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Where to Spot a Celebrity in North Jersey

by Erica Commisso
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New Jersey is often beloved by celebrities, many of whom call the Garden State home. There are many destinations in North Jersey that are celebrity hotspots, perfect hotspots for spotting a Jonas brother, a real housewife, or an athlete. Check out our list of where to spot a celebrity in North Jersey below.

Alpine

Many celebrities call this small town, with a population of less than 2,000, home. It’s about 15 miles north of Manhattan, so it’s very convenient for Alpine natives to commute to the big city for appearances, dinners, and other events. Residents include rappers Lil Kim, Ja Rule, Rev Run, musician Stevie Wonder, and comedians Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan.

Cresskill

Alpine’s neighbor, Cresskill is another small town in the New York City Metropolitan area. Mary J. Blige, the award-winning singer and actress, bought a house in Cresskill for $2 million in 2001, and still owns it to this day. NBA legend ​​Patrick Ewing also owns a home – um, mansion – in Cresskill that he rents out for a cool $25,000 a day.

American Dream Mall | 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford

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New Jersey’s newest tourist attraction, this literal megamall, attracts many a celebrity, who either make planned appearances or stop by to take in the sights. The Ferris wheel is a visitor favorite, but the ice rink and upscale shopping spots draw a celebrity crowd, too. In fact, Teresa Giudice was just taking a ride on the Ferris wheel.

The Brownstone | 351 W Broadway, Paterson

This venue is owned and operated by Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Caroline and Albert Manzo, so it attracts many of their famous friends. Of course, the Manzos themselves can be spotted visiting their catering and event planning business, too. Fairytale scenery, good food, and celebrity guests – the perfect spot to spend a night.

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Clary Anderson Arena | 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair

Ariana Grande famously laced up her skates at this arena in 2018 to celebrate the release of Thank U, Next. It still hosts a celebrity game every year, as well as private parties, free skates, and hockey tournaments.

Craig D’s | 228 Washington Ave, Little Ferry

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Because of its location just two miles from Teterboro Airport, many celebs swing by Craig D’s to grab a slice before heading to the private terminal. It also serves up really good pies, so pizza-loving stars frequent the eatery to satisfy their cravings.

Envy By Melissa Gorga | 7 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood + 609 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

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After a successful six-year stint in its Montclair location, Real Housewife of New Jersey Melissa Gorga opened her second boutique in Ridgewood. The second outpost is still brand new, as it opened just a few months ago. Her castmates and friends flock to the store for clothing and accessories.

Garden State Plaza | Paramus

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Kevin Jonas is a frequent shopper at this upscale shopping mall, which boasts 300 stores. It’s been open since 1957, and is one of the highest revenue-producing malls in the United States. Several episodes of The Sopranos were filmed here, though the show called it Paramus Mall. 

The Mall at Short Hills | 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills

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The full trio of the Jonas Brothers trio caused quite the buzz when they visited this upscale mall in 2011. Designer brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Cartier serve as bait for some of the area’s biggest stars, who frequent the high-end center.

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MetLife Stadium | 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford

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Of course, the easiest way to see a celebrity is by visiting a concert or football game at MetLife, the home stadium for both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Naturally, celebrities take in the culture just like we do, and other athletes – especially the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders – are known to watch the football games. Dr. Oz was even recently spotted at the arena.

Rails Steakhouse | 10 Whitehall Road, Towaco

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This new, upscale eatery in Morris County is a celebrity hotspot. Nick Jonas and Nick Cannon have been spotted enjoying the menu, and the space also serves as a frequent backdrop for Real Housewives of New Jersey events. 

Sugar Tree Cafe | 358 Passaic Avenue, Nutley

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Brimming with Instagram opportunities, Sugar Tree Cafe is decorated with luxe florals that literally hang from the ceiling. Teresa Giudice and Fetty Wap were both pictured there recently. The coffee shop has also attracted the likes of DJ Envy and boxer Edgar Berlanga.

Teterboro International Airport | 111 Industrial Avenue, Teterboro

Privacy is what draws celebrities to Teterboro, who often opt for the smaller airport because of its limited access. Private planes also operate out of Teterboro, making it a frequent stop for athletes and high-powered celebrities alike.

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