Fairmount Park, Section 2 – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ April 8, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Earlier we recounted the development of Fairmount Park and the key people involved in real estate development in Metuchen, New Jersey, in the early 20th century. Then we gave a tour of the neighborhood looking at the Robinvale neighborhood anchored by a depot that Wright Robins had built for $25,000 to provide better access to this section. Finally, we shared

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Robins Park – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Earlier we wrote about Wright Robins, the train station he built near Grove Avenue and Henry Street, and his role in the development of the Robinvale neighborhood of Metuchen between Grove Avenue, Woodbridge Avenue, and Jonesdale Avenue. Wright Robins owned the primary house south of Woodbridge Avenue. David Trumbull Marshall around 1930 recounted and remembered Robins and his estate nearly

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Uplands – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Papers glowingly reported in July 1897 how Mr. and Mrs. Holden Spear “gave a lawn party for the entertainment of their numerous friends. More than 150 guests were present from Metuchen, this city, and other places, and they were charmed with the splendid hospitality extended to them.”[1],[2] Tragedy befell them shorty thereafter in October 1899 when Uplands burned to the

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Robinvale – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 28, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Where there are suburban streets and single-family houses today, Metuchen once had a number of sizable estates. While most are long gone their memory lives on in street names and written sources. Uplands was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Holden Spear (Upland Ave and Spear St today), Henry Redfield (Redfield Village Drive), and Wright Robins (Robinvale). Before getting into

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Fairmount Park – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ March 20, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

All the way back in November last year I began some work researching a property on McCoy Avenue in Metuchen, Jersey that my wife and I were looking to buy. In the process I found myself drawn into a fascinating exploration of the history of Metuchen, suburbanization in New Jersey, and some colorful figures who were well known in their

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Broadway Market – Baltimore, Maryland

Isaac Kremer/ November 29, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Cans filling station Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Annoula’s Kitchen Old Line Taco Love Grill Royal Farms World Famous Chicken phubs Southside Burger Bar List from Broadway Market website, 1/4/2020 Vikki’s Fells Point Deli Sophie’s Place European Deli Sal & Son’s Seafood Fat Tiger Old Boy The Verandah Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Connie’s Chicken and Waffles Thai Street Made in Baltimore

Downtown – Hammonton, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ July 29, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We were invited to Hammonton, New Jersey, to participate in a press conference by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on recently awarded Main Street New Jersey Transformation Grants. While there we discovered a downtown that was experiencing a resurgence driven by entertainment and the arts, with a cluster of complementary businesses. The Eagle Theatre was the catalyst for

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City Kitchen – New York City, New York

Isaac Kremer/ July 25, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

City Kitchen is just off Broadway on an upper floor and part of a growing Food Hall movement. Several businesses share a large space rather than the high cost of owning independent buildings or storefronts. The effect is with more offerings people will go out of their way to visit the Food Hall knowing greater choice is possible. Added synergies

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Aleworks – Williamsburg, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ July 2, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We found this brewery in what was formerly a storefront at an outlet center with over 100 stores. Changing patterns in retail and consumer tastes and preferences prefigured the location of a store like this here. We noted how many elements traditional to a beer garden or beer hall were incorporated to this indoor setting, giving it some unique character

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