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The future of trains and ferries

This is what it looked like when the Hudson rail tunnel was under construction. It's been more than 100 years since that tunnel was built, and yet today commuters whiz through on their way to work.

EWR is in the center of a vast region that is seeded thick with railroad tracks, highways, tunnels and ferries that enable millions of residents to get to work and move goods efficiently. Yet, the complex network that we call the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Area is in no way complex enough. In fact, a…

When bi-planes plied the skies above EWR

A. Harry Moore

Click on each photo to enlarge. Story appears below. Overview The photos of Newark airport, from 1928 through 1948, come from the private collection of writer Joseph G. Bilby and also the collection of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. The first major airport in the New York/New Jersey area, Newark opened on October…

A place to breastfeed in busy Newark Airport

The nursing station itself. Enter here and slip into a private space.

A place to breastfeed in busy Newark AirportCorinne McDermott’s’ only choice was to expose herself in public. Luckily she was okay with that, but other moms might not be. The busy mom was still breastfeeding when she returned to work after a short maternity leave, and found herself looking around the airport. Where was she…

United chair told to step down in corruption case

United chairman steps downThe background to this story is well-known: United Airlines ran a flight for the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purely for his convenience, according to media accounts some months ago. “The Chairman’s Flight” allowed David Samson to get back and forth between Newark and South…

Bad to the Drone

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You can make almost any symbol look threatening by placing a red circle and a diagonal line through it. Not that drones are good things; the jury is out about that. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is banning drones and a whole bunch of other things during the time Pope Francis will be visiting the U.S. The only area affected is around Philadelphia, and it’s only for Sept. 26 and 27, the time when Francis will be in the U.S.

United pilot says good-bye to years of flying

Bowers's wife Kathy wipes a tear as she listens to her husband address the media, friends and family aboard the jet he just landed.

Wife weeps after last flightHe received his pilot’s license barely six months after he was married. That was 43 years ago, and Captain Mike Bowers has been prowling the skies ever since, once as a fighter pilot but more recently as the reassuring, balding, middle-aged captain who describes the weather conditions through the intercom and…

JFK’s loss is EWR’s gain — or is it?

United Airlines has announced it will “strengthen” its Newark hub by weakening — in fact eliminating for the most part — its JFK connection. In a news release designed to put a pretty face on the decision, United painted it as a chance to bring is “p.s.” aka “premium service” to Newark, making travelers’ trips there even cozier than before.