Introduction to East Orange, New Jersey
East Orange, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The majority of the residents are African American. Parts of the city are Urban Enterprise Zone districts and it's included in the New York Metropolitan area.
East Orange History
In the early years, it was a part of Newark and up until 1780 was known as Newark Mountain. In 1720 a vein of copper ore was discovered. The local mine shipped the ore to England. East Orange separated from the city of Orange in 1863.
East Orange and nearby Attractions
- The Ambrose/Ward Mansion is an impressive structure and is home to the African-American Fund of New Jersey
- Short Hills Mall
- Liberty State Park and Science Center
- Meadowlands Sports Complex, which features Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack and the Continental Airlines Arena
- Elmwood Park
- Turtle Back Zoo is enjoyed by families
- NJ Explorer Childrens Museum
- Branch Brook Park
- Highlawn Pavilion
- New Jersey Historical Society Museum
- Moja Youth Arts Festival features dancing, acting, singing and artistic paintings
- Jersey Gardens Mall
- Brookdale Park
- Pleasantdale Chateau
- Verona Park
- New Jersey Performing Arts Center features a variety of entertainment
- Newark Museum is a notable venue
- Hamilton House Museum
- City-Wide Family Picnic
- Eagle Rock Reservation
East Orange and nearby Activities
The Watchung Reservation is a vast acreage and includes an extensive trail system. The Watchung Sierra Sampler features trails among the hardwoods. Residents enjoy activities and watching professional sports in New York City.
East Orange Transportation
The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. The New Jersey Transit offers bus transportation and operates two commuter rail train stations.
East Orange Higher Education
Seton Hall University, Bloomfield College and Montclair University are nearby.