Take a day trip to Newark, New Jersey's largest city, and discover the rich history, diverse culture and creative art scene the area has to offer.
Ball of Fire
While most kids are strictly forbidden from playing with fire, GlassRoots studio and shop (10 Bleeker St., btw Halsey & Washington sts., 973.353.9555) encourages them to do the opposite. The organization embraces the inherent danger of glassblowing to attract at-risk youths and teach them life skills in a nurturing environment. The results include delicate ornaments, wine goblets, necklaces and paperweights—not to mention nearly 10,000 confident young people since opening in 2001. The studio also hosts classes for the public in the techniques of flameworking, glassblowing and flat glass.
New Jersey has attracted Brazilian immigrants since the 1950s, with many settling in Newark’s Ironbound district. The area honors its heritage with an annual Brazil festival, schools teaching capoeira (martial arts) and samba music, and steak-friendly spots. Stop by Delícias de Minas (168 McWhorter St., at Garden St., 973.589.1920) for a Brazilian buffet; Brasilia Grill (99 Monroe St., btw Ferry & Lafayette sts., 973.589.8682) for barbecue; or Casa do Pão de Queijo (220 Ferry St., at Merchant St., 973.344.3145), named for Brazil’s famous cheese buns.
Super Bowl frenzy has spread to the Newark Museum (49 Washington St., at Washington Pl., 973.596.6550), where the Vince Lombardi Trophy is showcased in its City of Silver and Gold exhibition (from Jan. 8). New Jersey’s largest museum documents the rise of Newark’s precious metals industry by displaying 100 objects, many of which, like the Lombardi trophy, were made at the local Tiffany and Co. factory. The museum’s permanent collection includes Hiram Powers’ 1847 sculpture “The Greek Slave" (above), a world-renowned collection of Asian art, 75,000 natural science specimens and many 18th- to 20th-century American paintings.
Revival of the ‘80s
Alternative rock band The Pixies takes the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center St., 888.466.5722) on Jan. 21.
By Bus: Take Greyhound from Port Authority.
By Train: Take NJ Transit from Penn Station.