How many remember the Newark Knights Of
Columbus and their very beautiful brownstone building at 65 Lincoln
Park with it's wrap-around entrance steps, it's veranda, it's balcony
overlooking the park, and it's bee-hive like dome?
For many years back in the mid forties to mid fifty's I went to
summer camp at Camp Columbus on Culver Lake in Morris County which
was run by the Knights. We always left on the bus from this old
and beautiful building.
After the neighborhood went downhill in the 70's and 80's the
building was torn down. What a shame that they didn't try to save
The area around Lincoln Park is doing very well today however.
Most of the brownstone are still standing and there is a drug/rehab
group called Integrity which owns many of the homes surrounding
the park and these people have done, and are doing, a wonderful
job of keeping up the houses, keeping the park clean, and planting
flower beds all over the downtown area. This is one group that deserves
a lot of praise for the work it does with drug addicts and alcoholics.