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Fruit guy was Bill Horton. He lived upstairs from me on Coles in the 80s. We always had about to rot bananas and other delicacies. If I recall he had a long fight over the eminent domain of his fruit stand, and I think it's just the landscaping on the southwest corner of the parking garage now. His fruit stand was more aesthetic.

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Manila is the capital of the Philippines. A lot of Filipinos moved to Grove St in the late 70s and petitioned for a section of Grove to be renamed

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* 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 .



I'm new to JC (and the USA as a whole, fresh off the boat a year ago or so). These older names are far superior to the replacements. Actually, one of my peeves is the renaming of everything and anything to historical figures. Maybe if it was just surnames, it'd sit right... but it seems kinda odd to see things like "Martin Luther King Drive", "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" or "Warren G. Harding Middle School".

Then again, I'm probably showing my ignorance and Jackson, Henderson, and Manila were probably named after people (but at least it was just the surname)


I think I read on here the houses on Manila and the ones on the North side of Montgomery were built for Filipino nurses because of a nursing shortage. Any more info on that? I'm assuming the houses on Manila was for the ones that worked at St Francis and the ones on Montgomery the Old JCMC. Did the Heights have a neighborhood like this for Christ Hospital and did Greenville hospital have one as well?

I know a lot of Filipinos live on the Westside but was a specific area of the Westside made for them back then like the two locations in Downtown?

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Anyone remember when the cop had a little house on the Boulevard up where Kensington Avenue intersected with it?

I can remember how cool it was in the shade under the trestle on Rail Road Avenue on the hot summer days.

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I always wondered what JFK Blvd was before it was JFK Blvd. The old timer's I know always refer to it as "going down to the boulevard."

The history is so interesting - thank you for posting the list!


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We should change Newark Avenue to Hudson Blvd


Hudson Blvd went through several Hudson towns, Newark Ave does not. Personally, I believe all of the original names should return and allow new streets to have these names.

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I always wondered what JFK Blvd was before it was JFK Blvd. The old timer's I know always refer to it as "going down to the boulevard."

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Hudson Boulevard


We should change Newark Avenue to Hudson Blvd

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Anyone remember Piercy’s ice cream on Kennedy?

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I always wondered what JFK Blvd was before it was JFK Blvd. The old timer's I know always refer to it as "going down to the boulevard."

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Hudson Boulevard

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I always wondered what JFK Blvd was before it was JFK Blvd. The old timer's I know always refer to it as "going down to the boulevard."

The history is so interesting - thank you for posting the list!

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Manila is the capital of the Philippines. A lot of Filipinos moved to Grove St in the late 70s and petitioned for a section of Grove to be renamed

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* 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 .



I'm new to JC (and the USA as a whole, fresh off the boat a year ago or so). These older names are far superior to the replacements. Actually, one of my peeves is the renaming of everything and anything to historical figures. Maybe if it was just surnames, it'd sit right... but it seems kinda odd to see things like "Martin Luther King Drive", "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" or "Warren G. Harding Middle School".

Then again, I'm probably showing my ignorance and Jackson, Henderson, and Manila were probably named after people (but at least it was just the surname)

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* 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 .



I'm new to JC (and the USA as a whole, fresh off the boat a year ago or so). These older names are far superior to the replacements. Actually, one of my peeves is the renaming of everything and anything to historical figures. Maybe if it was just surnames, it'd sit right... but it seems kinda odd to see things like "Martin Luther King Drive", "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" or "Warren G. Harding Middle School".

Then again, I'm probably showing my ignorance and Jackson, Henderson, and Manila were probably named after people (but at least it was just the surname)

Like a property tax reval should we then re-name the streets every five to ten years ? Actually bad example 'cause we have revals nearly every thirty years ? But you get the idea.

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* 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 .



I'm new to JC (and the USA as a whole, fresh off the boat a year ago or so). These older names are far superior to the replacements. Actually, one of my peeves is the renaming of everything and anything to historical figures. Maybe if it was just surnames, it'd sit right... but it seems kinda odd to see things like "Martin Luther King Drive", "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" or "Warren G. Harding Middle School".

Then again, I'm probably showing my ignorance and Jackson, Henderson, and Manila were probably named after people (but at least it was just the surname)

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I'm trying to do some research on my family. Both my mother and father, Jeanette and Albert (deceased), lived in Jersey City.

My mother's family owned a furniture store, their last name was Nyman. This probably would have been sometime between 1940 and 1960. The furniture store was sold and a grocery store built in its place.

My father's family owned a bakery, their last name was Somlo, same time period as above.

I don't know addresses or even names of the businesses. If anyone has any recollection, I would very much like to hear from you.

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Try the New Jersey Room in the main library on Montgomery St. and Jersey Ave. They have old photos and books on our history. Also you might want to try the Jersey Journal archives in the periodical research area. What section of town was the bakery and furniture store located in ? There are some historians within Jersey City you could also contact.

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I'm trying to do some research on my family. Both my mother and father, Jeanette and Albert (deceased), lived in Jersey City.

My mother's family owned a furniture store, their last name was Nyman. This probably would have been sometime between 1940 and 1960. The furniture store was sold and a grocery store built in its place.

My father's family owned a bakery, their last name was Somlo, same time period as above.

I don't know addresses or even names of the businesses. If anyone has any recollection, I would very much like to hear from you.

Paul

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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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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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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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