Elizabeth, NJ News and Media

Author to give virtual tour of locations from ‘Hamilton’

By: Marisa Iati | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on January 6, 2017

ELIZABETH — A local historical society is planning a presentation about Alexander Hamilton in conjunction with statewide events celebrating the 260th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s first treasury secretary. In partnership with The Snyder Academy, author Bryan Barreras will give a free virtual tour of scenes from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” at 5 p.m. Sunday at 42 Broad St.

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Madeira Wine Bottle 1798 is attraction at the Liberty Hall Museum

Over a hundred of rare bottles of Portuguese wine, with over 200 years, were found in the Liberty Hall Museum in Union, New Jersey. The collection can now be visited in the museum history, especially this bottle of Madeira wine, dated 1978.

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Discovered Rare Portuguese Wines With Over 200 Years In The Basement In The United States

REUTURS / Tony Gentile

The wines were discovered in the basement of a historic building built in 1772 by the governor of New Jersey

More than 130 rare bottles of Portuguese wine, especially wine Madeira, were found in a historic house in Elizabeth, northeastern United States, and will be exhibited from Thursday at Liberty Hall Museum in the same city.

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Elizabeth, NJ Voted Top 10 Emerging Destinations by Readers Choice

Groups Today | Sept-Oct 2016

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Santillo’s recieves Tripadvisors Award of Exellence


Elizabeth New Jersey – Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“I am overjoyed for all the glowing reviews, and look forward to reading every one. I can’t wait to see the next one,” said Al Santillo.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Elizabeth Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

By: Patti Sapone | NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
On July 22, 2016

Hundreds of people lined up along Second Avenue in Elizabeth Friday in front of Jerry’s Famous Frankfurters and Tommy’s Italian Sausage & Hot Dogs to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. The  two long-time eateries participated in “Dollar Dogs by offering hot dogs for $1 (including mustard or ketchup) and $1.50  for dogs with the works.

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Historic sites get more visitors thanks to ‘Hamilton’ fans

NEW YORK (AP) — Historic sites connected to Alexander Hamilton are getting a lot more visitors than they used to, thanks to a little Broadway show you might have heard about.

Fans of the musical “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards Sunday, are hunting down every Hamilton spot they can think of, from his home in Harlem, to his burial site in Lower Manhattan, to Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey, near the dueling grounds where he was shot by Aaron Burr.

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Elizabeth Celebrates National Tourism Week With Showcase of Food and Attractions

On April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 — The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization [EDMO] will stage a Travel Rally Day on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 as part of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7) to voice support for the industry and its impact on Elizabeth, New Jersey’s economy and the lives of its citizens and visitors. New Jersey’s newest tourist destination, Elizabeth, N.J. will offer tastings of its best cultural cuisine and displays of its historic attractions during an elegant “Cocktail Reception at Sunset.” This event is part of the 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7), which unites communities across America each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

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Which city’s promo video is better? Elizabeth vs. Plainfield

By: Marisa Iati | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
On April 4, 2016

ELIZABETH — At the start of one video, a camera zooms in on an American flag waving over city hall as piano music plays. In the other video, a dramatic orchestral score pulses beneath quick shots of city residents in ornate homes. Elizabeth and Plainfield have embarked on a promotional push recently, with each city producing a 30-second video encouraging people to visit or even move there.

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City Comes Alive on the pages of Elizabeth NOW Magazine

By: Special to NJ.com
On February 19, 2016

Look out world, here comes Elizabeth NOW magazine – The Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce’s glossy introduction to all the metropolitan destination’s many offerings.

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Elizabeth Restaurant Week highlights city’s rich flavors

By: Special to NJ.com
On January 25, 2016

The City of Elizabeth will kick off a series of monthly Restaurant Week events geared toward enticing new patrons to explore the flavors of the ethnically diverse restaurant-rich town. Participating Elizabeth restaurants will feature special offers and menus for the first seven days of the month over the next few months as part of the Restaurant Week promotions.

