By sheer coincidence this week’s cover story deals with an age-old dilemma: Where do we go to have a little fun around here? Anna Soloway, who grew up in Princeton and returned recently after exploring opportunities in the performing arts, suggested the story a month or two ago. She did the reporting, U.S. 1 photographer Craig Terry caught up with her a few weeks later, and then we put the words and pictures together for this week’s issue.
Coincidence? Age-old dilemma? Call it a 25-year-old dilemma anyhow and certainly a noteworthy coincidence. Flipping through our bound volumes in preparation for our 25th anniversary issue next week, we discovered our very first issue. There on page 1 was a photo by Craig Terry of an exuberant couple dancing at the Hyatt Regency. The article answered the question: Where can you go on a Friday night for a drink or some music?
The answers 25 years ago included mostly venues from Route 1, including a few that are still there: The Hyatt, Scanticon (now the Marriott), the Ramada (now the Doubletree at Ridge Road), the Treadway (now the home of BT Bistro), and H.T. McDoogals (now KC Prime). Surprisingly our 1984 article advised young professionals not to venture into downtown Princeton if they were looking for night life. The only hot spot in town, the Hudibras, had been turned into a restaurant with no live music or bar scene. The Nassau Inn was featuring the Stan Rubin Quartet — music for old people.
In the last quarter century Route 1 has gone through several different boom periods. And, as Soloway reports beginning on page 39 of this issue, downtown Princeton has come alive, as well.
U.S. 1 invites all readers to kick off our 25th year with at a reception on Tuesday, November 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tre Piani restaurant in Princeton Forrestal Village.
Last week’s cover story on the Historical Society of Princeton’s 2009 House Tour incorrectly credited the architecture firm responsible for the most recent renovations to the Greenhouse, 19 Greenhouse Drive, on the former Drumthwacket estate. The firm of Outerbridge Morgan of Rocky Hill did the renovations discussed by homeowner Claire Percarpio. Lasley Brahaney did some work to the house as well, but it predates the Percarpios.
The tour will be Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features eight houses, including the Greenhouse and four other houses that once served as outbuildings on the original Drumthwacket. Tickets are $44 and are available at 609-921-6748 or at www.princetonhistory.org/housetour.cfm.
The tour also offers a lunch at the governor’s mansion, 354 Stockton Street. Tickets are $20 and registration is required. Call 609-683-0057, ext. 4, or visit www.drumthwacket.org.