Self-Storage in Weequahic, NJ storage units near you
About the Area
Weequahic (pronounced wee-KWAY-ik) is a neighborhood in the city of Newark, NJ. The community is located west of the township of Irvington, east of Dayton and Newark Liberty International Airport and south of Elizabeth.
Our Elizabeth, NJ Storage Post is just south of the Weequahic community, and we love the green spaces there.
The crowning glory of the community is the Weequahic Park, which it shares with its neighbor Dayton. The community that grew in the locale was named for the park, not the other way around.
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Weequahic means “head of the cove” in Lenni-Lenape and is thought to refer to the Weequahic Lake, which was considered the boundary between the Hackensack and Raritan bands of the Lenni-Lenape.
The lake measures 80 acres and is the largest lake in Essex County. It is a natural formation, although a dam enlarged the body of water in 1903.
Weequahic Park was the location of the New Jersey State Fair from 1866 to 1899 and then was the site of horse and automobile races well into the 19th century.
In the middle of the Park is the Divident Hill pavilion; no, that's not a spelling error. “Divident” is an archaic word for “divided.” The building commemorates the spot where, in 1668, the boundaries between Elizabeth and Newark were hammered out.
Of the 43 synagogues in Newark in 1962, for example, 16 were located in Weequahic. And from the 1930s to the 1960s, the Weequahic High School population was close to 100% Jewish and produced the most doctoral candidates of any secondary school in the U.S.
The population base has evolved, and now most of the population is African-American and Latino.
The Newark Beth Israel Hospital was founded in 1901 as a 21-bed facility and has since grown to be one of the most respected facilities in the nation. The medical center was originally established, in part, to provide Jewish doctors with a place to work when other areas were not as welcoming.
The state's first pediatric dialysis unit and dual-chamber operation pacemaker were pioneered here. And the first heart and lung transplants in New Jersey were successfully completed at the hospital in 1986.
When your community is named for a park and lake, you probably love outdoor activities. Such activities are often ideal for families, and almost one-third of Weequahic residents are families with children. Of these residents, 72% rent their homes.
Children's gear can take up a great deal of space, as can the equipment to enjoy the outdoors. A self-storage unit can be a great solution if you're strapped for space.
Fun fact: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth called Weequahic home and attended Weequahic High School. He later immortalized his high school experience in his novel, “Portney's Lament.”
Like the rest of Newark, if you like to experience all four seasons, Weequahic is the place to live.
In January, you will need to brace for temperatures averaging from 27°F to 37°F, rising to a balmy daytime temperature of 48°F as spring begins in March. You can also expect approximately 20 inches of snow throughout the winter.
By July, that daytime temperature will be closer to 85°F during the day. That also comes with 72% humidity, in case you weren't hot and sticky enough. That's sitting-in-front-of-a-fan weather.
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Fragile documents, photographs and books are susceptible to humidity and temperature fluctuations, both of which can give your possessions a beating. Investing in a climate-controlled storage solution can protect your possessions.
In Weequahic, outdoor activities will likely form a big part of your entertainment. But a kayak makes a questionable (and wobbly) table over the winter and doesn't leave much foot room.
If you do not have access to a garage, a great solution is to rent a self-storage unit to safeguard your sports equipment in the off-season. Storage Post has units on the ground level that allow you to drive up, load and unload directly from your vehicle and be on your way quickly.
Of course, you are more than welcome to rent an upper unit for your kayak. The entertainment value of you loading your kayak into the elevator will be fun to watch on our 24/7/365 security cameras. Be sure to give us a wave!
Come and chat with our helpful staff at any of our locations to see how we can help you with your self-storage needs.
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