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When I was a very small child in the 60's, I vaguely remember going with my Mother & Grandmother to a discount store called Topps. It was on Newark Ave past little India. The building is still there, & if you look hard, it still says Topps, although now i believe it is a warehouse of some kind. Anyone remember this?

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Are you referring to Carbro sales on fivecorners?, I remember thats where we use to go for our appliances back in the day.

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Not to pile on with the food-type places - it's just that so many have come and gone over the years, but what about this:

Gino's -> KFC -> Church's Fried Chicken -> Palmer Video -> West Coast Video.

I *think* that's the evolution of that building on West Side by NJCU over the last 35-40 years, anyhow.

Which brings me to the old Gino's (the deli / sandwich place on Kennedy Blvd). Best. Meatball. Parm. EVER.

Now my stomach is growling.

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Wow... some really great old-school JC references on here. Really good ones.

Someone mentioned the steak house in the Hudson Mall a few posts back. I believe it was called the Rodeo.

There used to be an electronics store right on JSQ. For some reason I remember it having a sign on the front that said "The Beast of the East." It was a picture of a little green monster guy holding up a sign with that printed on it. I don't know if that was the actual name of the place, but it may have actually been a Crazy Eddie store. I don't know why I'm recalling a Crazy Eddie being in JC... not sure exactly what the name of the store was.

Anyone remember the Bulldog Inn, on Sterling Ave? I think maybe some of that Bones crew previously mentioned might have frequented that place. I was just a tiny kid when that place was open, but even still, I remember it being a tough crowd.

Right in the same neighborhood, there was an actual butcher shop - not just processed cold cuts - Pellegrino's Meat Market, just a block or so away. He was in business right up until recently. Unfortunately, he's gone now. Best meat and sandwiches around, and Jimmy is a really nice guy.

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yeah i was thinking of 'tops' and not 'topps'

Tops Appliance City reached $158 million in sales in 1985. In 1987 it ranked 13th nationwide among major appliance retailers. A second New Jersey store opened in Secaucus in December 1986 and a third in East Hanover in April 1988.

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also, dont know if it was mentioned , but how about 'nobody beats the wiz' as an addition to the list?

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No. What Im thinking of was a discount store which I believe was on Newark Ave by Tonnelle

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i thought topps was the old bestbuy in secaucus.. they used to be an electronics store. maybe im thinking of something else though.

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When I was a very small child in the 60's, I vaguely remember going with my Mother & Grandmother to a discount store called Topps. It was on Newark Ave past little India. The building is still there, & if you look hard, it still says Topps, although now i believe it is a warehouse of some kind. Anyone remember this?

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the genius who dropped the bowling ball from 139 onto 1-9 traffic and killed an infant. i wonder if he is still locked up.


Yeah, I remember that moron kid. He probably got a job working for the parks department.

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the genius who dropped the bowling ball from 139 onto 1-9 traffic and killed an infant. i wonder if he is still locked up.


Oh man... that was terrible. I hope he is. I remember that and the poor couple drove their battered baby to St. Francis which was the first hospital sign they saw as they drove another half mile. I believe a friend of his turned him in to the police.

Up until just a few years ago, there were remnants of a memorial on State Highway.

The good ole sucked sometimes too. A friend of mine was stabbed to death in outside of Hamilton Park coming home from a school dance in the late 1970's. He was good kid with a lot of promise.

I also remember the "grave robbers" desecrating the crypts at Harsimus Cometary. Sad.

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the genius who dropped the bowling ball from 139 onto 1-9 traffic and killed an infant. i wonder if he is still locked up.

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Hockey on the old Pershing Field rink before the roof went up.

So I've heard....

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Yeah, The Monmarte Room at the Plaza
and The Carteret Club on top of the Yellow Bowl that got busted for slot machines.

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The Yellow Bowl

The PLAZA Bar

The lovely sight of the Half Moon sailing up the Hudson is among the most exciting memories.

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The old Bay Cinema at City Line Plaza (Too young to go in but recall it showing porn flicks)


There used to be a drive-in movie theater by Roosevelt Stadium as well which also showed porn

And of course the Roosevelt Stadium parking lot used to be a favorite night-time make-out place back in the day

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Erc's and The Tripoli downtown

The Journal Square Bookstore

D & G Tavern at the Junction

Pete and Dominick's at the Square

Joey Starr's long bar

Barrett's mens shop

Flag Bros. Shoes

Gimbert's Tavern

The China Clipper

The Jade

The Oyster Bay

Rutgers at the Square

The Tivoli

Bruno's

Simonetti and Sullivan and Levy's on Monticello Ave.

