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New Jersey: The essential guide

Our roundup of New Jersey's best bars, beaches, nightlife and neighborhoods

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Jersey: It’s the butt of a thousand jokes, the so-called “armpit of America.” But what if, beyond all the name-calling and already-ancient Jersey Shore references, the Garden State is actually…awesome? A land of beautiful beaches, New Yorker-friendly neighborhoods, fun bars, stunning scenery and fantastic shopping? Surprise! It is. This guide will tell you what to eat, where to go, what to listen to and how to speak while visiting our friends across the river, and even give you a handy neighborhood-to-neighborhood conversion guide for those thinking of making the move permanent. You can trust us, this list ain’t no fugazi. 

Reasons to love New Jersey

Things to do

The coolest places in New Jersey for New Yorkers

Trade your NYC neighborhood for its Jersey equivalent, featuring places where even a tried-and-true New Yorker would feel comfortable

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Things to do

The best things to do in New Jersey

Even jaded New Yorkers (like us) think these across-the-Hudson haunts are worth the trek

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Restaurants

The best Jersey City restaurants and bars

Top-notch restaurants and bars are cropping up across the Hudson, making the Garden State more appetizing than ever

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Music

The 15 best New Jersey songs

If you’re heading to NJ, this playlist—featuring the Boss (of course), Ella Fitzgerald and er, Jay Z—will get you to Jerz in toe-tapping style

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More New Jersey know-how

Things to do

Five cool things to do in Hoboken

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Travel

The ultimate guide to Atlantic City

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Travel

40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer

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Atlantic City visitors guide

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