New York Times: Is It Paris, or Just Newark After Dark?
In recent months, particularly since the Prudential Center opened in downtown Newark in October, the buildings here have been fitted with a glittering tiara as their stout bodies have bathed in floodlights. Newark really does sparkle.
Alfred C. Koeppe, the president of the Newark Alliance, a nonprofit organization of business leaders, is a former P.S.E.&G. executive and has worked or lived in Newark for more than 40 years.
“This is, in my memory, the most beautiful the city has ever looked,” he said.
The sharply pitched roof of the renovated National Newark Building, the city’s tallest structure, at 744 Broad Street, is lighted in such a way that the 34-story tower resembles a soldier. The Art Deco aspects of the slightly shorter building just northeast at 1180 Raymond Boulevard are more apparent when lighted.
“People are taking pride in their neighborhoods, and it’s expanding,” Mr. Koeppe said.
This is just about the coolest article I’ve seen about Newark in some time. Comparing Newark to the City of Light — which, in its own right, is famous for its night-time floodlit streets — is high praise, particularly from the New York Times.