Introduction to Lakewood, New Jersey
Lakewood, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 44 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. The city is a major center for Orthodox Judaism and includes one of the largest yeshivas in the world. The historic downtown is a prominent business and retail area. The industrial parks are important for the city's economy.
Settlers arrived during the time of the American Revolution. In 1832 Bergen Iron Works was established and was a major employer for the city. The settlement actually became known as Bergen Iron Works however, the name was later changed to Bricksburgh. In 1865 the impressive Bricksburgh House was built and hosted prominent families such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Goulds, Arbuckles and others. Oliver Wendell Holmes and Rudyard Kipling visited the House. Around 1880 the citizens voted to change the name to Lakewood.
Numerous resort facilities were constructed and it became a well known resort town. Impressive homes were also built in the area. In 1893 the Township of Lakewood was established. The population experienced significant growth after World War I ended. The population would swell during winter due to the arrival of a vast number of tourists. In 1943 Rabbi Aaron Kotler established a yeshiva in Lakewood and it became a world class institution.
- Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum is situated at Georgian Court University and features a variety of gardens.
- Lakewood Blue Claws play minor league baseball.
- M. Christina Geis Gallery.
- The Strand Theater is a beautiful historic venue which features well known performers, concerts and theatrical productions and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Ocean County Park.
- Lions Medieval Renaissance Festival.
- Big Band/Jazz Music Spectacular is a popular event.
- Summer Carousel of Music.
- Kid's Stuff Flea Market.
- Funtasia Festival is popular with children.
- Lakewood Amphitheater.
Lake Carasaljo is popular for swimming, fishing, picnics and bicycle riding. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the local courses including Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Woodlake Golf & Country Club and the Lakewood Country Club. The Lakewood Incline is a popular indoor skate park. Pine Park is enjoyed for camping and includes a variety of sports facilities. The city features exercise and bicycle trails.
Lakewood Higher Education
The city is home to the Georgian Court University.