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Did this guy steal our stuff - or did we steal his stuff
- You know you're from Old Nutley if you ...
- - raced cars at Drewe's
- fished in the Mud Hole
- skated at the Mud Hole
- heard the bells of St. Mary's or Holy Family early in the morning
- saw a play at the Family Playhouse
- played caroms at Booth Park, Nichols Park, Kingsland Park
- remember where you were when the ITT tower tumbled
- drove through Albino Village...
I bet we can add a lot to it ... c'mon NJ HOMETOWNERS, Let's see what
Drove to Monk's Castle got out of the car and ran up to the castle on
a dare to touch it.
Ate at Rutt's Hut,
Drove to Branch Brook Park to see the White Lady Tree,
Took swimming lessons at ITT in the summer and skated on the reflection
pool in the winter,
and had Good Humor Ice Cream (for free) after marching in the Memorial
aka Kips Castle
Misbehaved at a children's sports event.
-took swimming lessons at the ITT pool
-ice skated under the ITT tower
-remember Candy Corner
- had your graduating class picture taken at the oval
- attended the Velodrome
- slipped under the fence into a football game during the national
anthem while the cops were saluting the flag
- shot firecrackers behind the garage
- ate a burger at Town & Country at 3 a.m.
- burned leaves in the back yard
- swam across Nutley on high school graduation
shopped at Gantner's Hardware store
Bought something, anything at JNC
Ate at the Nutley Diner when it was called Town & Country.
Browsed the Shop-Rite Annex
I must know you, you went pool hoppin' too?
I forgot about sneaking under the fence at the Oval!!
- Gosh, I must really be old because many of these points listed are
new to me.
- I did the fishing and ice skating at the Mud Hole, was at St. Mary's
before the bells were installed even remember who donated them, remember
when Holy Family was the smaller of the two congregations and watched
the leaves burn many many times.
- I remember Dugan's delivering the way Schwans does now. Bamberger's
and Kreske's had metal charge cards and the #13 bus went into downtown
Newark and Gantner's was the place to go with your dad on Saturday
- The Polish bakery on Franklin Ave and the Italian one near St Mary's
on Center and Mr. Tozzi was a young man operating a excellent cleaners.
I remember early spring and building the "new" Little League baseball
- Everyone brought their rakes and shovels and there were no heavy
equipment pieces to move dirt.
- Now thatís "old" Nutley youngens.
Well, I don't consider myself that old but I also remember Dugan (we
called the delivery man Dugan also) delivering our bread and the Italian
Bakery on Centre Street that we used to go to after mass at St. Mary"s.
Speaking of St. Mary's, does anyone remember the Angel in the entrance
to the school? We used it as a lost and found area. Oh, and how about
the Bazaar's that they used to hold in the basement of the church?
Wasn't the Polish Bakery Kucinski's? and the bake shop on Centre
Nutley Bake Shop?
I think the one on Centre Street was owned by a family named
I didn't remember their name, thanks. I think it was called the
Nutley Bake Shop though. Not 100% sure, so maybe someone can enlighten
Wasn't it called "The Nutley Bakery"? Lots of my friends used to work
there in HS. They all got a bit chubby!
- I remember going to Hoffman's bakery after Mass but I don't know
where it was located. Remember the crowning of the May Queen at St.
Mary's standing there for what seemed like hours in absolute silence?
- There was a spot in the Oval fence that went around a big tree and I
was slim enough back then to slip between two bars that were just a
little further apart than the rest.
- You're from Nutley if you claim you were there when the policeman was
pulled up through a hole in the street on the bridge over the brook on
Brookfield Avenue. I really WAS there.
- You're from Nutley if you ever walked across the falls at Kingsland
You're from Nutley if you ever walked across the falls at Kingsland
- Oh yeah, I remember that but did you walk across the big one or the
smaller (but scarier) one on the side? I was too afraid to walk across
that one!! I also remember sliding on my butt down those white concrete
slabs that we used as slides and tearing my pants!!
The Polish bakery was Kucinski's, my friend Jerry worked as a helper
in the back. But what was the name of the soda fountain/ ice cream store
that eventually became "Jim Dandy's".
Also, anybody remember the local rock band from the 60's. The Missing
Links? Became a pretty successful bar band before they broke up, drummer
was amazing, Tommy Hayes. Guitar player and singer lived on Passaic
Avenue, just north of Center, real big guy with a great voice. Don't
remember his or anyone else's name.
