Easy access to New York City does not just mean residents of New Brunswick have to take New Jersey Transit in order to find themselves well-entertained. For the past 20 years, residents have celebrated their shared Italian-American heritage with a nod to the old country by hosting Carnevale Italiano. Every summer since 1987, residents have brought carnival rides and games, great food, and good cheer to the crossroads of Route 130 and Apple Orchard Road, hosting a festival for 10,000 to 15,000 locals and neighbors. Proceeds from the festival go to various charity organizations and help fund the local chapter of the Italian-American Social Club.
The Rutgers Universit
The Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, located in North Brunswick, is an important part of the local cultural life of the town. Beyond world-class libraries and a large population of young people hungry for knowledge associated with the campus, the university is also home to the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station and the Rutgers Gardens, a 50-acre botanical garden. Lucky residents of North Brunswick can enjoy the gardens collection of rare plant life and experimental agricultural stations, as well as special exhibitions meant to educate and enrich students and residents alike.
The Lighthouse Youth
Thanks to the cultural importance of nearby Rutgers University, North Brunswick is now home to another great resource: The Lighthouse Youth Center of New Jersey. Founded in 2011, The Lighthouse is a community center established as a central hub of social, cultural, sports, and professional activities for locals rooted in an Islamic belief system. The 35,000 square-foot facility spread across 3.6 acres of land is all inclusive and open to all. The center will feature a prayer hall, recreational center, banquet hall, cafe, food pantry, and full-time daycare for local residents. It is the only center of its kind in all of New Jersey.