Friday, July 16, 2021

32 Highland Ave Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: https://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/JSHJEE/32-Highland-Ave-Maplewood-Twp-NJ-3727674
4 beds, large kitchen, 2.1 baths. Needs a fair amount of TLC
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Price: $750,000

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MLS ID: 3727674

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

244 Chestnut St Bound Brook Boro, NJ 08805

Property Site: https://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/VVWTCG/244-Chestnut-St-Bound-Brook-Boro-NJ-3726863
This ranch is in primo condition with updates all around. Gorgeous curb appeal with front porch and partial stone clad exterior set the tone for this wonderful home. Inside, find a renovated kitchen with custom cabinets & the latest in appliances. There are 3 bedrooms with an updated hall bath and en suite primary bedroom that are complemented by the living room and dining room, with central air to keep you cool on hot nights. The lower level has an incredible recreation room, wet bar and space for your office. There is also a luscious laundry room with newer equipment. Step outside onto the paver patio and yard. Need more space to throw a frisbee? This property backs up to the huge school field. And all the benefits one might expect with a Dead end street, close to train station
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $389,000

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MLS ID: 3726863

4 Elberta Rd Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: https://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/ARKZSX/4-Elberta-Rd-Maplewood-Twp-NJ-3726841
Welcome to this finished four level Storybook home with so much to offer starting with a living room appointed with a beautiful decorative fireplace that opens to the dining room which then opens to a Renovated Kitchen w/ granite counters, wood cabinets & desk. Rounding out the first floor is a full bath and a family room that overlooks the backyard patio and putting green.The 2nd floor offers 3 cozy bedrooms complimented by an updated full bath. The uppermost level includes two spaces, one being a 4th bedroom the other an office space.Step down into the basement to find a recreation room with bar area, a laundry room and plenty of storage.Pass through the driveway arch and find a 2-car garage, patio and putting green to round out your enchanting backyard. 2/10s of a mile to the jitney stop
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $650,000

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MLS ID: 3726841

Friday, July 9, 2021

What's in a name, as in street, road, drive, etc.




Street names are often quite creative, telling you a story of their original inhabitants. You'll find streets named after everything from trees to birds to gemstones, name’s that appear to be referencing other towns or cities, like “Springfield,” or people’s loved ones, developer’s children’s’ names, and the names of geographical landmarks.


What is more consistent are the categories they fall into. There is some rhyme and reason behind street classification, and it matters a great deal to city planners and map makers. In Essex County, NJ, it’s especially common for streets to be named after colleges and in the case of one neighborhood in Maplewood, NJ, there is a section known as College Hill.  The street names include, Yale, Bowdoin, Colgate Amherst, Harvard, Rutgers, Wellesley and Oberlin; ironically, a street named Princeton lies across from this neighborhood-and is found in the Hilton neighborhood, I’m not sure what the planners at the time had against Princeton. 


Here are some of the differences between a street and an avenue, although over time, the lines are clearly blurred, and it just might help you find your next appointment.




A road is simply a track that connects two distant points. Merriam-Webster defines a road as “an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals especially: one lying outside of an urban district: HIGHWAY.”  Further, roads are supposed to be the link between towns and cities. This rule isn’t too strictly followed — cities are often connected by interstates and contain roads within them. If the strip of pavement doesn't fall into one of the other classifications, just call it a road and you'll be OK. 



Sticking with the guidelines, streets are supposed to be roads within cities and towns, with buildings lining the way. Merriam-Webster’s definition:

aa thoroughfare especially in a city, town, or village that is wider than an alley or lane and that usually includes sidewalks

bthe part of a street reserved for vehicles

ca thoroughfare with abutting property


They are supported with sidewalks and are often main business areas — such as Main Street or the High Street.




Avenues are distinct from streets because of the direction they run. Technically, they are supposed to be perpendicular to the streets. They can be meeting spots, like streets, or be more residential areas with shrubbery and landscaping.




Boulevards are wide streets, often with a median. Famous examples are Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards in Los Angeles. Boulevards are major areas with lots of space and traffic, but they can be commercial with bars, restaurants, stores, and famous landmarks, or they can be more parklike with greenery lining the boulevard.



According to Merriam-Webster, an alley is a garden or park walk bordered by trees or bushes.



Merriam-Webster calls a “route” a traveled way HIGHWAY


The Rest of the Roads, Lanes, Ways, Drives, Circles:


Lanes are much more low key. They are narrow roads or streets, usually with no median or shoulder.


A Way is similar to a lane.


Then there is a  Circle: A circle generally defined by a geometric reference to its shape and most often returning to its originating access road or street.


A Drive was mostly a private or residential road, often with limited access and possibly with no outlet.  Often we now find Drives adjacent to Streets of the same name as likely to have been an additional development at a later time.