Candy corner! Ahh memories. Use to go after school, and everyone
would be in there raiding the candy barrels.
Every fight from NHS took place at GARDEN STATE< Which is now Carvel, on
omg...yes, I even got into a fight there! And every FMS fight
happened after school on Church Hill! Candy Corner was great, all us
Lincoln School trash hung out at Fred's and played video games!!
wait, let's not forget the Nutley Carnival by the P&R where we all went
to hang out and hook up!
Kucinski's bakery across from
Lardiere's Drug Store
Got your clothes cleaned at TOZZI'S
Peg & Ben's Restaurant
The soda fountain ice cream store was originally called Morris' but
changed to Hansen's in the late 60's or early 70's. We used to hang out
there on Friday and Saturday nights when we were in High School
Didn't that flood when the river overflowed? I remember seeing the
water coming out of it many a time.
Remember Bill Tone's Deli on Harrison?
The big fat butcher - Bill or Tone?
and the candy counter in the back room - it was always dark in there
Remember them both. I think Bill bought Tone out. I wonder what went
on in the back room.
For any of you that grew up in the Kingsland Park area, Do you
remember the stories of the man in the cape that would hide out in the
"mountains" along the brook? It used to scare the crap out of me! Even
to this day, when I go for my walk thru that park, I ALWAYS get the
willies if I hear the slightest noise!
Call me a nervous Nellie!
the Nutley bake shop was owned by the sparacino's
Ice skating in the river at Booth Park
You know you're from Nutley if you spend your day reading three pages
about how great everything was way back when were they simpler times
you got eaten alive by mosquitoes on summer nights when you played
SPUTNIK under the street lights
(what was air conditioning? What was a FAN? )
How about Christiansons and the cows at Cerami's Dairy. Boy they had
the best pot cheese. A can that was mounded round on top with cellophane
- I remember going to the church for 9th grade history class because the
new annex part of NHS wasn't done being built. Had to trek over in the
winter through the snow.
- Went to every Saturday afternoon football game for 4 years with
friends. Had to support our Raiders.
You're from Nutley if you bought your posterboard from Peerless
Stationery for your science projects.
- I bought my first Monkee's Album at what was then the grand opening of
the ShopRite Annex.
- And I bet my Mom still has some of those mosaic hot plates we made at
Summer Rec at Radcliffe School.
- St. Mary's Bazaar was always wonderful! I remember they would walk us
through it before it officially opened and we would be in awe of how
beautiful it was.
- And the Nutley Little Theater Barn on Erie Place...what a fabulous
- How about buying your clothes at "Boutique Alley" ?
- I swear, my Mother still has one of their plastic shopping bags in her
- Hmmm, I remember the "man in the mountains" you talk about. I can
remember walking thru there as a little kid around dinner time and
having the CRAP scared out of me!
I also attended Lillian Danielís' School of Dance for many years. It
was on Franklin & Church, across the driveway from what was Drewe's
Hobby Shop. I think there's a realtor in there now.
- And how about Blimpie's?
- Miss Martha...I remember Boutique Alley! I had completely forgotten
about that store.
I just remembered "Dectra Tee" also. (sp?) My mom let me get a groovy
tee shirt made there!
- I practically grew up in Kingsland Park. I remember that cape man.
Even though we never saw that person, I still remember who we thought it
was. A guy that lived across the park... I really thought he was real!
- Oh my goodness!
- I forgot about the FRANKLIN THEATER
- Hasnít been gone that long, but that was here for a long
time. All of us lived there, on Fridays and Saturday nights.. I wish it
was still here for my kids.
- Think that the place for my first KISS AWW
Eating lunch in maroon raiders
Hey does anyone remember the old brown stone St. Mary's Church -- now
a parking lot.
I remember hearing about many of these places from members when you
were reminiscing (spelling?) about the good ole days of Nutley. Sounds
Remember the Military Hall
- Kastner's Furniture Store
- Grand Union where Burger King is now
- A&P where CVS is
- Fabricville next to Peerless Stationary
- Plaza Bootery
The original A&P was where the JNC Men's shop is now. I'm talking
about 1952. Boys would line up their wagons or bikes out front to take
your order home for you if you gave them 50 cents. Sure beat trying to
manage grocery bags and baby carriage from there to Passaic Ave. and
Vreeland Ave. Obviously we did not have a car. Don't remember when they
moved to Harrison St., but we then walked to Franklin to shop at Food
Fair which was where Ciccolini Bros. is now. By this time we had
graduated to a grocery cart. Not the "in store" kind. Boy, did we hate
winter weather. Grocery shopping was not fun!!
