Newark Celebrates 175th Birthday

The city was incorporated in 1836.

Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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Newark Celebrates 175th Birthday

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Newark is celebrating a birthday this weekend.

New Jersey's largest city is marking its 175th anniversary as an incorporated city.

First founded by Puritans in 1666, Newark was incorporated as a city in 1836.

The city of about 280,000 residents has gone through cycles of prosperity, decline and rebirth.

Mayor Cory Booker says the city's history, like other old American cities, shows it is tenacious, complicated and resilient.

Booker plans to mark the occasion by attending an event at the Newark Museum on Saturday.

Newark boasts a major transportation hub, an international airport and the largest shipping port on the East Coast.

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