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Ah yeah, but they were beautiful things in a beautiful environment, eh?

The vegetable guy would send his helper to yell in your grandmother's hallway.

Plenty of people lived with their parents' parents.

If only there were time machines.

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Rogut's Toy Shop only left about a year ago, and the pawn shop on Bergen is still there and bigger/better than ever - they took over Rogut's old space next door.

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Anyone recall the street peddlers:

Yico with the vegetables and fruits

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

Petey the watermelon man?

I remember the fruit and vegetable guy and also the knife sharpening guy. The F&V guy would yell peaches, apples...with a loud screeching megaphone. And when the knife guy came around the older Italian ladies would run out of their houses with meat cleavers in hand. Both vendors and their trucks looked like a throwback from the Bowery Boys days.

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Anyone recall the street peddlers:

Yico with the vegetables and fruits

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

Petey the watermelon man?

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How about Rogut's Toy Shop and the Pawn shop next to it on Bergen avenue across from Lee Simms.

Paul Revere's Boys Club and Mr. Jones

Mastria's rag and paper business burned down in a fire.

All of the paper recyclers on Montgomery street.

The bread baking in the windows.

Manhattan Laundry.

The railroad trestles across Montgomery and Mercer streets.

Candy stores everywhere on the corners.

Vernese's Poultry market.

Rocket Auto Stores

Modern Hatters on Third Street

Jelly Royals for two cents--o baby

Irv's on Montgomery Street

The CYO


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Brummer's is now in Westfield - only a chocolate shop not an
ice cream parlor.

Another name that comes to mind from JC Dino Dinelli (sp?)

How about Santa Clause came to Jersey City on a Train,

gave away Lollipops and asked for donations for the Veterans?

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I remember Murray's toy store. We used to go there to get the latest Match Box Cars and Hot Wheel cars. If I recall correctly, they cost 89 cents! As for Hot Wheel cars...we walked there one day specifically to get the Spittin' Image...they didn't have it that day, but they finally got it in stock.

It was great to be able to go to a store dedicated solely to toys. Those were the days. We had great fun.

And, again, if I recall correctly, they were a block or so from Sandler's...where the boys would get their gym shorts (green for 40 school...blue for 30). The girls were relegated to those blue hideous one piece suits.

I remember going to Brummer's with my grandmother. It was always a big deal. We felt like we were going somewhere special. I remember also when they shot scenes from the movie: The Sting at that location.

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The Showboat

Nick Adamshok, Clerow Wilson,

The Store windows on Jackson Ave painted by Snyder

Students for Halloween.


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Bottle caps

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The 5 and 10 near the State Theater was called Fischer and Beers I think. Woolworths was near the Bridge/ Path trains.
Barricini candy up the Square Liss's and Cara Carson's
I remember Murray's Toy Store at Neptune and Ocean Ave
Erk's Restaurant on 3rd Street (?) The Cup and Cone on Ocean
Ave Next to the Cameo-Bowl-O Bernie's, Brummer's and
Reilettes Ice Cream soda shops. Billan's records at the Square
The Magic Id on Newark Ave, Boulevard Pool, and Roller Rink on the Bayonne City Line, The Birthday Truck, The Red Feather
Circus at Roosevelt Stadium, and 4th of July's there too. and the Western on Newark Ave.

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Oops now I get it you were looking for information on Brook Valley Day Camp sponsored by the YMCA. Carry on.

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Living in Kinnelon now and can not find the YMCA site. Spent 6 summers there and would love to know where it was. I remember Ray the bus driver.....


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Hey I remember Ray the bus driver he used to drive us there and on the way he would stop at the bakery on 23 north. We would board the old gray fish bowl bus ID #B-30 I remember seeing him about 6 or 7 years later driving route #10 Bayonne Hudson Boulevard bus line. Cool times at Brook Valley Day Camp. I often think about that place. Do you remember councilors Cathy, Luke, and the Casey brothers, and also that mean camp leader Chong ?




