Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pee Wee Shops for a Car

There it was. The object of desire. Beige paint almost glowing under the streetlights. Hood only slightly bent out of shape. The sign in the window told the whole story: FOR SALE $200 515 Jersey Ave. Ring Foster bell. “Well … Continue reading

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Under the Bridge

In the early 80s, I managed a dive saloon — the Tunnel Bar — at the corner of 15th and Henderson. Just up the block on 16th Street, there were unused tracks on a railroad bridge that ran over Henderson … Continue reading

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Until September 11th

In Poland before the coming of Democracy, one of the small ways that people could protest against the Communists was by putting up pictures of the World Trade Center. If you displayed an image of the Statue of Liberty, there … Continue reading

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The Malcontent

Thoughts pounded, rushed forward and surged in Harry’s mind as the Bee Gee’s screamed out of the speakers of the car stereo: Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive. As if the cassette … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to Go.

It was one hour before sun-up on the 2nd day of the 2nd month. Somewhere a ways off, a radio played a Frank Sinatra song. The Warden was about to order one of the guards to cut the sound. After … Continue reading

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Bernie the Beat

The tavern was in the Heights section of Jersey City, four-five blocks south of Union City. Though a residential neighborhood, the street led to what was then the industrial section of Hoboken. So it was sorta unusual, but not unknown, … Continue reading

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Before Bride of Frank

The legal opening time for a bar in Jersey City is 6:00 a.m weekdays. The Tunnel Bar – just outside the Holland Tunnel – opened at 5:30 in the morning. Since in 1977 the railroad workers started at 6:00 a.m., … Continue reading

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Barney’s

In the late 70s, Barney’s — the candy store on the corner of Summit and Zabriskie — was the place for the unemployed and the ill-employed of the Jersey City Heights to hangout. Kevin, the son of Barney the owner, … Continue reading

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“Our Computers Don’t Make Mistakes.”

Charley Walsh just didn’t have any luck. The only good thing about his last job — a messenger on Wall Street — was that it lasted long enough for him to be able to collect an unemployment check; but that … Continue reading

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A Place Like This

Deep in the heart of darkest December, it was a cold Saturday afternoon. The tavern was empty. The one room was about forty feet long, with maybe eight feet from the bar to the wall. Originally there were two windows. … Continue reading

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The Mind Reader

During my second year of college, I shared an apartment in a Washington DC suburb with two other students. Early into the spring semester, one roommate broke up with his girl friend. He became extremely depressed and stopped attending classes. … Continue reading

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George Washington to Run for Office!

In a surprise move, even for Hudson County, it was announced today that George Washington would seek political office from beyond the pale. In a press conference in front of “Honest Abe’s Pawn Shop And Used Cell Phone Exchange,” the … Continue reading

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