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No amount of positive PR in the world would attract NJ locals to Paterson unless there was a major cleanup of the ongoing plight in many of the neighborhoods. It’s happening, although very slowly. I have been keeping my fingers crossed ever since Center City went up in downtown; if that site is successful and this credit crisis ends, perhaps it will attract further big business into the city.
Yes, it’s very difficult to believe that there isn’t a single movie theater within Paterson city limits. This is a city of 150,000 and the third largest in New Jersey. I wonder how many cities there are around the country of similar size and population that lack basic access to entertainment, like Paterson. It’s a shock, really.
Fabian’s legacy in Paterson isn’t gone yet. In 1929, Fabian funded Temple Emanuel, located on Broadway and E 33rd St. The site was designed by Fred Wentworth (usual business with Fabian) in art deco style and served up until the late 90s as a synagogue. Today, it’s undergoing restoration to become Great Falls Performing Arts Center, which will restore most of the Temple’s facilities, including a 1,100+ performance hall area dedicated to theater and concerts, as well as numerous support facilities capable of hosting conferences, arts workshops, and banquets. Call me at (551) 208 – 0502 if you’d like more information. – David