Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
Posted by RichMauro on 2017/7/14 4:13:15
?WE GREW UP IN JERSEY CITY--great list!!
YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM JERSEY CITY IF YOU REMEMBER:
*Al's Diner on Communipaw Av.
*Walking home from school for lunch from PS 24.
*Going to the Rialto on Westside Av on Fri night.
*Getting into the park thru Olean Av.
* Sal's Bakery & Pizzeria, West Side Av.
* You knew the best pizza was ZUPPAS, in Greenville.
* Kennedy Blvd. was Hudson Boulevard, and had islands.
* You knew all the troublemakers, before they became cops.
* Everyone knew where the K9 was.
* Martin Luther King Drive was Jackson Avenue
* Christopher Columbus Drive was Railroad Avenue
* Luiz Munoz Marin Boulevard, was Henderson Street
* Manila Avenue was Grove Street .
* Roosevelt Bowling Lanes & Putney's Pub
* Annual Holy Name Parade along Hudson Blvd.
* The color scheme of the city bus lines .... Brown: Central Avenue; Red : Montgomery & West Side; Green: Bergen/Lafayette and Orange: Bergen Avenue.
* Getting Easter Sunday suits at Robert Hall.
* Bettingers on the Square.
* Uncle Milties, Bergen Point, at the Kill Van Kull in Bayonne.
* Played 'kick the can' and 'hide and seek' on your street at night in the summers.
* Played stick ball and box ball.
* Outdoor, summer time, family movies provided by Och's Electric Store, at P.S. 33 school yard.
* You shopped in Woolworth's on Journal Square, and then went to the Griddle or Driftwood after a movie.
* The Hudson Mall was a Jersey City garbage dump, at the foot of Clendenny Av..
* You could actually swim in the Heights Reservoir (on the sneak) .
* The giant roach in the exterminators window on Westside Avenue.
* Floor shows at the Canton Tea Garden Chinese Restaurant at Journal Square.
* You knew where the "China Clipper" Restaurant was.
* You've said "Youse guys" about 100 times in one day.
* The best hot dogs at Boulevard Drinks, Journal Square.
* Orange Julius at the Square.
* Charcoal burgers at Tippy's.
* 'Car hops' at the Blue Manor on Tonnele Av.
* The Tube Bar on the Concourse, and Red the owner, at Journal Square.
* The Oyster Bay, Murtaghs, the Alps, Robinsons Steak House, and the Blue Piano
* The PATH train was ..30 cents, and before that they were called the Hudson Tubes (was 5 cents).
* The Happy Birthday Truck from Schneider's Bakery.
* The Public Service Bus Terminal, Journal Square & Concourse with 3 Guys Pizza, Universal, Horn & Hardardt.
* The shortcut through the escalators to Magnolia Avenue.
* Eating lunch at Liss Drug at Journal Square.
* Minor League Baseball, Stock Car Racing & Ice skating at Roosevelt Stadium.
* That St. Al's Academy was known as 'snob hill'.
* The Bergen School.
* The YMCA, CYO, OLM, St. Michael's, Mt. Carmel and Holy Family dances.
* Going through Lincoln Park, over the Rt. 440 overpass to the "back."
* You hung out at the VIP or The Colonette after a night of partying, and before that the Colony Diner.
* The football Giants practicing at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Every Roman Catholic lived in a parish.
* J.M. Fields at Journal Square.
* Brummers Ice Cream Parlor at the Junction.
* Schroeder's and Myers Ice Cream Parlor on Central Avenue.
* Schluer's Home Made Ice Cream, West Side Av.
* Your neighborhood walking beat cop's first name.
* The Captains Table Restaurant at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Drive-in movies at Roosevelt Stadium, and sneaking under the fence.
* You sat on the Buffalo at Mosquito Park on Hudson Blvd., and rode your sled in winter there.
* Nedicks and Bickford's Cafeteria on the Square.
* Monteleones, Five Corners and the Paris Bakeries.
* In grammar school you walked home for lunch, and your Mom made it for you, 'cause she was there.
* You lived in a house/apartment/cold water flat, with at the least one aunt, cousin and/or grandparent living on the same street.
* You lived within 1/2 mile of three Catholic churches (with schools attached).
* Track meets and boxing matches at Pershing Field in the Heights.
* The pool at North Street Park (and never called it Washington Park).
* Battle of the Marching Bands, annually at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Your dad would take the whole family to the Roosevelt Drive-In, but if you were over 12, he'd hide you in the trunk.
* You've eaten at Jule's, IIvento's, or the Rodeo Steakhouse.
* You remember buying candy at Liss's and then going to one of the 3 movies on the Square.
* You went to John's Bargain Store for clothes pins and underwear.
* You hung out at the Hilltop on Newark & Baldwin Ave. after high school everyday.
* You ate zeppoles and took chances for the 50/50 at the Mount Carmel feast & carnival.
* You shopped Great Eastern on 440 before it was found to be a toxic PCP dump. Ditto 'the back' at
* You could see the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building from your house and never visited them.
* You played basketball or hockey in Country Village
* You had a coconut drink at the Canton
* You learned to drive in Roosevelt Stadium or Bayonne Park, and 'make out' at 11 PM.
* You swam at Bayonne/ Boulevard Pool and skated at the roller rink next door.
* You saw headliner rock groups and fireworks in Roosevelt Stadium.
* There was a time when the PIX Theater didn't show porn.
* There were three colleges in Jersey City to choose from, Jersey City State,
St. Peter's, and Rutgers University.
* You delivered the Jersey Journal door-to-door, and no one worried you'd get mugged or kidnapped by a neighbor.
* You could sneak into the back door of the Stanley for a free movie, before the Jehovah's Witnesses took it over.
* You remember going to the State and Loew's movie theaters at the Square
* You and all your friends were born in the best maternity hospital in the state, the Margaret Hague, (best on the East coast at that time).
* You went bare ass swimming in the lake in back of Lincoln Park, Hackensack River & Newark Bay.
* Going to Palisade Park was a big adventure.
* You knew which houses on your street were 'haunted'.
* You went to the "Shore" after your prom.
* You remember 'turf wars' between Sterling, Ocean, the Heights, West Side, and Marion.
* For $2.00 you could take the "Tubes" to Greenwich Village, buy an Orange Julius and a chili dog, and then take the "Tubes" back, and still have change!
* You knew what time the Mosquito truck fogged the block with diapason, so you could run behind in the thick smoke.
* The water truck that soaked down the dusty cobble stones and streets every week.
* Lay-aways at Journal Square stores.
* Every one spoke English, except at home, if you were Italian or Polish.
* Cops would kick your butt if you answered them back or returned after you were told not to.
* You knew the neighborhood 'bookie' and could play a number for 15c, with a 10c combo.
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