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Old February 26th, 2008, 05:07 AM   #1
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Newark, NJ | February 24, 2008

My friend and I were probably the only tourists this city has seen in years. Unfortunately I went there when it was already getting dark and I took a small, convenient camera, so the pictures reflect these factors.

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Getting to Newark from New-York is more convenient than getting around NYC, you hop on the path train which is very fast and cheap ($1.50) and before you know it, you're there. It only takes 7-10 minutes from WTC to Newark, NJ. Although I wouldn't call it New-Yorks suburb, it's too far for that and is too different.

Judging by the architecture this city has seen much better days, it was probably booming long time ago. Today the population appears to be extremely scarce, so much that at evening (around 19:00) you will barely find a soul in the downtown of the city. The only activity we observed was between the two main parks/squares where a gang of local youngster were fighting each other and quite seriously too. Other than that the whole "I AM LEGEND" atmosphere of emptiness was a bit creepy.

Anyway, we arrive at this Penn Railway station, which is a nice building.
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I printed out a map of the city from googlemaps as always so I knew where to go, the plan was to visit the Military park, the Washington square, the University area and the Basilica Cathedral.
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Some impressive highrises
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Big Hilton
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The core of the downtown, highest skyscrapers
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Five tallest buildings in the city
01. National Newark 142 m 1931
02. Eleven80 137 m 1930
03. Prudential Plaza 114 m 1960
04. 80 Park Plaza 110 m 1980
05. One Gateway Center 109 m 1971

As you can see the peak came in 1931.

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Great illumination throughout the city, except for the monuments/statues unfortunately.
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An amphitheater in the Military park
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John F. Kennedy
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This mini-skyscraper dates all the way back to 1926!
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Completely empty, deserted fastfood establishment
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Old February 26th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #2
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Looks like it was more vibrant in 1874


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A lot of neogothic architecture
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Doesn't look as deserted on the pictures as it did in life. Completele silence, sometimes you might spot one person walking around, and it wasn't as I said 4 AM, it was 6.00-8.00
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Very good Washington monument
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This is a tram stop. The trams themselves are very nice, modern looking.
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University library. The campus is rather large, I'd say mostly build in the 1980's but with some late 1990's additions. Although the interior looks decadent.
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Castle-like building atop a hill across from the University area.
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And finally nearly the main reason why I wanted to go there. The Basilica Cathedral which is among the America's best, it would look very much in place in the heart of Paris but it's located on the outskirts of Newark. Built in French neogothic style, colossal structure commands importance and is just beautiful to look at.

I first saw it several months ago when I was passing through the city when I was a salesman, I simply parked on the side and stayed looking at it (had no idea something like this existed in Newark).
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And we're on our way back to the Penn station
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Interesting highrise with a brieze and all the Greco-Roman classical elements
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Some medievel looking church, it wasn't illuminated so you won't see all of it
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Some sport facility with a huge screen. I think it's for hockey.
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Good thing they built that skybridge so the pedestrians can avoid all the traffic
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Inside the railway station
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Leaving
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I've never known anyone to walk around downtown Newark at night and live to tell about it.
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nice, but would love to see it in the day time
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Old February 26th, 2008, 07:42 AM   #5
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I've never known anyone to walk around downtown Newark at night and live to tell about it.
I tried to look as ghetto as possible to fit in though yeah, I did see a lot of suspicious activity, as I already mentioned a huge fight among other things
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