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April 29, 2022

The City Hall of Perth Amboy, NJ!!!

If you have read my blog, you will know this was my first city in the USA. Perth Amboy was the city of my teens , middle and HS schools, driving license, US citizenship, English, and first taste of real work before moving on in life to Florida and then France. A long journey indeed, looking back it was all worth it.

However, there is not a place I have been that I am not thankful for whatever was given to make me a better person. The city of Perth Amboy and my Panthers of High School are still within me. I had written a post a long time ago about the City, County,and State but believe for historical reasons that I must update this older post and tell you about the City Hall of Perth Amboy. Therefore, here it is.

Perth Amboy is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA. The City is part of the New York metropolitan area. Perth Amboy was settled in 1683 by Scottish colonists. It was called “New Perth” after James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth, and the Lenape Native Americans called the point on which the city lies “Ompoge”; the native name was eventually corrupted and the two names were merged. Perth Amboy was formed by British Royal charter in 1718, and the New Jersey Legislature reaffirmed its status in 1784, after US independence. The city was a capital of the Province of New Jersey from 1686 to 1776.

The City Hall is a historic building built in the early 17C, listed on New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is now the oldest City Hall still in use in the United States.  Located at 260 High St, not far from the waterfront and across NYC, and very near my last home there.

Perth Amboy is ,of course, home to the oldest City Hall in continuous use in the United States, built during 1714-1717 or 1718, to serve as the County courthouse and jail. It burned in a fire in 1731 and was not rebuilt until 1745. It was again burned in 1765 or 1766 when a man named Martin, angered by his earlier imprisonment in the City Hall on debt charges, allegedly set fire to the building. It was rebuilt in 1767. City Hall contained court chambers, rooms for the Provincial Assembly until 1775, and was used as a schoolhouse and for community meetings. It was in City Hall that the State of New Jersey became the first State to ratify the Bill of Rights. Although City Hall was renovated in 1826, 1872 and 2006, some of the 1717 structure still remains. The current structure is Victorian with a mansard roof and several new wings.


The Market Square Garden or City Hall Park was also developed with a historic statue of George Washington and an exact replica of the Liberty Bell. There is an arch in brick to mark the spot of the signing of the Bill of Rights. 


On November 20, 1789, the State of New Jersey became the first to ratify the United States Bill of Rights. On March 31, 1870 Thomas Mundy Peterson became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution!

The historical footnote in this hard working class city is that Benjamin Franklin had a son called William Franklin, and they did not agree on principles. Therefore, Benjamin was the American heroe and a huge historical figure for the United States. While William was a traitor who sided with the English! They met twice during the war to tried to settle their difference but to no avail, each hung strongly to their beliefs. Benjamin and William Franklin only saw each other one time after the end of the war, when they met in London in 1785. The purpose of the meeting was not to heal the rift between them, but to sort out some business and financial matters, including the property which William owned in Willingboro.  The two men never reconciled as father and son, and they never spoked again.  Benjamin died in Philadelphia in 1790, and William died in London in 1813!

It is a nice ride from either New York or Philadelphia by train ,and nice big roads by car even if traffic has picked up over the years. I learned to drive a car there and as we used to say locally, drive here and you can drive anywhere! indeed proven! By car , the easiest is to go under the Lincoln tunnel to the I95 interstate road that becomes the  NJ turnpike exit 10. Follow signs for Perth Amboy.

The city of Perth Amboy:

The local newspaper Amboy Guardian on historical facts :

The Revolutionary War New Jersey on the American wars on their story and that of Perth Amboy with many sights !:

There you go folks, a history of America right here in nice Perth Amboy, It has change a lot since my days, practically unrecognisable , was there last in 2007 ! Hope you have enjoyed the bit of historical tip and do come over to New Jersey , a small State but huge in American history. And of course, Perth Amboy is a big part of it!!! Not to mention my life’s history !!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

April 29, 2022

Some of my shopping spree in Mexico City!!!

I would like to update this older post to tell you about the different shopping opportunities in Mexico city! I am not a big shopper but love to come to the big places and wandered around window shopping is great and inexpensive! Well, once in a while I do indulge myself with some and buying gifts for love ones is fun. Mexico has an abundance of shopping opportunities from small mom and pop places to huge shopping center rivaling anyone. I sense, that this situation is growing into bigger centers and a concentration of the well known brands too.  Let me tell you a bit more on some of my shopping spree in Mexico City.

