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14 Reasons to LOVE Princeton Right Now

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Princeton Insider truly loves Princeton. Yes, parking downtown stinks and there’s a serious need for more bars and live music, but for the most part it’s a pretty great town. With Small World Coffee, Princeton University, The Bent Spoon, Princeton Public Library, Witherspoon Bread Company, and Zoe as perennial favorites, these are some of the new reasons to heart Princeton right now:



A year ago we were scratching our heads and grumbling because of all the new construction in town.  Let’s look at the big picture:  Princeton University is killing it with the new Art and Transit Project.  The new Wawa was just a taste. By the end of next year The Arts and Transit Project will create a new home for the Lewis Center for the Arts. Finally, all of the incredible arts programs at the University - music, dance, film - will have a state of the art facility to call home.

If art or transit makes you hungry, Jim Nawn, who thankfully brought us Agricola,will be partnering with PU to open a bar and bistro in the old Dinky station - yes, another bar!

Did you know that Lower Witherspoon is getting groovy?  The stretch between Nick Hilton and Conte’s is on the rise. Good-bye hospital, hello new residential options and super cool commercial office space at 277-281 Witherspoon.  Uber popular Yoga Stream relocated there a few months ago and thanks to the vision of commercial developer Jamie Herring, an incredible food and retail experience is on the way.  Parking, no problem. 

Princeton Shopping Center is getting a make-over.  Not only did McCaffrey’s get a much needed facelift but the entire shopping center will be transformed with outdoor community spaces and yes, wait for it, Nomad Pizza .  Plenty of parking there, too.

Princeton Public Library's 2nd floor will be "reimagined" - when construction is complete, the Sands Library Building will be better suited to meet the community's needs -balancing books and quiet areas with spaces that support collaboration, learning, critical thinking and creativity.  That’s cool.



Thanks to El Nino, walking is still an option in February and thanks to The Sourland Conservancy, we have new trail maps. This collection of 21 maps includes a map of the entire Sourland region showing the location of each trail, parking areas, trail distances, and land cover.

Other walks to try:  Lawrence Hopewell TrailSt. Michael's PreserveThe Watershed, Mountain Lakes Preserve - note to self, dogs off leash will be fined.  For off leash fun, take your friend to the Rosedale Dog Park.  Dogs big and small are always welcomed.



heartAMC MarketFair made us fall in love with going to the movies again 

heartThe burger at the bar at Brick Farm Tavern made us fall in love with red meat again

heartMani-pedi at Zen Spa in Hopewell - treat your mind and body at the same time

heartFruity bourbon drinks at Mediterra or Mistral - these make your Jack and Coke taste like bilge water

heartPine Creek Liquors - the best thing to hit Rt 31 in Ringoes in a long, long time

heartTestosterone chatter and the smoky vibe at Little Taste of Cuba - only place in town where smokers are still welcome

heartCross country skiing through the Institute Woods

heartLancaster County Roasted Chicken at Agricola - divine

heartLace Silhouettes Lingerie in Palmer Square - for those who think Victoria Secrets is a step below Target

heartThe intimately, public Brick Café at the magnificent Princeton Theological Seminary Library on Library Place - free wifi and Small World Coffee served most nights until 7:30pm

heartOne stop dinner shop at Nassau Street Seafood - fish and veggies to go, please

heartFresh juice is flowing EVERWHERE - Lucy’s Ravioli, Brick Farm Market, Wildflour Bakery, and of course Arlee’s do it daily to keep you going


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