East Brunswick is a township located in central New Jersey, about 25 miles southwest of Manhattan. It is currently the host of several light industrial parks, specializing in electronics and publishing, as well as some regional shopping destinations.
What is now the Old Bridge historic area began to attract significant numbers of settlers around 1685. Growth was originally fueled by the settlement's convenient location on the South River. The lumber and brickmaking industries thrived in the 1800s, and ports were established to serve the expanding New York City metropolitan area.
Although major roadways from New York City to Philadelphia contributed to East Brunswick's growth in the 1800s, none had as profound an effect as the New Jersey Turnpike. Completed in 1952, it caused the city's population to increase fivefold in less than 10 years.