I went to a very fancy area of Mexico City and voilà, it is upper fancy shopping area, just wonderful from a change of city center. This is Los Arcos Bosques at Paseo de los Tamarindos ,90. The good here is that it reminded me of France in the La Crêpe Parisienne and some oldies favorite like Sbarro and of course nostalgic about Argentina with Puerto Madero; and a  wonderful Cinepolis cinema. For the glamour in Mexico this is it . webpage:


Then, came down to a wonderful supermarket that has all the trimming of gourment food and very well displayed looking all fresh , this is avenida Insurgentes Sur not far from Theater Insurgentes; the name LaComer . Wonderful place and a full wine section with wines from all over the world! It all looked tempting!! This is near my visiting office there!! webpage: 



Another great experience was the Galerias Insurgentes at avenida Insurgentes Sur 1552 and calle Parroquia 194,right in the corner,  with colorful tiled floors and a glass roof. This shopping mall is still a good choice for a rainy Mexico City day and includes a range of stores that will please everyone. You have a nice Chili’s restaurant here and Crabtree and Evelyn store. A very nice pastry store El Globo, my old favorite shoe store Florsheim ,and Lacoste, Sanborns restaurants, and finally a nice Neve Gelato ice cream parlor. webpage:


Right across the street almost is one of Mexico’s leading department store, Liverpool. It has been favorite of mine for several years visiting the store in Polanco district since 1994. However, this is in Insurgentes Sur and just as nice. If you have been to an Au Printemps or Galeries lafayette in Paris, this is the closest you will get in Mexico. Sublime! webpage:

And the Mexico city tourist office has more on the Liverpool at Insurgentes Sur, :


Another great center that I have stayed next to it is the Patio Universidad shopping mall. Nicely located in Calle Popocatepetl 546 corner with Avenida Universidad. Here there is a range of restaurants very nice and compact such as IHOP for great breakfasts;  the Best Buy of old favorite store, El Bajio great local food restaurant, old favorites such as Olive Garden and TGIFridays and very clean spacious lobby area. To be enjoy ! Also stayed at the hotel here City Express see post. Yelp reviews webpage:

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Another is Plaza Universidad at Calle Parroquia 1056 and Avenida Universidad 1000; similar to the above but bigger selection of stores. 63 stores and 17 restaurants! nice video store Game Planet and Massimo Dutti for men,Springfield, Zara, and the old favorite Sears store. A nice Cielito Lindo Café, and old favorites Sbarro, and Applebee’s restaurants. Another spot for Cinepolis cinema very nice indeed. webpage:


Another not far to indulge yourselves in good food and shopping is Centro Insurgentes at Avenida Insurgentes Sur 1605 , there you have a wonderful Sanborn’s cafeteria, and the Italian Antica Toscana; in Sanborns you have a shopping store with gifts and accessories. This is walking distance from Teatro Insurgentes with great shows theater style of great renown there. webpage:


Another popular store of mine is my old Walmart ,there is a nice one by Plaza Universidad at Avenida Universidad 936. Here you can find almost anything you need for living or visiting, I just stop by to check on prices of wines etc, but good deals can be found. webpage:


I found the Centro Manacar . Manacar is a 22-story skyscraper (Torre Manacar) and shopping center in the Insurgentes Sur, 1457 of Mexico City at the intersection of the city’s north-south artery, Avenida de los Insurgentes, and the Circuito Interior inner ring highway  Some of the stores there are Cinemex cinema Premium, H&M , Massimo Dutti, Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora perfums and American Eagle Outiffters, while restaurants include Chili’s It only opened in 2017 and can fit 2700 cars in the underground parking. I was walking distance from it when visited, super!! webpage:



Last, a bit from the center if there is one in Mexico city, there is the Plaza Polanco in Calle Jaime Balmes, small on a nice area good for last minute shopping while having lunch ! Not a place to dwell on but if eating nearby why not stop by indeed! Foursquares reviews on Plaza Polanco;


There you go folks, dandy shopping in Mexico City. I have more in individual posts on my visits to the city of many years; this ,however, was to showcase all or most of them in one post. Hope you have enjoyed as I did, this my shopping spree in Mexico City; plenty here for all tastes and pockets.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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