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newark makes me sick - 8/25/2008
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mike
Metuchen, NJ

newark makes nj look bad. i met corey booker and i wazthere for one of hes speeches and he promised to turn newark around and guess wut no change

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Sheila

Crime - 4/12/2013

I have worked and lived in Newark for 20 years. I raised 3 children. Two of my children went on to college, graudated with Accountant Degree and the other one in Nursing. My son did not go to college but is a druck driver. I raised those children and taught my kids good family values. I taught them to repsect teachers, police officers etc.It saddens me to see the way Newark is now. You can barely walk to the bus stop to go to work in fear you may be robbed or killed.They robbed and shot my son 8 times. My daughter they tried to car jack. It's really bad and the sad part is it's black on black crime. You have 16yr old kids riding around with shotguns robbing and killing people It's not Newark, it's the people in it. Martin Luther King Jr would be deeply saddened to see his people act like this.

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Sheila

Crime - 4/12/2013

I have worked and lived in Newark for 20 years. I raised 3 children. Two of my children went on to college, graudated with Accountant Degree and the other one in Nursing. My son did not go to college but is a druck driver. I raised those children and taught my kids good family values. I taught them to repsect teachers, police officers etc.It saddens me to see the way Newark is now. You can barely walk to the bus stop to go to work in fear you may be robbed or killed.They robbed and shot my son 8 times. My daughter they tried to car jack. It's really bad and the sad part is it's black on black crime. You have 16yr old kids riding around with shotguns robbing and killing people It's not Newark, it's the people in it. Martin Luther King Jr would be deeply saddened to see his people act like this.

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Barbara
Newark, NJ

Life in Newark, NJ - 8/30/2012

I've lived in Newark for 24 years. In that time, I've been mugged more than 5 times, 3 of which are on record. I've been stabbed at work, also on record (no compensation). I've had my apartment burglarised, on record (no compensation). Two of my cars were stolen, a saturn and a Dodge caravan both were junked as a result of the extensive damage. My Subaru was vandalized. The caravan was broken into 5 more times since it was stolen and after I had to pay Dente Brothers $300 just to get it back thanks to Newark's finest (police deparment). My son's car was stolen while downtown shopping. My son was stabbed. We hear gun shots all of the time and see drug dealers and transactions regularly. Our backyard is a dumping ground for stolen cars of which the police come weeks and months later to pick them up. In June 2012, a woman's body was found dead, two doors away in a vacant townhouse. She was abducted in Jersey city three days prior. Then Newark Housing Authority finally decided to lock up the vacant apartment where drug addicts were living and they locked a kitten up inside and left her to die. I found a way to get her out without the help of animal rescue or Newark Housing Authority after many calls and complaints. I am a substitute teacher without health benefits (per diem) and I have high blood pressure, COPD, and high cholesterol all of which are going untreated. I obtained a Bachelor's degree with a 3.9 GPA and cannot find gainful employment, not even one interview. I used to be a Job Developer for a local nonprofit so I know how to search for work and interview well, etc. but still nothing. When I am out of work for the summer when school is out, I am not eligible for unemployment or general assistance, only food stamps. A story of what it is like to live in Newark, New Jersey. By the way, my son's girlfriend visits from Somerset, New Jersey and they recently broke into her car (busted out the window) so the statement that Cory Booker has said about Newark not having as much problems with car theft as most people think, is completely false. Also, the news does not report even a fraction of the crimes occuring in Newark on a daily basis. If you register with crime spot you will see just how many assaults, shooting, burglaries,vandalism, and other crimes are happening in Newark everyday. Thanks for listening.

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Naomi
Rydal, GA

Dangerous? - 5/8/2011

I'm from Georgia, my husband grew up in Newark. We visit there often to see his daughter, cousins, uncles, ect. I like it there, I've never been mugged or shot at, everyone I meet is real friendly and I've walked to the store at night by myself without any problems. Maybe the media has given this town an unfair bad name? The main thing I did miss up there,was hearing crickets and cicadas sing at night.

