Remembering The Past: Happy New Year!

by Diane Norek Harrison

This column is from my own accumulation of holiday research:

SOUTH AMBOY- Dec. 31, 1962, The Bottle Stop, which was located at 104 ½ Broadway, held a New Year’s Eve party with streamers, refreshments and fun galore. In On Dec. 31, 1943, the South Amboy Bar, Grill and Restaurant, which was at 506 Washington Avenue, held their grand opening and New Year’s Eve party. Served that night was spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage and LaPizzeria. Martin Valenti was the proprietor.

WOODBRIDGE-This is all from 1954: The Green Lantern that was at 437 Rahway Avenue was closed Christmas and Christmas Eve. They held an open house on New Year’s Eve when Matt and Joe Udzuelak were the owners. Every Sunday night the Harmony Hollow Playboys performed. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, Adele Brook, the “Sweetheart of the Keys,” violinist and pianist performed.


The Holiday Cocktail Lounge, which was on Route 9, held a gala New Year’s Eve party open house. Table and bar service, balloons, hats, etc. were provided. The motto was “Come Early-Stay Late.” The High Lifers on performed on Tuesdays, The Marveltons on Wednesday and Frank Romeo and His Dixieland Band played Thursday to Sunday.

If you have your own memories or past material for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy  or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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The Strand Theatre which was a staple in Perth Amboy for many years is covered in snow in a past December picture. Photo courtesy of Irene Britton

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