Remembering The Past: Elizabeth Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-Edward Levy wrote in after reading my Aug. 5 column with the mention of Levy Bros. to share these memories: “Hi. I read your posting and found it interesting. My father was VP of Levy’s and my uncle was the president of the store. Long after the store closed in the 1970’s, I still think about my days in Elizabeth and when I worked in the store as a teenager back in the 1950’s. I remember all of the other stores you mentioned like Solomon Sporting Goods on Elizabeth Ave.

“Although I have not been in Elizabeth in about 5 years (we moved to California about 29 years ago) I remember looking up at the top of the building (from across the street) and seeing the letters LB 1922 engraved in the stone at the top of the front of the building. Actually, my father always said that the store relocated from Elizabeth Port in 1918 but I imagine the building was completed in 1922. The original store was started by my father’s grandmother and grandfather in about 1879.

“I love to reminisce about the good old days in Elizabeth.”

Memories from William Frolich: “At one time there was a large swimming pool situated between the Recreation Pier and Front. St., called Dowd Natatorium. It is still there but invisible, as it was filled in years ago when it was found to be badly cracked. Its location is now the parking lot for the pier.”

I’m looking for contributors for my 2012 columns. If you would like to share your own memories or past material from any town in Union or Middlesex counties please send.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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