Remembering The Past: Elizabeth Businesses

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-Past businesses from Melvin Baker from the 50s and 60s:

“I remember Burry Buscuits, there was a Ford car dealership on Newark Avenue, a Mercury car dealership on North Broad Street, a Buick car dealership on N. Broad Street, and a Dodge car dealership on Newark Avenue.


“Bayway Diner on Bayway Avenue and S. Broad Street, Carvel’s Ice Cream on Bayway Avenue, McDonald’s on Newark Avenue, Barna’s Deli on Maple Avenue/Summer Street, Goerke’s on Broad Street, Levy Bros. on Broad Street, Solomon’s Sports Store on Elizabeth Avenue, Ross’ Sports Store on Elizabeth Avenue, Sears on Broad Street. and Mo Levy’s shoe store on First Street.

“The movie theatres were: Liberty on Elizabeth Avenue, Ritz on E. Jersey Street. The New on Broad Street, The Regent on Broad Street and State on Elizabeth Avenue.

“Thank you for your column!”

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my column for the past 8 years. I couldn’t have done it for so long without all your great memories and past material. Send what you remember to be included in my column. It’s never too early to send your Christmas or winter time past information from any town, school, organization etc. for my end of the year columns. Thanks so much for allowing my column to continue.

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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