How many people remember going to Caruso's. It was on the Blvd below
Penn Station. They had what every thing you could want to eat from
sandwich to fish and fruit. We would go there at night. We would
go to the drive in when it was too hot. The rich old Newarkers had
fans, the poor ones like me didn' have them. Boy, thosewere the
How about the days when it was too hot we would sleep on the back
porch or even on the roof. How many people remember those days?
NickyG-- How about sleepig on the fire escape, with that Jersey
mosquito biting the heck out of you? Or how about in the winter
timein the cold water flats, taking that ice cold shower. I think
we must have set a worl record for taking the fastest shower. Dan
Dan- I don't like to think of that time of the year, but we didn't
have a shower for a shower we had to go to Morris Ave. Baths
Hello there. I forgot about not having a shower either. For many
of my early years, up till I was about 14 or so, we only had a bathtub
- no shower. However, my mother had some type of rubber hose contraption
that had a shower head on the end of it - that was the shower. Forgot
all about that all these years.
I'm with Jule on this one. I never knew what a shower was until
I went to high school.
And, while on this I-was-poorer-than-you discussion thread, let
me point out that my Central Ward tenement was built before electricity.
Does anyone remember gas jets in the walls of every room? At our
apartment, those disabled jets were called "closets."
Wonderful coat hooks.
Hello Manny. I've lived in several apts and even my last house in
Jersey City had those "closed-up" gas pipes sticking out
of the walls.
All the years that we lived on Darcy St. a "shower" was
with one of those hand held rubbery smelling hoses attached to the
faucet with the shower like head at the end.Geez, how did we ever
Geez, you guys bring back a lot of memories...showers, gas light
fixtures...remember the iron water heaters usually found in the
kitchens...and the black iron coal stoves...how about the kerosene
heaters we used to heat up the rooms in the winter,we didn't have
steam heat or radiators.
Hello Quint and everyone. When I was in High School and living on
South 12th Street we had two kerosean heaters - one large one in
the living room and one attached to the kitchen stove. Every morning
before I left for school I had to go down into the basement and
bring up 5 gallons of kerosean to fill up the one in the kitchen.
That heated all of the back of the house - kitchen, bathroom, and
two bedrooms. My mother had a very heavy curtin which she closed
over at night when she shut off the kerosean heaater in the living
room. When my father got home from work - he worked on the night
shift - he would then fill up the stove in the living room and then
the whole apt would warm up.