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Wendy
Bloomfield, NJ

Newark/ Brick City- A diamond in the rough - 6/29/2010

I lived in Newark for a short time in the Ironbound and now I live nearby. I had a great time there-some of the happiest, most fun-loving people. The neighborhood has superb restaurants (mainly Portuguese, Brazilian, Ecuadorian food)and some nice dance clubs . There are a lot of great things happening thanks to community groups (like ICC). The Passaic River clean-up is a billion dollar government project that will restore habitat and create riverfront walkways. There are excellent parks in every ward, most notably Branch Brook park on the Northside which draws tourists to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Newark Conservancy and Project Use are both involving kids in the Renaissance. The Rutgers Law School and Seton Hall Law School, NJIT and UMDNJ all have a partnership. The historic downtown area has a lot to offer: one of the best libraries on the east coast, a top-notch art museum and there are nearby outlet malls. The PAC center is hosting the nation's largest poetry fest in Oct. (Geraldine Dodge Foundation).If you are looking for low-rent with access to New York City and an Int. airport you can get a steal. I used to live on the west-coast and the cities there are much more attractive and sustainable-but Newark is doing a lot-such as light-rail (you really don't need a car here) and hopefully will continue to invest in its people and create a green economy. There is a lot of "flava" and spirit to Newark which is part of the Jersey way of life. So all you haters should either do something positive-get involved instead of just listing all the negative.

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Wendy
Bloomfield, NJ

Newark is a great place to live - 6/28/2010

I didn't grow up in Newark-but I lived in the Ironbound section- it's a great neighborhood. The restaurants are superb! The city is well planned with parks in the different wards; the best sections are the Ironbound ("called Down-Neck") Forest Hill, Vailsburg and University area, the Weequaic area also has community pride for mainly black middle-class residents. The North-side is mainly hispanic. The parks are well maintained and there are concerts and programs. The light-rail, PATH trains, etc can connect you to New York City, shore, mountains etc. The clean-up of the Passaic River should add some nice riverwalks. But the best thing about Newark is the people; they are really fun-loving. There are outdoor street fairs, shopping is diverse (nearby outlet malls, IKEA etc.)If you like a bargain-check out the Broad St. shops. There's a lot of historical buildings around the university- and the library and museum are great. The state should put more money into reducing the diesel truck routing to improve air quality. And some sections have been neglected. The drugs are there-but the dealers don't bother anyone-they're just trying to make a living.I live right outside Newark now and its great to take the train to work and be close to everything. Overall, its an old east-coast city that just needs some TLC. The Geraldine Dodge Foundation's Poetry Fest in October at the PAC center should be amazing-don't miss it.

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PERSON
Mendham, NJ

Newark - 5/25/2010

I only go to Newark for the aiport. Even that is scary, This place is a text book definiton of ghetto. You cant walk into newark without finding some sort of corpse,drug dealer,or someone stealing a vehicle.

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Allan
St. Augustine, FL

living and working in Newark - 9/7/2009

I grew up in Newark in the 40s and 50s it was a place to live and have fun in relative safety. Something happened in the late 60s to change that, it was called the riots. Somehow, in spite of what present city leaders want you to believe, the city never fully recovered. I spent over a quarter of a century as a police officer in Newark and when i retired there were still vacant lots in parts of the city that had once held homes and businesses before the riots. Newark in the minds of the city leaderw may be in a revival but i would not walk certain streets at night. I was asked many a time how i could be a police officer in Newark, my response was how could you be in Newark and not be a police officer, crime was constant all around every day.

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Pamela
Washington, DC

"Need Information Of All Categories" - 7/6/2009

I will be moving in three months or more. I am looking for a great and safe place to live in Newark, NJ. Thanks.

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Joseph
Newark, NJ

The Ironbound of Newark - 10/4/2008

While Newark has it problems, the Ironbound section in which I live is the most stable and developed area of Newark. It is known for its restaurants, it has night spots for the younger crowd and it is a culturally alive area. Near Penn Station, it allows for easy access to NYC. The area is safe at all times and the people are friendly.

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mike
Metuchen, NJ

newark makes me sick - 8/25/2008

newark makes nj look bad. i met corey booker and i wazthere for one of hes speeches and he promised to turn newark around and guess wut no change

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Patrick
Newark, NJ

Move on - 6/23/2007

This city is a death zone. I would not let a dog walk down the street. Drugs are being sold at every corner you name it they have it. Shooting are way out of control think of it as the old wild west.Stolen cars, trucks and motorcycles use the streets as a drag strip. Police hands are tied up,cant keep up with all of the crime,also understaffed and out of date equipment. The city talking about more lay-offs and higher taxes. Dont visit this city at nights, (days are dangerous enough). Please make sure your insurance is current(LIFE, MEDICAL, DENTAL ETC,). There is nothing positive about this city. Newark should be banished from the rest of world.( Just like the movie escape from NEW YORK).Please stay out and beware. If you reside in NEWARK, PLEASE GET OUT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. Before your sanity or life are taken away.

