Somewhere in the Oranges, New Jersey.
An area unfortunately
plagued by low employment
and a rather high level of crime.
It was on its way up when the recession hit
like a sledge hammer.
Once, long ago, it was a very vibrant area,
with lots of manufacturing jobs.
It's less than 30 mintues from Manhattan by train or car.
The area has plenty of old factory spaces that could be turned into
great "lofts" to live in. Or for studios, galleries and restaurants.
There's a pocket called The Valley Arts District which houses the excellent restaurant and music joint Hat City Kitchen and a (hopefully) growing number of galleries.
Other organizations like Hands are also working on revitalizing the area.