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Schlager, Ken


The brick-oven, wood-fired pizzas are outstanding—even if, as the menu warns, they are "not always round." There is more to Dough than dough: small plates, salads, risotto, meatballs and specials. more

Living the Dream: Russian Author Elena Gorokhova

America has given Russian-born author Elena Gorokhova the opportunity to express herself—and hunt for bargains. more

The Best of New Jersey 2014

Our readers have spoken. Here are your favorites for food, shopping, recreation and all kinds of fun—in every corner of the Garden State. more

Death on the Water

On a moonless summer night, two boats chart a tragic course on Barnegat Bay. more

Teeing Off, Over the Vineyards

Sand traps and seclusion beckon at Renault Winery Resort. more

The Top High Schools 2014: Chatham Takes the Top Spot

Chatham rules the roost in this year’s rankings. How did your town's school rank? Check out our full list! more

Belmont Tavern

The dark wood paneling, linoleum floors and dim, yellowish lights suggest a 1960s basement where The Godfather would feel right at home. more

Byrne Roasted, but Christie Feels the Heat

The event was billed as a 90th-birthday roast for former Governor Brendan Byrne, but it was Governor Chris Christie who got burned.


Review: Lovett and Hiatt a Perfect Pair at Mayo PAC

On their current acoustic tour together, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt share the unenviable task of following each other as they trade songs for more than two hours. more

Springsteen Comes to Light (Again)

You can’t really call it a surprise that Bruce Springsteen performed Saturday night at the Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park. Insiders who had witnessed his sound check that afternoon at the Paramount Theatre had tweeted out the news for all to read.


Into The Woods: Cycling through Sussex County

Family-friendly bicycling on Sussex County’s picturesque rail trails. more

Springsteen—In His Own Words

When he interviewed Bruce Springsteen in 1974, journalist/author Jeff Burger had a “strong sense that he was going to be big.” Springsteen, of course, surpassed most everyone’s wildest dreams, becoming one of rock n roll’s greatest stars.


NJ Hall of Fame Unveils 2013 Inductees, Mobile Museum

Joe Piscopo knows what exit he’ll be taking on October 21. That’s the date the actor/comedian will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in a ceremony being held for the first time at the Izod Center in the Meadowlands.


Dream On: Exotic Cars, Pedestrian Speeds

Breathlessly tackling Raceway Park’s curves at not-so-breakneck speeds. more

Value Golf: Good Deals on Great Rounds

Just as good golfers use strategy to reduce their strokes per hole, smart golfers do the same to lower the sport’s high cost. more

“Man on the Moon” Returns to Montclair

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin touched down Sunday morning in his native Montclair for a day of salutes, book signing and nostalgia, including a visit to his boyhood home.


Christie Opens Belmar Boardwalk

The Jersey Shore has come a long way since Hurricane Sandy. Nowhere was that more evident today than Belmar, where Governor Chris Christie cut the ribbon on the town's new $8 million boardwalk.


An Army of Ghosts: The Inflatable Rubber Tanks of WWII

A documentary details the exploits of special troops tasked with using phony inflatable rubber tanks to deceive the enemy during WWII. more

NJ Hall of Fame Still Stuck in the Mud

Five years after its first star-studded induction ceremony, the New Jersey Hall of Fame is in limbo. Final voting for this year’s class of inductees has yet to take place and the annual induction ceremony, typically held in early June, has been indefinitely delayed.


A Bright ‘Light of Day’ in Asbury Park

It’s good to see normalcy come back to parts of the Jersey Shore. The latest welcome return was Asbury Park’s annual Light of Day festival, which filled the seaside city with music fans this past weekend.


For Berra, a New Sign Points the Way

The township of Montclair officially renamed a street in tribute to Yogi Berra on Saturday, and as the Yankee great might have put it, even though he could not attend, he was honored to be there.


