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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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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.
Also:

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.
Also:

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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Add to that list...

The Loewe's, the Stanley, the State, and the Pix -- all movie theaters!

Bowling at Roosevelt Lanes

Meyer's (ice cream, candy, and luncheonette) on Bergen Avenue

Cara Carson at the Square

Liss and SilverRod drug stores at the Square

Jules' and Ilvento's on West Side Avenue

"The La" ("The La Petite") on Kennedy Blvd.

Wenton's Shoe Store on Bergen Avenue

Paris Bakery, Five Corners Bakery

Barricini Chocolates

Johnson's Stationery Store on Bergen Avenue

Lee Sims Chocolates on Bergen Avenue (still there!)

...and that little costume shop on Bergen Avenue near Duncan, owned by the little old lady who was like a character right out of Dickens (the name escapes me now!)

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Kiki’s on Second (the best JC restaurant we’ve ever had) and Brummer’s (the best ice cream parlor).

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you're gonna make me cry ...

tippy's, canton, bettinger's, brummer's, roosevelt stadium

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(via a much forwarded e-mail from my mom, who says she only remembers about half of these. i take no editorial responsibility )

* * *

Hudson Boulevard had islands.

You know how O'Hara's got its name.


You knew all the troublemakers before they became cops.

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 Lanes & Putneys Pub



Annual Holy Name and 'Americanization Day' Parades



What Harvard on the Blvd. and St. Richards on the Hill are



Getting Sunday suits at Robert Hall

Sleigh riding down the Medical Center lawn or Mosquito
Park

Bettinger’s on the Square



Uncle Milty’s / Bergen Pointe



The Skyline Cabana Club



You shopped in Woolworth on Journal Square and went to the
Griddle or
Driftwood after a movie

The giant roach in the exterminator’s window on Westside Avenue



Floor shows at the Canton Tea Garden Chinese Restaurant



Charcoal burgers at Tippys



The Tube Bar and Red the owner


Shopping at Cheap Sam's on Central Avenue



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



The Happy Birthday Truck



Ice skating at Roosevelt Stadium



That St. Als Academy was known as snob hill 



The Bergen School



The OLM dances



The football Giants practicing at Roosevelt Stadium



Drunks and derelicts donating blood for money at the blood bank next to
McCrorys 



Everyone lived in a parish



J.M. Fields



Brummers Ice Cream Parlor at the Junction

The Stanley Theater with clouds that moved over the
ceiling

You sat on the Buffalo at Mosquito Park and rode your sled in winter there



Nedicks on the Square



Monteleones

Five Corners and the Paris Bakeries



You and all your friends were born at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital



You lived in a house/apartment with at lease one cousin and/or grandparent
on the same street



You lived within ½ mile of three catholic churches (with schools attached)



The pool at North Street Park (and never called it Washington Park )



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 remember Mayor Smith and that he once sparred with Muhammad Ali.



You remember Mayor Whelan and to which country the city's money
"went".



You went to the Mt. Carmel dances every Friday, Saturday &
Sunday.

You know someone who saw a UFO from Mosquito Park or the heights

You knew which house on the Boulevard was haunted

Everyone knew Sam DiFeo.



You knew what time the Mosquito truck fogged the block with diazanon so you
could run behind in the thick smoke

You could see the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building from your
house and never visited them.

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