red-and-tan-busYou know you are from Jersey City if you remember…
I received   this in an email today. My Jersey City friends may remember many of the places and things. Have fun, I did. 

Source: Truth Speaks- Icypeals Blogspot - Thanks Mimi

*Seeing the Three Stooges Live at the Stanley Theater
*Live Acappella Shows at the State Theater
* Hudson Boulevard had islands.
*Ferris High School
*Singing Doo-Wop under the tresstle on Monmouth Street
*Hanging out at Coletta’s Bar
* You knew how O’Hara’s got it’s 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 & Putney’s Pub
– Annual Holy Name Parade
– What Harvard on the Blvd. and St. Richards on the Hill are
– The color scheme of the bus lines:Â
… Brown: Central Avenue; Red: Montgomery/West Side, Green: Bergen/Lafayette, Orange: Bergen Avenue
– Getting Sunday suits at Robert HallÂ
– Bettingers on the Square
– Uncle Milties/Bergen Point
– The Skyline Cabana Club
– You shopped in Woolworth on JournalÂ
Square and went to the Griddle or Driftwood after a movie.
– The Hudson Mall was a strip mallÂ
– Instead of the Hudson Mall there
was: Two Guys from Harrison; Great Eastern, and Valley Fair
– Instead of the dollar stores there was Johns Bargain Stores
– You could actually swim in the Reservoir (on the sneak)
– The giant roach in the exterminators window on Westside Avenue
– Floor shows at the Canton Tea Garden Chinese Restaurant
– You’ve said “Youse” about 100 times in one day


– The best hot dogs at Boulevard DrinksÂ
– Orange Julius at the Square
– Charcoal burgers at Tippys
– The Tube Bar and Red the owner
– The Concourse
– The Oyster Bay, Murtaghs, the Alps,Â
Robinsons Steak House, and the Blue Piano
– The PATH train was .30 cents andÂ
before that they were called the Hudson Tubes
– The Happy Birthday Truck from Schneider’sÂ
– You were part of the in crowd ifÂ
you shopped at Danny Mack and Cara Carson
(Marilyn on Central Avenue, Wetons on Bergen)
– The Public Service Bus Terminal ConcourseÂ
with 3 Guys Pizza, Universal, Horn & Hardardt
– The chickens turning on the rotisserie at Universal
– The shortcut through the escalators to Magnolia Avenue
– Eating lunch at Liss Drug
– Ice skating at Roosevelt StadiumÂ
– That St. Als Academy was known as snob hill or House on Whore Hill
– The Bergen School
– The CYO, OLM, St. Michaels, Mt. Carmel and Holy Family dances
– Going through Lincoln Park to get to 440
– The CYO on Bergen Avenue
– You remember go-carts on 440 and # 5 Park
– You hung out at the VIP or The Colonette after a night of partying and before that the Colony
– 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 theÂ
Junction(the sons opened parlors in Vermilion, OH and Westwood, NJ)
– Schroeder’s and Myers Ice CreamÂ
Parlor on Central Avenue
– Your neighborhood beat cops firstÂ
– The Captains Table Restaurant atÂ
Roosevelt Stadium
– Fischer Beers
– Drive-in movies at Roosevelt StadiumÂ
– You sat on the Buffalo at MosquitoÂ
Park and rode your sled in winter there
– Nedicks and Bickford’;s CafeteriaÂ
on the Square
– Monteleones, Five Corners and theÂ
Paris Bakeries
– In grammar school you went home forÂ
lunch and your mom made it for you cause she was there
– You lived in a house/apartment withÂ
at the least one cousin and/or grandparent on the same street
– You lived within 1/2 mile of threeÂ
catholic churches (with schools attached)
– Track meets and boxing matches atÂ
Pershing Field
– The pool at North Street Park (andÂ
never called it Washington Park)
– Battle of the Bands
– You know the You know the A. Harry Moore cheer
– You drank or ate at any of these
>places: The Park Tavern, Frank’s Bar and Grill, the
  Glenwood, the Showboat, Narrowbacks,
>Soap Creek, or Guarini’;s
* Dekay’s Diner HA!
* 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 Drugs Store
>and then going to the movies on the Square
* You shopped at The Grove Shoppe,
>State Gown, Wenton’s or Cara Carson, and Barney Stock for designer clothes
>or accessories
* You went to John’s Bargain Store
>for clothes pins and underwear
* You remember Mayor Smith and that
>he once sparred with Muhammad Ali
* You hung out at the Hilltop on Newark
>& Baldwin Ave. after high school everyday
* You went to the “City”
>to get drunk at 15
* You ate zeppoles and took chances
>for the 50/50 at the Mount Carmel feast
* You knew Great Eastern before it
>was found to be a toxic PCP dump. Ditto behind
   Lincoln Park
* You could see the Statue of Liberty
>or the Empire State Building from your house and
   never visited them.
* KFC and Gino’s were the same
>fast food restaurant
* You watched “Cops” on TV
>and recognize the streets
* You played basketball or hockey in
>Country Village
* You had a coconut drink at the Canton
* You learned to drive in Roosevelt
>Stadium or B ayonne Park and make out at 11 PM
* You swam at Bayonne Pool and skated
>at the roller rink next door]
* You saw headliner rock groups and
>fireworks in Roosevelt Stadium
* The PIX 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 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!) Â
* You were proud that Jimmy Spanarkel
>made it to the Blue Devils
* You know someone who saw a UFO in
>Mosquito Park
* You went swimming in Newark Bay and
>you drove to Bayonne to go to Uncle Miltie’s
* Going to Palisade Park was a big
* You knew which house on the Boulevard
>was haunted
* You went to the “Shore”
>after the prom
* Republican was a dirty word
* 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!
* Who was better, WW III or Medusa?
* The Jumping Jack’s and Bobbie
* Were the 2nd St Damato’s really
>related to Sinatra?
* Everyone knew Sam DiFeo
* 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
* Lay-aways at Mo Finks!
* Swimming in the Hudson, Bare Ass
;Beach and Big Time was the Colgate’s Clock
* You knew who Mr. Fix It was
* You went to school with kids from
Gammon Town and Dog Patch
* Every one spoke English
* Country Village was for rich people

* They arrest people from Jersey City in Bayonne
* Cops would kick your butt if you
>answered them back
* You knew the corner bookie and could
>play a number for 15c with a 10c combo
Hanging out in Hamilton Park
Making Scooters out of Milk crate, two by Four and and one roller skate
*P.S. 35, P.S. 23 and Dickinson H.S.
*White Castle & Blimpies on Journal Square
*Why Journal Square is named Journal Square

This is quite a nice blast from the past…….Maybe someone will make a list of what’s left now and what replaced the old memories with new ones.-Icypearl blogspot

If you remember something about old Jersey City not mentioned on the list -add to the list:


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