Doo Wop Preservation League
Post Office Box 1703
Phone 609.523.1958
Fax 609.523.1583
www.doowopusa.org
For Details Contact:
Daniel MacElrevey (609-523-1958)
Michael Hirsch (mikeh@doowopusa.org)
 

For Release 12 Noon, EDT

May 18, 2010  

Doo Wop Preservation League advocates for
NJ Diners

Wildwood by-the-Sea, NJ (May 18, 2010) –Preservation New Jersey has named Historic Diners to their annual 10 most endangered listing. The Doo Wop Preservation League is advocating for the preservation of manufactured diners. The listing is intended to be a catalyst for positive change, with the hope that creative solutions can be found for their preservation.

The diner is a product of the automobile age. As highways linked municipalities to one another, roadside eateries multiplied. Prefabricated, often in exuberantly-patterned stainless steel, and having distinctive signange, these highway restaurants aimed to entice the passing motorist from the road.

In New Jersey, where diners were widespread, they are not only emblems of consumerism, but of New Jersey's manufacturing prowess as well. Until the 1980's the state was home to many fabricators of diners, including: Fodero Dining Car Company in Bloomfield; Silk City Diners in Patterson; Jerry O'Mahony, Inc. of Elizabeth; and Kullman Industries originally in Avenel. The threat to diners is manifold. Although eating out is much more common today than in the past, diners have lost patrons to the fastfood chains that have multiplied in recent decades.

The Doo Wop Experience will be celebrating the manufactured diner in June. There will be new exhibits and fun in our own re-purposed diner; formerly the stand-alone Surfside Diner. The manufactured diner tells the story of New Jersey's 20th century economic and social development.

The Doo Wop Preservation League (www.doowopusa.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and celebrate the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from our history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the Doo Wop Preservation League helps revitalize neighborhoods, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability.

Our headquarters (The Doo Wop Experience) are located directly across from the Convention Center in Fox Park.