Forest Hill is a pre-World War II neighborhood in the North Ward. It is bounded on the west by Branch Brook Park, the largest public park in Newark, on the south by Bloomfield Avenue, and on the east by both Summer and Mt. Prospect Avenues, the neighborhood of Broadway.
Its landscape is typified by the large colonial homes which were built primarily from the 1870s to the 1920s, by wealthy Newarkers who employed various styles, including Beaux-Arts, Victorian, Colonial, Gothic, and Spanish Revival.
Landmarks include the old Tiffany factory, and the stunning Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The French-gothic Basilica took almost one hundred years to build, and is today the fifth largest cathedral in North America.
The neighborhood is well preserved, and the northern part of the neighborhood is a state and nationally recognized historic district. During special times throughout the year, there are special tours made possible by the New Jersey Historical Society where homeowners open their homes to visitors.
The North Ward is surrounded by Branch Brook Park. The North Ward once hosted a large Italian population, and today it has welcomed a strong Latino demographic, while remaining an ethnically diverse area.
Forest Hill is served not only by NJ Transit Bus Lines but also the Newark Light Rail.
- Did you know North Newark is home to the country’s largest cherry blossom tree festival? Yep, not Washington D.C., but Branch Brook Park, which holds that honor with 4,300 trees (600 more than D.C.). Don’t believe us? Here is a teaser slideshow:
- Did you know Branch Brook Park is the country’s oldest county park? That’s right, yet another Newark surprise. (The park dates back to 1895)
- Did you know the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was originally intended to be constructed in the English/Irish gothic-style? The design was only changed decades after construction began due to structural concerns.
- Did you know Forest Hill produced two of the greatest female singers of their respective generations? Give up? They are international opera star Maria Jeritza and the Grammy-winning Lauryn Hill.