Forest Hill is a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. It was called the “Sauerkraut Belt” for its many German-Americans who had come to work as laborers and craftsmen before World War I. Many lived in three room cottages that were crowded together on dirt streets without sidewalks. They walked from one home to another through mud or snow because of their low wages.
Residents typically did not have bathrooms or running water inside their homes so they would use outhouses, public baths, and/or hose lines during winter. The community thrived economically after World War II with increased factory production; however, it started declining again when new housing developments became available outside Forest Hill’s boundaries in the 1950s.