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Episode 10: 50 years after the riots, Newark says it’s ready for tourists

By BETH J. HARPAZSeptember 19, 2017

It was July 12, 1967, when riots erupted in Newark, New Jersey, scarring that city for decades. But the city says it’s coming back, and it’s even launched a tourism campaign.

In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel Editor Beth Harpaz talks with Lauren Craig, the “glambassador” of Newark, about the guidebook she’s written for Newark visitors called “100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die.”

We’ll hear about some of her favorite things to do, including the arts, dining and shopping. We’ll explain how easy it is to get to Newark from Manhattan, and we’ll talk about the city past and present.

For a full list of podcasts go to the AP podcast page on APNews.com.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. In her spare time, she’s on a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

For more trip ideas, travel trends and destination news from Beth and the rest of The Associated Press, follow @AP_Travel on Twitter, and check out the travel tab on the AP News mobile app.

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