Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Seen While Walking Around the City

Ooops! First up in Lot 7, shattered car window fragments included this curiosity: A "Support North Plainfield Police" decal.

I forget the name of this former department store - Steinbach's? All the lion heads have fallen or been taken off the facade. The building has seen many transitions, including a flea market that signed up a lot of vendors but ultimately failed. Any Steinbach stories out there?

There are actually two guys on this scaffold, filling in cracks and painting. It's the first facelift for the building in many a decade.
Trees are leafing out on the plaza, but have a long way to go to produce shade for the chess players. Remember them? The tables are still there.

More green and new mulch make a neat visual greeting at the Park and Front gateway to the city.

The famous clock still hasn't been moved to the plaza in front of the new office building across the way. So far the building hasn't been named for anybody. Suggestions?
--Bernice Paglia


Blogger olddoc said...

Bernice, Steinbach was a small group of family owned department stores. I think that the original store was either in Asbury Park or Red Bank.
The building was formerly Rosenbaum Brothers, who took over the site in the 30s replacing another department store Woodhall and Martin which became bankrupt in the depression. HSY

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice, Before Steinbach the department store was Gourkes (sp?). A upper middle store similar to a Lord & Taylor.

12:55 PM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Just showing my age, I completely forgot about Goertz (?) spelling?. In the 20s before tyaking over the Woodhall and Martin Property, Rosenbaum's occupied space on the South side of Front Street. I don't remember whicj side of Park.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goerkes was a department store based in Elizabeth and occupied the prime location of Broad and East Jersey in that city. When it expanded to the Plainfield location which was Rosenbaums, it occupied the niche between Bambergers (the Newark chain) and the higher end Tepper's Brothers which was locally owned.

3:12 PM  

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