When my family lived in the West Ward
- Vailsburg was a heaven
When we would walk out of the West Ward going underneath the Garden
State Parkway - You were in the gateway of Vailsburg
Perfectly Safe passage way from then on
You were greeted by Vailsburg Park - Good time always - Patroled
by Officer Murphy - No Shenanigans allowed there! = Totally Safe
and enjoyable park.
Across the Street the Modern Marvel Ultra Modern Food Fair standing
Then all the wonderful Mom and Pop stores - Bakeries - Paint stores
Just a Americana Main Street type of thoroughfare - A real joy to
I attended Vailsburg HS and the 3 years I went there I can count
on one hand the times I took the bus back home - Vailsburg was so
nice and safe it was a sheer joy to walk home from there. (Nothing
Like the West Ward that had gone to Hell by then)
I too lived in Vailsburg in the early 70's
It was so lovely - The King super market and all the well kept homes
there. Who can ask for anything more.
I appreciated it so much but had a fear that it might not last.
(Having seen what happen to my old neighborhood)
By 1979 - The year I moved out the cracks were well established.
By mid-80's it was all over - Walking my young daughter's on a
revisit to go see my old landlady were were stoned by marauders
on Kerrigan Blvd.
It was so sad to see it today - To me it's gone - What a shame!
Well the people that lived there had it nicer then most of Newarker
for awhile then - they came the inevitable
I'm sure the ones that grew up there realize what they Once Had
For You's that grew up there - Keep the memories - that's all you
Like the Doo Wop Group The Earls Sang "Re-mem-mem, re-mem-mem-mem-ber
Then Then Remember Then"