High Speed Routes:


And while we are on the topic of Roads, what about high-speed routes like Highways, Freeways, Speedways, Inter States, Parkways and Expressways.  They are long, multilane roads designed for long-distance, high-speed traffic. The differences between them aren’t exactly clear, but certain geographical regions have preferences. In New Jersey, the Garden State Parkway prohibits trucks.   Synonyms for Highway (Merriam-Webster) include: arterial, artery, avenue, boulevard, carriageway, drag, drive, expressway, freeway, highroad, pass, pike, road, roadway, route, row, street, thoroughfare, thruway, trace, turnpike and way



Mark Slade Keller Williams 917.797.5059 Good Homes Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/West Orange area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate. As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together. As your Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the West Orange, Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority. Don’t forget These Helpful Sites: For Open Houses: www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com www.southorangenjopenhouses.com and www.westorangenjopenhouses.com For Homes For Sale: www.latestwestorangehomes.com www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com and www.latestsouthorangehomes.com Mark Slade
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A picturesque town in Essex County, Maplewood is located on the East Branch of the Rahway River. Originally consisting of farms, mills and orchards, Maplewood is now a great mix of residential and commercial areas, culminating in the jewel of a downtown village and coming together to create a charming, tight-knit and diversified community. Maplewood has predominantly Colonial and Tudor style homes with sprawling porches and ample greenery, but you can also find some Victorians and a range of more modern style construction on its beautiful tree lined streets. Maplewood is a diverse town with 6 elementary schools and prominent municipal building designed by famous architects, Guilbert and Betelle. In the center of town, famed landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers, created the breathtaking Memorial Park; not to be overlooked is Ricalton Square, nestled between the train station and the downtown shopping; this area is frequently used for events including a Halloween Parade with hayrides and petting zoos, as well as featuring replica homes during the Winter Holiday Season. The town offers many activities to its residents from camps in the summer, arts and crafts classes, a public pool (with 4 pools ranging from a “baby” pool to toddler pool to large lap pool and a diving tank) and a farmers market when in season. There is even an annual musicalpalooza--Maplewoodstock—featuring a variety of bands and musical styles, showcasing local and national bands with booths for local businesses to set up. The Village, also known as Maplewood Center, is a quaint, downtown shopping district with everything from restaurants with foods from all over the world, bakeries, dance studios, gyms, bookstores, a movie theater and bookstores. With its large variety of cuisines to choose from, Maplewood recently started a yearly town-wide Restaurant Week with over 30 eateries participating. Easily accessible by its throughways and the New Jersey Transit, it's no surprise Maplewood has been ranked several times as one of the most desirable places to live in America by a number of surveys.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

8 Tillou Rd W. South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079

Property Site: https://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/QJSWDK/8-Tillou-Rd-W-South-Orange-Village-Twp-NJ-3723685
Luxurious 3 bedroom, 5.5 bath townhome w/ NYC views. Loaded with amenities including grand, light filled two story entry foyer and gourmet eat-in kitchen adjacent to large family room. Private, first floor office ideal for working from home. Primary suite has fireplace, 2 walk-in closets & separate sitting area. Adjoining bath w/ dual sinks, soaking tub and bidet. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and en-suite bath. The expansive basement has rec room with fireplace, exercise room, private space for guests and lots of storage. SONOS wireless sound system throughout the home. Outdoor space includes private lawn area and patio. There is also a walking trail in the development. Jitney to NYC train stops on corner and schools, parks, restaurants and shopping are close by.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 6
Price: $875,000

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MLS ID: 3723685

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Delicious History of Ice Cream

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The Delicious History of Ice Cream

Ice cream as we know it seems deceptively simple — a smooth, creamy treat many of us have enjoyed since childhood. In reality, it’s a marvel of technology, science, and culinary innovation that has been evolving for a millennium or more. From its beginnings as a snow-cooled drink in Persia to a familiar scoop of frozen vanilla, ice cream has taken on many forms and flavors. Here’s the story of how it all began.

In the Beginning, There Was Ice, Snow, and Science

Top view of four glass dishes filled with strawberry sorbet and mint leaves.
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According to ice cream expert Jeri Quinzio in her book Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making, the ancestor of modern ice cream is sharbat, an iced drink still popular in Iran and other nearby areas. To make sharbat, shaved ice or snow is drenched in sugar syrup, historically flavored with lemons, rosewater, citrons, violets, or ambergris (an aromatic sperm whale secretion). Traders imported the idea of sharbat from Persia to Europe, as well as the sugar to sweeten it.

But it took a scientific discovery to turn this frosty drink into ice cream. In the mid-16th century, scientists discovered that mixing salt or saltpeter (potassium nitrate) with ice lowered the freezing temperature of water from its usual 32 degrees to almost zero degrees. Culinary savants quickly realized that this super cold ice-and-salt slurry could be used to freeze other liquids. The first ice cream maker was called a sorbetiere: a pewter bucket set in a second, larger bucket packed with ice and salt in between. The pewter bucket was filled with an ice cream base; a servant or enslaved person had to constantly agitate the pewter bucket in the ice, using a lid with a handle to rotate the inner bucket in its bath of below-freezing ice water. Occasionally, they removed the top and stirred the freezing cream with a wooden paddle called a spaddle. Two to four hours later, the ice cream was finished.

