Broad Street

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Formerly known as The Middle Street (pre 1700)
Formerly known as The High Street (pre 1700)
Formerly known as The Centre Street (pre 1700)
Part formerly known as East Broad Street
Part formerly known as South Broad Street

1841 - Irving Street to Morris Turnpike

1850 - From Stone Bridge SW to Elizabethtown Road

1871 - 68 Harvey Street S&SW to Clinton Line

 

Newspaper Articles

April 17, 1910 - New Building for Old City Hall Lot
June 21, 1914 - Wood Block Paving
August 9, 1914 - Near Work's End in Broad Street

 

From "A History of the City of Newark"
Lewis Historical Publishing Company

Broad Street a Mudhole, 1832

"Many a time and oft", says a writer in the Centinel for December 18, 1832, "have I witnessed some luckless wight of a pedestrian risk his precious life, and e'en my own has been sorely jeoparded in a vain attempt to ford Broad Street in a storm. One might as well attempt to swim the Black Sea or cross the Mississippi on a streak of lightning. Not that the water is so very deep or the current so very strong; but there is mud--mud so deep and flexible--a liquid paradise for city scavengers, alias swine, to luxuriate in--said to be the best place in the world for a grazing park. And I do think our worthy town authorities show a becoming disposition to reap the full advantages of it. Now, after the present stock of pork is fully gathered in, I should recommend that a subscription be set on foot to raise money for paving some of the principal streets, say, Broad Street, from the half-way house to Elizabethtown, and Market Street, from the river to Orange. There need be no want of paving stones, for there are shells enough in Market Street alone for this purpose."

There were a number of oyster saloons on Market Street at that time and the proprietors dumped the shells in the street. Indeed, all storekeepers and other residents had, in those days, not the slightest compunction to disposing of their refuse in this fashion.

The pigs wandered apparently at will about the streets of the town and Military and Washington Parks were their favorite rooting ground. In 1833 a writer to the Centinel complains of the habit "of some citizens of letting their horses loose in the public streets at night, and on the Sabbath, by which means our sidewalks are often obstructed and children in danger."

History of Broad Street from the Broad Street Association (1923)

1940 Newark City Directory for Broad Street from Washington Park to Lincoln Park

Wards

Street # 1850 1860 1870 1880 1895 1905 1915
Broad Street 1-178 North            
Broad Street 179-367 odd East            
Broad Street 180-366 even West            
Broad Street 368-724 South            
Broad Street 1-19   8          
Broad Street 20-176   1          
Broad Street 178-366 even   2          
Broad Street 183-341 odd   4          
Broad Street 368-724 even   3          
Broad Street 343-723 odd   9          
Broad Street 1-378     8        
Broad Street 379-633     1        
Broad Street 635-873 odd     2        
Broad Street 634-856 even     4        
Broad Street 875-1253 odd     3        
Broad Street 858-1282 even     9        
Broad Street 1-378       8      
Broad Street 379-633       1      
Broad Street 635-873 odd       2      
Broad Street 722-856 even       4      
Broad Street 875-1035 odd       3      
Broad Street 858-1294 even       9      
Broad Street 1037-1301 odd       14      
Broad Street 1-162         8 8  
Broad Street 163-633         1 1  
Broad Street 634-1034 even         4 4  
Broad Street 635-1035 odd         2 2  
Broad Street 1036-end         9 9  
Broad Street 1-162             8
Broad Street 163-409 odd             1
Broad Street 164-348 even             1
Broad Street 411-1035 odd             2
Broad Street 350-1046 even             4
Broad Street 1037-1253 odd             9
Broad Street 1048-1250 even             9

Enumerations Districts

Year # Enumeration District
1880   20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 50, 51, 54, 57, 58, 59, 84, 85
1900   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 18, 19, 20, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 74, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87

1869 Number Changes

Before 1869   After 1869
Left Right Intersecting Street/Building Left Right
East Broad Street Harvey Street 2 1
Oriental Street 60 59
Third Avenue 108 107
Fourth Avenue 164 163
Gouverneur Street 220 219
Clark Street 270 269
Belleville Avenue   331
1 2 Stone Bridge 344 343
5 4 Clay Street 348 349
19 18 EighthAvenue 378 379
  34 House of Prayer Episcopal Church   399
    Grant Street 402  
  36 State Street   409
  38 Plane Street   411
49   Cross Street 426  
    Green Alley 438  
53 58 M & E RR Avenue Depot 438 437
61   M & E RR Avenue Division 446  
79 80 Orange Street 466 467
105   Bridge Street 498  
105   Third Reformed Dutch (North) Church 510  
  108 Washington Street   499
    Washington Park    
147   Lombardy Street 546  
  108 Washingon Place   559
161   Fulton Street 570  
  174 Nesbitt Street   577
181   Rector Street 598  
Military Park   Park Place Military Park  
Military Park   Trinity Episcopal Church Military Park  
Military Park   New Street Military Park 633
Military Park   West Park Military Park 677
Military Park   Cedar Street Military Park 705
Military Park   Flag Staff Military Park  
237   North Canal Street    
    Centre Market 722  
241   Center Market Place 726  
247   Commerce Street 732  
246   Custom House/Post Office   735
  248 Academy Street   737
261   Clinton Street 752  
  264 Bank Street   759
293 292 Market Street 786 787
313   Mechanic Street 804  
315 ½   First Presbyterian Church 818  
  320 ½ Old Burying Ground   821
341   Fair Street 856  
  366 City Hall/William Street   873
  380 Lum's Court   893
369   Green Street 900  
  396 Hill Street   933
397   Franklin Street 934  
  408 Court Street   947
409   Walnut Street 956  
409   Grace Episcopal Church 956  
  428 Marshall Street    
447 456 West & East Kinney Streets 1008 1005
475   Chestnut Street 1034  
    South Park Presbyterian Church   1035
  490 Clinton Avenue   1035
South Broad Street Camp Street 1046 Lincoln Park
Pennington Street 1070 Lincoln Park
Lagrange Place   Lincoln Park
Tichenor Street 1082  
South Street 1092  
Thomas Street 1108 1107
Parkhurst Street 1124 1123
Greenwich Street   1137
Murray Street 1156 1153
Astor Street   1169
Emmett Street 1190 1189
Paul Street 1198  
Wright Street   1205
King Street 1214  
Miller Street   1221
Vanderpool Street 1236 1237
Poinier Street   1253
NJ RR Avenue 1282  
Clinton Line