UNION, NJ – Everyone loves a good diner, especially here in New Jersey, recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World”. 

On Sunday, March 18, the Union Township Historical Society will host Michael Gabriele for a program on his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey.

Gabriele’s book tells the story of New Jersey’s diner business and the evolution of the American diner phenomenon.  Familiar beacons on the Garden State’s highways and in downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey’s community life and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience.

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The book pays tribute to Jersey as the world's diner manufacturing center during the 20th century, when prefabricated diners were built as engineered products—like cars.  Garden State companies created thousands of the stainless-steel gems admired as iconic examples of American industrial design.  

More than roadside attractions--serving coffee, pie, burgers, and fries--diners are a vibrant part of our culture, commerce, and mythology.  Many diners continue to operate throughout New Jersey as architecturally significant landmarks in the state’s “built landscape.”

Gabriele, a lifelong New Jersey resident, has been a journalist for over 40 years.  He's a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University, a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue, and is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.  Reservations are not required.  Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.