Newark images of america delaware - Newark (NJ) (Images of America): Jean-Rae Turner and.
Settled in 1666 by Puritans from New Haven Colony , Newark is one of the oldest European cities in the United States. Its location at the mouth of the Passaic River (where it flows into Newark Bay ), has made the city's waterfront an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey . Today, Port Newark-Elizabeth is the primary container shipping terminal of the busiest seaport on the American East Coast . In addition, Newark Liberty International Airport was the first municipal commercial airport in the United States, and today is one of its busiest.   
Newark is divided into five political wards ; the East, West, South, North and Central wards and contains neighborhoods ranging in character from bustling urban districts to quiet suburban enclaves. Newark's Branch Brook Park is the oldest county park in the United States and is home to the nation's largest collection of cherry blossom trees, numbering over 5,000.    
The city saw tremendous industrial and population growth during the 19th century and early 20th century, and experienced racial tension and urban decline in the second half of the 20th century, culminating in the 1967 Newark riots . The city has experienced revitalization since the 1990s.