January 2023: Living Large for Less

Our January issue shows readers how to have more without spending a lot. For instance, you can experience driving a Rolls Royce or a Lamborghini for a fraction of the price it would cost to buy one, or collect artwork like an expert. Consignment shops are another way to get more for your dollar, with great deals on designer duds. And if you’re looking for a day of culture, check out our guide to attending museums or the theater for next to nothing.

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GARDEN VARIETY

Inside One NJ Man’s Wild Walk Around the World With His Dog

Tom Turcich’s journey took seven years, covering six continents and 38 countries.

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CNN Anchor Zain Asher Honors Mother in Memoir: ‘She Had to Fight for Her Children’

In Where the Children Take Us, the Montclair resident set out to showcase the struggles—and triumphs—of her UK upbringing.

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Podcast Spotlights Fascinating Stories From Everyday New Jerseyans

Mike Ham, host of Greetings From the Garden State, has traveled all over NJ to hear regular people’s successes and struggles.

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Maplewood Journalist Investigates Full Story Behind Roe v. Wade

Joshua Prager’s The Family Roe: An American Story centers on Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Steven Van Zandt Ditched Sugar and Feels Great

It may sound implausible, but when you talk to Steven Van Zandt about why he wanted to create a line of healthy products, it starts to make sense.

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Montclair Shop Owner Carefully Curates Home Goods: ‘Less Is More’

At Curated Home & Living in Montclair, Danielle Zinn strives to stock pieces that excite the senses and work in any space.

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How to Find the Best Houseplant for Your Space

Valerie Braverman of Maplewood’s Brave Floral breaks down the maintenance levels of four beautiful indoor plants.

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Basketball Player’s Jersey City Nonprofit Assists the Less Fortunate

Eugene Campbell III’s Hudson County upbringing and winding basketball career inspired him to create his nonprofit, Walk a Mile N Our Shoes.

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What New Jersey’s Leaders Must Do in 2023

From abortion to inflation to childcare, these issues should be the focus of our political leaders in Washington and Trenton this year.

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FEATURES

NJ Leads in Public-Opinion Polls. From Pork Roll to Property Taxes, Here’s What We Care About

Thanks to four distinguished public-opinion research centers based here, there are more polls taken in New Jersey than almost anywhere else in the country.

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Jersey Guitar Craftsman Is Leading Expert in a Lost Art

Curt Wilson repairs cherished string instruments and custom-builds guitars from an 1800s-era Hopewell schoolhouse.

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Live the Luxe Life for Less in New Jersey

Want high style on a low budget? We’ve rounded up the state’s best deals and hidden gems for events, sports, art, shopping, entertainment and more.

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Spas in NJ With Great Deals and Specials

Live the luxurious life for less.

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Ways to Enjoy Free and Discounted Music, Shows and More in NJ

Snag deals on concerts, theater performances and museum admission.

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How to Build a Great Art Collection on a Budget

Insider tips to help you train your eye and curate a collection you’re proud of.

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NJ’s 2023 Restaurant Weeks at a Glance

A quick guide to some of this year’s town-wide restaurant specials.

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Best Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops in NJ

Your guide to bargains and discounted designer goods across the Garden State.

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Jewelry Shopping? Here’s How to Get More Bling for Your Buck

Jersey jewelers and shop owners advise on scoring sparkly finds.

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Save on Sports and Leisure Activities in NJ

Rent a luxury car, get season tickets for less and more.

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Enjoy New Jersey

Take advantage of local incentives for clean driving, renewable energy and more.

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Tee-riffic Savings for New Jersey Golfers

New Jersey abounds in great public and semi-private golf courses.

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How to Effectively Make and Tackle New Year’s Resolutions

Tips for approaching goals, building momentum and giving yourself grace.

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How New Jerseyans Can Save Money in 2023

A financial advisor weighs in on getting more bang for your buck.

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New Jersey Has Shockingly Become a Case Study for Hate Crimes

Public officials, prosecutors and other experts have tracked a mounting wave of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance in the Garden State.

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Racism and Hate Have Disturbing Roots in NJ

Ku Klux Klan members and Nazis were part of our state’s past long before groups like the Proud Boys showed up.

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HOME & GARDEN

Haddonfield Home Redesign Inspired by Neighboring Dinosaur Landmark

When Jay Reinert designed Hadrohouse, he wanted to capture the enthusiasm generated by the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur bones nearby.

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WHERE & WHEN

Artist Transformed Secondhand Donations Into Thought-Provoking Mural

Jersey City artist Woolpunk’s 30-foot-wide installation, on display at Montclair Art Museum, provides colorful commentary on excessive consumerism.

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EAT & DRINK

Our Critic Thought He’d Hate Gordon Ramsay’s New Restaurant. Shockingly, He Liked It

The celebrity chef’s restaurant Hell’s Kitchen turned out to be much better than expected, albeit exorbitantly priced.

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Their Well-Paying Jobs Felt Empty. So They Pivoted to Restaurant Careers

A former ER doctor, designer, realtor and salesman dish on opting for high heat, hours on their feet and the flavor of fulfillment.

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Women in Wine NJ Boosts Camaraderie in a Male-Dominated Industry

“I’ve been treated like I don’t know what I’m talking about,” says Women in Wine NJ founder Victoria Reader, a vineyard manager and assistant winemaker.

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Allendale Taqueria Offers a Taste of Mexico City

Uno Más whips up Mexican appetizers fit for sharing, fun spins on weekend brunch, churros and more.

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The Princeton Pizzeria You Must Try

Jules Thin Crust, just a short walk from Princeton University, is a community-minded spot with a focus on organic, farm-fresh ingredients.

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EXIT RAMP

A Writer’s Hiking Boots Carry Half a Century of Poignant Memories

“While I have grown about 8 inches and gained about 70 pounds since 1970, the size 10 boots still fit.”

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