The Abbott family began bottling and selling milk from their Salem, New Jersey, farm in 1876. The business, which expanded to multiple locations in Philadelphia around the turn of the 20th century, soon added "Alderney" to the business name.
Who got the club breakfast — only guests in the fancier $1.50 rooms with bath? Even if guests in the basic $1 rooms missed out on a meal, they could have made up for lost calories over a 40 cent lunch and a 65 cent dinner.
Hotel Longacre Surviving signage at 165 West 47th St. (Sixth-Seventh Aves.), Manhattan
A-little-learning-muddies-the-waters department: Many businesses near the original site of the Fulton Fish Market have retained the faded signage of their distant predecessors. "Salmon" is easiest to make out; to its right must be the tail end of "halibut." And immediately behind the modest sign of the current tenant, a restaurant, could that be "mud"?
Mud fish are a commonplace of many Southeast Asian markets, but the species in question are imported, and if not frozen, jarred. What would possibly have be the appeal of mentioning mud fish?
It must be "mild," I've assured myself, perhaps in contrast to a stronger-flavored variety of cured salmon. There's not much call for mud fish 'round here.
Former fish market Surviving signage outside Barbalu, 225 Front St. (Beekman St.-Peck Slip), Manhattan 646-918-6565 www.Barbalu.com
Both these signs are still posted on the same block of St. Nicholas Ave., which cuts diagonally through southern Harlem. It's easy to understand the attraction for outdoor grillers: The broad sidewalk on the west side of the avenue gets good shade throughout the afternoon. And at one time an awning, probably meant to shelter a stoopline stand but now gone like the market that raised it, would also have provided protection from pop-up showers on days when the business was closed.
There's no blanket prohibition, however, against every kind of summer fun. How about ball playing?
"No cooking" St. Nicholas Ave. between West 114th and West 115th Sts., Manhattan
The most recent business at this address was 103 Grocery & Flower; earlier, according to a onetime resident of the upper Upper West Side, "that place was the Olympia Superette for decades." And earlier than that? The neon lights are long gone, and some of the Art Deco lettering has peeled away, but what remains is strongly suggestive of "Hudes."
"In the Hub of Newark, serving you the best," but not for many decades. The neighboring Paramount Theater, which would have provided many customers, went dark in 1986; at that time the tavern may have been long gone, judging by the condition of the sign in a photo taken two years later. I haven't yet come across photos of the tavern itself or a reported predecessor, the Round Table Bar & Grill. As of 2014, the building's sole food-and-beverage business is a franchised location of Rita's Ices.
Broad & Market Tavern Surviving signage at 191 Market St. (Broad-Beaver Sts., in the Bowers Building), Newark, New Jersey