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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.

By Joanna Buffum, Christina Colizza, Deborah P. Carter, Dana Inez, Tammy La Gorce, Katie Kortebein, Eric Levin, Maryrose Mullen, Tara Nurin, Lauren Payne, Regina Schaffer, Ken Schlager, Pat Tanner

Here's How Jersey Gives: Great Oak Awards

Deep Jersey roots and a commitment to helping others are just the beginning for our inaugural Great Oak honorees.

By Maryrose Mullen

TED AXELROD

Rose Knows: The Baking Bible

In The Baking Bible, her magnum opus, Rose Levy Beranbaum shows why pros as well as amateurs turn to her for guidance.

By Karen Stabiner

Washington House

With a sophisticated new look and an elevated yet accessible new menu, a tired roadhouse turns into a lively magnet.

By Karen Tina Harrison

Photo by Christopher Lane

Fantasies in Foam: Giovanni Calabrese's Splendid Sculptures

In his Union City warehouse, Giovanni Calabrese sculpts out-of-this-world creations for the likes of Google, Oreo and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

By Alyana Alfaro

Jody Kivort

A New Day at the Office

The future of the Office Beer Bar & Grill, a North Jersey chain, can be seen in the transformation of its flagship from ho-hum to very happening.

By Eric Levin

The Funding Gap: The Decline in Charitable Donations

Although private donations are on the rise, New Jersey’s nonprofits have yet to recover from recession-driven government cuts in support.

By Leslie Garisto Pfaff

Lights, Camera, Gilman: A Young Star Shines Bright

Jared Gilman, best known for his role in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, enjoys the best of both worlds.

By Christina Colizza

Cheers! Iron Shaker Mixes Fancy Drinks and Fun Times

New Jersey’s premier mixologists—armed with sweet, sour, savory and spicy ingredients—vie to win the second Iron Shaker bartender competition.

By Tara Nurin

When the Garden State Went Global

New Jerseyans often think the world revolves around their state. A new exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum shows the impact the Garden State had at dozens of World's Fairs.

By Katie Kortebein

Duke Farms in Winter

Quiet settles over the preserve as temperatures drop—but visitors are always welcome.

By Jim Wright

Colorful Tomes for Tots and Tweens

This holiday season, pick up any of these great publications for your favorite li'l bookworm!

By Deborah P. Carter

Indoor Football, Atlantic City Style

50 years ago, the University of Utah and West Virginia University squared off in an epic indoor bowl game, right in AC.

By Tom Wilk

The More the Merrier: Christmas in Bay Head

An avid collector of all things fun and festive, this creative homeowner transforms her spacious Victorian into a Christmas wonderland.

By Lauren Payne

Illustration by Sol Linero

A Tree Grows in Jersey

When Rockefeller Center needs a big one, it swings its ax here.

By Joanna Buffum

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