Newark's Central Ward, formerly known as the old Third Ward, contains much of the city's history including the original squares Lincoln Park, Military Park and Washington Park. The Ward contains the University Heights, The Coast/Lincoln Park, Government Center, Springfield/Belmont and Seventh Avenue neighborhoods. The Central Ward extends at one point as far north as 2nd Avenue.
Newark is home to multiple institutions of higher education, including: a Berkeley College campus, the main campus of Essex County College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the Newark Campus of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law. Most of Newark's academic institutions are in the city's University Heights district. The colleges and universities have worked together to help revitalize the area, which serves more than 60,000 students and faculty.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, opened in 1997, is home of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey State Opera. The center's programs of national and international music, dance, and theater make it the nation's sixth-largest performing arts center. Another one of the city's major landmarks is the Prudential Center. Home to the New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall Pirates, the Prudential Center hosts a variety of events, including fun-filled games and concerts.
As Newark is the second most racially diverse city in New Jersey, you can count on a plethora of dining options. From restaurants such as Dinosaur BBQ to Burger Walla, Halal Guys to Qdoba, Newark is sure to have what you crave.
Prefer staying in and cooking at home? Find all your shopping needs at Newark's brand new Whole Foods super market. Their all natural and high quality products are sure to make your shopping experience a great one.