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Quackenbush Department Store
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Quackenbush Department Store

Downtown Paterson NJ


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Lois 04-Nov-2013 05:00
The Chinese reataurant was called the New Port Arthur Restaurant. There was also Whelen's where you could get lunch or a banana split, and Grant's, another small department store with a lunch counter. There was also The Mart and Stenshaver's shoe store. On Market Street was Fenster's knitting store, the First National Bank and Scordato's restaurant. i remember all of these places and another store Innever went into because it was a men's store, but I remember the name, Charles W. Elbow. Also Bond's where my father got his suits with two pair of pants. Oh, the memories! I lived in Clifton and Main Street, Paterson was our shopping "mall". Does anyone remember the singing policeman who used to sing Irish songs while he directed traffic? I was also fascinated by whoever wrote "Jesus Saves" in chalk with beautiful handwriting on the streets and sidewalks. Incidentally, the blind man who used to sit near Quackenbush's was not a begger. He sold the Paterson Evening News, several copies of which he held on his lap and he had a cup attached to his coat for the money. I never saw him begging.
Ska ours 04-Jul-2013 02:04
My mom sang a solo on the staircase with Hawthorne High School. I loved going to Quakenbush with my grandmother from Hawthorne for lunch. Great memories.
Tricia 29-Jun-2013 06:50
I still have my photo of me on Santa's lap. My mother worked at Knickerbocker's where they had homemade chocolates and candy. We used to get our chocolate rabbits there for Easter.
rh 08-Jan-2013 20:10
The Jacobs dept. store still has the nicest staircase and building structure of any building in New Jersey.
Dave 25-Jan-2012 06:22
I loved the cartoon viewers by the toy department of Quackenbush's and the three 5 and 10s, Woolworth's, Kreske's, and W.T.Grant. Do you remember Mr. Peanut, who was always hawking the product outside the store, or the blind guy who used to beg on Main Street? I can't imagine what would happen to the poor guy if tried to beg for a living now. If anyone had tried to hurt or steal from him back then, I doubt if they would have survived. I used to live on Lower Main Street and I can remember downtown Paterson as early as 1948. Some other businesses you might remember are, The Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant, Harry's luncheonette on West Broadway, Jacob's Dept. Store, Meyer Bros., of course, Knickerbocker Ice Cream, Barney's Furniture Store, Silk City Pharmacy, Denn's Pharmacy, Konnors Clothing Store.
Pat Reardon 30-Nov-2007 06:07
OH My God. I have a picture of me on Santa Claus lap @ Quackenbush probably about 1953 or so. I loved going there to see Santa Claus at Christmas. They used to say "Downtown Paterson Has Everything". I remember the smell of roasting peanuts coming from the Planters Peanuts Store and the Mr. Peanut statue outside the store. Those were the good time for the city.
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