Sharbat was the earliest substance to go into the sorbetiere to be frozen. In Italy, the word sharbat became the word sorbetti, and in the rest of Europe, sorbet and sherbet, terms that were applied to any kind of early frozen dessert in a variety of languages before they got to English. Freezing sharbat was a lucky discovery, since the sugar in the mixture would have kept the results pleasantly pliable. (Sugar molecules disrupt water molecules and prevent them from freezing solid.) A careful balance of sugar to water, as well as constant agitation of the ingredients while they freeze, creates a frozen — but creamy and scoopable — sorbet.

A World of Flavors

A variety of ice cream flavors in cups.
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Many of the first ice cream flavors were developed in Italy, particularly around Naples, and the first ice cream recipes were published in Italian in 1692. Lo scalco alla moderna, or The Modern Steward includes the first recipe for chocolate ice cream. The book also included fruit and nut ice cream flavors, like lemon, citron, and pumpkin. Beverages were some of the first things frozen into ice cream, so drinks such as tea, coffee, and chocolate were among the earliest ice cream flavors.

Soon, European chefs began to freeze custard pie fillings made with eggs and milk or whipped cream. Food historian Ivan Day discovered the earliest known recipe for ice cream in the mid-1660s handwritten recipe book of Lady Anne Fanshawe. Fanshawe’s husband was a British delegate to the Spanish court, and Lady Fanshawe saw ice cream made in Spain. In the recipe for “Icey Cream” that she documented, the ice cream is flavored with mace (part of the nutmeg fruit), orange flower water, or ambergris.

Other early flavors of ice cream include musk (a glandular secretion of a species of deer), saffron, pumpernickel bread, bay leaves, and crumbled cookies. However, according to Quinzio, the cookies were used to flavor the ice cream and then sieved out. Seventeenth-century Europeans wanted smooth ice creams only; chunky textures à la Ben & Jerrys wouldn’t be in vogue until the 20th century.

According to culinary historian Sarah Lohman's book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, vanilla doesn’t appear in ice cream recipes until the 1760s. Thomas Jefferson’s papers contain a recipe for vanilla ice cream (the first ice cream recipe recorded by an American), and the dish was likely prepared for him by his enslaved chef James Hemings.

Ice cream’s place on the President’s table did a lot to popularize the dessert in the early United States, but within a few decades, American flavors had expanded far beyond vanilla. The earliest ice cream recipes published in America — in The Virginia Housewife in 1824 — include almond, coconut, citron, and “oyster cream,” a frozen oyster soup.

Ice Cream for Everyone

An illustration of an ice cream parlor filled with people, circa 1800s.
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Because making ice cream was so time-consuming and laborious, the ability to serve it was initially a sign of extreme wealth. Fortunately, two innovations in the 19th century made ice cream available to all. Inventor Nancy Johnson created the crank ice cream maker in Philadelphia in 1843. It was not only more efficient than the sorbetiere (the user turned a crank to operate a paddle inside) but also delivered a more consistently smooth and creamy product. The American ice industry also rapidly expanded after a horse-drawn ice cutter was invented that sped up the process of harvesting ice from lakes.

These technological advancements spurred the opening of ice cream parlors, one of the few places in the 19th century where men and women were allowed to go on a date without a chaperone. Naturally, these parlors became wildly popular. According to food historian Tonya Hopkins, many of these earliest confectionaries were founded or supplied by Black caterers and confectioners in and around Philadelphia. Examples include Augustus Jackson, a former chef to Presidents and a Philadelphia native, who perfected the egg-free “Philadelphia Style” ice cream that remains the most popular in America today.

Around the same time, ice cream also became a cheap and common street food, often sold by Italian immigrants from Naples — the same area where many ice cream recipes originated. According to Quinzio, these vendors made “Hokey Pokey,” a slang word for squares of firm ice cream wrapped in paper. An 1885 reference to these bricks describe them as being tri-colored, with three different flavors: pistachio, vanilla, and strawberry, for the colors of the Italian flag. This style of ice cream came to be called “Neapolitan,” after the vendors’ homeland.

Flavors Old and New

Several ice cream cones on a stand.
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Today, ice cream makers often pull inspiration from the past. That may mean reviving a classic ice cream parlor vibe like The Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia or Ices Plain & Fancy in St. Louis; or offering flavors such as wild Squid Ink from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in New York City or Honey Bleu Cheese at Sweet Republic in Phoenix, Arizona. Perhaps one day, we’ll once again see orange flower water or ambergris ice cream being scooped for adventurous ice cream fans — but for now, you can’t go wrong with vanilla. Just remember to thank Thomas Jefferson.