The Flagship

This old boat has been on Route 22 in Union for many, and during that time it has been home to numerous businesses, including a furniture store and a blues club in the 30′s and 40′s. Recently it served as home to Nobody Beats the Wiz, but the electronic chain went out of business. One can only guess what sort of wares this merchant ship will sell in the future….

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Darrell Knox on January 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Lost in Jersey: Small towns and villages (Bradevelt, Wickatunk, et al); Large memories:
    Palisades Park!

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  2. Posted by Alan on March 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    The Flagship was the name of one of the nightclubs that used to be there in the 1930s. There used to be a sign with a cartoon sailor up on the roof. It is presently the home of the PC Richard electronics store. I was unable to find the URL of an old Web page that had historical pictures of the place, including some showing the sailor sign.

    Here’s one historic citation:

    “The Korn Kobblers, America’s most nonsensical band, were discovered by the King Of Korn himself, Guy Lombardo, when they were playing at the Old Vienna in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the summer of 1939. When the Ballantine Inn at the World’s Fair in 1940 was opened, Guy spoke to the managers of the spot about the Korn Kobblers. On Guy’s recommendation, the six merry madmen were booked into the Inn for two weeks-and remained there until the close of the Fair. From there, they went into the Flagship in Union, New Jersey. After a one-nighter and theatre tour, they returned to the Flagship, where they stayed until they opened at Rogers Corner (now Madison Square Garden) in New York City in October, 1942.”

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