Remembering The Past: Elizabeth Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-More great memories from Ed Levy: “My friend Bill, whose family owned Roger’s Clothes of New Jersey, had 22 stores in N.J. in their heydey. The store in Elizabeth was on Broad St, which was right across the street from Woolworth’s 5 & 10. I used to get gold fish from Woolworth’s which were sold in the basement, after my dentist appointment with Dr. Sussman on Broad St. (2nd floor.)

“During the end of the year holiday when the Levy Brothers was open late for shoppers, I would work after school and then around 6:00 PM my father would drive me back to our house so I could do my schoolwork. My father would return to the store. We lived on DeWitt Road which was only about 10 minutes from the store so it was easy for him. Since he did not have dinner with us on those nights, he would sometimes get a snack from some of the different local vendors on Broad St. The Peanut Man was on the corner of Broad St and West Jersey St. For a nickel we would get a bag of peanuts that were sold hot. Other night she would stop at Fanny Farmer Candy Store and get some really good items that we snacked on in the car on the drive home.

“Also, in the early 1950s, there was a small store on West Jersey St. (right around the corner from Levy Brothers) that sold the most delicious hot dogs. He had a window that opened up to the street and you would buy hotdogs there. A great buy for $0.25. Anyway, those were the old days in Elizabeth”

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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