The Staten Island Advance had a great page from its October 30, 1968 edition yesterday. While hard to read, it shows several terrible pictures of Jersey Street's decaying storefronts in that year. Jersey Street's history and decline is something I've written about several times in the past.
When I was a kid taking the old No. 5 bus to Curtis in 1980 I'd pass what I'm pretty sure was this stretch of buildings. On had a tree growing out of it. And then in 1983 or 1984 they were gone.
The long stretch of vacant stores were ripped down, presumably by the city, and replaced with fairly unattractive townhouses. Still, it was a better alternative than letting the stores continue abandoned and present fire and safety hazards to the neighborhood.
I only wonder that the Advance doesn't appear to offer any speculation as to why the stores were abandoned. Port Richmond stayed a viable shopping strip until some years after the Mall opened in New Springville. Stapleton lingered on and still does to a some degree. What caused Jersey Street to suddenly collapse? Perhaps it was the projects? Was it the Jewish working class moving up and away? What, when and how did this happen to such a vibrant neighborhood?