Remembering The Past: More Highland Park Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

HIGHLAND PARK-More from the 30s and 40s: “At the intersection of Woodbridge & Raritan Avenue, (Route 27): on the south side was the Old Mill Ice Cream parlor and the Park Theater. The north side contained the Highland Park Hotel which was also a bar with pizza and rooming house. At the junction of the two roads there is a statue of the Unknown Soldier.

“Now we are on Raritan heading to New Brunswick. On the corner of North Sixth Avenue was a drug store and across the street was St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church rectory and school. The corner of North Fifth Avenue had an ice cream parlor where the kids from Highland Park High School would hang out to eat and play pinball machines. On the opposite corner (south side) was a “Willy’s Night” car agency which last became a state registration office for license plates and registrations. On Route 27 was the inspection station where we had to take the cars each year before plates were issued.


“Between Fifth and Fourth avenues was the Acme Food Market and they delivered groceries for people to their homes by bicycle for 25 cents a trip, even to Edison. The Acme was on the ground floor of the Masonic Building which upstairs contained the Borough Hall. Boxing was a Saturday night special and roller skating rink during the week. Downstairs was also a Five and Ten, men’s clothing shop and on the corner was the Schwartz Drug Store. The Temple Bar was between the clothing store and the Acme.”

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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