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?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.
* Fischer-Beer's.
* 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
Lincoln Park
* 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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Tha'ts him !

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I know exactly who your talking about. He actually started on 3rd and Newark. He was Irish. I can't remember his name right now, but I will. Later


Yeah, and I don't think he was a proper albino, just a light blond guy with blond eyebrows and a ruddy complexion. I called him Fruitman... ;).

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I know exactly who your talking about. He actually started on 3rd and Newark. He was Irish. I can't remember his name right now, but I will. Later

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Who was the albino guy selling fruit and vegatables off of a truck where Newport now stands? I think he opened a store later. It was early eighties.

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Seeing a ballgame at Roosevelt Stadium

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Old-timers will remember JClist without Yvonne's banter on certain topics !
Ah yes, but we had Rabbit Rabbit.

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Here's one I have yet to find anyone who remembers.
On Wayne Street across from #9's playground in the middle of the block was a Mom & Pop store. Pretty sure it was next to a Fire House Station. This is a real way back question. Love to hear from anyone who recalls the name of the store or anything about the owners.
While I'm at it, anyone recall a little shop named Georgie's on Wayne in the St. Bridget's neighborhood? It was a regular little store where you could get pretty much anything you need. He always had toys in the window.

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Old-timers will remember JClist without Yvonne's banter on certain topics !

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Yico the peddler. He'd send his helper into the hallways to yell that he was here. Think he had a horse in the early days.

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Yep,

That was Johnny Budenza.

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Remember buying the NY Sunday Daily news the night before to read the box scores. Yankees mostly.

That was known as The Night Owl came around in their old Daily News black box truck every night around 9pm. As a teen waited in line with all the others to get the track mutual pool number.


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do you remember the Polio Bros grocery store that was next door to the fire station on Central Ave. ? How about the A&P store on Montross & Beech street ?

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Remember buying the NY Sunday Daily news the night before to read the box scores. Yankees mostly.

That was known as The Night Owl came around in their old Daily News black box truck every night around 9pm. As a teen waited in line with all the others to get the track mutual pool number.

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Remember buying the NY Sunday Daily news the night before to read the box scores. Yankees mostly.

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I remember a produce guy in the 1960s and 70s. I'm not sure of we are thinking of the same guy.
This guy would have produce baskets in the back of his flatbed truck
and he would walk beside the truck yelling out things like:
"GET YOUR ONIONS, GET YOUR TOMATOES. He would walk next to the truck while someone drove it really slowly.

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No, there was a bakery called 5 corners on Newark Avenue, they made excellent bread. It was near the 5 Corners Library.
I wasn't a fan of their cakes but their bread with light and cripsy.


Best onion rolls ever.

We'd get them fresh early mornings while still warm.


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Yico with the vegetables and fruits

Johnny Budenza who sold Italian deli from the trunk of his car

Petey the watermelon man?


I do.

One guy yelled 'Peaches Apples'
had an open type truck and put everything in paper bags.
Short Fella with big ears.

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That was Fisher beers behind the State theatre kiddo. Great Five and Dime--had some classiness about it.

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Where was the Woolworth store in Journal Square located? Was it near the State Theater? I remember going to a department store which was near the State Theater in the mid '70s. The store was probably Woolworth, Lynns or Moriel's.


Woolworth was near the old Hudson Tubes (PATH) transportation Hub before the new complex was completed in 1976. Woolworth was across from the Tube Bar and pizzeria.

Across the street from the State Theater was Liss Pharmacy which was as large as a department store complete with a lunch counter. Next to the Lowes Theater was J.M. Fields which is now the C.H. Martin.



Thanks, Shadrack! I'm not sure why but someone mistakenly told me that there was a Woolworth store near the State Theater. There was probably another department store near the State Theater which I may have visited. I remember Liss Pharmacy & J.M. Fields. I used to go to Liss Pharmacy for cold remedies. I went to J.M. Fields to shop for school clothes before the school year began when I was living in JC. I left the city in late June of '75.

It could be that a Wolworth store existed near the State Theater during an earlier time period than the '70s

This 1972 photo shows Kennedy Boulevard near Journal Square.
(State Theater, Rags to Riches, Joyce Leslie, Moriel’s, Lynns, Kitty Kelly & Danny Mack shoe stores) http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?656


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I might be four years late in posting this -- but anyway -- if you look at the reflection -- you will see there was a Woolworth's in Journal Square.

Santa takes a break for a cup of joe at Liss Drugs in Jersey City in this undated photo. (Taken from web -- Courtesy of Jack Ricci.)

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Goodies Butcher Shop on Newark Ave.


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Loca Diablo. Woo Woo.

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To clarify, Brummer's was at what we called "the Junction," not near W. Side Ave., and the two guys who used to run the newspaper operation were a guy we called "Skeets," and "Con," later known to me as Connie Hartnett, who I believe was a policeman, or detective.

And the guy who used to run the Lamont newsstand up at the Square was a guy they called "Patty," or "Paddy." He had "pegged teeth" and probably the worst breath of any person I ever met. At that time (circa 1970), he was an old timer.

I also fondly remember a bum whose turf was the West Side Area but also Journal Square once in a while who we called "Hoochie." He billed himself as the "hoochie-coochie man." A kind soul who never hurt anyone.

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I used to sell newspapers at night in front of Brummer's, on Communipaw and West Side, and we also covered all the bars, bingos and bowling alleys from West Side through Greenville. As a young kid I also used to run a crew of guys who used to put together the Sunday papers for AJ Lamont news stand that was at the entrance to the old "tubes." We used to set up in the walkway of the old bus terminal.

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Was thinking of Brummer's and could not recall the name.

Another part of old school JC history.



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Benmore was on Communipaw Ave., a few doors up from West Side Ave. I used to bowl there as a kid and I used to reset the machines and remove stuck pins. My wife's grandmother was asking about the Baldwin Ave. bowling alley because she used to live around the corner from it and she used to bowl there. Thanks.

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this is b4 my time but I will take a guess Benmore's Bowling Lanes?

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Does anyone remember the name of the bowling alley that used to be on Baldwin Ave., between Newark Ave. and Court House Place? Did some searches and couldn't come up with the name. Thanks.

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Any pics around of how the Hudson Mall used to look like? Or that area of the mall, toys r us, Consumers, Valley Fair, Two Guys, etc?

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Yes, Hamilton Park was Needle Park. People going to the hospital would have someone drive them and get out of the car and run to the door. That was in the early 1970's.

Grove St was a little scary in the 60's too.



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in Hamilton Park there was a tunnel in the park that the kids could run down into and exit about 10-12 feet away

and HP had used syringes all over the place. no one walked through the park after dark, not even as a pack of teenagers like us...

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