Introduction to Brick, New Jersey
Brick, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 46 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. Brick Township is part of the New York Metro area. It's situated on the mainland, however Beaches I, II and III are located on the Barnegat Peninsula which separates the bay and the Atlantic ocean. In 2006 Brick was named "America's Safest City," out of the 371 cities included in a nationwide study by Morgan Quinto. It has been recognized as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Society.
Brick is conveniently located near the prominent attractions in Ocean County. The healthcare industry is the major employer for the county. Tourism, especially during the summer, is a major factor for the area's economy. The region has experienced significant population growth, however it still maintains a large amount of protected open space. A large number of the housing areas are located near rivers, the ocean, Barnegat Bay and lagoons. The township was given its name by Joseph W. Brick, the former owner of an iron works.
The Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. During the early days, the economy was primarily based on fishing and agriculture. Brick was incorporated in 1850. Towards the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s the New Jersey Shore was becoming a popular resort area and the tourism industry became the primary factor for the economy while agriculture declined.
During the 1950s the population increased due to people relocating from the regions's big cities. The completion of the Garden State Parkway in 1954 provided residents with the opportunity to live in Brick and commute to their jobs in New York City.
Brick and Nearby Attractions
- Garden State Philharmonic
- Havens Homestead
- Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
- Barnegat Light State Park features one of the tallest lighthouses in the country
- Tuckerton Seaport is a replica of an old maritime village
- Six Flags Great Adventure is close by
Brick Activities and Recreation
Brick features three beautiful beaches situated along the Barnegat Peninsula. Visitors often stay for the weekend during the summer months. Brick features numerous hotels, motels and B&B's for tourists and many specialty shops. The city is a popular location for Italian cuisine. The Seaside Heights/Seaside Park boardwalk features a large number of rides, unique shops and numerous restaurants and is popular with young people.
The Meadowlands Arena is approximately 45 minutes away. Sandy Hook Park and the beautiful Island Beach State Park which is undeveloped and full of wildlife are close by. The area west of the Garden State Parkway includes state parks and forest lands.
The Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike are easily accessible. Nearby bus and train transportation centers take residents to New York City Port Authority and Wall Street.
Brick Higher Education
Georgian Court University and Ocean County College are nearby.