No Bull: Jersey's No-Nonsense Politics

If there's one thing that hasn't changed much in the Garden State, it's our, umm...unique approach to politics. more

Family Man: Springsteen Through The Years

New Jersey's most famous native son goes from a scruffy singer/songwriter fronting bands on Jersey Shore club scene to dedicated husband and dad. more

Dirty Work Down the Shore

Immense piles of garbage. Mold-remediation trucks. Boarded windows. Police roadblocks. These are the sights that greeted us on Saturday as we drove into the waterfront borough of Highlands on a mission to help with the post-Sandy cleanup.


Fast Girl: Don't Brake Until You See The Face Of God

How did a professor of architectural history become passionate about high-performance driving? This unique tale tells the story. more

Bruce: The Latest Look at The Icon's Life

Peter Ames Carlin takes advantage of unprecedented access to Springsteen's family to write the latest book dissecting the rock star's life. more

The Verona Inn

Modern interpretation of the neighborhood tavern, with sleek finishes but old-fashioned friendly ambience. more

All This...And Rock & Roll, Too

Most of us hate to work on the weekend—especially a beautiful sunny Saturday in September. Then again, when “work” means hanging around with a video crew on the beach at Long Branch and Asbury Park, why complain?


Touching Moments at Hall of Fame Induction

There were no show-stopping moments at Saturday night’s New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, no surprise appearances by Annie Oakley, Samuel I. Newhouse, John Dorrance, Wellington T. Mara, Sarah Vaughan or Christopher Reeve. That would have been quite a coup, since each of those new inductees is long dead.


A Watery World of Wonders

In a new book that plumbs the depths of the watery deep off the coast of the Garden State, author Herb Segars reveals a wondrous world below the surface. more

Super Class for NJ Hall of Fame

The 11 new inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame represent a variety of talent—from soup to Superman. more

A Different Kind of War Story

A successful cartoonist turns to his war experience to produce a unique memoir. more

Taphouse Grille

Super Class of 2012 for NJ Hall of Fame

From soup to Superman to the Super Bowl-winning Giants, the Garden State’s impact on contemporary culture is clearly evident in the 2012 class of New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees, announced today.


Tea Party Like It's 1774

In Ten Tea Parties: Patriotic Protests That History Forgot, New Jersey-based historian Joseph Cummins shines a bright light on some obscure and forgotten rebellions from America's past. more

Downhill Thrills

The runs may be short, but so is the ride to New Jersey's own ski mountains. more

NJ Hall of Fame Posts Newest Nominees

A president, a vice president, a sharp-shooting woman, a horn-blowing man, a blustery football coach and the father of political cartooning are among the 50 New Jerseyans nominated for the fifth class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.


DNA & Me

A personalized genetic test at Camden’s Coriell Institute started with a tube of saliva and ended with some surprising results. more

The Burr in America's Side

David Stewart's American Emperor recounts the history of the Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel. more

Dream Machines

Rob and Bob Ida have a passion for antique cars—and the skill to build new versions of rare collectibles from scratch. more

Clarence Clemons: A Shared Sense of Loss

The passing of Clarence Clemons, however sad, is a reminder of how special it is to be from New Jersey.


Jersey Hall of Fame's Latest Class Act

The New Jersey Hall of Fame inducted its newest class Sunday night. The evening may have lacked the star power of past ceremonies, but it certainly had plenty of sincere and touching moments.


Tour de Shore

Bicycling the beaches, byways (and some harrowing bridges) from Monmouth County to Cape May. more

A Menace to Society

It’s been a long time since I committed a crime more serious than jaywalking. Yet there I was in Ridgefield recently accused of that most dastardly offense: “Failure to inspect.”


Life On the Sideline

Author Robert Strauss has a new book—Daddy's Little Goalie—about his athletically inclined daughters' participation in sports. more

Once More Into the Abyss

The power that draws moth to flame drew me back to my old fitness group earlier this week. And it burns.


