I took my monthly sentimental journey through the old 'hood today. It is amazing that the various non-profits and chamber of commerce organizations in the city have done very little to improve the stores and eating establishments in the neighborhoods of Newark. The stores still left on Orange Street offer very little for shoppers, a real blight.. In contrast the Main Street shopping area of urban Orange, New Jersey still has many quality stores and shops to attract shoppers. While Orange Street was a ghost town, two miles away, Main Street was jammed with shoppers and there was not a single vacant store.
Roseville Avenue, between Orange Street and 7th Avenue, was closed down due to construction work on the railroad bridge. The building that housed the bar downstairs from the Carlin family on Roseville and Orange Street has been renovated, but is empty and seeking a tenant.
A few blocks North at Schools Stadium, workmen were installing the shot put/discus circle and cage. Should name it after Brother Naclerio. Waiting to read what Jerry Izenberg thinks about the beautiful new stadium. I hope they put up a wall of fame, like at Riverfront Stadium, to honor former athletes and coaches who played there. Leroy Smith, Bob Crowley, Joe Freid, Joe Minacai, Billy Conn,Larry Schumacher, Joe K, Andre Tippet, Al Derogatis, etc etc. Maybe a section on great drum corps, such as BLGK, SRL, and St. Lucy's Cadets, just to name a few.
Frank to bad we didn't know. I was in Noth Newark yesterday also. Just a hop, skip and jump from Roseville. You are thinking of the German bar called the "Wonder Bar". Was a very nice establishment in it's time.