Next time I complain about how rough I have it, you have my
permission to SLAP ME!!
Remember the 5 and 10 cent store on Franklin, somewhere near Nutley
Camera or there abouts?
DQ, Nutley Watch Shop and Lane Jewelers
- Remember the Arcade on Franklin Ave where TCBY is. Was in the 80's,
only for a short time.
- Carl's candy store by SGS
Okay had to do it -- The Nutley Sweet Shoppe. Spent most of my senior
year there when I should have been studying. How I got through that year
is a miracle or a gracious gift. I think the latter may have prevailed.
- There was also Sam's across the street from NHS. If memory serves me
right some rather famous people of today would stop in there when they
Ciccone's Shoes across from the HS
Giovine Music, my kids got their instruments for school there
I've lived here since 1984 and worked at Hoffmann La Roche thru the
1970's and early '80's. My first shopping experiences here were at
"Boutique Alley", JNC, Seibel's (where the Green Jade is now). Good
Do you remember these two luncheonettes?
The Raiders and the Maroon Raiders.
One was on the corner of Church and Franklin the other on the corner of
Chestnut and Franklin.
Remember when "Up With People" came to Nutley?
I remember shopping at the Terry Shop, The Jean Scene and Thom
- The Mudhole had the big wooden spinning carousel (not with horses
just a wooden platform) too dangerous now.
- Ice skating on the Mudhole and having bond fires and sledding down the
hill, someone always ended up in the steam.
- The open park program during the summer at Kingsland park with trips
to Wild West City and Bertramís Island.
- Walking across the falls in Kingsland park as well as the smaller ones
at the Mudhole.
- The bicentennial celebration, Nutley painted the fire hydrants red
white and blue.
- The firemanís picnic on ITT property, for $5.00 you could buy a mug
with free refills of beer, from the beer truck.
- I remember being sent to Shop Rite for a quart of milk and to the
store by the corner of Franklin and Vreeland to buy my dad a pack of
Anybody remember O'Dowds dairy at the corner of
Franklin and Joralemon St?
That was called the Milk Bar, itís been replaced by a bank.
ate lunch at Frank's "buy or fly"
- attend the prom at the High School Gym- and walked with your date
through lines of parents and friends to the front door
- went to high school dances at Friday nights - where kids actually
- attended the prom at the Westmount Country Club
- went on the bus to Styertown
- went on the bus to Bloomfield Center and Passaic
- on Friday nights "walked the Ave"
- went to movies every Saturday on a date
- went to drive-in movies!
- ate at Rutt's Hut after a basketball game or wrestling match
- wore your boyfriend's class ring on a chain
- attended Youth Group meetings at local churches on Sunday night
- on Halloween went out alone with your friends without parents dragging
- could ride your bike in the summer all day all over Nutley and venture
to Brookdale Park without your parents even knowing what you did all day
- got ice cream from "Tony" the ice cream man
- ran through the smoke from the Mosquito man truck
- enjoyed being a kid - no planned sports beginning at age 5 and more
importantly, no micro-managing parents!
How about Sylvia Manciniís Dress Shop? It was across the street from
what is now Ciccolini's. Took my daughter there for prom dress which I
think she hated. She looked beautiful, however.
- Having a Toasted Cheese Stewart Sandwich at Jerry Angelos
- Buying supplies at White Oak Hardware
- know the rumor about Caren Lemma's home run hitting the Elks club
-Checking out the exotic Foreign cars at Jerry Roberts Toyota
-Eating Famous Amos Cookies right out of the Oven
- Remember Jones Florist on Passaic Ave
- had ice cream at the western scoop
- had whisky at the Onyx room
- had a boob shoved in your face at the oasis lounge
- and know which place had a sign proclaiming it to be "Nutleyís only
Remember being dared to cross the train trestle over Memorial Park
and having to do it to save face?
What a trip!
- I remember many of these places. That is some feat considering I have
been forgetting things lately and I'm only forty something. Lived here
all my life, so have my parents.
- Remember buying 8-tracks at a happenin place near the Jean Scene.