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Nadiyah
West Orange, NJ

Rent: Going Up, Up, Up - 5/7/2007

I no longer live in Newark, but I grew up there. I also work p/t in the city. I am noticiing that rents are starting to be well above $1000 for a 1 or 2 bedroom apt. This is due to the many new townhomes that are being built. It is an excellent time to buy investment properties, but a not so good time for renters.

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dshiznit1
Newark, NJ

Newark is still in bad shape even with Booker - 1/27/2007

although Cory is doing a good job he does not and will not be given the funds to improve this once great city. it is full of peddlers and drugies and dont even begin the gang talk. there are more gangs here then LA. ive lived here for 30years and this is the worst dont get sucked into this place dont even look here.Education is based on who smokes the most weed. And noone i mean noone takes pride in their home anymore most owners dont even live here they rent them out.

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Amanda
Maplewood, NJ

If You Value Your LIFE and LOVED ONES Dont Move He - 11/9/2006

If You Value Your LIFE and LOVED ONES Dont Move Here. Newark is the worst place I've been besides Atlanta, and Compton. My car was stolen withina week of living here. I was robbed in the next 6 months while attending Essex County College, and I witnessed at least 4 fights, and 1 drive by shooting, not to mention that the city is full of gangs and drugs. This is no place to be. Newark would be a wonderful place to live if the people where different.

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anthony
Harrison, NJ

A! - 9/23/2006

newark is a good place to live in my opinion if you mind your own business and not bother anyone you'll be okay i use to live on Talyor ave for 5 years i loved it there plus newark has a lot of things to go see you can go watch a baseball game go to njpac or go shopping Downtown where it is very similar to A new york shopping district except things are much cheaper If Newark is 2 "Ghetto" for you then move to one of the towns after Newatk for ex. Harrison, Kearny,North arlington these places are nice places to live also BRIck City 4 life

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eve
Newark, NJ

I Rep Newark to the Fullest!!!!! - 7/19/2006

I moved to newark from east orange a couple years ago, and although Newark is notorious for the crime, I still think Newark is a great place to live. I love the different sections in newark, like the ironbound/downtown section. I live in the weequahic section and I think it's great. The best way to enjoy living in Newark is to obviously be safe, be mindful of your surroundings and mind your business; but these three rules can apply to anywhere. I also believe that Newark would become like the renaissance of Harlem. It is a popular city, with great potential to being a hot attraction to people around the world, but it is in need of change and change can start by finding the good things to say about Newark or contributing towards the continuing housing development and recreation centers. So all of you people that keep complaining about Newark's crime rate, GET OVER IT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Let's focus on what Newark can be and make it a better place to live...

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Andrew
Newark, NJ

Brick City - 7/4/2006

its the BRICKS, wat u think? dont come here lookin for smiles, sorry its a ghetto

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Leslie
New York, NY

The New Newark - 6/27/2006

I'm very sad to hear the bad comments on this site about Newark I grew up in Newark and my family still lives and work in Newark, and the surrounding areas. My family and I have been looking for a house in Newark for the last several months, we now live in NYC. I would love to move back to Newark, I believe that it is a great place to live and work! We believe that the great leadership of Mr. Cory Booker will overcome any past negativity and we are here to help in the fight. We see the promise in the new ' Newark' and we believe in the great mayor who will take office this week.Yes, Newark has seen some hard times and there are some who will fight to keep Newark unsafe and sell drugs. Unlike others who choose to bad mouth this great city we choose to fight and restore this great city to the glory it once was and will be again. We are the doctors, police, lawyers, contractors and well educated children who came right out of the streets of Newark. We are the ones who have 'made it' the successful ones who can afford to live where ever we want, we choose to live in Newark. We are the ones who will help Mr. Cory Booker fight to take back the streets of Newark. To all who bad mouth Newark I say, remember Harlem Harlem was the same way 10 years ago and now you cannot find a one bedroom for rent under $1800. a month. Brownstones are selling in Harlem for 1,000,000. plus sinvite you to join me,stop complaining and take a stand. Join in the 'Renaissance' of the new Newark Come back to Newark and purchase all the houses that need repair, help to change the lives of the people of Newark Lets make Newark a place to be ,safe in,proud of and a future for our kids. Lets restore Newark to its old glory! And thank you for caring Mayor Booker, we stand with you !

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julie
Hampton, NJ

Stay away - 2/1/2006

This is not a place for anyone to be spending time. Don't go to Newark unless you have to. Some very good restaurants, but you are taking your life in your hands going at night!

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