- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Newark residents are fighting against their bad rep after the Conde Nast Traveler magazine declared their city the most unfriendly in the world ahead of Islamabad, Pakistan.

In a blog, titled “Letters from the Most Unfriendly City in the World,” residents of all ages hold up signs declaring their friendliness.

Newark was recently rated the most unfriendly city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler,” the blog introduction reads. “We think that is crazy talk! The people we interact with day in and day out in Newark are some of the friendliest, most caring, interesting people in the world!”

“We need YOU to help us show the world just how friendly Newark, New Jersey is!”

Dozens of photos have already flooded the website with residents holding signs reading things like, “I am friendly,” “Come to Newark and be my friend” and “Proud member of the local crowd.”

The blog’s latest photo features four young children declaring “Newark is a melting pot” and “Welcome Newark. Rich in the arts, community and friendship.”

According last week’s report in the Conde Nast Traveler, “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.”

“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 reader said.

Some readers complained of the local crowd, saying tourists are bound to run into “a lot of rude people there.”

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