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Nicholas DeRenzo

Home to Newark Liberty International Airport, the Gateway City just may be the most passed-through metropolis in America. But those travelers who head straight to New York City are missing out on something special. New Jersey’s biggest city has spent decades rebuilding, reinvesting and reshaping its legacy, with the help of activists such as Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Ras Baraka. Ranking as America’s third-oldest major city (Puritans moved in back in 1666), Newark has a robust industrial past, but it’s largely being shaped by its future and the ever-evolving melting pot that calls its streets home. Cutting-edge companies like Audible and AeroFarms moved their headquarters here, celebrity chefs and hoteliers transformed historic downtown buildings, and new street art covers its walls—all beckoning you to stick around a while.