The Jewish Community Center

The CYO

Elite Billiards

Tarlow Billiards

Jersey Academy

The Ukranian School

The Captains Table

The Hudson Dispatch

When The Jersey Journal was a real newspaper!

The Hilltop

Tennis at the armory


You left out:

Duckys restaurant
Foxes nightclub
3 boys from Italy pizza (Journal sq)
Snuffys on Sip Ave
The steakhouse in the hudson mall.

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I wish people would upload pictures from back in the day!

I would love to see old Jersey City!

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Erc's and The Tripoli downtown

The Journal Square Bookstore

D & G Tavern at the Junction

Pete and Dominick's at the Square

Joey Starr's long bar

Barrett's mens shop

Flag Bros. Shoes

Gimbert's Tavern

The China Clipper

The Jade

The Oyster Bay

Rutgers at the Square

The Tivoli

Bruno's

Simonetti and Sullivan and Levy's on Monticello Ave.

The Jewish Community Center

The CYO

Elite Billiards

Tarlow Billiards

Jersey Academy

The Ukranian School

The Captains Table

The Hudson Dispatch

When The Jersey Journal was a real newspaper!

The Hilltop

Tennis at the armory

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also,

dead man's tunnel
when christo's on 8th was The Greek's
livestock in boxcars on the embankment
the basketball court @ the Oaks
double decker wooden piers on Pavonia
tunnel diner
going to p.s. # 2
the shouting fruit and vegetable guy in his pickup
when the buildings on 9th, facing hamilton park were tenements
Bavaqua's
darlington brothers
BBB's
Woolworth's lunch counter on Newark Ave., dowtown
Journal Square outdoor bus terminal

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When there was absolutely no reason to ever go to Secaucus because there was absolutely nothing there.


ha! So true.

Here's one: The Jersey City Indians (Cleveland's farm team) played at the Roosevelt Stadium.


I didn't know about the Indians, but in my mom's day (the forties) the Jersey City Giants played at the Roosevelt Stadium too. They were the Giants farm team. That's why Jackie Robinson technically broke the color barrier right here in our JC. His first day playing for major league organization was for the Dodgers farm team at Roosevelt Stadium.

And speaking of Roosevelt Stadium, how could I forget about the rock concerts there. My sisters saw The Dead, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper and many more. They saw CSNand Y the night Nixon resigned. The band announced it right before doing Four Dead in Ohio, and the place went nuts.

Unfortunately, they stopped the concerts before I was old enough to go. My mother said I had to be 14 - and that meant old enough to go with just my friends. God, we had a lot of freedom.

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Rickles Home Improvements (Pathmark's first home)
Great Eastern
Modern Hatters
Danny Mack Shoes
The Glove Shop
Zimps Kitchen
The first White Castle building on Newark Ave & K. Blvd.
Taking your road test at DMV behind Roosevelt Stadium.

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Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Here's a few things that I am old enough to remember:

Liss Drugstore in Journal Square

Two Guys and Valley Fair on Route 440

Shop Rite on Christopher Columbus Drive

The FotoMat near Acme Supermarket on Garfield Avenue

The road known as Heckman Drive that ran through Curries Woods

Dixon Pencil Company (my mom worked there)

The old Bay Cinema at City Line Plaza (Too young to go in but recall it showing porn flicks)

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*jUPITORS on Central ave

Jupiters? you must be a kid. That's that "new" store that moved in after Kresge's 5&10 closed.
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The "ragman" with his horse and wagon.

Cops on 3 wheeled motorcycles.

Cops with 38's and cartridge belts full of REAL bullets that were exactly at little kid eye level.

The mayor who was not a U.S. citizen.

The mayor who was a doctor

The huge, loud helicopter shuttle between the PanAm building and Newark airport that flew directly over MY house.

The mini hook and ladder fire engine ride that rode you around the block (what a ripoff, that ride sucked).

When there was absolutely no reason to ever go to Secaucus because there was absolutely nothing there.


Nice!!!!!

I sure do remember the 3 wheelers and the gunbelts totally cool!!!

Howcome you left off:

RANDS icecream

The guy that use to sell Tripe and other meats from that Green truck and use to yell out "A TREEP"...LOL

Parlors fabrics

Mr Jiggs being hired by some local pta to perform during school assemblys.

Pick n Pay on Newark ave

Sickles Music


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When there was absolutely no reason to ever go to Secaucus because there was absolutely nothing there.


ha! So true.

Here's one: The Jersey City Indians (Cleveland's farm team) played at the Roosevelt Stadium.

