Vogue runs totally tone-deaf travel guide to Newark

A hot new place to visit (credit: Doug Kerr via Wikipedia)

And we thought the New York Times including the South Bronx in its “52 Places to Go in 2017” list was bad. At least their write-up was blissfully short.

Vogue, however, used a lot of words on their completely tone-deaf and uninformed travel guide to Newark, New Jersey. In fact, we’d argue it’s just as offensive as that Karlie Kloss-in-yellow-face photo shoot.

According to Vogue, the troubled city of Newark is not just “a mere stopover” for residents of New York City, but actually “a city whose beauty has remained hidden to the unfamiliar and uncurious eye.” What news for the nearly 300,000 people who live there!

“The veil is slowly being lifted on a renaissance movement that has been decades in the making,” Vogue writer Kimberly Reid says. She goes on to recommend classic Newark experiences, like visiting a number of art galleries — where one can find a “sense of deep contemplation, especially in these trying times;” snapping Instagram pictures at the Cherry Blossom festival; going to beer gardens; taking Lyft rides to healthy soul food restaurants for those who “want the experience but can do without the calories;” visiting the Ironbound neighborhood where she claims locals are “enjoying seafood as fresh as if it were caught just moments ago” (even though the crabs from the Passaic River in Newark are literally toxic); and, this being Vogue, engaging in “destination shopping.”

Of course, when it comes to finding a place to stay, there is “currently a lack of amazing hotel offerings in Newark.” But don’t worry, two new hotels are opening in the city and even better, a Whole Foods is too! We’re not sure that the nearly 80,000 people who live below the poverty line in Newark will really have much use for those new offerings, but hey! It’s progress.

  • LH3

    Isabel, stop hating! The world has enough negativity. There’s good and bad everywhere you go… there’s nothing wrong with shedding some light on the good in a place like Newark every once in a while. God knows people have had their fill talking up the bad. Case in point – your article.

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  • Larry Kapital Gaines

    You obviously don’t know shit about newark.. I’ve been here 15 years.. the vogue writer is closer than you are… if you’re not on the Newark art scene you don’t know.. so just be ignorant but don’t be stupid too… sounds like the vogue writer actually went and enjoyed a night in Newark… this writer sees newark how trump sees all black people..

    • Sean Haley

      I think you’re missing the point. The writer of this article isn’t denying what the Vogue article is saying. The POINT is the “Christopher Columbus” type of view point article that the Vogue writer is displaying from a moneyed point of view. The Vogue article “just discovered” Newark when it’s always been there. The Vogue article is written like an elitist. It’s obvious. Whole Foods, “amazing hotel offerings”. The Vogue article is clearly saying that her standard of living isn’t in Newark but “its coming soon”. As far as the last line of this article, yes, maybe it is contentious if you read it wrong, but let’s look at the facts. Newark’s average income vs. the target demographics of Whole Foods and higher-end hotels… These businesses mentioned aren’t being built for the benefit of the average person in Newark. I mean, the new businesses are a good thing but let’s face it, the Vogue article is far more insulting.

  • Debbie Jackson

    Grab my book SCARRED by DJ WALKER on AMAZON for an inside historic look at Newark during the ’67 riots…I make it a point to highlight the beauty of my hometown!