Memories of Newark

by Elliot Mintz


Hi, My name is Elliot Mintz. I was born in Beth Israel Hospital on Lyons Ave and lived at 533 So 17th Street from 1926 till 1954. I went to So 17th Street School, Madison Jr High for a year and graduated from West Side High Jan 1943.

Served in the Pacific aboard the USS Chicago till 1946. I have many memories of Newark, the Shore, New York.

The West End was the neighborhood movie house 10c during the week 15 c on Sundays. My neighborhood was polyglot..Jewish , Italian and Polish with an Irish flavor too. Italian hot dogs were a treat on 15th Avenue as were all the Italian festive holidays and the first Pizzas for us Hebrews. They were called La Beetz ..tomato Pie. For the best Corned Beef there was Sydneys on Prince Street..All before Super markets,, Anzis Meat on the corner 0f 16th Ave as was Komrowers Candy store on the same corner.

I graduated Rutgers Newark in 1949 with a degree in Romance Languages, having gone to Paris in my third year.

The # 1 bus took me downtown and I was active in the YMHA on High Street as a teen the same time as Jerry Lewis was getting his start there. Irv Kahn held sway and Moss Hart was a presence.

My first job was working as a gift packager in Bambergers while in High School for 75 cents an hour.

There's a lot more..I am 83 now married for 52 years to a Lakewood NJ girl and we have raised a family and have been in San Diego California since 1962.

Newark is old and happy nostalgia for me and I cruise the old West Side neighborhood when i can . Oh yes I remember the summer concerts on Thursday nights in West Side Park..and and . They were mostly good years.


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