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Businesses from the thirties to the sixties.

Hey New Ken, here is a challenge for you. See if you can place some of the stores from the 40s up until today. Please: give a date of the time the business was at the location you choose. I will put your information next to the area you select. There can be more than one business on any given area, I've put in a few I remember to get it started. Memories! Comments will follow the diagrams.

The streets are laid out in areas. Example: On the first form below, 4N is the Northwest corner of  Fourth Avenue and Eleventh Street. The same would apply for all Streets and Avenues. If you see an error, send the corrections or additions.  Click here for the information form.
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    3rd Ave     4th Ave     5th Ave    
1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7N 8N
Eleventh Street
1S 2S   3S 4S   5S 6S   7S 8S
               

On Eleventh Street

1N -
2N -
3N -
4N -
5N -
6N -
7N -
8N -
  1S -
2S -
3S -
4S -
5S -
6S -
7S -
8S -
 
         

 

    3rd Ave     4th Ave     5th Ave    
1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7N 8N
Tenth Street
1S 2S   3S 4S   5S 6S   7S 8S
               

On Tenth Street

1N -
2N -
3N -
4N -
5N -
6N -
7N -
8N -
  1S -
2S -
3S -
4S -
5S -
6S -
7S -
8S -
 
         

 

    3rd Ave     4th Ave     5th Ave    
1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7N 8N
Ninth Street
1S 2S   3S 4S   5S 6S   7S 8S
               

On Ninth Street

1N - ???Bicycle/appliance Store
2N -
3N - Bus Depot
       ??? Restaurant
4N - Silverman's Department Store
5N - ???Dress Shop
6N - Bank
7N - YMCA - Drug Store
8N -
 

1S -
2S -
3S - ??? Barber Shop
        Andie's Restaurant
4S - Corner Bar
5S - Van Amerigen Realty - 40s
        Now - Ninth Street Cafe.

next to: Ralph Little's Doctors Pharmacy
Gert Sloan's Woman shop.

6S - Murphy's 5 & 10
7S - Bank
8S - The Star Market - Now the Library
 

         

 

    3rd Ave     4th Ave     5th Ave    
1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7N 8N
Eighth Street
1S 2S   3S 4S   5S 6S   7S 8S
               

On Eighth Street

1N -
2N -
3N -
4N -
Lamendola's Market
5N - Jerome Motors
6N - Liberty Theater
7N - Coopers Music Store
       Upstairs WKPA
8N -
  1S -
2S -
3S -
4S -
5S -
6S -
7S -
8S -
 
         

 

    3rd Ave     4th Ave     5th Ave    
1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7N 8N
Seventh Street
1S 2S   3S 4S   5S 6S   7S 8S
               

On Seventh Street

1N -
2N -
3N -
4N -
5N - Elk's Club
6N -
7N -
8N -
  1S -
2S -
3S -
4S - Memorial Hospital
5S -
6S -
7S -
8S -
 
         

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    10th St     9th St     8th St    
1E 2E 3E 4E 5E 6E 7E 8E
Fifth Avenue
1W 2W   3W 4W   5W 6W   7W 8W
               

On Fifth Avenue

1W -White Tower
        Moose Club
2W - Dattola Theater
        Paramount Theater
        Boom Boom Theater
        Isley's
3W -
4W -
5W - Murphy's 5 & 10 
6W - Woolworths 5 & 10
        J. C. Penny's
        Liberty Theater
7W -
8W -
  1E - Bell Telephone Company
      
2E - Kent Theater
       Circle Theater    
3E -
4E - Ritz Theater
       Ken Mar Hotel
       YMCA - Drug Store 
5E -
6E - Coopers Music - WKPA
7E -
8E -
         

 

    10th St     9th St     8th St    
1E 2E 3E 4E 5E 6E 7E 8E
Fourth Avenue
1W 2W   3W 4W   5W 6W   7W 8W
               

On Fourth Avenue

1W -
2W -
3W -
Vendig's Childrens Clothes
4W - ??? Men's Store
         Hart's Department Store
         Silverman's Department Store
5W - The Sportsman Bar
        ??? Bakery
6W - Joe Woodfield's Tire Shop
        New Kensington Auto Parts
        Magazine & Tobacco Store
        Lamendola's Market
7W - Salvation Army
8W -

 
1E -
2E -
3E -
4E - 
Fintex Clothiers
        Kenny's Tog Shop
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        ??? Dress Shop
5E - Van American Realty - 40s/50s
        Now - 9th Street Cafe
       Funeral Parlor
6E - Gas and Electric Company
       Tech School
       Jerome Motors
7E -
8E -
         

 

    10th St     9th St     8th St    
1E 2E 3E 4E 5E 6E 7E 8E
Third Avenue
1W 2W   3W 4W   5W 6W   7W 8W
               

