Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Funny Sorta Day

A-Funny-Sorta-Day.mp3 “It was a funny sorta day. It was rainin’. ‘Causa dat, they didn’t let nobody outinta the yard…everybody hadda stay locked up in the cell block. “There was a young Italian guy there who was a goofy sorta bastard. … Continue reading

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The End of the Night

the_end_of_the_night-.mp3 Upon opening his eyes the faces of his fellow subway passengers were transformed into grotesque dramatic masks that flew at him and, only when a collision seemed inevitable, insanely spun away. For a few seconds he watched the weird … Continue reading

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The Calendars

I never found out why James Leightnin left the Bowery. He’d been on the bum in New York for a couple of years. But now he was back in Jersey City, back home, sitting on the steps outside the Tunnel … Continue reading

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Rape, Murder and Kidnapping

Weekdays, the main customers at the Tunnel Bar were truck drivers, laborers from the warehouses and factories surrounding the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel, and the railroad workers. These guys were always in a big hurry, their eyes … Continue reading

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The Station Wagon

My grandmother died early in the Summer of 1967, leaving behind a Ford station wagon well on the road to the junk yard. Street sweeping and alternate side of the street parking regulations had recently gone into effect in Jersey … Continue reading

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Frank Hague’s Christmas Quarter

More About Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague During the long, hard, haul of 1931, a quarter was a lot of money. Twenty-five cents was a real big deal back then. With a dime you bought a ticket to the Saturday … Continue reading

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Threatening to Kill the President

James Leightnin stumbled out of the restroom of the Tunnel Bar. All of a sudden, jumping right up out of the front page of a newspaper tossed on top of some boxes of beer, it hit him in the head … Continue reading

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Karate expert and Jersey City Police Oficer, Don Nagle

Around thirty years ago, two students from Jersey City State would regularly stop at the Astor after classes. Between 3PM and 5PM, the place was very quiet — unlike the boisterous student hangouts. The college kids would get a pitcher … Continue reading

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Around thirty years ago, Cuz and Jimmy Wolf mugged some little guy in the men’s room of the Astor Bar.

Around thirty years ago, Cuz and Jimmy Wolf mugged some little guy in the men’s room of the Astor Bar. Cuz demanded that the victim hand over his money. Even though the sorry soul did as told, Wolf socked him … Continue reading

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