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N.J. Pizza Power Rankings:

By: Peter Genovese | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
On January 15, 2016

Coming in at Number 2. Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth (previous ranking: 1). Park on the street, walk down the driveway, open the screen door, and say hello to owner — and lovable nut — Al Santillo. “No one makes pizzas like this,” says Al, whose grandfather Lou started making bread in the 1920s. Pizza came along in 1950 as Lou and his son Alfred manned the ovens. Al, Alfred’s son, now runs the pizzeria with his wife, Lorraine. The secret, if there is one? The low-arch oven, which allows for “infinite” variations in temperature, taste and texture. Shocking development: Despite the “cash only” sign, Santillo’s now takes credit cards (minimum order: two pies). There’s no seating; take your pizza to a nearby “approved” bar, or home. 639 S. Broad St., Elizabeth; (908) 354-1887.

Honorable Mention list included Spirito’s in Elizabeth NJ!

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This is Jersey

By: Gary Gellman | FiOS 1 News

Kiosk highlights past, present and future of Elizabeth, New Jersey

By: Author Unknown | DigitalSignageToday.com
on December 21, 2015

Shoppers at the Mills at Jersey Gardens mall now will be able to learn about the past, present and future of the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, through an interactive digital signage kiosk. The kiosk, developed by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, will allow users to explore the city, see its attractions and get free brochures, according to a report by NJ.com.

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EDMO celebrates kiosk launch at The Mills at Jersey Gardens

By: Special to NJ.com  | NJ.com
on December 17, 2015

Attention, shoppers. Patrons of the Mills at Jersey Gardens can now easily browse all that the vibrant City of Elizabeth has to offer thanks to a new kiosk recently put in place by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, also known as EDMO.

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Holidays on Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth in full swing

By: Suburban News | NJ.com
on December 7, 2015

Elizabeth Avenue is illuminated with snowflake decorations that shine brightly from the poles while the cold chill in the air tells us that winter has truly arrived, meaning only one thing – the holiday’s have arrived in full swing on Elizabeth Avenue.

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Singer Sean Paul to Perform in Elizabeth

By: Tap Into Staff | TAP INTO: ELIZABETH
on December 4, 2015

ELIZABETH, NJ – Grammy award singer Sean Paul will be taking the stage tonight, December 4, at the Lobby Restaurant, Lounge and Sports Bar, located at 821 Spring Street, Rt. 1&9 North Bound in Elizabeth. The main event will take place at 9:00 p.m.

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Elizabeth Among The Best Cities for Holiday Shopping

By: Nick Wallace | Smartasset.com
December 2, 2015

Elizabeth, NJ

Located just south of Newark Airport, Elizabeth is a hidden gem for shoppers in the New York City metro area. It is New Jersey’s largest Urban Enterprise Zone, which means many retailers can charge sales tax rates that are half the normal state 7% sales tax. Furthermore, New Jersey does not tax sales of clothing.

Thanks in part to that friendly sales tax environment, Elizabeth is home to The Mills at Jersey Gardens, which is the state’s largest outlet mall. Elizabeth also has every bargain hunter’s favorite furniture store: Ikea.

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Elizabeth DMO highlights city’s Revolutionary heritage

By: Noreen Bodman | Crossroads Gazette – Crossroads of the American Revolution eNewsletter

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Fun Things to Do in Elizabeth, NJ

By: Robert Kay | USA Today

Elizabeth, a city in northeastern New Jersey with a population of more than 125,000, lies six miles south of Newark and less than 15 miles west of New York City. If you’re visiting Elizabeth for a day trip, a weekend or even longer, the community is home to a number of fun attractions, including historic downtown sites, recreational venues and the Garden State’s largest outlet mall.

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Tourist Attractions in Elizabeth, New Jersey

By: Susan DeFeo | USA Today

Fewer than 15 miles from Manhattan, the 11.69-square-mile city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is often paired with its northern neighbor Newark for its proximity to Newark Liberty International Airport and the New Jersey Turnpike. Elizabeth served as the first capital of the state, and today is a thriving service, manufacturing and retail center. Although the city is not one of New Jersey’s top tourist destinations, it does draw visitors to its numerous shopping options, historic sites, green areas and notable festivals.

