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Perth Amboy, NJ



Perth Amboy is a city of 47,000 located where the Raritan River flows into the edge of lower New York Bay. It was the capital of New Jersey from 1686 to 1776. The city has long been a point of entry for immigrants, initially from eastern Europe. Today the city has a large majority of Puerto Rican and Dominican residents.



The Outerbridge Crossing connects Perth Amboy with Staten Island. Despite being on the outermost fringe of New York City, the bridge is actually named after former Port Authority chairman Eugenius H. Outerbridge. That is one of my all-time favorite factoids.






Across Arthur Kill is Tottenville, the southernmost point of Staten Island and likewise New York State.






Flatiron bulding at the Five Corners, where Smith, State and New Brunswick streets meet in the center of downtown.


Smith Street is the main drag










Hobart Street (which may or may not be named after area native Garret A. Hobart, who was William McKinley's first vice president. He died in office in 1899 and was replaced by Theodore Roosevelt, who of course took over when McKinley was assassinated.)








Market Street




Madison Ave








Back on Smith Street












Fayette Street


Maple Street


New Street


State Street


...and one shot of East Orange, because there was a traffic jam on the Parkway


and another random shot of New Jersey

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Old Posted Jul 15, 2009, 10:51 PM
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Looks like it used to be a great city but looks like urban decay and pollution have had their way with the town.
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Old Posted Jul 15, 2009, 11:36 PM
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Looks like you beat me to the punch again Tt (I was gonna do a NJ tour in Sept). Great set. I like the Flatiron building and I agree with Shantytown; I bet it was quite the place back in the day. Some of those buildings have possibilities, but I'm not holding my breath. Thanks for the tour.

btw, that last pic is a doozie.
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It's nice to see a city like this I've heard of, but, have no knowledge of. Definitely looks like underneath there are a lot of nice, old buildings. Thanks!
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Nice pictures. Perth Amboy has some nice commercial buildings, like some of the other mid-sized cities in North Jersey, like Elizabeth. Perth Amboy also has one of those interesting city names.
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Excellent post, it's good to see the periphery of NYC. I had journeyed through the area but never got off to fully examine it. It's not too shabby as some people may think, judging from this set. PA is situated right across from the most southern (southeastern) end of NYC & even NY State.
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Needs a good cleaning and it'd be back as new!
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Urban goodness, all the way to the perhiphery.
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Nice picture thread. Another town in New Jersey that I never heard of.




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I've always wanted to see this city due to its interesting name and location. There's some interesting Vice Presidential history here too! Thanks for showing us the urban nodes of Northern New Jersey... millions and millions live there... but it is so rarely showcased.
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Some wonderful housing stock there.
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