Category: New Jersey



Interactive museums are quickly becoming popular throughout the United States. One of the best in the country is the Liberty Science Center, which hosts the largest IMAX Dome theater in the country. The museum opened in 1993 as New Jersey’s first major science museum, and has been popular ever since.

The museum is conveniently located in Jersey City, a city of 240,000 with 11 miles of prime waterfront across from Manhattan; set in a region easliy accessible by millions of residents  by car or Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which connects to PATH and NJ Transit. It hosts nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibitions and “fun stuff” to do, due to the recent expansion and renewal project of $100+ million in 2007.

The top floor is the recommended story to start on, which hosts an exhibit known as “Energy Quest”: to help teach and explore different types of energy and how to harness them. Also on the floor is a cooking workshop and an exhibit of animals displaying the food chain.

The third floor is undoubtedly the best. It is home to the Communications exhibit, offering skills such as language learning and reading body language, as well as discussing the differences that communication devices have made in everyday life. One can also learn about global health issues and infectious diseases in a different exhibition on the level.

The second floor, which I bypassed, is solely devoted to the biggest IMAX Dome theater of our nation, and from what I’ve heard, is impressive. The first floor contains the Skyscraper exhibition, the largest of its kind in the world, with artifacts from The World Trade Center, an I-Beam walk two floors above, many hands-on activites for younger children, and many videos about the architectural design of famous buildings.

Being the first time I visited the center, I was very impressed, as I expected a very boring museum devoted to nuclear fusion, the periodic table, and lots of other topics that I am not fairly interested in. Take a look at some of the photos I took there..

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There are only two capitals in the United States that lie on the border of another state. One of them is Carson City, Nevada. The other is Trenton, New Jersey. Though only hosting a population of about 85,000 people, this city has a minor league baseball team that is a Double-A affiliate of my favorite, The New York Yankees.

The team, and even more so, its fans, have a phenomenal amount of support. One can always see Boomer, one of four mascots, interacting with the fans, whether it be conducting a race with a motorcycle or giving the kids high-fives. Chase, a six-year-old golden retriever, is often seen bringing the bats back to the Trenton Thunder dugout. His son, Derby, has recently started making his debut by interacting by the fans once in a while. Strike, the last mascot, is a lightning bolt and Boomer’s best friend, and also takes place in in-game activities.

The team has its own stadium, Mercer County Waterfront Park, which can open its doors to about 6,400 people. Notable alumni of the team include Tony Clark, Nomar Garciaparra, Joba Chamberlain, Roger Clemens, and even Derek Jeter. They placed first in their league 6 times, most recently in 2008.

There are many players to focus on. So far, 3 players: Andrew Brackman, Wilkin de la Rosa, and Hector Noesi, are all on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Two other players to keep an eye on are Jorge Vazquez and, a favorite of nearly everybody, Brandon Laird. Also topping the list is Marcos Vecchionacci, the Venezuelan first baseman. Just yesterday, the team traded David Phelps for Jeff Natale from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

So far, the team is first in the Eastern League, and has won 49 games and lost 31. Will they be able to remain in their position, or will another team edge them out?