I was born at 19 Clinton Ave in 1924, the
son of Dr. Mrs. Henry H. Kessler, an orthopedic surgeon. We moved
to 29 Hillside Ave. (between Avon & Clinton) in 1927, then to
53 Lincoln Park in 1935. I attended Charlton St, Avon Ave., South
Side High School, Newark Academy, and Blair Academy.
The beginning of Clinton Ave. are at Lincoln Park and Washington
St. Lincoln Park starts at Broad St and ends at Broad St. The odd
numbers on the north of the park and even on the south.
On the north were 2 churches, a White Castle and the 31 Lincoln
Park - The Medical Tower - offices of Doctors such as Sam Roth,
Sam Goldstein, Lohman, Firtel, Eisenberg, Kessler -- dentists Jacobs,
Buck Weiss and many others. The ground floor had a pharmacy, a barber
shop (Al Rizzito) and NJ Motor Vehicles - insurance agency.
Several brown stones, Colonnade Apt., more brown stones then 53
Lincoln Park. This was one of the Feigenspan homes, with a carriage
house in the back. Then a few more brown stones to Washington St.
On the south side of the park were mostly brown stones. One of them
was the offices of one of the first group medical practice's in
the area -- Drs. Parsonnet, Brief, and others.
Going up Clinton, on both sides towards High St, were brown stones.
At Parkhurst was The Clinton Manor Caterers.
At the intersection at High was a church, dental laboratory, and
Father Divines Retreat, which has been described before. One comment
-- the resident would always refused any gratuity other than their
On the 4th corner was Smith & Smith Funeral Home. My uncle used
to drive the horse drawn hearse.
My facility was next, an Apt house, tire exchange, Elks #21, (formally
National Casket Co.) more brown stones to Hayes Circle. Next to
Father Divines was Bruack Oldsmobile.
At Hayes Circle were 2 banks and a bowling alley.
Up Clinton was Stratford Bake Shop who moved to South Orange in
???. On the opposite side was Petermans. 299 Clinton housed many
notables -- Elsie Sommers (dresses) who moved to South Orange, Louise
August, Hollander Furs etc.
Then Hillside Ave -- doctors row -- one side Dr.Mass,Silverstein
a dentist, Gershenfeld--who brought me into this world, my brother,
sister,and my 2 children, then another dentist. On the other side
Dr. Kaplan a dentist (nothing to do with Jerry Lewis), Timer, Laurie,
Kessler, Blaustein, Feinberg, Simonson -- around the corner on Madison
was Brahms and Parsonnet -- on Clinton was Dr. Reinfeld .
I can still recall the "4 horse and flies" as well as
the vendors selling from their horse drawn carts -- ice, milk, and
Past Clifton Ave was the Sugar Bowl for after high school dancing
Over the tracks was Lustigs -- the Best deli in Newark.
Then the movie theater.
Above Bergen was Brinkmans Ice Cream -- running a close second
to Grunings. The owner could remember taking orders from 8 people
each requested 3 different scoops of ice cream and she never made
a mistake. This was a favorite place after bowling at the YMHA on
There was the Jewish Orphanage, Tracy and Baldwin Ave with their
many doctors and Temple B'nai Abraham. Just before the Irvington
line was another movie house and Taffet Shoe store.
These are my recollections of that area