10 Must-Reads of 2018

Didn't have time to read some of our best stories of 2018? We've compiled them here just for you.

1. The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey

Restaurant Latour: Smoked Mangalitsa ham with Mangalitsa lardo, compressed apricots, wild cress and crispy pig ear.

Photo by Robert Yaskovic

Our 2018 list of top restaurants testifies to the vitality of the Garden State dining scene.

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2. Can New Jersey’s Dying Malls Be Saved?

On a recent weekday afternoon, there were plenty of open spaces in the parking lot at the Phillipsburg Mall—just as there were plenty of vacant stores inside the mall, which recently lost its Sears and Bon-Ton anchors.

Photo by Ira L. Black

Battered by the Internet, Jersey’s iconic shopping malls turn to yoga studios, escape rooms and wine bars to keep the customers coming.

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3. Vaping: New Jersey’s New Epidemic

Illustration by Hylton Warburton

Odorless and easy to hide, e-cigarettes are a growing source of teenage kicks. Snuffing out the problem is the latest uphill battle for Jersey schools.

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4. Jonathan Dinklage is Not Throwing Away His Shot

Photo by Axel Dupeux

While his brother achieves film and TV fame, the lead violinist of Broadway’s “Hamilton” thrives under the stage.

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5. Sex on the Spectrum

Tom Sandfordt and Michelle van Boerum have an enviable romance relationship based on mutual trust, and the same kinds of intangibles that characterize other loving couples.

Photo by James J. Connolly

People with autism can enjoy healthy relationships, but navigating social situations presents unique challenges.

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6. The Untold Story of the Real Lolita

Photo by International News Photos/courtesy of Sarah Weinman

How an 11-year-old girl’s 1948 kidnapping in Camden became the basis of a controversial novel.

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7. Amazon’s Huge NJ Presence

A sea of merchandise stored in thousands of yellow pods fills Amazon’s 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret.

Photo by Alex Fradkin

The retailer’s giant fulfillment centers employ thousands, even without a new HQ here.

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8. Jersey’s High Rate of C-Sections

Photo courtesy of Getty Image

How doctors, hospitals and various organizations are trying to lower the number of surgical births in New Jersey.

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9. Behind the Curtain at the Shakespeare Theatre

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey needed a place for its stuff. It found that, and rehearsal and design space to boot, in an old valve factory in Florham Park.

Photo by Joe Polillio

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey needed a place for its stuff. It found that, and rehearsal and design space to boot, in an old valve factory in Florham Park.

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10. Club Teams Flourish, But What Happened to Little League?

Members of the New Jersey Nationals, a North Caldwell-based club team, practice hitting off a tee during winter workouts at 360 Fitness, an indoor facility in Fairfield.

Photo by Chuck Solomon

New Jersey towns strain to fill baseball rosters as elite teams nab the best players.

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