Can't remember the place's name and I don't think anyone's mentioned it
- Also ice skated at ITT. That was great family fun.
...remember going to the 4th of July Celebration in the oval....and
walked back and forth in front of the stands and laid on blankets on the
grass and looked up at the sky going "oo and ah" and then complained
cause they weren't good enough.....
- got your hair cut at Mario's Barber Shop on Franklin Ave..
- got soda from Brookdale soda's in Bloomfield...
- ate an "Awful Awful" at Bond's...
- met with Santa at Levy Brothers....
- went Bowling in Styertowne....
- saw two movies at Franklin Theater every Saturday and bought root beer
barrels and good n' plenty....
- shopped at Ginsburg's in Passaic....
- hung out a Jack's Sweet Shoppe....
- shopped at Gantner's hardware store....
- walked the "pipeline" to Radcliffe school....
- got all your school supplies from Peerless...
- went on the trolley to shop in Newark - Haine's, Bambergers' and
Kleinís on the Square....
- Felt safe traveling to Newark!!!...
- Bob Tucker only "Rented" here while in Nutley, he has his primary
Residence in Pennsylvania, I see him often when he visits the area. The
pride of Hazelton, Pa, home of Jack Palance, a great athlete himself.
Bob Tucker finished his career with Minnesota Vikings but was a good
player with NY Giants.
- Another "Actor" in town is Frankie Vincent, and Frankie Valli daughter
Toni comes into town often, I see her as well.
The Great Tape Escape and Your Mother's Attic.
Fought on church hill, hung out at Garden State or performed in Mr.
Kocum's "Fame Show".
How about blaming the Belleville kids for all the crime in Nutley ?
This post brings back fond memories of Nutley in he 50's & 60's.Here
are a few I can recall:
- The Bit 'N Spur tavern around the corner from Ralph's
-Mrs. Gutherie's candy store
- Nutley Bake Shop cakes
- McGrory's deli on Washington Ave
- CYO dances at St Maryís on Friday nights
- Buying student bus tickets for the 13 Broad at the barn on Washington
- Walking across the trestle on Passaic Ave
- Going to opening day at Rizzuto/Berra bowling alley and getting
numerous pictures and autographs,wish I hung on to them
Would love to hear more from some of the OLD NUTLEYITES
- I grew up in Belleville - we used to buy the discount bus tickets -
I think they were pink and cost 13 cents. Whether you were from
Belleville or Nutley, the annual football game - and the inter-town
rivalry was always a classic.
- Classic Thing to do in Belleville when you got your license (besides
Monk's Castle/Albino Village) was to drive through Nutley and check out
the girls (Gas was 17 cents - so you could ride a long time on two bucks
worth of gas in Mom's Impala)
Uh oh. I sense chronology spilling forth, hidden-age divesting itself
of anonymity, memories again becoming a thing of the past, trampled
forward through the recesses of all that occurred 'tween then and now,
slipping through the cracks of the decades of mundanity, only to
resurface as fact, even in the face of obvious impossibility (mainly, a
foreign pump attendant who wont check your oil or do your windshield,
smiling before a sign reading "regular, $2.09)!!
- Um, I mean, you're giving away your age. I only remember as low as .23
a gallon, and I wasn't driving.
OK here we go...
- Walking to Bernie's on the corner of Raymond and Bloomfield Ave's,
alone, when I was 5, to buy cigarettes for my neighbor. I think she gave
me a quarter and let keep the change.
- Getting your hair cut at Joe LaSalle's on High Street.
- The Nutley Police coming to our house to shoot pigeons out of the
eaves. With .22's. Really.
- Getting your hair cut by Roy at Park Barbers. I can remember when
Frank was the cool, young barber.
- Devils Hill in Nicol's Park. Did anyone really ride a sled down it?
- Mr. B the Crossing Guard at Ridge Rd and Coeyman Ave who knew every
kid's name and always had a piece of Bazooka bubble gum for you.
- Asking to go to "court" when you had to use the rest room in Nutley
- Tony's Pizzeria on Franklin Ave where Moscara's Realty is now. Tony
knew everyone in my family by name.
- Drewe's, Jean Scene, Rocky's Pizzeria when it was across from the High
School, Savino's Sporting Goods and the Nutley Bike Shop when it was
next door to Bernie's.
