My friend Joe in Belleville is doing a lot of work in his house and mentioned that he went to get some Riccardi paint because altho the Bloomfield Home Depot is closer and somewhat cheaper, he likes Riccardi's quality better. I remarked that that reminded me that Newark has a paint factory on the Passaic in the industrial eastern section of the city. I hadn't been able to remember if it was Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore until I started to commute by PATH, whereupon I could see it every day, and the logo, with stylized mountains formed from the M of the company's surname, has now distinguished this Benjamin Moore facility clearly for me, from Sherwin Williams' logo of paint covering the globe. Joe said Benjamin Moore is the best, and covers in one coat, but Sherwin Williams and Glidden are also very good. So Newark makes the best, and if you buy Benjamin Moore paint, it might have been made in Newark!
I tried to capture the factory with my camera, but the PATH train bounces, and trees and such between the tracks and factory interfere.
I was about to try again today when the (female) conductor of the PATH train stopped me and said it is illegal to take pictures anywhere in the PATH system since 9/11. I was furious, since (a) I wasn't taking a picture of the PATH system but of the far shore of the river from the train, (b) you can't take people's rights away simply by posting a sign or announcing a prohibition, (c) forbidding fotografs of a train or from a train does not make us safer, but simply takes away a freedom, and (d) I am extremely contemptuous of the fearful and dictatorial kneejerk reaction of some people in government to a one-time event that, I hasten to add, had nothing to do with trains. I need to contact the ACLU about this, because there is no alternative way of getting a view of this area of Newark from the ground, because there are no roads on the north side of the Passaic, only railroads.
Until the ACLU or someone can rescind this preposterous anti-foto policy, I must content myself with a picture I took of the alternative view, from the land side of the facility, on Lister Avenue. Unfortunately, the only time convenient for me to take such a picture was after work. So here we have a view of the "Newark Plant" showing plainly the Benjamin Moore logo, but at nite.