March 2020: Meet the Millennials

It’s easy to dismiss millennials as the generation that’s given us avocado toast and bottled kombucha. But that’s selling them short. In fact, New Jersey needs to rethink its millennials.

Yes, they are leaving the state, but significant numbers choose to stay. Some we interviewed for this issue appreciate the commuter access to neighboring cities. Others enjoy the proximity to our parks and beaches. Some are happy to be near their families. Others, facing financial pressures, are compelled to move back in with their families. 

When millennials stay, New Jersey is transformed. The places they choose to settle in can reap great benefits. Suburban downtowns are rejuvenated to accommodate millennial tastes. Rental units abound. New businesses blossom. Matcha lattes flow. 

So let’s appreciate millennials for the often surprising ways they are breathing new life into New Jersey, as revealed in this month’s issue.

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Garden Variety

Comic Maysoon Zayid Stands Tall—While Seated

A self-declared misfit proves a good fit for stage, film and TV.

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In Ridgewood, a Religious Safe Space Like No Other

Friends to Friends Community Church adapts to the needs of its congregation, comprised entirely of disabled worshippers. 

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10 Jersey Contributions to Popular Music

Dewar MacLeod’s new book explores influential scenes throughout Garden State history.

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Longtime Friends Collaborate on Still-Life Exhibit

They formed a drawing group decades ago. Now, their combined works are on display at New Brunswick’s Alfa Art Gallery.

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Jersey-Born Author Revisits Life During AIDS Epidemic

In his new memoir, Paul Lisicky reflects on the process of becoming himself—in the midst of a global crisis.

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Steve Adubato: Only in NJ

Why Some NJ Towns Are Resisting Firearms-Safety Laws

“It is all about defending the rights of the legal, law-abiding gun owner,” says Assemblyman Parker Space. (But is the issue that simple?)

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Giving Back

A Support System for Budding Athletes with Down Syndrome

Bringing Up Down Syndrome (BUDS) preps kids with Down syndrome for Special Olympics—plus other hurdles that life may put in their way.

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Jersey Entrepreneur Rethinks the Button-Down Shirt

UNTUCKit is a line of men’s shirts featuring what founder Chris Riccobono believes to be the ideal shirttail.

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5 Fun Glimpses Into Millennial Fashion

This generation’s style is decidedly casual, with a unisex vibe that is energetic and full of play.

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Meet the First Woman to Lead the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Groundbreaking conductor Xian Zhang infuses the NJSO with fresh energy and bold ideas.

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Rutgers Professor On What Our Trash Reveals About Us

Kevin Lyons seeks to minimize the detritus of modern life by combing through landfills all over the world.

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Meet the Millennials Reshaping New Jersey

Despite statistics that suggest otherwise, many millennials have opted for the Garden State. Here’s why—and how they’re affecting the way all of us live.

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Inside the Dating Lives of Jersey’s Single Millennials

Armed with apps and too many choices, today’s singles try to rewrite the rules of courtship. (But then, don’t we all?)

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10 Millennials to Watch

A new generation has begun to step up and embrace leadership roles in government, education, social activism and business.

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Home & Garden

Inside a Hoboken Family’s Streamlined Loft

Jean Kim and Noah Robison-Cox downsized from their four-story brownstone to create a simplified yet stunning condo.

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Eat & Drink

Semolina Reviewed: A Study in Sibling Chemistry

Brothers Chuck and Tylar Lesbirel create food and a vibe that captivate all visitors.

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Stern and Bow Reviewed: A New-American Eatery in Closter

Memorable dishes range from fresh seafood to wood-fired pizza to apple pot pie.

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A Rustic Gastropub with Standout Shareables

Ava’s Kitchen and Bar in downtown Kenilworth specializes in craft beer, wood-fired pizza and diverse starters.

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At Moore’s Tavern, Burgers and Bar Staples Abound

The Freehold spot also boasts regular live performances.

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Inside Cinder Bar’s New Williamstown Location

A diverse range of small plates supplement the main attraction: wood-fired pizzas.

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In Chester, a Syrup-Sweet Labor of Love

What began as a hobby for Jon and Melissa Rybkiewicz has evolved into the Maple Shop, a local destination for artisanal maple syrup and more.

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Saddle River Cafe Reviewed: Chef Jamie Knott’s Newest ‘Baby’

Attention to detail raises the restaurant’s offerings above ordinary.

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A Bittersweet Beverage on the Rise

Amaro, an herbal liqueur traditionally consumed as an after-dinner digestif, is popping up in restaurants and bars around New Jersey.

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Exit Ramp

Here Comes Generation Z

All we want to change is everything.

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