My memories are not that old but I recall
every Saturday going downtown with my Grandmother from Harrison
on the 39 bus. This was 1964 till around 1969. I was born in 1958.
Even though my Grandmother only road the bus on Saturday to and
from every bus driver knew here by name.
We would shop at Woolworth and S. Klein on the Square, always
having a bite to eat at the counter in Woolworth's and we would
always have the same.
She would make purchases until we were unable to carry anymore,
but the last stop was always the basement in Woolworth's to buy
me a toy.
Another memory pertains to my other Grandparents who lived in
Newark at the time. They lived in (correct me if I'm wrong) an apartment
building the was named after one of the Breweries, possibly the
Ballantine Apartments. This was in the early 60's and even though
we were young, we were allowed to go out and play in the center
courtyard of the apartments. The only problem was trying to remember
what floor and apartment number they lived in. My Grandfather solved
that problem by putting a beer coaster in the peep hole of their
door. The exterior peephole was large enough to accommodate the
I was born and raised in Harrison but spent quite a bit of time
visiting relatives and friends of my parents in Newark as my Mother
was raised in Newark.
I just took my children this past Good Friday to the Newark Museum
as I wanted to have a Newark shared experience with them as well.