- The Holy Family CYO dances they used to have on Friday nights in the
basement of the old church, where I met my future wife. We had our first
kiss in one of the carrels on the side of the new church where,
unbeknownst to us, we would be married 9 years later.
Many years ago, my father worked at Lamont's Paper Factory behind
Nichols Park. It is now part of Hoffman LaRoche.
- He would always take us down to the little river with stale bread to
feed the ducks.
- I also remember the Onyx Room, which was a cocktail lounge near the
corner of Centre & Franklin.
remember the way Gantner's floor creaked when you walked across it
Oh geez, I forgot about the creaking floor at Gantner's until you
just mentioned it. Remember the smell?
- For the ladies, do you remember the bathroom in the Franklin Theatre?
It was like a lounge... Do you remember the "prune faced woman" who was
the proprietor? My Mom and Dad used to give us 60 cents total to go to
the movies, 50 cents for the movie and 10 cents for candy. My brother
and I would spend 5 cents on root beer barrels and the other 5 cents on
Boston baked beans candy. Sometimes we would splurge and spend the whole
10 cents on "night and day candies".
- Of course, that was back in the 60's. That was also when you would get
2 movies for the price of one!!
I had forgotten about this one. Since when does the word "court" mean
restroom? Only in Nutley.
It wasn't "court" in Catholic School - I know this because I switched
in 4th grade from Catholic to Public and felt like a fool when I asked
to go to the rest room (darn, can't remember what we called it -
lavatory?) and all eyes looked at the "new" kid. I also stood up when
answering a question and went to bless myself with the sign of the cross
when we stood to say the "pledge of Allegiance"!
....remember going to the 4th of July Celebration in the oval....and
walked back and forth in front of the stands and laid on blankets on the
grass and looked up at the sky going "oo and ah" and then complained
cause they weren't good enough.....
Nobody goes there anymore, It's too crowded
- Nutley Electric
- The Dairy Queen boys and Library Lawners
- Johnnese's and Stanton Funeral Parlors
- Phil's Yantacaw Liquors
- Kucinski's Bakery and Lardier Pharmacy
- Calo's Barber Shop
- Zinicola's Square Pizza Pie (Friday Night)
bought something, anything,
at Petite Cafe the weekend of June 25, 2005
Late and anonymous:
"Flying A" gas stations at Bloomfield & Centre and
High and Bloomfield (Nelson's)
Sinclair gas station at Harrison and Bloomfield
Davis' candy store (and Micci's (sp?) before that
Ideal Farms milk delivery
"Tony the ice cream man"
Buying Italian bread for dinner at Cavallo's or
Centre Deli (and eating the end on the way home...)
Neighborhood baseball games at the power lines
Box baseball on Webster Street
Touch football on Webster or Hudson Street
Sleigh riding at Blair's nursery
Tony's Pizza (bubble crust)
May we suggest a book about Nutley ...
Anthony's World book
What a great walk down Memory Lane...here are some
more from High St. from a Spring Garden Grown Lass:
Ralph's Pizzeria when it was owned by Ralph, Tony
Intindola the barber next to Arturo the tailor, next to
Nettie's Sweet Shop, where you could buy the latest copy
of Archie comics & order an Egg creme... Jentis Liquors,
where you could vote for Miss Rheingold (beer)... Max
Kessler's Drug Store, (who delivered coke syrup for
upset stomachs) .. Hendrick's Butcher Shop which had
sawdust on the floor...the Flying A gas station owned
by brothers Lou & Bill, then up the hill was Carl's
combination butcher/deli/candy store where you could
stop for some Bonomo Turkish Taffy on the way home from
Spring Garden School, ...the Strawberry Festival, Mr.
Van der Els, the principal, Mrs. Gonnella, the
secretary, Mr. Schiffert the art teacher who always wore
a bow tie and Miss Monahan's Social Dancing on Friday
Shermans for kids' clothes
awful girls maroon one piece gym suits for gym in
grammar school at Drewes. Mrs. Drewe would write
your name on the back.
-My Dad and all
my brothers got their hair cut at Marios next to the
-Running past the
Maroon and Gray luncheonette when I was little
because the big high school kids looked so scary.
-the little tiny
staircase in the library that went down to the
-When Shop Rite
didn't take up half of Franklin Ave
-Buying stuff at
the local stores and putting it on your family's
-The guard at the
big bank on the corner of Franklin and Chestnut
would give us lollipops.
