10/04/2013

The History of Diners in New Jersey

Oct. 18 reception at The Nutley Museum
to launch new book by Michael Gabriele:

“The History of Diners in New Jersey”

The History of Diners in New Jersey by Michael GabrieleThe Nutley Historical Society will host a gala reception on Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church St., to unveil a new book by Michael C. Gabriele: “The History of Diners in New Jersey.”

Copies of the book, published by The History Press, will be available for sale at the reception. The event is free and open to the public. Gabriele is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society

The Garden State is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Gabriele’s book is not a “guide” to New Jersey diners; rather, it traces the origins of the state’s diner business and provides a comprehensive narrative of New Jersey’s now-vanished diner manufacturing industry. New Jersey was the hub for diner production during the 20th century—a forgotten chapter of the state’s history.

The new book, 160 pages, has more than 70 pictures and illustrations and features a special eight-page section of color photos—many taken by the author.

This is Gabriele’s second book with The History Press. The first, “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” was published in 2011. A lifelong New Jersey resident and a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University, Gabriele has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He served as editor of The Nutley Sun during the mid-1980s.