite J.C. haunts.

North Jersey's Coolest Music Venues
North Jersey has a booming music scene. Here are the best spots to find the coolest shows.

The New York Jets and New York Giants 2015 Season Schedules
New York Jets and New York Giants fans are ready for the fast approaching regular season, kicking off in mid-September. Here are the regular season schedules for East Rutherford's favorite football teams.

The Perfect Spa Day in Verona, NJ
Looking to unwind? Check out these three places to pamper yourself in Verona, NJ.

Action Park in Vernon, NJ Hosts The World's Longest Water Slide
The world's longest water slide resides in Vernon, NJ at Action Park.

Hiking in North Jersey: A Guide
When it comes to hiking in North Jersey there are a plethora of options, whether you’re looking for a nice view, a unique point of interest, or a challenge. Here are a few of our favorites.

Things to Do in August in North Jersey
There is so much summer that's left to be enjoyed. Here are ways to have your best August yet in the Garden State.

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Hoboken
Welcome back to Train Stop Day Trip, About.com North Jersey’s monthly series that profiles a particularly cool NJTransit hub. This month: Hoboken.

Moving to NJ? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind
Planning on making the move to the Garden State? Here are some very Jersey-specific things you should know before you get here.

Ironbound Newark's Brazilian and Portuguese Food Scene
The predominantly Portuguese and Brazilian neighborhood of Ironbound Newark is home to some of North Jersey's best restaurants. Trust us: the cuisine will transport you.

The Perfect North Jersey Summer Day
If you find yourself up North one weekend this summer, here's how to have the perfect day.

Coming soon: The MC, Montclair
Montclair's getting a hotel! The MC, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, will feature a lobby library, farm-to-table restaurant, public art atrium, and rooftop bar.

Appalachian Hotel, Vernon
North Jersey.

Westminster Hotel, Livingston
This contemporary hotel features 183 guest rooms and suites with Hollandia beds, and a famed Manhattan steakhouse: Strip House (24 Layer Chocolate Cake anyone?).

Hyatt Regency Jersey City
Each of the 351 guest rooms at this Jersey City property boast waterfront views.

The Madison, Morristown
Dine in the Parlour Cars (restored antique Pullman railway cars) at Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille, the award-winning steakhouse at this beautiful, family-owned property in Morristown.

Minerals Hotel, Vernon
One of three luxury hotels at Crystal Springs Resort, this 175-room paradise boasts a Tiki Bar, indoor tennis courts, and a Presidential Suite with a two-sided fireplace.

Grand Cascades Lodge, Vernon
This sprawling lodge, set before the Kittatinny Mountain Range and part of the Crystal Springs Resort, just might be the gem of the Northeast.

Westin Jersey City
Located one block from the Pavonia/Newport PATH train station, this 410-room (plus 19 suites) property houses a great Jersey City dining option: Fire & Oak.

The Best Hotels in North Jersey
Why blow your entire life's savings on a hotel stay in NYC when you can rest your noggin in one of these swanky North Jersey properties?

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, West Orange
Take advantage of this property's proximity to both Verona Park and Eagle Rock Reservation.

Hotel Indigo, Newark
Built in 1912 as the National State Bank, this downtown Newark property features a teller station front desk and the original vault serving as a design centerpiece to the restaurant, Alva.

Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
For those of you wanting the uber-convenience of jetting across the Hudson to NYC, this hotel is for you: the ferry is literally steps away.

Black Creek Sanctuary, Vernon
North Jersey.

NJ Devils News: 2015-2016 Season Schedule; Lou Lamoriello Resigns
Thursday, July 23rd brought the news that longtime New Jersey Devils exec Lou Lamoriello was resigning. Minutes later, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they had a new General Manager: good 'ole

NJTransit Train Stop Day Trip: Wanut Street in Montclair
This month, indulge in Instagram-worthy doughnuts, shop for quirky vintage antiques, fuel your caffeine addiction, and more off the Walnut Street stop in Montclair—North Jersey's

Mexi-Flip Taco Truck
This Mexican-Filipino fusion food truck, primarily serving Newark, churns out classic tacos with a twist. Page 9.

