Remembering The Past: King George Road In Fords

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Memories from Harold Miller and his sister Elaine Peterson from the 1940s and 1950s: “King George Rd. always had a lot of traffic traveling both ways. A big part of the traffic was from people coming across the Outerbridge from Staten Island and people getting on Rt. 9. This was before the Parkway and Turnpike were installed in the 1950s.

Starting at the far east of King George Rd. was the Fords Park and its baseball field. Travelling west the first business is the Liberty Tavern. Here’s a little story about the Liberty and how it got to be. Two brothers, Lou and Jerry Bertakap, were having the building erected and were standing watching the progress when one of the home owners from Jensen Ave. was walking past and stopped to talk to the 2 brothers and he asked them “what are you going to put in the building?” and they said a dry cleaners. He said “Why don’t you make it a tavern so I don’t have to walk all the way to Frank’s tavern at Mary Ave.” So that’s what they did. They made it the best food and entertainment place in Fords.

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