Newark named most unfriendly city in the world. You got a problem with that?

A view of the Newark skyline at night last month. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)

Perhaps the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler have never taken in the pulsing, aromatic allure of Newark’s Ironbound enclave on a summer night.

Perhaps they’ve never seen a concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center or experienced the communal spell of a Bruce Springsteen marathon at the Prudential Center.

Perhaps they’ve barely stepped foot outside Newark Liberty International Airport, admittedly a delay-prone and unglamorous facility that can give anyone a case of the grumps.

How else to explain that the magazine’s readers rated Newark the unfriendliest city on the planet? Not New Jersey. Not the nation. The planet.

According to the informal, unscientific survey of 46,000 readers, Newark is more unfriendly than Islamabad, Pakistan (#2); Oakland, Calif. (#3); Luanda, Angola (#4) and Kuwait City, Kuwait (#5).

Adding insult to injury for the Garden State, readers rated Atlantic City the world’s ninth-most unfriendly burg.

At the other end of the spectrum, the survey found Florianopolis, Brazil, nicknamed “the island of magic,” the world’s friendliest city, followed by Hobart, Tasmania, and Thimpu, Bhutan, if you can find it on a map.

Read the story at (Aug. 2, 2013)

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