Luke's Lobster
Starting May 1st, the Luke's Lobster truck (aka Nauti Mobile) began running exclusively in NJ, serving up the delicious lobster rolls we all know and love from NYC. Page 6.

PB and U
This truck serves up very inventive peanut butter concoctions. Perhaps the most unique?

Rigatoni's Mobile Crab Cakes
Crab cakes in Philly? Oh, yes. This truck serves up half pound crab cakes made with all jumbo lump crabmeat, crab pretzels and stuffed onion rings. Page 24.

Samboni Boys
You have to love the Samboni Boys Twitter bio:

Polkadot Cupcake Shop
Bacon Nutella S'Mores Cookies. A 'Better Than Sex' cupcake. Need we say more? Page 8.

Ben & Jerry's
Ah, a classic! Who can resist a scoop (or two, or three) of Americone Dream or Cherry Garcia? Page 14.

Amanda Bananas
The tagline on their website reads

Empanada Guy
An empanada empire: five trucks and a standalone restaurant serve up beef, chicken, cheese, chorizo, lobster, crab, and apple cinnamon varieties. Page 7.

Callahan's
A 14 inch Super Hot Dog exists. Or, you could spring for a 1/4 lb. Original Hot Dog. How about one of those with brown gravy or bacon pieces? Page 11.

Philly Fry
Touted as the

Tony Boloney's Mustache Mobile
Tony Boloney's originated in Atlantic City and now serves up its grub in Hoboken, Prudential Center, and on the Mustache Mobile. Amazingly named pizza, salads, subs and fries are on offer. Page 10.

JerseyFest 2015: Food Truck Mash-Up at Meadowlands Racetrack
Thousands of festival-goers had the opportunity to indulge in delicious portable snacks via the best food trucks from Jersey and Philly on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

incrediBALLS
From Jamaican Jerk Chicken to the classic Swedish variety, these balls don't disappoint. Page 5.

El Lechon de Negron
El Lechon de Negron specializes in authentic Puerto Rican pig roast and cuisine. Page 4.

Aroy-D The Thai Elephant
This truck also has a storefront in Verona, NJ—both serving up authentic Thai food. Page 3.

The French Quarter—A Taste of New Orleans
This truck serves up classic cajun/creole cuisine: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Po' Boys, and Muffaletta. Page 2.

Lil' Pop Shop
These all-natural ice pops are made with the coolest flavor combos: goat cheese with cherries, chocolate with salted caramel brownie, lemon blueberry buttermilk, and green tea with mochi, just to name a few. Page 25.

Jerry's Kitchen
Vegan Cheesesteak. Cup O'Bacon. Hm... sounds a little... contradictory? Well, Jerry's Kitchen is a catering company that literally caters to all types of eaters. Page 16.

Oink and Moo BBQ
The winner of the

Luscious Bakery
Luscious Bakery specializes in brunch-inspired foods like Irish Apple Coffee Cake, Just Grab Em in the Biscuits (Cheddar/Bacon and Sage/Swiss), and a Stiff Kentucky Gentleman (Cookie Sundae). Page 19.

Fresh Truck


The Cow and the Curd
The winner of the

Chick'nCone
Yeah, chicken and waffles are a match made in heaven. Chick'nCone may have made the match a little more heavenly with their fried popcorn-chicken-filled waffle cones. Page 15.

Waffle de Lys
Waffle de Lys serves up authentic Belgian waffles with some out-of-control toppings: raspberry coulis, crunchy speculoos, salted caramel, and more. Page 13.

North Jersey Shopping Mall Guide
In case you want to spend your next Saturday mall-hopping, here's a handy guide.

