I was reading about West Side Park and
I lived on 16th Ave right across from the bus company and next door
to Joe's Diner. I attended So 17th St school from 1957-1960 (grades
1-3) and then moved to Linden. I remember that my first two wheeler
bike was stolen in West Side Park when a boy asked me if he could
take a ride - what did I know - I was only 7 or 8 years old - and
we could go to the park by ourselves then - can't believe it today.
I also remember the band concerts and dancing in the park - that
is where I learned to do the "Hoochie Koochie" (I don't remember
the name but you turn yourself all around)....
My mother worked for Public Service downtown and I use to take
a bus, by myself, and she would meet me at Broad & Market and we
would go shopping. There was a candy store near me called Hahne's
or at least that was the owner's name.
The West End Theatre was the best - I saw Tom Thumb there at least
10 times and it only cost $.10 then. There was a bar at the corner
and I had a friend by the name of Patty that lived above it with
her parents. There was a good bakery by the theatre, I believe it
was German or Polish. I can still visualize the hardware store by
our apartment too. It sure was nice to have all the stores nearby.
What great memories