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New and improved Newark

By Bob Cooper, June 19, 2017

Most travelers who fly into Newark Liberty International Airport head straight to New York City or elsewhere on the East Coast, and never give a thought to Newark. Yet Newark, New Jersey's largest city, has emerged in recent years as a place that merits more than a thought. It's worth a visit—at least a short visit—and here's why.

Newark, New Jersey skyline at night.

Revitalized downtown

Once a place where the streets emptied after dark, downtown Newark has turned around in dramatic fashion in recent years. Stately old office buildings have been converted to luxury apartments and shopping centers. Downtown restaurants and bars fill nightly with workers from the headquarters offices of Verizon, Prudential Financial and PSE&G, as well as many of the 24,000 students at nearby Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Nicknamed “Brick City" for its thick concentration of old brick buildings, downtown Newark is also increasingly being called “the new Brooklyn."

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Culture cluster

Drawing crowds from throughout northern New Jersey are several downtown Newark arts and entertainment venues. The 2,800-seat New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), which opened in 1997, will feature upcoming appearances by Yo-Yo Ma, Ringo Starr and Bill Clinton (talking, not performing). A variety of performances are also scheduled at the 3,500-seat Newark Symphony Hall, the state's oldest entertainment venue (1925) in a neoclassical beauty of a building. And if you prefer museums, the Newark Museum is the state's largest, with especially fine collections of American and Tibetan art, an 83,000-specimen natural-science wing and a planetarium.

A female artist performing at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Hot events

Located between NJPAC and the symphony hall is Newark's largest entertainment venue, the Prudential Center. The 18,000-capacity arena hosts major headliners including Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Lionel Richie and Queen this summer—and Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons in the fall. The Pru will also host the NHL's New Jersey Devils games beginning in October. Among Newark's other major upcoming events are the Lincoln Park Music Festival (July 28-30) and the Newark International Film Festival (Sept. 8-10).

The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island.

Lady Liberty

Most tourists who fly into Newark Liberty International Airport to see Manhattan's sights have the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island near the top of the list. But Lady Liberty is actually best experienced by taking the boat from New Jersey rather than New York City. Parking is plentiful at the terminal in New Jersey's Liberty State Park—a 15-minute drive from Newark Liberty International—and lines at either end of the Ellis Island roundtrip boat ride are shorter compared to the boat ride from Manhattan's Battery Park. Best of all, you don't have to battle Holland Tunnel and Lower Manhattan traffic getting there.

Skyline of New York City from the water.

NYC's neighbor

Even if you spend your days in New York City, the smart choice is to spend your nights sleeping in New Jersey. It's quieter there (there's a reason they call NYC the city that never sleeps) and hotel rooms go for a fraction of the price you'd pay in Manhattan. There's a Newark hotel to match every budget and you'll only be sleeping 16 miles from midtown Manhattan—accessible in about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic, by airport shuttle bus, Air Train/Amtrak, taxi or rental car.

If you go

Newark Liberty International Airport is a major United Airlines hub, with hundreds of daily flights connecting cities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Getting through the United terminal (Terminal C) is a pleasant experience with the recent completion of major renovations—automated security lanes that speed travelers through in less time, chef-inspired restaurants and bars, contemporary design features, and boarding gates with iPads that let customers track their flights and order meals. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your trip to Newark.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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