A Brief History of the Paterson Great Falls
While the Paterson Great Falls is something to be revered, it is its history that has garnered it National Historic Park and Landmark status.

A New Jersey Museum Houses the Largest Spoon Collection in the World
The Bertha Schaefer Koempel Spoon Collection at Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ contains 5,400 pieces, making it the largest spoon collection in the world.

Here's Why You Need to Attend the Montclair Food & Wine Festival
This year marks the 3rd annual Montclair Food & Wine festival, with events taking place from June 8 to June 13. Food from North Jersey's best restaurants will be the real star of the show. Read on for the current lineup and all the details.

Best Views of the NYC Skyline in North Jersey
The iconic skyline view of New York City can be best experienced from North Jersey. Read on to find out what spots provide the best photo op.

Five Films to See at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival
The fourth annual Montclair Film Festival opened May 1 and will run until May 10, expanding to ten days this year, with over 150 films being shown. These are the films you should see.

Hot Grill vs. Rutt's Hut: Clifton, NJ's Hot Dog Battle
Texas Wiener vs. the Ripper: What makes Rutt's Hut and The Hot Grill such landmarks for so many residents of Northern New Jersey?

14 Shades of Pink
There are currently 14 varieties of cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, so whip out those cameras and try to snap them all. Page 6.

A Stroll Through Pink and White
Families admire the cherry blossoms at Newark's Bloomfest. Page 16.

Bounce House Mania
Pretty sure Branch Brook Park outdid your childhood backyard birthday party. Four bounce houses to choose from? Wow. Page 9.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with Flowers
Another view of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Page 5.

Cell Phone Tour
Bonus: self-guided cell phone tours. Visitors can dial 973-433-9047, enter the code for the location of the park found on the sign, and hear historical and horticultural information. Page 17.

Cherry Blossom Archway
One of the cherry blossom trees forms a natural archway over the path. Page 15.

Close-up
This cherry blossom was ready for its close-up. Page 18.

Cobu Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe
The crowd was entranced by this performance from the Cobu Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe. Page 13.

Daffodils
In a sea of pink and white, a little splash of yellow never hurt anybody. Page 20.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Center
Most of the events at Bloomfest happened near the Essex County Cherry Blossom Center. Page 7.

It all began in 1927...
In 1927, Caroline Bamberger Fuld donated 2,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees, starting the vast collection that stands today. Page 4.

No soup for you.
The food trucks were out in full effect. Longest line? The Original Soupman. Page 11.

Pinot's Palette
For $10, you were able to paint your very own cherry blossom tree via Pinot's Palette, Montclair's favorite sip-and-paint locale. Page 14.

Pre-bloom
Even in the early stages, the blossoms are beautiful. Page 19.

Red velvet funnel cake, fried Oreos, and fancy lemonade
Red velvet funnel cake? Yes, please. Page 12.

Spin Art Lives On
80s and 90s kids rejoice. Spin art happened at Bloomfest. Page 10.

"You Are Here"
A helpful sign at the center of the event illustrating the vendors, restrooms, and clusters of trees. Also vital: the schedule for live music, cultural demonstrations, activities, and more. Page 8.

Bloomfest at Newark's Branch Brook Park
Bloomfest is just one of the events folks can attend during the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
One end of Branch Brook Park offers stunning views of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart: the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States. Page 2.

Welcome to Cherry Blossom Land
This sign greets visitors on the north end of the park, near the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Page 3.

2015 Bloomfest Photos: Newark's Branch Brook Park
Residents and visitors alike flocked to Newark's Branch Brook Park for Bloomfest on Sunday, April 19th.

2015 Bloomfest Photos: Newark's Branch Brook Park
Residents and visitors alike flocked to Newark's Branch Brook Park for Bloomfest on Sunday, April 19th.

Best Ice Cream Shops in North Jersey
The perfect summer treat: ice cream. North Jersey is home to quite a few legendary creameries. Put these on your dessert bucket list.

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