Hey DZ1977 here are some links about the YMCA.I don’t know the status of the project ….654 Bergen Ave

Jersey City set to transform former YMCA; mayor's opponent calls it election-year gambit

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... y_set_to_transform_f.html

JC press release about the project (pdf):

http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... MCA%20press%20release.pdf


Cool JC history link…(click return to A to Z)

http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/pages/y_pages/ymca.htm

enjoy


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Living in Kinnelon now and can not find the YMCA site. Spent 6 summers there and would love to know where it was. I remember Ray the bus driver.....

Hey I remember Ray the bus driver he used to drive us there and on the way he would stop at the bakery on 23 north. We would board the old gray fish bowl bus ID #B-30 I remember seeing him about 6 or 7 years later driving route #10 Bayonne Hudson Boulevard bus line. Cool times at Brook Valley Day Camp. I often think about that place. Do you remember councilors Cathy, Luke, and the Casey brothers, and also that mean camp leader Chong ?

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Living in Kinnelon now and can not find the YMCA site. Spent 6 summers there and would love to know where it was. I remember Ray the bus driver.....

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Yeah the Canton was a beautiful restaurant.

I think I may have asked this before. Down in Marion/JSq we used to play a street game called skelsies. Do any JC old-timers remember that game?

We used to have big tournaments at the end of summer vacation. Brackets, ratings, seeds, rain dates the whole deal.

You would use your "bestest" flat top filled with wax. I think the winner got a Pink hi-bounce ball and bragging rights. (chicks always dug the skelsies champ)

There are a lot of people from different parts of the tri-state area and country on JCList. Did you have a similar game? NYer's called it sully.

www.streetplay.com/sully

(Cool website)


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To this day, when I think of really good traditional Chinese Restaurants, I often think of the Canton.

I'm not sure places like that exist much anymore. They have been replaced by urban corner, or suburban strip mall establishments that pale in comparison.

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I remember those days, properties were selling for less than $10,000 each. I know someone who picked up a property for less than $500 (five hundred) dollars. Taxes were reasonable too.

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Can't get it to embed, but here is a cool old video of "The Village" area downtown 40 years ago:

http://youtu.be/Tx96c-3z0-4


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Yeah, that's a bit young. I was at 105 Ocean Ave. Neptune at one end, and Winfield at the other. Lived over a bar called "The Rainbow Tavern"

Most of that block is gang territory now, 105 is abandoned crack house. There is not much left of the childhood home you once cherished, the city has let most of Ocean ave rot. It is currently listed at 45k.

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Yeah, that's a bit young. I was at 105 Ocean Ave. Neptune at one end, and Winfield at the other. Lived over a bar called "The Rainbow Tavern"

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I agree! I don't have many, but love to see some pictures from my childhood home.

Where was it located? Ocean ave is nothing like it was, the city has pretty much destroyed it. It is most likely an abandoned building or an open lot. If you know the address I will take a picture and post it here.

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There's still a Mr. Softee in the Heights. Same guy who rode the truck in the 80's...but I'm not sure if that's old timer enough...

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Oh my God! I remember so many of these places, and things! Moved away from Jersey in 1976. Was born in Bayonne. Moved to Jersey City at 4 or so. Started school at Ezra L Nolan/PS 40. I lived on Ocean Ave, so I know the A&P, Sodano's Chicken Market, Greenville Bakery, Schuetz Bakery, Sandler's! Both sides of street! Got OUR sneakers and BLUE Gymsuits there too! Bayonne Pool every summer, Finest Grocery Store. The Freezer Fresh and Mister Softee Ice Cream Trucks, the guy who sold fresh hot bread loaves out of his car/station wagon! Shall I continue?!!! Oh my, the stories I have about growing up in Jersey City!

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I agree! I don't have many, but love to see some pictures from my childhood home.

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Oh my God! I remember so many of these places, and things! Moved away from Jersey in 1976. Was born in Bayonne. Moved to Jersey City at 4 or so. Started school at Ezra L Nolan/PS 40. I lived on Ocean Ave, so I know the A&P, Sodano's Chicken Market, Greenville Bakery, Schuetz Bakery, Sandler's! Both sides of street! Got OUR sneakers and BLUE Gymsuits there too! Bayonne Pool every summer, Finest Grocery Store. The Freezer Fresh and Mister Softee Ice Cream Trucks, the guy who sold fresh hot bread loaves out of his car/station wagon! Shall I continue?!!! Oh my, the stories I have about growing up in Jersey City!