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Elmora Pharmacy comes to the aid of handicapped child

ELIZABETH, NJ – Ben Hertz couldn’t believe the story when he read it on a social media site that a child’s wheelchair had been stolen. “First, I was disgusted. I couldn’t believe someone would steal anything in front of someone’s house, let alone a wheelchair,” said Hertz, manager of Elmora Healthcare and Pharmacy. “Then, I thought maybe I could help.”

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Portuguese and Spanish can be heard much more frequently now

By: Lisa Nienhaus | Frankfurt Allgemeine Newspaper
on August 30, 2015


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Turismo na cidade de Elizabeth

By Jessica de Sá-Mota | 24 Horas
on August 21, 2015

Elizabeth: A city of firsts

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on September 02, 2015 at 2:22 PM, updated September 04, 2015 at 2:07 PM

There’s a first time for everything. The city of Elizabeth, the first capital of New Jersey, is overflowing with “firsts.” Even before the first shots were fired here after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Elizabeth, N.J. has lead the way and been the source of so many innovations – and innovative people — that have contributed to life in New Jersey and beyond.

As the first capital city of New Jersey, our state government was founded here. The state’s first governor, Philip Carteret, appointed in 1665, lived here. Elizabeth, N.J. was also the home of the first governor of the state after the Declaration of Independence, William Livingston. It was here that the first Colonial Assembly and Council meeting took place; and, after the peace treaty with the English, was home to the first President of Congress, Elias Boudinot.

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Elizabeth, NJ – It all starts here

By Susan Kronberg  | The Star Ledger Newspaper
on August 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM


Elizabeth Avenue Farmer’s Market becomes outdoor classroom

By Suburban News
on August 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM, updated August 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM

The Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market served as an outdoor classroom for students from the Elizabethport Community Center as they learned all about the benefits of eating healthy, nutritious, home-grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

The program was sponsored by Groundwork Elizabeth’s “Come Grow With Us!”- Community Gardening Program, in partnership with the Elizabeth Housing Authority and the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) in an event held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, with hands on training for Elizabeth based youth to learn about how plants are grown and how produce is brought to market.

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Explore the Rich History of Elizabeth

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on August 18, 2015 at 11:53 AM, updated August 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

As Elizabeth’s Mayor Christian J. Bollwage has declared, “We’ve been celebrating in Elizabeth for 350 years … and we’re just getting started.” The city will mark its 351st birthday in October, and that’s a lot of history to commemorate.

Founded in 1664, Elizabeth is New Jersey’s first capital city and is home to the battlefields of a number of pivotal conflicts during the American Revolution. Historical reminders are everywhere in Elizabeth, from its monuments and statues to its museums and architecture. The facts and artifacts are fascinating, and you don’t need a time machine to immerse yourself in its rich history; a sturdy pair of walking shoes will do.

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Shout Out News Reporting

By News 12 New Jersey

New app puts Elizabeth in the palm of your hand

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on August 10, 2015 at 1:00 AM, updated August 10, 2015 at 8:18 AM

With all there is to see and do in Elizabeth, New Jersey’s premiere up and coming urban destination, you can lose yourself in all the excitement. But why get lost when you can find everything you want to know right in the palm of your hand? The new GoElizabethNJ app for Android and iPhone will help you discover all that Elizabeth has to offer. All you need to do is tap, swipe, and enjoy.

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Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization Launches New Tourism App

By Fran Sullivan | TAP into Elizabeth
on August 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

ELIZABETH, NJ – It’s officially on the tourist map. Elizabeth is not only a place to live and to work, but to visit as well.

Last night, the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization launched a mobile app connecting users to the restaurants, stores, hotels, and other activities offered in the city. The Sunset Launch Cocktail Party, which took place in the J. Christian Bollwage parking garage, drew hundreds of attendees. Elizabeth restaurants provided foods from a variety of cuisines, showcasing the diversity in the city.

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Just Chillin’: DiCosmo’s Italian Ice

Elizabeth has changed, but not the DiCosmo family, which has made Italian ices the old-fashioned way for 100 years.

