Ten fun facts about Newark

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Fact 1
Port Newark, the major container shipping terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is the largest on the East Coast.

Fact 2
Newark Liberty International Airport was the first municipal commercial airport in the United States and today one of its busiest.

Fact 3
Newark's Branch Brook Park is the oldest county park in the United States and is home to the nation's largest collection of cherry blossom trees, numbering about 4,300.

Fact 4
Newark was originally founded in 1666 by Connecticut Puritans led by Robert Treat from the New Haven Colony.

Fact 5
The Newark Public Library, the state's largest system with 11 locations, also produces a series of historical exhibits.

Fact 6
Newark is also home to numerous art galleries including Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, City Without Walls, Gallery Aferro, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Sumei Arts Center, and the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers–Newark.

Fact 7
The HBO television series The Sopranos filmed many of its scenes in Newark, and is partially based on the life of Newark mobster Richard Boiardo.

Fact 8
Newark has 13 sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International.

Fact 9
The Newark Museum is the largest in New Jersey.

Fact 10
The city is also home to the New Jersey Historical Society, which has rotating exhibits on New Jersey and Newark.

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Short about Newark
is the largest city (by population) in the U.S. state of New Jersey, and the county seat of Essex County.