-Playing in the
street and having to be home when the street lights
Joe Cam Writes:
Great site!! - I love
the "You know you're from old Nutley if..." section.
I remember visiting many of those places as a kid with
my grand parents.
Which leads me to the point of this email. Back in the
'70's & early '80's
parents had a luncheonette on Passaic Ave, at the
Kingsland Ave, just up the street from the Famous Amos
called The Loop Luncheonette. It was in an older style
building with shops on the ground floor, and apartments
I was wondering if you had any old pictures or articles
about the place.
Old Military Hall; sneakin in for a drink Senior
year during free period or open lunches. Blimpies
across the street.
your winter hat a "Goobilini."
You spent your Thanksgiving early afternoons at the Kearny game.
How about all
of us who walked from Lincoln School to Holy Family Church for Religion classes
every Wednesday, we didn't call them CCD yet, there had to be a hundred of
us. We stopped along the way to get our candy that the Nuns took away from us if
we didn't eat it because they had bags of chips for us to buy.
Us old schoolers also remember the day McDonalds opened on
Washington Ave too, and the argument is, is the Old Canal Inn really in Nutley
or Bloomfield. Us old schoolers know but remember it up there as "Nanny Goat
A Nutley Native:
I'm a native Nutley
person, having grown up there drinking Brookdale soda. The photo and taste
descriptions bring back a lot of memories. By chance I now live in Ohio (Mogadore,
a suburb of Akron and about an hour and a half from Ashtabula) and the term
"pop" really threw me when I moved here. Thanks for the neat web site of our
hometown and the chance to reminisce about my youth. I have a sister that still
lives on Oakridge Ave so I get to visit every couple of years. Thanks again
Born and raised in Nutley, I really got lost in your website
this evening. Your writings made my day. I spotted a picture of the Masonic
Hall on Franklin Avenue, Nutley, Took dancing lessons upstairs in that
building in about 1935, Mr. Cole was the dancing instructor. Every Friday
evening, my mom and I would stop in for ice cream downstairs on that corner.
Those were the Good Ol' Days in Nutley.
Born in 1925, you tell me how old I am! Graduated from NHS
in 1943. Married my sailor in 1946 and moved to Long Island but still
visited Nutley often. As a child, I ice skated on the pond at the foot of
Kingsland Road. Used to play in the sand box at the Nutley Park . Even
remember shopping with dad at Gantner's Hardware.
Years later, my dad opened his own hardware store in
Montclair NJ and an uncle opened a Polar Club ice cream parlor nearby . Ice
cream for breakfast.! Those were really the Good ol' days !!
Want to go back several years? My grandfather and his twin
brother, Wilfred and Winfred Day, had a candy and ice cream shop on Franklin
Avenue in about 1910. My grandparents lived on Church Street and we lived on
Bloomfield Avenue at the foot of Raymond Avenue. A great spot to go sledding
in the winter.
The foot ball games at the Park Oval? I played with the band
and all I can remember was COLD but still a lot of fun. Nutley and
Belleville really locked horns. After the game, we always found a way to
Enough "talk" for this evening. I can go to bed and dream
about Nutley and the Good ol' days
Thanks for the memories. God bless my Nutleyite "friends". My
heart will always be there .... Ruth
The Sinclair gas station.
Garden State Farms / Dairy Queen.
Cub Scouts at the Nutley Museum.
Getting cases of Brookdale at Colonial Liquors back door.
Horsing around in the woods, before the Senior Housing
Project was built.
Civil Defense Communications Squad memories of the fireworks
and the "500 year" floods...
People? Off. Joe Guarino. Mr. Bill Gilligan, and Bill
Shergalis. MIZ. Ellen Young. Off. Harry Austin. Off. Hank Anzovino. BOTH
I could go on and on and on....
I have very few connections left to
Nutley, even fewer to Down Neck, where I was born. So it's really nice to
see someone doing your work with your passion. And besides, everyone KNOWS
that Brookdale "Kola Soda" was better than Coke OR Pepsi....
I grew up on Oak Street, right around the corner from the old ITT
tower. Went to St Mary's elementary (with my cousins the Talarico's). Lived
just walking distance from the mud hole.
I loved reading your website - it brought back such wonderful memories.
