Old Belleville, New Jersey - Remembering our town one bit at a time!

Greetings from Belleville - post card

Belleville, New Jersey

The Cherry Blossom Capital of America

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Belleville (French: "Belle ville" meaning "Beautiful town") is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 35,926,reflecting a decline of 2 (0.0%) from the 35,928 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,715 (+5.0%) from the 34,213 counted in the 1990 Census. -- Wikipedia

Hillside Pleasure Park, Belleville, N.J. circa 1902

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An old Belleville, New Jersey street view of the mind

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Essex County Isolation Hospital, Belleville, N.J.

Soho Hospital in Belleville, N.J.

Essex County Isolation Hospital

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Second River, Belleville, old post card, original source, uncertain

Cherry trees or cherry blossom trees?

Q: As a native Belleville-ite (Bellevillian, someone who grew up in Belleville), it bugs me when the cherry blossom trees are referred to as “cherry trees” because they are a cherry-blossom trees, not cherry trees. The fruit of the cherry tree is cherry. But the fruit of a cherry blossom tree is a blossom. Feel free to correct anyone around you who makes this mistake. You might want to point out that there are two kinds of cherry blossom trees: the single blossom and the double blossom. But don't be a bore about it.

Cherry Blossom Trees, Not Cherry Trees?

A: Thank you for contacting the County of Essex. I spoke with our horticultural staff and, in fact, our trees do get cherries. The cherries are just small and insignificant—meaning they are not ornamental or of any food value to wildlife or us.

Yes, in general, our trees have been selected for their ornamental floral display. However, even the cherries grown for fruit get beautiful pink and white flowers; thus, using the term cherry blossom trees to refer to only the ornamental trees is technically incorrect.

-- Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs


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A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History by Lonnie Bunch III

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

by Lonnie Bunch III

Belleville, New Jersey’s own Lonnie Bunch III ascends to the top of his profession, as the new Secretary of the Smithsonian; Bunch is the first African-American in the 173-year history of the Smithsonian to be named its Director by Mike Lamberti

The Smithsonian's Lonnie Bunch: A passion for history

Smithsonian Spotlight: National Museum of African American History

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Belleville Times clipping courtesy of Judy Hollweg Hatfield

Clipping courtesy of Judy Hollweg Hatfield

A History of the Belleville Fire Dept. Memorial Bell

Belleville Streets Honor Fallen Police, Fire Captain

Belleville Sons Honor Roll Remembering the men who paid for our freedom


Memorial Street Signs Honor Belleville Sons Where They Lived


Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his Belleville writings.


Famous Locals ... to name a few


Joe Pesci

Tommy DeVito

Alfred Christie


Singers and Such

Connie Francis

Tommy DeVito

Frankie Valli

Donald Hulme



Moe Berg

David Grant

Abdel Anderson

Phil Cuzzi



Lonnie Bunch

Josiah Hornblower

Warren Kimble

Philip Van Courtlandt

Thomas Francisco

Clara Maass



Russell Baker - Growing Up

Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage

Frances Goodrich - The Real Nick and Nora, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Nicky Arnold - Welcome Back, Kotter

Gene Hutmaker - Banned in the Bronx

Joanne Fischer Schroeder and
Bob Fischer -
Doona and Friends

Mark Cervasio
Life's a Ball


Brookdale Soda Memories


Village of Second River

By Norman Price


First Baptist Church: History of Belleville, N.J.



Growing up in Belleville, NJ

You Know You're From Belleville, N.J.

Web site creator, local author Anthony Buccino's Connections to Belleville


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Entire contents OldBelleville.org

© Anthony Buccino


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Cherry Blossom Press


Greetings From Belleville - Collected writings by Anthony Buccino

Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey


Belleville Sons Honor Roll - Remembering the men who paid for our freedom

Belleville Sons Honor Roll


Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War: a Brief History


Recent News and Views

Belleville-Nutley Patch

Essex Watch

The Belleville Times

The Observer


Images of Ameica - Belleville by Nicole T. Canfora

Images of America - Belleville, N.J. by Nicole Canfora


Banned in the Bronx


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