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Updated: 07-01-04


Photo Essay: Court Tavern: Cruel But Fair

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Bob and Eileen Albert own the Court Tavern on Church Street in New Brunswick. If your lookng for a sympathetic bartender to listen to your problems and pat you on the back, maybe this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, if you can handle some abuse from some bartenders who understand your demons because they have more than a few of their own, I'm sure you'd be welcome. Their motto is Cruel but Fair.

The democratic machine that is running New Brunswick seems to think the entire town would be better if it was one huge parking deck surounding J and J's Corporate Headquarters, Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Various factions have been trying to buy Bobby's bar for several years now, but he wouldn't sell. So they decided to build around him.

I am taking a picture from three angles and posting them at this site. I probably won't make it every day, but I'm going to try to update it at least three times a week with some comments.


04/08/04 Construction begins at the lot next to, and behind my local bar the Court Tavern. 04/08/04 I'm taking the first two pictures from parking space 81, five feet back from the wall, two feet from the left yellow line in the parking deck across from the Court. The third picture is taken across the street behind the Court.

The bartender says that a couple of construction guys stopped in for lunch today. They're planning on taking 50 to 100 trucks of debris out a day.

The projected effect on business: They may get some of the constuction guys in for lunch and a couple of guys after work for a couple of beers, but parking is going to be hell with the two lots being torn up and the spaces on the side of the Court boarded off. This may affect their weekend business where the Alberts make most of their money by hosting live bands.








04-16-04 I moved up one level in the parking deck for the second picture for a better view. I'll be taking this shot from the 3'rd floor of the parking deck from here on in.

4-19-04 The tree in front of the Court is starting to bloom

4-22-04 They've painted the barrier blue.



04-23-04 IV



4-27-04 Everybody wave hi to Eileen Albert



05-01-04 I have moved my location for the second picture again. I think there is a much better view of the site from the other end of the parking deck, and the tree was blooming into the camera view.

05-03-04 They have removed my favorite construction machine, the red one with the drill on the end of it.

05-05-05 Cinco De Mayo.




 05-13-04 They're starting to pour some concrete


5-20-04 They've added a office trailer


5-28-04 They dug up the sidewalk in front today, without giving Bobby any notice. They seem to have done a good temporary job ob replacing it. They said they'd be back with a proper sidewalk tommorrow. I don't think they'll have it in for two years when the project is approaching completion.

06-04-04 There hasn't been too much change in the construciton so I won't be updating as often until I see some action. I was wrong about the sidewalk. It's been replaced just a few days after being uprooted.

06-15-04 Not much change yet. You can see some in the Additional Photos section.


06-24-04 I'm going to change the third view some time this week. Got to do a little research to find a better area because it looks the same every day from this view, and the job site is starting to look different below the street level.

06-30-04 Changed the 3'rd view to the Feren Deck Parking lot on Church Street. You can see the job site better. Once the job gets above street level I may change back.

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