Drive an hour south and come to Camden. Great gym on Broadway and you can walk anywhere anytime of the night - there will be a ton of locals out, the city "never sleeps". The locals have been known to sit on their stoops at night offering mint julip and pastries to passing strangers...sometimes the guys standing on corners break out in song and everyone ends up singing. Up and down the Broadway strip there are a bunch of friendly girls every few blocks. All over the city they give away free lead. I know it's not that valuable, but heck, it's free right?
Now, I will warn you...Camden has it's own local language. It sounds like English, but it's a dialect of sorts. For instance, while anywhere else "who the fuck are you, what you doing around here" is normally cause for alarm, in Camden it actually translates to "what is your name, would you care for something to eat". See the nuance there? It would be VERY rude not to respond. A proper reply would be along the lines of "step off bitch ass muthafucka" which translates roughly to, "I would love something to eat friend". "Muthafucka", an apparent contraction of the universally offensive "motherfucker", actually translates locally to "friend". Another thing...a cold hard stare in Camden, while menacing elsewhere, is really just a form of greeting...it means, "I don't recognize you, but I'd like you to introduce yourself and say hello". It is considered VERY rude not to introduce yourself around there.
Now here's the best part for you adventurous T-Nationers...women in Camden will PROPOSITION YOU! Yes, it's true. Don't believe me? Just stroll down Broadway any time of the day and just about every other block, a woman will make eye contact with you and literally ask you, "wanna date?". Now tell me, how often does that happen to you? Where else in the world will women as you for a date?? ANY man here could walk 10 blocks on Broadway and get asked out about 5 times.
The Police Department there is one of the finest in the world. They are so good, Camden decided they could do without about 150 of them that they are now laying off. Crime used to be bad in Camden, but apparently, the City's remarkable turn around has resulted in the need for less police. Great news there buddy. In addition, they are known to be very friendly. For instance, if you're just driving around certain neighborhoods - you might be lost, they will pull you over, give you directions, and in an effort to save you gas and keep the environment "green", tell you to take it the fuck home (they are hard core global warming enthusiasts). Stand on certain corners and they will threaten you with arrest. Now at first, this might seem to be intimidating but the Camden Police are staunch advocates for family values - they want you in your home with your loved ones. Perhaps their biggest program was one where they would borrow street drugs from amateur pharmacists and then resell those drugs themselves, thereby taking upon a significant risk with very little thanks in return. How many police departments are actually going to help the amateur pharmacist ply his trade???
Trust me, Newark is a fucking shithole. Make the drive South to Camden...it's the crown jewel of the Garden State.