The Search Is On For Brooklyn Square Memories

Because a good deal of interest in old Brooklyn Square was generated among readers of Joan Cusimano Lindquist’s second book, “Brooklyn Square, the Lost Neighborhood, and Beyond (2013),” she is on the lookout for more stories directly related to the downtown business district of Jamestown that fell to urban renewal more than 40 years ago.

Inspired by this interest among her readership, Lindquist is asking for articles for a new book, specifically about Brooklyn Square, from anyone with recollections of Brooklyn Square businesses – be they former or current owners of those establishments, families or friends of those business owners who recall some particulars about the business, or patrons of the myriad stores and shops that made Brooklyn Square their home. Articles about Brooklyn Square residences, such as the Gifford Building and the Rogers Building, would also be welcomed.

In addition, Lindquist would like any picture postcards and photographs of Brooklyn Square to complement the articles that people will write and send to her. Scenes of Brooklyn Square that would be of special interest would be postcards or photographs of the city’s official Christmas tree that was placed in the island that fronted the old Gifford Building, the City Market, Noah’s Ark, Nelson and Butts Florist, Loblaw’s Supermarket, Harvey and Carey Drug Store, the Town Hall, the branch post office, or any other businesses, buildings, or views of Brooklyn Square.

If you lived, worked, shopped, ate, strolled, or played in the Square and would like to help Lindquist produce a book solely about Brooklyn Square, she can be reached by regular post at 34 Oregon Ave., Jackson, NJ 08527, by email at, or by phone at 732-364-6204. If you are familiar with her publications, “The Lost Neighborhood Collection (2010)” and “Brooklyn Square, the Lost Neighborhood, and Beyond (2013),” you too can make your articles, story-essays, picture postcards, and photographs all part of Jamestown’s history and help preserve this unique part of Jamestown’s past.