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*jUPITORS on Central ave

Jupiters? you must be a kid. That's that "new" store that moved in after Kresge's 5&10 closed.
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The "ragman" with his horse and wagon.

Cops on 3 wheeled motorcycles.

Cops with 38's and cartridge belts full of REAL bullets that were exactly at little kid eye level.

The mayor who was not a U.S. citizen.

The mayor who was a doctor

The huge, loud helicopter shuttle between the PanAm building and Newark airport that flew directly over MY house.

The mini hook and ladder fire engine ride that rode you around the block (what a ripoff, that ride sucked).

When there was absolutely no reason to ever go to Secaucus because there was absolutely nothing there.

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*jUPITORS on Central ave
*The nut shop on Central ave.
*Sub-shop on Bergen across from Hudson Catholic.
*440 shopper to th Hudson mall.
*Rays pizza in the heights.
*Wow records
*Texas weiners on Hutton &Central
*Pancake house on Central ave
*Escapades on Westside ave
*Paradise east on Danforth (Never proofed anyone for drinks)
Silvers toy store in the heights.

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Ah, the good old days when:

You couldn't buy a New York Times anywhere.

Columbus Drive was Railroad.

Pavonia Hilton meant the local slammer.
(now, it probably means there is (egad!)
a Hilton hotel somewhere on Pavonia Ave.)

The Army/Navy store on Newark showed
the same window display that they had
done at the start of WW2, just proving
that good quality ILGWU garments did
not fade and always stayed in fashion.

The live poultry place on Second St,
where you selected your fowl and watched
the nice man wring its neck for you.

Mrs.Tedaro's coffee store in Italian village --
the best beans in the entire world.

A beautiful huge floor-thru apartment
on Hamilton Park south cost $200/month.

There was not a skyscraper in sight, and
"condo" sounded like a foreign language word.

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And btw: The Bones was not a mythical gang. It was a bunch of white Greenville kids who's purpose was to Beat on N****** ever Saturday. Later they changed the S from every Saturday to Second. Many of my close friends are from Greenville and they knew a lot of people who were in this group..........................those kids were crazy and tough as nails.

Thanks for that list


You're right about the Bones. They did exist. I remember when the Jersey Journal published an article about them, but there were no members' names or any details except for the acronym.

Mythical in a sense that their reputation scared the crap out of everyone in other parts of the city, but no one saw them. I only heard that most of them lived on the western slope of Greenville and Sterling Avenue.

OTHER MEMORIES:

- Not quite Jersey City, but we all went there: Palisades Amusement Park
- Bergen Point Amusement Park
- The day the sewers exploded on Newark Avenue
- Mayor Smith's dog
- The playground beneath The Turnpike on 7th Street
- Jersey City had its own congressman

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Thanks for that list. The memory of Uncle Milty's was especially fun.

I'll add some references for those slightly younger than your mom.

You rode the "Whip" when it came around on the truck in the summertime.


You ran behind the mosquito insectiside spray trucks that came around in summertime. the fog was fun.

you drank beer at Roosevelt Stadium, the tracks, Lincoln Park, or any cemetery

Remember when the Hudson Mall was an outdoor mall

Bought your Easter or Christmas outfits at Two Guys

Were born at the Margaret Hague

identified what area of the city you were from by your parish

Went to jug night at the Park Tavern every Thanksgiving

And, of course, you know that OLM means Our Lady of Money


And btw: The Bones was not a mythical gang. It was a bunch of white Greenville kids who's purpose was to Beat on N****** ever Saturday. Later they changed the S from every Saturday to Second. Many of my close friends are from Greenville and they knew a lot of people who were in this group..........................those kids were crazy and tough as nails.

Thanks for that list

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While at the Hoboken italian day Festival i thought about how great the mount Carmel feast used to be.It would go on for blocks
just like in Hoboken.

Holy rosary Feast

Columbus day Parade

Tommy Smith in a Firemens hat helping Battle the Fire in City Hall.

Meatloaf Day at Shannons Bar

Walking the Tracks that connected the 6th street embankment.Back then the kids treated it like a park.

When they turned the state theater into a disco roller rink.

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- The Tube Bar

- Rand's Ice Cream

- CYO Baseball

- Charles Menswear on the Square

- The Bus Stop Bar at Chestnut and Newark

- Bonner's D&J Bar

- Army & Navy Store Downtown

- PATH didn't stop at Pavonia Station (now Newport) on weekends

- Fights at Dickinson H.S between the Sons of Marion and Brothers of the Jersey City Heights

- Everyone was afraid of the mythical gang known as "The Bones"

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