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Crowds scarce in the Ironbound on off-day for NCAA East Regional games in Newark
Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 3:32 PM Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 3:33 PM
By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
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Joe Epstein/For The Star-LedgerOwner Steve Yglesias, left, and executive chef Alexandre Gomes at Mompou Tapas & Wine Bar on Ferry Street in Newark.
NEWARK — On Ferry Street today, basketball fans were noticeably absent from one of Newark's most renowned neighborhoods.
At Mompou, which is usually closed at lunchtime on a Saturday, owner Steve Yglesias opened the doors in hopes of a fan turnout. But just a few tables were filled around 2 p.m., and not many people had come in earlier, Yglesias said. There was a capacity crowd Friday night for the restaurant, which is catering to Kentucky fans, but a few said they would head for New York today.
"A couple of them were saying they were so close to Manhattan, and they may never be near here again," said the owner, who hopes for more patrons tonight and Sunday. Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina at 5:05 p.m. Sunday for a sport in the Final Four.
Yes,I agree with you both,Archman and 66Nexus. OH,No! Its Block again.haha. always negative. Look, Block 944, of course crowds are scarce today in Ironbound...there's no game.People come from all over the country to America's third oldest major city and" wow honey,look,its NYC!!!" Its natural people will take advantage of its closeness to Newark. Its the nyc shadow effect. Besides,the ironbound is unknown outside the NY-Nwk metro. Also,most fans came for a game.Games over and today is travel day back to their home states. Im sure the team and fans that Kentucky State beat went home! Tomorrow is a new day with remaining team and fans. Hopefully they don't go broke in NYC. BTW,some hundreds of new fans will arrive for sunday games. Too early to give up.
Last edited by Newarkguy; March 26th, 2011 at 08:10 PM.
Funnily enough, I keep seeing poster's on 'the com' constantly saying: "why don't those college visitors go west into the hood and see what Newark is really like"
The thing I don't understand (and I always ask them) is what reason would a visitor have to go to those places?
You obviously don't remember Newark schools before the state came in. Damn near all of NJ's urban districts were poorly run and produced poor results (and you're correct, corruption was rampant). However, after all these years, the districts are STILL poorly run and the resulted 'improvements' are marginal at best.
When you get an idea in your head that makes sense, think about it one more time before you post. Why you ask? Because if you look at your post, you actually AGREED w/ me and didn't even realize it.
Honestly, I don't mind a little negativity if it's based on something actual, something solid.
Every city has bad neighborhoods. Why don't people attending a concert at MSG visit Washington Heights? How about Philly, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles... don't you nay-sayers realize that every city has poor and/or dangerous neighborhoods? Most people only percieve the world to be places they've seen. There's lots of places in Manhattan that I wouldn't venture into... does that mean I shouldn't ever go there? You can go to Newark every day and not step foot in the central or south wards. Those have little effect on the potential of the downtown to redevelop into a strong retail, residential, and commercial hub. Hoboken wasn't always so pretty, you know. It takes time for a city to transform. So why was Newark dead on Saturday? Because New York City lies a half hour train ride away, the greatest city in the world... why wouldn't tourists take advantage of that day off to go and visit?
Oh and it's very clear now that Block only seems to seek and post every article with a slightly negative connotation about Newark without realizing that every city has negative things going on around it. It's not doomsday because the Ironbound didn't steal tourists from New York City. You're going to earn my ignore button and I hope other people know how to use that feature too. It's clear that you're just a troll, and you've reached the point where everything you post is seemingly worthless to the contributions of the forum.
It wasn't obviously busy, but it wasn't really "dead" yesterday. The museum proved it, even the hoopfest at the arena proved it, free or not. If it was any ordinary Saturday I wouldn't have noticed that many people who weren't from the area downtown at 4pm.
I think my comment was not worded right. Manhattan is wonderfull. But the nj.com-ers who bash Newark, were making fun of the tourists who realized Newark was not as bad as they were mistaught to believe. The bloggers suggested the visitors go west of Broad street to the bad areas of Newark. IM sure these trolling fools love Manhattan.So I suggested they visit the bad areas of Bronx,Queens,and Brooklyn. That's all.
I blame mot of the Negative comments by users by the Fuel the Star Ledger gives them....its like a never ending parade of garbage...its like Fox News but worse.
Last edited by newarkdevil1; March 27th, 2011 at 05:37 PM.