Sunday, January 13, 2013
Yesterday I hopped on the Path, & spent the afternoon in Hoboken. On Washington, I passed by this store, and was sorry to find it closed. Unlike many of the businesses in the city, though, this one was not a victim of Sandy, but had instead reached the end of the family line. Schnackenberg's opened on Hoboken's Washington Street in 1931, and the luncheonette closed last fall, when Dorothy Novak, one of the daughters of the original owners, Dora & Henry Schnackenberg, retired. It will reopen under new management in the spring, and will be leased from the family, who still live in the building. Apparently, the interior & menu will be minimally changed.
Here's a film from 1989, featuring Dora Van Dyken (Schnackenberg) & her longtime helper, Helen Firehock, and you can also read an oral history chapbook , from an interview with Dora's daughter Betty Silvani.