“Once it goes, it’s gone forever.”
My name is Ari Sims and I have been a resident of Neptune City, NJ for my entire life.
As early on as my memory lets me, I can recall being fascinated by a large, crumbling and decaying pajama factory that loomed over the landscape of the street I grew up on. In the early 90’s it was called The Mirabelli Building but it was originally known as Steiner and Son, the world’s largest pajama manufacturing concern of its time from the late 1800s until 1940.
I loved driving past it down Steiner Ave. The green ivy that snarled over its all, curling past the boarded up and busted out windows whispered to me like you wouldn’t believe. I loved this building so much….not even knowing it’s vast, incredible and most importantly, historically significant history that I would one day stumble upon and uncover. I cried when they began tearing it down. I sat in my driveway and watched it go down completely at the young age of 9 years old.
My love for history and passion for urban preservation compelled me to apply to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and I wrote about the Mirabelli Building in my admission letter and made the Steiner Avenue Redevelopment Plan my final project for Urban Policy.
I fell off for a couple of years until summer 2017, when I got the idea to have my cousin take a picture of me skateboarding by the abandoned S.S. Adams factory around the corner from me. Well…one up close look and I fell in love because it was a sister factory of Steiner/Mirabelli. Just weeks later, they began to tear down the building…before I scored an exclusive insider’s look after stalking the building every day.
That’s when I decided to start a historical preservation website. I realize that I can’t stop the world from changing…but I can document it, so that others have this information for centuries, right at their fingertips. So with that, I give you…Neptune City NJ History.
Any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com.