You’re a Hoboken B-n-R when you…

Here’s a great list some Hobokenites have been circulating around for a while. I’ve only been here 10 years, so I cannot relate to most of this. But it’s fun trivia nonetheless. Thanks to Hoboken411 reader “icu” for the list!

You know you’re from Hoboken when you…

  • Played BBall at 4th St Park (Its really called Church Square Park)
  • Know where the “Multi” is
  • Bought your Bicycle, pin-striped Lee jeans and Bomber from Mr Lee’s…
  • Bought your school project materials from Sorkins
  • Shopped at:
    • CH Martin
    • CREST
    • Stans
    • Chicken Galore
    • Burger King
    • McCrory’s
    • Biggies
    • Malibu Diner
    • Murder Hill
    • Benny’s Pizzeria!
    • Shop Rite (where both CVS and Barnes & Noble currently are)
    • CUNA! ( rice and cheese lol )
  • Got your shots at HOPES
  • Hung out by Daily News, the Piers or Lakawana!

Here’s an old picture of the Spa Diner. See below for the rest of the list!
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More old memories. (FYI, Hoboken411 doesn’t condone the beating up of anybody).

  • Beat up yuppies on Washington St. (who the hell didn’t!!)
  • If you brawled at a HOBOKEN vs EMERSON (late 80’s) Basketball and high school football games, or Hoboken vs. North Bergen football games (early 90’s)
  • Hoboken High School football team
  • Hoboken would walk up to Union City ( 8th street area) and fight everyone and anyone that would stand in our way!!
  • In High School got breakfast or lunch at Ann’s
  • AND PLAYED YOUR VIDEO GAMES AFTER SCHOOL AT…..MR. BIGGS!
  • “THE MOUNTAINS OR TRIALS” refers to the small wooded area overlooking the Hudson River at Stevens College. starting point was 6th street and ending at Elysian Park 10th at Hudson.
  • Dead Man’s Cave!!! Lol
  • White Wall…climbing down from JC to Hoboken.
  • Eddie MOE/Grandma from BIGS
  • Big Banners/Bills Corner.
  • Know who “STICK” is.
  • Know who the “Jesus Christ” Homeless guy is
  • Got your back to school clothes from Arnold’s or Wilmers.
  • Your mom and grandma got their clothes from Weiners, LOL.
  • Used to get lunch from sammy’s on Park Avenue.
  • Got my penny loafers for school from Thom McCan’s.
  • Castle Point Diner is now It’s Greek to Me.
  • East LA used to be Umland’s, a breakfast place.
  • Played wiffle ball in church towers while girls watched from the “brick” in the play area
  • Know the meaning of “cump” and use it on a daily basis
  • Called the 9th street projects the “white” projects
  • Bought your halloween costume and christmas cards at Fibbio’s (now Makeovers Salon)
  • Say he/she is CUUTE in only the way we know how
  • Have told both your enemies and best friends to “smarten up”
  • Add an “r” to words that end in “a”, and remove the “r” in words that do end in that letter
  • Call Washington St. “THE AVENUE”
  • Went to Pac N Snack after school
  • Carmen Bacala
  • Mayor Vizetti and his mega phone The best!
  • Bought some toys or luggage at Fiul’s
  • Played video games at Round-Up (aka Daily News)
  • Threw eggs at an opposing blocks on mischief night (Park Ave, Church Towers, Bloomfield).
  • Bought your school clothes at Geismeyer’s.
  • Know any of the following Hoboken celebrities:
    • Lloyd Gold Ashby
    • MC Homeless
    • Campy Love
    • Cutty Juice
    • Dribbles
    • Pat the Man
    • Patty Moe
    • Janet Aiello
    • Izzy Michelle
    • Yac the Cop
    • the Farkles
    • more to follow…
  • Shopped at the Wonder Shop or Mickey Finn’s
  • Remember Carmine Bacala stealing the Cuppy Fund (RIP Cupster!).
  • Remember the Masarsky’s fire.
  • Seen the New Year’s Eve “World’s Most Dangerous Firework Show” on 6th & Bloom.
  • Ate at the original (#1) Blimpie Base at it’s original location.
  • Bought 45’s at Campus.
  • Malibu Diner was known as “The 14th Diner”
  • A&P was the Rite Aid on 13th Street now
  • Foodtown across the street from Hoboken High
  • Polio lake after it rained by 10th street park

83 Responses

  1. escaped68 says:

    The old guy selling jelly apple from his cart, the peddlar selling lambs heads out of his red truck. Going to have a few beers at one of the bars on river street when you were only 15 or 16 years old, proof we don’t need no stinkin proof

  2. ShhhDontTell says:

    Remember how difficult it was to open the window on the Washington Street Bus in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Your could lose some fingers if you didn’t let go quick enough.

