Remembering The Past: Edison’s Past

by Diane Norek Harrison

EDISON-Anyone have memories of Mirror Lake or United Skates of America? Remember taking the #4 bus to Perth Amboy?

Here is more of my accumulation of Edison past businesses: In 1975, South Pacific Restaurant was at 3126 Woodbridge Avenue. “This is one of the finest restaurants in the area and they feature everything from seafood to steak. They also have a lovely cocktail lounge and private dining rooms and private dining facilities for dinners and parties.”


In 1974 Menlo Park Mall had The Tux shop with “free tuxedo for the groom.” Also, 1974 there was Anne Ladoux “Your honeymoon wardrobe is waiting for you.” The “New Barn” in the Yoke & Ox Restaurant Lounge in the Ramada Inn had the “The Hawkeye Affair.” These businesses were once in Menlo Park Mall: City Federal Savings, Copper Rivet, No Name and The Movement Store.

Other businesses were: B & M Lumber, Compact Disc World and F.A.O. Schwartz in Menlo Park Mall, Bob’s Lock & Key, Bradlees Warehouse, Edison Stationers on Rt. 27, Herbie K’s on Stelton Rd, House of Fashion, National Can, New York Times building on Woodbridge Avenue, Parsonage Diner, The Phoenix, Pop’s Pancake House, The Red Rooster, S & H Green Stamps Center, Spalding Sporting Goods, Theo Antoinette’s Bridal and World Bird Country. Humphrey’s Hamburgers was on Parsonage Road and Rt. 1.

I’m hoping to hear more of the past for Carteret, Edison and Metuchen. My own past material is very limited for these three towns.  Now that the holidays are over brush off your memory or old material and send whatever you remember or have saved from the past from any of the towns listed below.

If you have your own memories or past information 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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