By Maryrose Mullen | NJ Monthly Magazine
on August 4, 2015 | Appears in the August 2015 issue

Italian ice is tricky stuff. It should be creamy, but without the taste of dairy. It should be icy, but without ice crystals.

“It should just dissolve, kind of linger on your tongue before it melts a little bit,” says Eileen O’Connor, who has been making the genuine article for 20 years. She enumerates still more qualities: “Not too whippy. Not too much air in it, and packed with flavor.”

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by Darren Bryden | City of Elizabeth Information Office
on July 16, 2015



“Elizabeth NOW” é nome de magazine turístico e comercial a lançer em breve

By Joaquim Martins | The Luso-Americano Newspaper
on July 24, 2015


Elizabeth is the place to shop, play and stay

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on July 21, 2015 at 4:42 PM, updated July 22, 2015 at 7:12 AM

Once New Jersey’s first capital city, Elizabeth is now the No. 1 place to shop, play and stay in the Garden State. Where else can you find the fabulous retail bargains, exciting entertainment, and first-class accommodations that Elizabeth has to offer?

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What is the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization?

by Kean University | Our City “Elizabeth, NJ – It All Starts Here”
on July 07, 2015

We recently had the honor of being a guest on Mayor Bollwage’s television show, Our City. In this 30 minute program, we were interviewed by Mayor Chris Bollwage about what the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization [EDMO] is, what our goals are, how we are rebranding our wonderful city of Elizabeth and a couple of fun surprises that are coming to the city of Elizabeth! View the video below.

THEN AND NOW: Elizabeth Gallery

by John Munson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
THEN AND NOW: Elizabeth – Photos of Elizabeth, NJ, from yesterday and today.

Kids Keep Cool at Elizabeth Spray Park

By Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on July 06, 2015 at 3:08 PM, updated July 06, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Sliding into a pool of water is a one way to cool off for kids at the spray park at the Mickey Walker Center in Elizabeth. Kids got in line for a water slide that had a giant bucket dumping water from up above while they waited. The park also has sprinklers, water canons, showers, sprays and water jets. The park is at the Mickey Walker Center, 860 Anna Street and is open seven days a week 11am-7pm during the summer.

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From Parades to The Arts and More

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on July 1, 2015

When it comes to Elizabeth, N.J., the real question is “What isn’t going on?” In this city for all seasons with events that span the calendar, there’s always something and then something more.  More to celebrate, more to discover, more to embrace.

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Elizabeth, NJ – It all starts here

By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
on June 23, 2015 at 1:27 PM, updated June 23, 2015 at 2:17 PM

The word is spreading about Elizabeth, N.J., and that word is “it.” A little word with big meaning for a town that folks are discovering — or rediscovering — is full of surprises. So if it all starts here, what, exactly, is “it?”

“It” is everything you want in a destination. You want history? It starts here. You want shopping? It starts here. You want classy hotels, exciting nightlife, and a fabulous meal? Guess what? It all starts here. And, all of it starts with the people — warm, welcoming, and representing the globe, the rich diversity of Elizabeth’s population is at the heart of “it.”

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Tour de Elizabeth

By Jeffrey Henig | Optimumcommunity.net
on May 17, 2015 at 12:38 PM

For over a decade, riders from across the metropolitan area have converged on the streets of New Jersey’s fourth largest city for a fun and exciting tour like none other. Optimum’s neighborhood journalist Jeff Henig lived the experience and produced the following story.

Retired N.J. firefighter built 26 playgrounds for Newtown victims. Now his city gets one, too.

By Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on May 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM, updated May 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM

ELIZABETH — When Rebecca Kowalski heard about the plan to build a new playground on the city’s waterfront, she cancelled a couple appointments, got in the car from her Newtown, Conn., home and drove down to help.

Kowalski’s 7-year-old son Chase was one of the 26 people killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2014.

A playground memorializing Chase opened in 2013 in Normandy Beach, one of 26 built throughout New Jersey, Connecticut and New York by the Where Angels Play Foundation….

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