LED screen on Mulberry Street.On Center Street, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is in its 10th year as one of the nation’s premier venues for the arts, having hosted world class performances from renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Also based in Newark, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs in seven different venues throughout northern New Jersey, including NJPAC.For a trip back in time, the nearly century old Newark Museum on nearby Washington Street houses both the Dreyfus Planetarium and the restored 19th century Ballantine mansion, a National Landmark.Visitors to the state’s largest museum will also find works of American and World art, as well as a collection of Tibetan works considered to be among the best in the world. The Museum frequently hosts traveling exhibitions, making for a new experience with virtually every trip.Down the street from the Museum is Newark’s Public Library, which stocks over one million book titles on its shelves, and offers both gallery exhibits and free Wi Fi internet access.Spring visitors to Newark should plan to see the cherry blossoms in April at Branch Brook Park, which is serviced by New Jersey Transit’s Newark Light Rail. For fresh produce, locally baked goods, and live music.For those looking to experience Newark’s sights on foot, the New Jersey Historical Society keeps the city’s vibrant past alive by offering guided tours of Newark’s many notable locales, including stops at some of Newark’s 19th century architecture and 17th century public parks.Founded in 1845, the NJHS uses its Park Place location to showcase a collection of rare items that allows visitors to trace New Jersey’s history from colonial era to modern day.Exploring downtown Newark is sure to build up an appetite, in which case the Ironbound neighborhood east of Penn Station is just the place to indulge in some of the best cuisine in town.Enjoy the grilled meats of a Brazilian churrascaria or the fresh seafood of a Spanish tapas bar, and follow it all up with a stop at a Portuguese bakery for a sweet custard cup (pastel de nata).
Visiting a food store like The Italian Centre exciting as it is sometimes adds to the stress, because the shop offers so many different prices, grades and styles of balsamic. There are balsamics from the Italian regions of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and even within those two areas famous for balsamic, a variety of grades from traditional to commercial can be found. Not to mention the balsamics infused with figs or strawberries, and ready made balsamic glazes (so you don’t have to reduce your balsamic to make a sauce)..