I remember sleigh riding down the church St lawn through the gate and
onto the playground of Franklin Jr. High
I remember clothes shopping at Franklin Dept. Store at Chestnut and
Pizza at Ralph's and tuna sandwiches at The Sweet Shop
Rollar Skate Dances at Franklin Jr High
Buying Milk (next to the Diary Queen) in re fillable glass bottles
Buying nehru jackets and Levis at Harrick's Clothing Store for guys
Going to Nunzios Music Store and renting instruments
Parking on Franklin Ave for a penny or two in the meters
NOT being able to walk up Chestnut St to get home when it was icy and
figuring out an alternate route
Running next to the mosquito trucks (weird when u think back on that
Catching fireflies in a jar
Deciding if you were a "hood" or a "collegiate" in HS
Can anyone relate to these things???
The Grand Union before it was "Burger King".
The Bowling alley that burned down on Franklin Ave. in the 60's; it's
now a Doctors office!
Before being called "Le Terrace Club", the swim club was called "Kal's".
Giovine music on Centre St. and then on Franklin Ave.
The pizza store on the corner of Passaic Ave. and Hancox Ave. with a
white delivery truck!
All of the swingsets throughout the Hancox Ave. apartment complex near
Flora Louden park during the 60's.
Santa arriving on the firetruck at the corner of Hancox Ave. and Yale
The walkway behind Tozzi's cleaners to get to school at St.Mary's.
The bakery on Centre St. owned by the Sparacino family who lived on
Nutley Ave., and the barbershop right next door!
Playing basketball at the orphanage on the corner of Howe Ave. and
Washington Ave., across from Johnesee's funeral home.
Bradlee's before Kohl's.
ADP being built in 1968 on Route 3 East, working there, and then seeing
it torn down.
I was looking for Brookdale Beverage stuff and your sight came up. My
father was the plant manager for Brookdale for as long as I can
remember. My brothers & sisters used to run around the plant while my
father waited for his last driver(s) to come back to the plant.
Brookdale was part of so many families back then. He was with them until
shortly before they folded, he passed away. If you know of anyone with
Brookdale stuff for sale please E mail me
Strauss Cars on Franklin Avenue
Costello's Corner Store
Car Care on Franklin Ave
Shoebox's Corner Store on Essex St & Franklin Ave
Grand Union where burger Kings is
Jean Scene, Thom McMahon, Great Tap escape, Peerless, Boutique Alley, Bill
Tones, Vitiello's bakery when it was down the street in a smaller area on
The Lawn mower place on Franklin Ave next to the American Legion Post 70
Rocky's Pizzeria, Merle Normans across from the high school Diary queen The
Oval when you could watch a game or high school graduation with out then
putting a tarp up so you can see from Franklin Ave. Fire works in the Oval.
The statue place on Franklin Ave Near the boarder of Nutley & Belleville.
Thanksgiving footballs games playing Belleville.
That diner on Center street, that use to be an old trollie car? I forgot
the name of it.
Dear Friends , I need to know if there is
any interest in a ball team ----- The Nutley Tigers ------ they were active
around the 1930's , my late husband was a member in his youth and I have the
uniform and a photograph of the team , complete with every name , the names
would be of interest to descendants , I would give permission for the picture to
be published in your local newspaper, my husband was raised in Nutley , (
Bloomfield Ave. ) served in WW11 in Europe, then moved to Clifton 1962, has a
wife and two sons , he passed away 2003 ........thank you for advise
DAVE QUINN, Orlando, FL
*Sleigh Riding down both hills at the mudhole
*Free fudgesicles at the oval on 4th of July morning
*All the races at the oval that same morning...if you won you got a white
t-shirt with a firecraker on it that said Nutley Civic Association.
*Sitting on the blanket in the Oval watching the fireworks at night.
*The 12 noon siren on Saturday from the fire station on Chestnut
*Mrs Dejons piano lessons on North st
*The Easter Egg hunts at the mudhole
*The Memorial Day parades
*The 3 long bells ending recess at St Mary's "Stop" "Go to your line" "Go
*Hebberlings corner drugstore, corner nutley and passaic
*Olands market on Passaic
*Blue Bird Barber Shop on Chestnut and Passaic
*Annual Bazaar at St Mary's
*Annual Carnival with rides at Holy Family
*The Bigleys (13 children)
*The Trestle on Nutley Ave
*The 3 trains in the morning and 3 in the evening that went to/from NY
*Roses Hardware across from Gantners Hardware
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