On Third Avenue

1W -
2W -
3W -
4W -
5W -??? Bar
6W -
7W -
8W -
  1E -
2E -
3E -
4E -
5E - ??? Barber Shop
6E -
7E -
8E -
         

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Comments from Viewers.
It would help if you also added the dates when these stores existed,

 

02/21/2012 - Agnes (Fliss) Leyden, Croton-on-Hudson, NY - aleyden@newken.com Valley HS, , , My father, John R. Fliss, and my uncle, Peter S. Turano, operated Fifth Avenue Pharmacy at 846 Fifth Avenue from approximately 1955 until 1992. My father is still alive and living in New Kensington; my uncle died just this last month. Another uncle, Dr. C.E. Bruno, had a dental office at 832 Fifth Avenue for many years; I am not sure of dates but will try to track them down for you.

09/28/2011 - Tom Nagy, Sarver, PA, 1963, , , Connor's Hobby Shop was on 10th St. between 5th and 4th across from the pool hall. There was a hot dog shop on that side of the street also.

Sam Parrota's barber shop was on Constitution near the old library. There was a car dealership next door to Sam's Barber Shop.

8/27/2009 - 1040 4th ave, was the Marbet Co, 1263 3rd ave was the s&s co,- 938 barnes st also known as the trianle billiard,is where the red rock moved after leaving the basement of the garlbald bld.

8/23/2009 - J. Raymond Ambrose, Jr., NK, PA, 1960, , , 11th St. on the N side was the US post office, The First Presbyterian Church, several row houses and a building that held Bettor's Sporting Goods
The row houses and the sporting goods building stood idle for years, were torn down and the Valley Daily News put their NK offices there. After the VND closed that location, the building became the home of the Magistrae's office and the WC Probation office. Between 4th Ave. and 2nd Ave., there were more rowhouses; they were torn down to build JFK Elementary School (which replaced 1st Ward School) NKASD closed JFK and it became NK Municpal building housing most government offices, the police and some WC offices. below the aforementioned building is a commercial building which houses Unifirst. On the lower side of 2nd Ave. was Namey's Ice cream Parlor and a pool room. The end of 11th St. was the main entrance to the Alcoa plant.

The south side of 11th street starting at the viaduct was a Cities Service gas station; then accross Barnes St., was the office of T.W. Phillips Natural Gas Company, when TWP move d to 4th ave. (and then to Anderson St.), the building was occupied by law offices- originally Irv Green, P. Louis DRose, Joe Latella; it is now the home of a Monroeville based envronmental engineering company; the entire block between 5th and 4th was the Wearever Building ( Alcoa); that building stood idle for awhile and then was converted into apartments. Though very badly ran down, it continues to be apartments. Between 4th and 3rd, there was a gas station (Amoco, I believe) it was torn down and is now owned by the Abraham family; then came Arnold Feed Store, which is still operated under the same name; but, is more of a garden center and then there was a gas station (Quaker State, as I recall) That building stood idle and is now used as storage for the garden shop. From 3rd Ave to the Alcoa plant there were row houses.

Fifth Avenue on the upper side between 11th st and 10 th st. was the afore-mentioned law offices, the Bell telephone transmission building (now Verizon); Montgomery Ward; A hardware store; Hermans Nut Shop; a dry cleaner; the Circle Theatre; Dom the Hatter. On the river side of 5th Ave. was the side of the Wearever Building; the White Tower; the Moose Club (LOOM 53); various furniture stores; a barber shop;the Dattola Theatre; a record and music store; Bearer's Electric; the Goodyear Tire store; blank and a dry cleaner on the corner.

10th St from Barnes St to Alcoa on N side was a location which I can't remember; Paul Bazzano's RE office; Dom the Hatter cross 5th to the dry cleaners; then there was a tailor shop-George Martin( that gentleman is still living and I see him on the streets from time to time); a fruit market; the alley; the 10th St. pool room; an eye doctor's office; the crystal bar; an electric repair shop; a bar (I think); cross 4th ave. Blank; the American Drink Shop which replaced laRusse's Fruit Stand; the alley; Weber's Hotel; cross 3rd ave. and there was housing to the ALCOA plant (both sides of the street).

Starting at Barnes St. on the S side, there was a hotel and bar. The second and third floor of the hotel/bar went the whole way from Barnes to 5th. Along 10th St. on the first floor was a barber shop; a locksmith; a notary's office and the hotel bar; crossing 5th ave., you came to Central Drug (1 of 3 in downtown NK); a woman's dress store (high end); the alley; Ray's Lunch; the shoe shine store; a millinery shop; a very popular bar that featured Syrian food; Altmyers; cross 4th Avenue; Vendigs was at the corner of what was the Crown Building; in the basement of the Crown Building was the Bachelors Club; the alley; a sign shop; a vacuum cleaner repair store and an apartment building; cross 3rd and you had housing to Alcoa.

