Whenever I think of Newark, Downtown Newark
always comes to my mind first and foremost! I remember the beautiful
movie theatres, the Leow's, the Paramount. I remember when the Paramount
closed down and soon the closing of the Leow's Theatre followed.
To me that was the beginning of the end for the Newark I knew and
loved. I don't care how many multiplexes are built, the beauty of
these theatres will never be replaced.
I remember the Halloween parades on Broad Street. I remember New
Year's Eve, everyone would be Downtown and having a great time!
I remember the friendliness of the people, to the police officers
and the merchants. Remember the Branford Theatre! That did not have
the grandeur of the Leow's or the Paramount, but I spent many Saturday
afternoons there, too!
I'm so glad Hobby's is still there on Branford Place! It makes
me feel a part of the Old Newark still remains! And the shopping!!
Our Mom loved hopping on the bus with my sister and I in tow and
spending a whole afternoon shopping at Downtown Newark! Remember
Bamberger's and their bargain basement! Remember Hahnes and Kresge's!
What my sister and I loved most was Mom always made a last stop
at McCrory's for a Charlotte Rouse!! Talk about heaven! I can't
even find a charlotte rouse any more! Sometimes we would stop at
Woolworth's for a hot dog and soda...and, after we moved out of
Newark, I felt I was moving to another country! Thank goodness it
turned out to be only a bus ride away because my first job was working
at Woolworth's! I remember after work, the guys would walk us to
the Waldorf Cafeteria...remember the Waldorf Cafeteria, for coffee
and pie and then walk us to our bus stops and wait for us gals to
get on our buses! Who does that anymore!!
And today, I still work in Newark and keep looking for my old Newark!
Talk about memories, I remember when there was no University Hospital.
I remember the old Newark Hospital, then it became Martland Medical
Center, then City Hospital. Some progress is good, that's for sure,
but some ain't!
Oh, by the way, does anyone remember the best eatery in Newark.
The original Stuckey's on Bergen Street! Mom and Dad liked eating
there at least one Sunday out of each month! I have more, but that's
another entry! Thanks for this opportunity!