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20 Fun Facts about the City

Posted on: December 9th, 2015

fun factsWhen visiting Newark, New Jersey, be prepared to have a great time. With its long history, you will discover many interesting facts about this city.


Fascinating Facts


  1. Dyed Easter Eggs—The tradition of dying Easter eggs was conceived in Newark back in 1893 when William Townley, owner of a local drug store, discovered a way to concentrate dyes in tablet form. This became known as the PAAS Easter egg dying kit.


  1. Fashionistas—In 1850, fashionistas Johnston & Murphy got their start in Newark, creating the Johnston & Murphy brand 34 years later.


  1. Patent Leather—Newark resident, Seth Boyden, is credited for perfecting the process used to make patent leather.


  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Prior to his death in 1968, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Newark’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church and gave a 20-minute speech at South Side High School in front of 1,200 students.


  1. Oreo Cookies—The favorite Oreo cookie was created in Newark by Sam Porcello, a city native.


  1. World Series Broadcast—The 1921 World Series was first broadcast by Newark’s radio station, WJZ.


  1. Thomas Edison—Edison’s first laboratory and manufacturing facility was opened in Newark in 1870.


  1. Superhighway—The General Pulaski Skyway that opened in Newark in 1932 and measured 3,502 miles in length was the first superhighway built in the US.


  1. Aviation—Newark is home to the oldest airfield and the first commercial airline terminal in the country. The Newark Liberty International Airport opened in 1928.


  1. Macaroni and Cheese—The earliest known recipe for macaroni and cheese dates back to 1769, when Thomas Jefferson brought a noodle recipe and pasta machine from Europe back to the United States.


  1. Fresh Coffee Beans—Dating back to 1869, TM Ward was serving freshly roasted coffee beans at his Broad Street general store in Newark, where you can still purchase coffee varieties.


  1. M&Ms—Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate M&Ms were created and patented in Newark in 1941.


  1. Robert Treat Hotel—This Newark hotel hosted five United States presidents, as well as Albert Einstein.


  1. Jackie Gleason—Beloved actor and comedienne, Jackie Gleason, was a regular performer at the Ole Miami Club in the 1940s.


  1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery—Among the five breweries in Newark, Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery was one of the largest.


  1. Krueger Brewery—This Newark brewery was the first to sell beer in a steel can, starting in 1935.


  1. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que—The building where Dinosaur Bar-B-Que resides was erected in 1890.


  1. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart—This 19th-Century Gothic church is the fifth largest in the country, and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1995.


  1. Weequahic Golf Course—Opened in 1914, this is the oldest public golf course in the country.


  1. Public Service Terminal—At one time, New Jersey had close to 1,000 miles of electric streetcar lines, shared by a huge and centrally located Newark terminal.
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