I'll stop for now. Previews of coming attractions-
Pati's tailor shop (2 locations), Archie Miller's, Alex Sloan's, Singer Sewing Machine Center, Bloser's Jewelers (2 locations), Fiscus Jewelers, Jes Taubs Jewelers, Bob Miller Shoes (2 locations), Isaly's, Autherreith's, Kenny's Tog Shop,Fitwell, Jacobs (3 locations), Huttingers (2 locations)McKeans Hardware, Jacobus' Bakery, Grady's Bakery, the freash fish and poultry shop, the Nash dealership, Fishers Chrysler-Plymouth (what foreign car did they sell for awhile?), the ________ Dodge- DeSota dealership, Krogers, Euwers, Peoples Natural Gas, Yee's Laundry,Thompsons Tea Room, Berrarducci's Import-Export; Adams Pool Room; the Laetus Club; Triangle Billiards; Teeks; Turners Bookstore; Littles Pharmacy; Burglys shoe store; Emrose Drug Store; Adolphs Shoe Store, Gattos Appliance Store, Grants 5&10, City News, and a host of others.

8/10/220 - Tom Coury, , 1965, , , Great Website!!

8/09/2009 - W Johnston, , 1958, , , Sam, Wes Johnston is my uncle. Some one was wanting to chat with anyone in the 46 all star picture. Wesey is in the New Kensington directory.

8/02/2009 - James Cooper, New Kensington, Penna, USA, 1963, , Vote. Loved the horse 'without a saddle', commitment. Go Steelers !

01/31/2009 - David Pearlman, Altoona, PA, 1976, , ,  1048 Fifth avenue - a business started by my grandfather Ben Pearlman and closed by my Dad Alfred Pearlman in 1970 - Paris Cleaners. Other business's between 10th and 11th Street on Fifth avenue.  white tower, montgomery wards, hermans nut and chocolate, kowalski bakery, a TV stamp redemption center, law offices of Irving Green, Bell Telephone Building, Village North Star Pizza.  I can name most all of the stores in New Kensington in the 1960's if you wish, just let me know.  Good luck with the web site.

01/23/2009 - Bob Valasek, Pittsburgh, PA, 1965, , ,  4th Avenue - 7W was the Salvation Army Building. The 'Corner Bar' in 5W was the Sportsman's Bar.  On the corner of 5E was Fintex Clothiers and next door to them was Kenny's Tog Shop.  4W was hart's Department Store and on the corner of 3W was Vendig's Childrens Clothes.  Hope this helps.

12/17/2008  - Sandy Battaglia, New Kensington, PA, , , , 9th Street 8S--I think that would be where Star Markets was located.  It's now the Library.  I have a couple photo's....1 of the outside, 1 inside that I can send to you, if you would like.  I obtained them from the local historian of New Ken.  He's been taking & collecting pictures of businesses in NK for over 50 years.  He has a lot of interesting photos.

06/19/2011 - Dennis Erich, Coral Springs, FL, 1960, , , My Grand Mother and Father operated Steiner's Flower Shop 874 Fifth Ave. North of us was Miller Shoes, Thrift Drug and the Bank. South was a Sandwich shop and a bar. North of ninth street was Revco, Klingensmith Hardware, Kenmar Hotel, Miller Bros Clothing store and the famous Nuken News. Damn it has been a long time.

06/19/2011 - Kathryn van Ameringen Dews, Salisbury, NC, 1962 - You have the right place for my family's insurance/real estate business...but the spelling is WAY wrong, and something I had to deal with all through school there. It's an old Holland Dutch name...van Ameringen. Pronounced like "ringin' a bell....van Am-er-ingen.

On the other side of the street from van Ameringen's Inc...at the corner of 4th Ave and 9th Street was a building called the McAllister Bldg, which was owned by my great grandfather, Frank McAllister, and in 1911 he and a man named George Sibley had a men's store there, called Sibley McAllister, Clothes of Quality. I remember my father selling the bldg sometime in the late 50's. The McAllisters left NK in the early 40's, and my paternal grandfather took over the management. There are rumors that he leased the basement to some of NK's finest, who opened a club with gambling and liquor, which was kept secret, and not known by many. I remember my mother asking why there were so many cars there, but you didn't see any people.

There seem to be some errors on 9th street's businesses. Next to van Ameringen's Inc, was Ralph Little's Doctor's Pharmacy. And there was also a woman's shop, owned by several women from NK, Gert Sloan being one of them. The pharmacy sat closer to the corner of 5th Ave and Murphy's than the insurance company.

06/19/2011 - Calvin Burgart, San Diego, CA, 1961, , , Next to the bank on the corner (which was kitty corner from the Mellon Bank and across 5th from the 5 and dime) was a shoe store then Steiner's Florists..

 
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I was on this Junior Patrol from fourth through seventh grade, starting in 1938.

 
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