    The bus driver had to spin a wheel on the box that you placed your coins in. I think it would help send the coins down to a sorter. Those drivers were the original carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers.

    The bus stopped on all corners before each intersection.

  3. globetrotter says:

    [quote comment=”110182″]Remember how difficult it was to open the window on the Washington Street Bus in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Your could lose some fingers if you didn’t let go quick enough.

    The bus driver had to spin a wheel on the box that you placed your coins in. I think it would help send the coins down to a sorter. Those drivers were the original carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers.

    The bus stopped on all corners before each intersection.[/quote]
    This entire thread is the most interesting since I began logging on a few months back. This IS history. There really SHOULD be a special section (for lack of a better word) for this kind of reflection, for it is history in the making. It NEEDS to be recorded. We’ve owned here in a beautiful historic building for 14 years, and LOVE living in this diversified little city, because of the character (non high-rises), history and people. To heck with the boorish statistic-spouting transient people who dominate this blog–they’ll either end up in McMansions in the burbs in a few years, or, perhaps with a promotion, might be able to afford to move into Manhattan, where they can reminisce about “slumming it” it in New Jersey!

  4. Friedupright says:

    Only been here 20 years but it’s longer than I have lived anywhere else in my life. I miss Cheap Maggies.

  5. escaped68 says:

    There was a orange and black bus driven by a guy called mimi?? that would drive up park ave around 7pm and pick up the old ladies to go play bingo in a different location each night.

  6. globetrotter says:

    When we first moved here, we were walking somewhere downtown west of Bloomfield, and we encountered a small storefront that was full of live chickens.

  7. bornandrazedinhobo says:

    When you been here so long you need to get out ASAP and never want to see or hear about this place again!

  8. escaped68 says:

    Your really a vet b&r if you remember the air raid warning sirens that were tested every sat., at noon, And for bonus points do you remember what you were to do in case of a actual attack

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      escape the sirens wer on the poles during ww2 talking blackouts airraid wardens and close the curtains..Also we recieved snow warnings and all other emergency calls. It was so simple then to inform the people before hi tech chit came along..NOt everyone has a cell phone today and nor do they have a land line to be informed…what a nice new crew[quote comment=”110227″]Your really a vet b&r if you remember the air raid warning sirens that were tested every sat., at noon, And for bonus points do you remember what you were to do in case of a actual attack[/quote]

  9. manolo says:

    I smile when I think of my mom giving my brother and me 2 bucks for the fabian. 35 cents to get in, ha. how many remember the candy store on 2nd and hudson st? mike turners (he was called thumbs??) and the guys playing guitar like Paulie and Ray and George? We got served in Mickey the wise guy on River St.! Im 58 so I have way back memories, first wedding reception was in the Blue Point on 8th St I think…..hahahah. Weiners and Malakoffs were thr place to get nice suits. Geismars was a great place to shop for my dad and kids. aahh and so it goes…. 😛 I really miss Apicellas fish store tho!

  10. BnRChick says:

    I WENT TO BRANDT AS WELL… MS. SALVATORE WAS MY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. SHE BECAME A LIL NUTTY… DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER???

  11. emarche says:

    Why do virtually all ‘loud and proud’ BnR’s on this site insist on typing in all caps?

    And what the hell is going down on 14th in front of Baja this evening? Seeing a bunch of cops, firetrucks, etc.

  12. moephab says:

    [quote comment=”110233″]I WENT TO BRANDT AS WELL… MS. SALVATORE WAS MY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. SHE BECAME A LIL NUTTY… DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER???[/quote]
    I haven’t seen her in a few years. She lived on 8th & Hud.[quote comment=”110235″]Why do virtually all ‘loud and proud’ BnR’s on this site insist on typing in all caps?

    And what the hell is going down on 14th in front of Baja this evening? Seeing a bunch of cops, firetrucks, etc.[/quote]
    I’m a B&R too. I don’t get it…

  13. homeworld says:

    Wouldn’t a BNR call the Malibu Diner the 14th Street Diner?

  14. bornandrazedinhobo says:

    The list pretty much sums it up and remember all of it plus many more!

  15. pawzclawz says:

    This is one incredible list. “Thank You!” ICU for compiling it. I’m going to try and print it out later. I’ve lived here, I guess since about 96 or 97. I don’t remember everything on the list. I do remember a good portion. Gramma from Mr.Big’s was my former neighbor. My first date with my late boyfriend was The New Year’s Eve fireworks display on 6th&Bloomfield. I could go on and on.

  16. CumpyCP says:

    very late to the game…how about the Pretty Girl taxi?

    see him drive by and you yell “Pretty Girl !” and he’d beep his customized horn that sounded like a guy whistinling at a pretty girl

    “weeeiitt woooo”

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