September 20, 2022 – NEWARK, NJ –NJ PBS, New Jersey’s public television network, announced its local series pilot, Look Up with Darley, will premiere part two of its exploration of Newark on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on NJ PBS (check local listings and the MyNJPBS.org schedule). This program explores New Jersey’s architectural history and how it intersects with local culture and communities, starting with Newark. After the broadcast, the program will stream on MyNJPBS.org.

Hosted by award-winning television personality and producer Darley Newman, this episode of Look Up with Darley continues its architectural tour of Newark, New Jersey’s most populated city, that began in the pilot’s premiere episode in June.  This time, Newman explores a striking cathedral, a sacred synagogue, a historic coffee shop, the library of a literary icon and more, digging deep into the history with those that know these places best. Watch a trailer.

Look Up is intended to inspire people to, literally, look up from their devices and take a moment to appreciate their everyday surroundings in a new way,” said Newman. “With our busy lives, it’s so easy to pass by places, but when we take a moment to reflect and get curious, we find that the buildings, neighborhoods, parks ­– these places have fascinating and surprising backstories, and so much to tell us about who we are today.”

In Newark’s Penn Station, historian Dave Abeles takes Newman through the Golden Age of travel via the station’s remarkable Art Deco designs and shares its history as a transportation hub. Next, she joins Father Armand Mantia at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, revealing the story behind this massive cathedral. She also goes behind the scenes with historian Linda Forgosh to uncover Newark’s Jewish legacy at the Newark Museum of Art. She is also joined by expert Eric Freedman who showcases New Jersey’s oldest Holy Ark in the Ahavas Sholom synagogue, an edifice listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newark’s literary history takes center stage as Rosemary Steinbaum takes Newman inside The Philip Roth Personal Library at the Newark Public Library, a Beaux-Arts style building based on the 15th century Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. At the historic coffee shop, T.M. Ward Coffee Company, Newman meets entrepreneur Scott Sommer to learn how this small business, operating in Newark since 1869, has stood the test of time. Finally, Noelle Lorraine Williams and Mayor Ras J. Baraka shed light on Newark’s more recent history, stopping by the buildings that preserve the past while creating spaces for artistic expression and a brighter future.

Darley Newman is an award-winning TV host, writer, director and producer who has spent over a decade traveling and producing the successful Emmy Award-winning Equitrekking and Travels with Darley series on public television, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV and networks in over 85 nations. While leading production teams in over 30 countries and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gone free diving in South Korea, taken on the world’s highest commercial bungee in China and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.

Look Up with Darley is a production of YOLCC and NJ PBS. Funding for an ongoing series to explore more unique locations throughout the Garden State is pending. Sponsorships for the series are available through Steve Priolo at PrioloS@MyNJPBS.org.