Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Newark olden days

Newark passenger station, Pennsylvania Railroad waiting room. 12 June 1935.

Four kinds of transportation enter Newark’s new Pennsylvania Station on four levels. City transit lines take to the subway, while the inter-city trains from downtown New York , via the Hudson tubes, will emerge on elevated tracks still under construction on the left. Busses and taxicabs arrive on surface level. Through trains pass under the long shed on a fourth level. Escalators convey travelers to the covered passageway across the roof.

Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow up' was released on 22 December 1966

Brandford Theater in 1927.
Branford Theater showing 'Congorilla' in 1932

208 Ferry Street - Newark, N.J. - 28 February 1926 - The Rivoli Theatre 

Rivoli on 208 Ferry Street, Newark, N.J. - 'The Mummy' released on 22 December 1933.
the Rivoli Theater was where Lusitania Savings Bank stands today... it must've been torn down in the 1950s. 
Broad Street, Newark in the 1940s.
S.Klein on the Square still standing after many decades.

Gimbles on Herald Square

Here's myself in February 1972, at the very spot... the passage from the 33rd Street PATH Station to Gimbels.

Once upon a time, there was a Gimbel’s across from Macy’s in Herald Square. And, underneath Gimbel’s, a “Gimbel’s Passageway” which connected the 34th and 6th Avenue Herald Square BMT-IND subway station (currently served by the B,D,F,V and N,Q,R,W), with the PATH train, IRT Penn Station Subway (1, 2, 3 trains at 7th Avenue), IND Penn Station subway (A, C, E at 8th Avenue), along with Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit all without going above ground (anyone who has had to make the connection from the 6th Avenue/Broadway Line or PATH to Penn Station can relate to the futility of having to go upstairs, walk west on 34th Street, only to have to go back down stairs).

As you know, Macy’s won the day, Gimbel’s shut their NY store in 1986 (it became the Manhattan Mall, with itself is undergoing many renovations) and the passageway was shut due to “security issues”.

But a new plan for 15 Penn Plaza, a commercial tower set to replace the Hotel Pennsylvania may actually have the tunnel reopening again, and another piece of forgotten NY may re-emerge from the doldrums. Here’s for reopening the passage and being able to retell the story of some iconic pieces of NYC history.
(via Gothamist, NY Times, Wikipedia, and my noggin)

see this wonderful site about the tunnels:

 Herald Square in the 1950s. 
Looking north from Greeley Square with the Gimbles and Saks bldgs on the left - 1965.

In 1967, discount retailer Korvette's moved into the Saks bldg. They 'modernized' the fa├žade, as seen below. Founded in 1947 by Eugene Ferkauf in a small store on 5th Ave and W 47th St. Korvette's expanded quickly, with 2,684 stores in operation by the mid-1960s. 
same view as above in 1969. read more about this place at:
 Gimbels seen from the air.
32nd Street & 6th Ave. on 8th September 1980.
Saks building at W 33rd St with its competitor Macy's one block north at W 34th St. 1902.

Gimbels on 24th January 1910 - 6th Avenue & 32nd Street with Penn Station in the background.

Newark N.J. in the 1970s

Pardon me, this is not exactly Newark in the 70s but judging by the looks of the cars it must be Newark in the late 1950s. Well, anyway, this is the post-card I sent my folks back-home in Brazil when I went to live in Newark in 1971. But I remember distinctly well that there was NO Woolworth's on Broad Street by 1971. Newark was a city in a very rapidly stage of decay by then.
This is the infamous 'Sing Sing' apartment building on Lexington Avenue in Newark. Actually, I took this picture in 2001 but apart from the few cars parked by the curb it looks exactly like it was in the 1960s and 1970s. Nowadays the streets surrounding the complex is much cleaner than it used to be in the 70s when it was a health hazard to stroll down the sidewalk because people used to throw stuff from their windows into the street. Times have changed a bit in the Ironbound, Newark, N.J.
Elm Street in the summer of 2001... but except from the car models it might as well have been the summer of 1972...
Synthetic Plastics Co. on Francis Street - a factory where I worked making 45 rpm vynil records in 1972 and 1973.
Same factory, different angle... photo was taken in 2001 but it might as well be 1971.
'Brazilian Go-Go' at the corner of Wilson Avenue & Barbara Street. I lived in the 2nd floor just above the juke-box where they blasted Diana Ross's 'There ain't no mountain high enough' or Rod Stewart's 'Maggie Mae' many-a time.
A diner near 'Sing Sing' where I heard Led Zeppelin's 'Black dog' for the 1st time.
Saint Stephen's on Ferry Street - on the right is Wilson Avenue that up to WWI was called Hamburg Place.

St. Stephen's Church is an Ironbound landmark. Built in 1874 for a German-speaking congregation, which it remained until the 1930s, the church is still Lutheran but uses Spanish and Portuguese in its services. The architect was George Staehlin and the interior has some of the most ornate woodwork in Newark. The church is shown as the first alien spawning point in Steven Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds'. Locals call this site "As Cinco Esquinas/Five Corners."