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No one ever remembers Rafael Torres killing his wife and 7 of their kids in the apartment behind their store at 347 Palisade Ave in 1969. I could never figure out how he managed to do it in the middle of the afternoon since most of the kids were teenagers. Only one managed to get away.

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I still mourn the passing of Jule's and Pete Ilvento's on West Side Avenue. These were Italian restaurants out of another era. Red-checked tablecloths, booths made out of plywood, and not contaminated by any hints of daylight. You'd go in, have a nice simple meal, a bottle of wine, and even on your first visit felt at home.

There's nothing that compares. Rita and Joe's is great, but a little too classy.

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Also...

If you remember when Curries was nice place to live

The stink pot way staircase

The portable pool behind 71 Merritt Street and the day someone filled it with furniture

Hitting the trains.

The sneaker factory fire in Bayonne

You could pay your Curries Woods rent in the main office.

When white people still lived in Curries Woods and everyone got along

And the old people would sit out front on lawn chairs at night

When Marion projects closed down and they all came over to Curries Woods

When they still used the incinerators to burn garbage

When the mail boxes were in the building lobbies.

Trick or treating and trying to avoid the guys with socks filled with flour.

When lighteing struck the chimney at 5 Heckman Drive and 71 Merritt Street

Sam the German Shepard from Pamrapo Avenue and the fear he spread across Curries Woods.

Diane's Dress Shop on Old Bergen Road.

The Salvage Store

The Good Humor Man

The Pizza Truck

The laundry mat at 5 Heckman Drive

Country Village was off limits to black people

When every public school kid in Curries Woods went to PS 40 (Ezra L. Nolan)

Summer time swimming at P.S. 40

Hudson Cleaners on Ocean and Gates, the A&P across the street and the pizza parlor at the corner of Gates and Old Bergen road. And when you could get a slice of really good pizza for 25-Cents

Charcoal Treat

Bay Cinema and the time when they were showing Logan's Run and when they got to brief nude scene the projectionist covered the lens so we couldn't see the screen

The Skating Rink on the Boulevard

Ebony Club parties at St. Peter's Prep.

The Omicrons

The late summer night when the Bones came to Curries Woods looking for trouble in a Volkswagon Beetle and the car broke down on Heckman Drive near 5 Heckman.

Super Saver Grocery Store on Garfield Avenue

Sinclair Gas on Garfield Avenue

The Cottilion at the Church of the Incarnation.

The house on Summitt Avenue where Black Panther meetings were held.

Vote Robinson for Mayor Row A-5

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I also remember:

Ape Day at Lowe’s Theatre when they showed all five Planet of the Apes Movies back to back

The gruff old bus dispatcher at the Greenville Bus Co. depot on Merritt Street who would gas up the busses with a cigar smoldering in his mouth

Nino’s Used Cars at Claremont and Garfield

Cameo Theatre on Ocean near Cator

When ambulances were Cadillacs

The Central Railroad of New Jersey Ferry

Hudson County Police

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I remember the bus driver. I remember the B-1 bus. And if I am correct wasn't there a B-52 bus and a B-29? On the way home, we used to kneel in the back row seat of the bus looking out the rear window and when the bus driver would hit the bumps, we would bounce up. I also remember going to the camp and just before we got to the camp, we'd make a very tight right turn onto a narrow bridge over a set of railroad tracks. And, if I remember correctly, Thursday was the one overnight at Brook Valley.

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Brook Valley Day Camp

I remember Brook Valley Day Camp sponcered by the YMCA on Bergen Ave. Do you remember Ray the bus driver he drove the old grey B1 Hudson Blvd. fish bowl bus. There were the Casey brothers and Luke who were counselers, and Chong the screaming meanie director of the camp. The camp was located up Rt. 23 in Kinnelon out in Morris County. Ray used to pull into the little outdoor mall over by the bakery so us kids could get a snack from the "long" drive.

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