How Rude: Newark Named 'Unfriendliest City' in the World

One respondent to travel publication's survey 'would not recommend this city for anything.' Do you agree?

Newark Liberty International Airport. File photo
Newark Liberty International Airport. File photo
Newark has often gotten a bad rap.

Now add the distinction of being the world's most unfriendliest city, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

The magazine selected its 10 friendliest and 10 unfriendliest cities in the U.S. for this year and placed Branson, Mo. at the top of the smiley-face list — and Newark as No. 1 on the opposite extreme as the most unfriendliest city in the entire nation.

And things went downhill from there.

The international travel publisher then proceeded to its list for the 20 friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the entire world. And for those who clicked through to the bitter end, through a list that included Moscow, Caracas, Venezuela, Albany, N.Y., Kuwait City and Atlantic City (also on the unfriendliest list for U.S. cities), there it was again at the top of the heap — maligned Newark, N.J.

"Newark is best known for being the site of an airport near New York, and for many of our readers, that’s the only reason to stop there," reads the narrative accompanying a slide show of choices based on a readers survey.

“I visited Newark on business and would not recommend this city for anything, except a cheaper/less busy airport to fly into while visiting other cities,” one respondent sniffed.

The travel publisher did say that many people commented on the great Portuguese food in the city's Ironbound District, but others had negative experiences with the local crowd. One reader says she “ran into a lot of rude people there," according to Conde Nast.

Perhaps they should take that up with one of Newark's most famous sons, Gov. Chris Christie, whose birthplace in September 1962 was in that same city of Newark. (Not the Newarks in California or Delaware.)

What do you think? Do you think it's fair to label Newark as the unfriendliest city in the country — and the entire globe?

Or do you think readers just went to the wrong place? Or have the wrong attitude themselves?

Let us know in the comments section below.

And next time Conde Nast's readers visit, we should let them eat paella!
Ryan N. August 12, 2013 at 02:17 PM
There is a lot of ignorance in these comments. Newark is a depressed city. There was white flight years ago to the suburbs. People who could move did. The result is that most people who are left is poor. It has nothing to do with liberal Democracts, and to say it does shows a complete ignorance of history. Why do these cities then ELECT Democrats? Because at least some of them claim to care that these cities are depressed, as opposed to conservatives who prefer to red-line them and go on about their business. Evidence from the ignorant poster above who lives two towns over is available if you need it. The city has come a lot way in the 9 years I've been living here. There's a lot to do, places are looking better, people are moving downtown. It /is/ safe to walk around during the day, and I'd argue at night too in the main areas where you'd be. There's crime in some neighborhoods? Lamentable, but they're not anyplace anyone would be visiting. Then there are jokers like Tom who equate not thinking Newark is the worst place on earth with being liberal (hmm, and we still wonder why these cities vote Democrat?). I think being comfortable in Newark means not being afraid of your own shadow. Yes, there have been shots fired in this city -- like most cities. I suppose it is then possible you could be hit by a stray bullet. You could also be hit by lightning or a bus, and I would hazard a guess that both are more likely. There's being concerned about your safety, and then there's irrational fear. Fear of walking around in downtown Newark is the latter. And to wrap up, anyone who thinks people ride trains into the suburbs to rob people is a fool, and is probably participating in one of the reasons we have poor mass transit when there are excellent ideas on the drawing board. You people are honestly thinking that people take a train to the suburbs, rob people and then run... to the train station platform to wait for the train? Great getaway strategy -- at least you know if you're robbed by one of these folks, you're getting your stuff back. Do us all a favor and pipe down.
Spread Love and Fly August 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM
@Ryan I want more than downtown to be safe. I want it to be safe for the most vulnerable children of the state, who mostly don't live downtown. I am going to ignore the bad behavior of all the other judgmental people posting and share my experience in Newark. Newark can be scary if you are not familiar with it or the people and while it has become much more dangerous since Cory Booker has been in office I can still value my time spent in Newark.


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