The economic leader of the “big six” New Jersey cities, Elizabeth is a regional center of labor, county government, manufacturing, and transportation. The city is also home to Newark International Airport. The impressive Elizabeth Marina and Recreation Pier is now homeport to a fleet of privately owned pleasure and fishing boats. Lovely older homes graced by large shade trees and diverse historic sites contribute to the community's special character. Elizabeth also boasts one of the finest urban educational systems in the state. Recreational opportunities are abundant in nearby state, county, and local parks. The city offers a kaleidoscope of recreation centers and sports facilities.