Remembering The Past: Union County Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

Memories from William: “Another item missing from Union County is the old two-story Recreation Pier on the Elizabeth waterfront at the end of East Jersey St. The wooden decks of this well-used pier caught fire years ago, and eventually was replaced by a single paved surface by the bulkheading at the water’s edge.

“In the good old days many excursions vessels tied up to the old pier to take passengers on day trips to Rockaway beach, or up the Hudson River. Some boats even made moonlight cruises around New York harbor.


“Even without the boat rides there was activity on this pier. It not only had two levels, but there was a roof over the upper one, and cool breezes usually drifted through the pier on hot days, cooling spectators who watched the busy marine traffic as they relaxed on the several benches.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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