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Two NJ towns top AARP’s livability list

Matthew Fazelpoor | NJBIZ

Elizabeth and Bergenfield cracked the list of top-scoring cities on the AARP’s Livability Index, a tool that scores every neighborhood and community in the United States for the services and amenities that affect people’s lives the most as they age. The Index, which launched in 2015, uses more than 50 national data sources to measure 61 community characteristics across seven …

Ranking reveals best state to work from home: New Jersey

ROI-NJ Staff | ROI-NJ

WalletHub, which is a leader in the niche industry of creating “best states to …” type of content, has crunched the numbers and determined that New Jersey is the best state to work from home. WalletHub officials said it has used 12 key metrics, ranging from share of workers working from home, internet cost and cybersecurity — as well as …

New Jersey Is America’s Best State to Live in, New Survey Says

NBC STAFF (New York) | NBC New York

The shore. Bruce. Taylor ham, or pork roll as the case may be. What’s not to like? New Jersey now officially ranks as the best state in America to live in, according to WalletHub’s annual list released Tuesday. The Garden State just edged out Massachusetts for top honors, with New York coming in third. In 2019, New Jersey was fourth …

NJ is second in the country for most land dedicated to parks

Bruce A. Scruton | New Jersey Herald

Sure New Jersey’s got malls, highways and very intense politics, but did you know it also has more of its land dedicated to parks and wildlife than every other state in the country except Alaska? The aptly named Garden State has designated slightly more than 20% or about 2 of every 10 acres for parks and wildlife. In Alaska, it is …

Far From Paris, the Pompidou Plans an Outpost in Jersey City

Julia Jacobs | The New York Times

In recent years, the Pompidou Center in Paris has tried to extend its reach globally by opening museum outposts in cities hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles away. In 2015, it opened one in Málaga, Spain; in 2018, in Brussels; one year later, in Shanghai.So what’s the next destination for the Pompidou, the Parisian art museum and cultural center?Jersey City, N.J., naturally.The institution’s president, …

Smorgasburg to Open in Jersey City This Month in First Expansion Outside of NYC, LA

Luke Fortney | Eater NY

The waterfront-facing food market opens on May 29. Smorgasburg is headed across the Hudson. The popular outdoor food market, which started as a flea market in Williamsburg nearly 12 years ago, is preparing to open in Jersey City later this month, co-founder Eric Demby confirms. The expansion marks the company’s first location outside of New York City or Los Angeles, and first …

Tearing down a fortress in Newark to make way for a new beginning

George E. Jordan | NJ.com

Newark has struggled to overcome decades of bad urban planning decisions that destroyed whole neighborhoods and wiped out commercial activity. Fixing those bad choices has been a focal point over the years to rejuvenate New Jersey’s largest city. None of those bad ideas was worse than the construction of the fortress-style downtown Gateway Center office towers. Started a few years after …

Jersey City (again) is named most diverse city in U.S.

ROI-NJ Staff(Jersey City) | ROI-NJ

New Jersey prides itself in having one of the most diverse populations in the country. It also has the most diverse city. Jersey City was selected as the most ethnically diverse city in the country in a recent study from the personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. It’s a distinction that city has been given many times by many different organizations. And one Mayor Steve …

See Fort Monmouth NJCU campus construction, September opening planned

Dan Radel | Asbury Park Press

OCEANPORT – New Jersey City University’s satellite campus on the former Fort Monmouth grounds is slowly coming into focus but is still months away. Squier Hall, built by the U.S. Army in 1935 as an administration building and where the campus will be, is an active construction site. The drywall is on most of the interior walls as the classrooms, labs, faculty and …

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