Riding the D&R

A 19th-century towpath provides the perfect trail for riverside biking, hiking, and more. more

Take Her Out to the Ballgame

Montclair-based writer Emma Span releases her memoir—90% of the Game is Half Mental—about her brief stint covering the Yankees and Mets for the Village Voice. more

Obama, Year One

Jonathan Alter writes The Promise: President Obama, Year One, a behind-the-scenes look at Barack Obama's first year as president. more

Bright Ideas

Six top NJ dentists discuss the challenges and joys of their profession. more

The Running of the Grills

Here’s one of the stranger suburban rituals. It happens every Memorial Day Weekend with the official opening of the Montclair Beach Club, the lovely private pool that straddles the border of Montclair and Clifton.


NJ Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Fifteen new members will enter the New Jersey Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies May 2 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Here’s the Class of 2010: more

Elena Gorokhova: The NJM Interview

Elena Gorokhova uses vivid, captivating prose to describe her childhood in the Cold War Soviet Union in a new memoir. Our editor caught up with her for an interview. more

From Russia, With Memories

Elena Gorokhova uses vivid, captivating prose to describe her childhood in the Cold War Soviet Union in a new memoir. more

Burger Deluxe

Cloverleaf Tavern

Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern

Fitzgerald's 1928

A Million And One Ways To Be One-In-A-Million

When it comes to careers, Steven J. Heaslip has seen it all. The New Jersey resident—who has 25 years of experience as a human relations professional—shares his insights about the workplace in his new book A Million and One Ways to be One-in-a-Million (AuthorHouse). more

Day Trip: Chester

This little Morris County town can teach the malls a thing or two about the shopping experience. more

He's No Angel

But rough-talking political boss Steve Adubato Sr. has become a legend by building valued social institutions in Newark’s North Ward. more

Golden Golf

Don’t even think of putting away your clubs this month. New Jersey courses beckon in their autumn finery. Here’s a loop of nine prime layouts around the state you won’t want to miss. more

The Mule Who Could Run Like A Deer

80 years ago, a young outfielder from New Jersey helped Philadelphia win the World Series. more

Open Wide

A candid conversation with six top New Jersey dentists. more

Falafel Hut

Where Have All The Record Stores Gone?

Mostly down the tubes, but Jersey still has some great places to shop for music. more

Words to Float By

Alter Ego Trip

What's Up, Doc?

When it comes to health, most of us want a second opinion. New Jersey Monthly wanted six. We selected a half-dozen of this year’s Top Doctors and peppered them with questions about the patient-doctor relationship, the health-care establishment, and their lives as physicians. The questions were e-mailed to the individual physicians, and their answers to each were compiled in alphabetical order. more

Stage Right

One month before its scheduled Oct. 27 opening, the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair was a hive of activity, with workers on scaffolding performing an elaborate ceiling restoration, while others manned power saws and paintbrushes. more

The Wrong Goodbye

It was not my intent to go to the final home game at Yankee Stadium. But in the end, I couldn’t resist.



Where Washington Slept

The Daughter Also Rises

I woke my teenage daughter at 6:10 am Wednesday to watch the sun as it inched its way above the horizon off Bay Head. Such moments down the shore are too precious to sleep through.


State Street Grill

Welcome Home, Bruce

At about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, Bruce Springsteen fans across New Jersey were digging out their rain ponchos as fierce thunderstorms smashed down on the Garden State. But by the time Bruce took the stage at Giants Stadium that evening, the rain had ceased and a cool breeze prevailed. Even the weather gods know who’s the boss.


Two Rivers Away

Time is running out. There are just 20-something regular season games remaining at Yankee Stadium. Yes, the big ball yard is two rivers away from New Jersey, but the Yanks always have had deep roots in the Garden State.


Rescue Me

Independence Day

We skipped Montclair’s Independence Day Parade this year for the first time since our kids were infants. But there was one July 4th ritual I would not pass up: Our annual parent-daughter softball game.


Frankie's Bar & Grill

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