Someone sent me that great article about
the Weequahic Diner and it really made my day. I was born on High
Street at the Newark Maternity Hospital and lived in the Weequahic
section until 1947. I graduated from Weequahic High School and often
think about that "grand old city."
I loved the Tavern Restaurant, the Weequahic Diner, and every
Sunday my friends and I used to walk around the lake in Weequahic
Park. None of us had much but we enjoyed our simple pleasures that
the city afforded us.
Does anyone remember Stash's on Hawthorne Avenue with the delicious
shrimp and yummy sandwiches? I lived on Hawthorne Avenue and Jelliff
Street for part of my growing up and used to go there often...in
addition to that wonderful White Castle on Elizabeth Avenue where
for .05 you could get such delicious hamburgers that my mouth still
waters when I think of them.
My home for the past 29 years has been Florida but my heart is
still in Newark. When I married, my husband and I owned "Okenfus'
Heating Supplies across from Weequahic High School. Do you remember
when the Okenfus boys used to "buzz" the school with their
My memories of Newark are still vivid in my mind. Such simple
pleasures we had...playing games on the street....sitting outside
on your "stoop" with the neighbors who all loved each
other and had little else. Do you remember when they blocked off
Schley Street, Field Place, Keer Ave. and Fabyan Place and the square
block was used for roller skating with no cars allowed? I may be
older than you for this was one of my fondest memories.
Incidentally, there is a book available called "Newark,"
I believe, and in it are pictures of my family who owned the first
kosher restaurant in the city on Broome Street. Also, there are
pictures of the Armm boys....Dave, Eddie, Teddy, and Jake....if
you can, look it up at one of the book stores and you will enjoy
reading about the city.
Anyone still around who graduated in 1940-41? I sure would like
to be in contact with them.